Man accused of aiding Spokane County deputy gunman



Posted on June 22, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 1:03 AM

SPOKANE—A man woke up in jail Friday morning accused of aiding a suspect responsible for shooting two Spokane County deputies.

Authorities arrested Robert Lee “Bo” Ruth, 43, on charges of aiding fugitive Charles Wallace, who opened fire on deputies earlier in the week.

Robert Ruth made his first court appearance Friday for first degree rendering criminal assistance.

Court documents say Robert Ruth helped Wallace after he escaped treatment, and was even with him the shortly before the shooting.

Spokane County Regional Drug Task Force Detectives say Robert Ruth helped hide Charles Wallace after Wallace escaped from a drug treatment facility on June 3rd.

Last month, an intruder shot and wounded Ruth in the leg during a home invasion robbery.  Investigators said the gunmen broke into his North Spokane home demanding money and motorcycles.  When Ruth refused, he said one of the intruders shot him in the hip.

Detectives interviewed Ruth at the hospital, asking him about connections to Wallace.

Court records say Ruth "had obtained quantities of heroin from him in the past year" but Ruth is "currently in the methadone program."

Tuesday of this week, detectives watched the two men load motorcycles and take them to a store on Newport highway. Detectives say the two parted in separate vehicles.

Not long afterwards, Deputies Matt Spink and Michael Northway pulled over the vehicle Wallace was riding in.

Court documents say Wallace "was believed to be armed and had made statements that he was not going back to jail."

During the traffic stop Wallace "jumped out of the drivers' side rear passenger seat and started shooting at the two deputies."

Officers contacted Ruth trying to find Wallace. Court documents say Ruth initially denied having seen Wallace the day of the shooting, but then later changed his statement.

Ruth was arrested the next day for first degree rendering criminal assistance.

HIs bond was set at $100,000.

KREM 2's Katie Utehs contributed to this story.