SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.-- Authorities announced Wednesday that they are looking for a man accused of assaulting an employee at Divine’s Auto Center employee at Pines and Mission. Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies said the attack was part of a robbery on Saturday night.
Deputies revealed on Wednesday that they are looking for Joshua M. Wippert, 31.
The victim called 911 around 7:40 p.m. on Saturday. Authorities said the victim claimed that a man assaulted him in the neck with a pen and took undisclosed amount money from the cash register.
The victim told deputies that the suspect rode away on a bicycle along Mission. Corporal Jeff Shover found the abandoned bicycle behind American Behavioral Health Services (ABHS) along Mission.
Deputies contacted staff at American Behavioral Health Services to inquire if the suspect was a resident of the facility. Staff members were not able to either confirm or deny if the suspect was a resident according to authorities.
Later, an American Behavioral Health Services employee called Crime Check and reported that Wippert had walked away from the facility. They reported he was found missing at 12:15 a.m.
Information provided by ABHS staff as to what Wippert was last seen wearing, and his physical appearance matched the robbery suspect’s description. The victim also positively identified the suspect as Wippert.
The suspect is currently wanted for 1st Degree Robbery. Anyone with information as to Wippert's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.