One woman charged for separate South Hill robberies

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 11:50 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A woman arrested following a robbery at a Spokane Great Clips is also suspected of robbing a coffee shop earlier the same day.

Melissa Tschanz, 37, is suspected of robbing Tully's Coffee near 29th and Southeast Boulevard on Spokane's South Hill Thursday morning.  The cashier told police a woman flashed a knife to the employees and ran out with cash.

Later that day around 8:15 p.m., police said a woman walked into Great Clips on Grand Boulevard.  The suspect had a black canister and what appeared to be mace.  Court documents reveal the woman said she was not afraid to mace a pregnant woman.  An employee gave the robber $300 from the register.

Police had a car description and pulled the woman over on 10th and Adams.  The suspect showed a Hawaii drivers license but decided to drive off while she was still talking to an officer.

The officer chased after her heading to the Spokane International Airport.  The chase ended when the officer pushed her car into a guardrail.  Police later learned Tschanz rented the car from a company near the airport and put on fake license plates.

Spokane officers said Tschanz is suspected of both crimes. She is charged with first-degree robbery for the Tully’s incident, and second-degree robbery and attempting to elude for the Great Clips crime.

Tschanz is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

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