Pharmacy robbery suspect denies prior knowledge about the crime



Posted on February 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 7:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A man accused of assisting in the robbery of a pharmacy Thursday night spoke to KREM 2 News about the crime.

William Higgins, 25, was arrested for the armed robbery at Shopko on East Sprague.

Higgins began to cry as he told KREM 2 News he knew his friend was likely going to steal from the store but he denies knowing about the robbery.

"I thought he might be going in to steal something. I didn't know he was going to rob it," said Higgins.

He said he knew his friend had robbed Shopko when he started pulling out bags of drugs when he got back in the car.

"I knew he was going in for memory card and I knew he didn't have money,' said Higgins.

Investigators were told a man robbed the pharmacy at gunpoint and took off Thursday night.  Employees gave deputies a description of the suspect’s getaway car. Officials said the car, a gold Honda Accord, was later spotted going north on Pines.

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Deputies were able to pull the car over near Broadway and Pines.  According to investigators, Higgins stayed in the vehicle while the suspected robber, Steven Perry, 28, ran from the car.  

Deputies eventually caught up with Perry on foot. When Deputies searched the area, they found a handgun they believed was used in the robbery.

Another gun and prescription drugs were also recovered at the scene.

Higgins was booked into jail for the charges of 1st Degree Armed Robbery and Driving While License Suspended. Perry was booked into jail for the charges of 1st Degree Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Obstructing.