Court records: Local bank robbery suspect did not act alone

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 5:00 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. --  Spokane police have caught a wanted robbery suspect in the area of Arthur and Newark on Spokane's lower South Hill Monday night. Police said he is in jail charged with First Degree Robbery and First Degree Theft.

Officials said bank robbery suspect Scott Ruziecki, 41, is in custody. They said Ruziecki came out of a home on the 600 block of Arthur and surrendered peacefully after a short stand-off.

Court documents are showing that Ruziecki didn't act alone in the three bank robberies and they went through great lengths to conceal their identity.

Ruziecki is a suspect in the robberies at the Banner Bank branch in Safeway in Hillyard on August 9, the U.S. Bank branch on Argonne and Trent on August 13, and the Banner Bank branch in Safeway near Gonzaga University.

Spokane County Major Crimes Detectives said Ruziecki told them a man named Charles West was his mentor and taught him how to rob banks. West was arrested last week for his involvment last week. Detectives think he drove Ruziecki to commit the robberies.

Authorities said West has experience hitting up banks. During a search, county detectives recovered evidence that the two tried to alter their appearance including dying their hair. Meth was also found in West's car.

Authorities said that Ruziecki was apparently armed for each of the recent robberies he is alleged to be involved in. Police said he also said he would shoot any law enforcement officer if they confronted him.

SWAT, hostage negotiators and Air One were in the area for hours trying to get the suspect to come out of the home.

Two people were inside the home where Ruziecki was caught. One of them will face a charge of rendering criminal assistance.

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