Rite Aid armed robbery spills into woman’s N. Spokane house


by KREM.com


Posted on November 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 6:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A prescription drug robbery at a Rite-Aid in North Spokane nearly turned into a hostage situation Tuesday night near Division and Rowan.

Employees said two men, Eric Reisen and Thomas Sweeney, held up the store with a gun demanding pills. A police pursuit began that spanned multiple blocks and ended with police taking both suspects into custody.

One of the suspects tried to take a woman as a hostage according to officers. 

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Police said Eric Reisen was charged with hit and run, attempt to elude, burglary and a kidnapping charge.

The two men made off with pills before an officer spotted their car. The men sped off and eventually smashed their car into a pole according to authorities. Officers said that is when Reisen broke into the home of Brenda Tonolini.

“He took the screen off… somehow got through there. There's still blood on the wall,” said Tonolini.

She said Reisen tried to hold her hostage.

“He grabbed my arm, and he didn't want me to go out. He wanted me to stay and I wasn't staying.  I pulled away from him and as soon as I got out the door, he slammed it shut,” said Tonolini.

Police were right behind him.

“They were right there. They kicked the door in,” said Tonolini.

Tonolini’s dog Abby escaped during the commotion and has not been seen since.

“I have driven all over this neighborhood, I just can't find her. I don't know what's wrong with her. I don't know if she's alright, if she's hunkered down somewhere,” said Tonolini.

If you see Abby call (509) 325-2678.