SPOKANE, Wash. – A judge sentenced a grocery store robber to eight years Friday for holding up a clerk at gunpoint almost one year ago. Yet on Thursday, James Hopkins told two very different versions of what happened the night of the robbery.
A surveillance camera showed 25-year-old James Hopkins wearing a ski mask and black clothes, entering the store.
Spokane Police said Hopkins, armed with a handgun, demanded the clerk empty the cash register. As Owner Kulwant Singh put the money on the counter, Hopkins pointed the handgun at six people inside the store.
Police said he then fired off a round into the ceiling then attempted to run from the scene. Before Hopkins could escape, a bystander came out of nowhere and wrestled him to the ground.
When KREM 2 spoke with Hopkins he said, “It looks like it’s me but there’s no telling who it really is.”
Then, he changed his mind saying, “You know what I can’t sit here and lie. I was on a lot of drugs at the time. I am relieved, yeah, I’m glad that nothing happened to anybody and I feel horrible for the whole thing.”
Hopkins said he initially lied because he did not know when the story would run and he did not want to do any harm to himself by coming clean.