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Spokane police arrest man accused of breaking into home on Halloween

Residents of the Spokane home reported that a man kicked in the front door and threatened them with a gun.
Patrol car.

SPOKANE, Wash. — A man accused of breaking into a southeast Spokane home on Halloween and taking a resident's gun has been arrested, Spokane police said on Tuesday.

According to a press release from SPD, around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday residents of the house reported that a man kicked in the front door of the their home and walked through their residence.

Residents of the house locked themselves in a bedroom with an AR-15-style rifle for their safety. The press release says that the man armed with a gun kicked in the bedroom locked door, telling residents he wouldn't shoot them.

The man escorted one of the residents throughout the residence, demanding to show him nobody else was inside the house.

Before the man left the house, he stole the resident’s gun and shot at least one round during the incident. According to the press release, no one was hurt during the attempted robbery, and Spokane police arrested 37-year-old Travis C. Thompson.

After police secured a search warrant for Thompson’s car, the victim’s gun was recovered along with other evidence linking him to the incident.

SPD said Thompson is a 11-time convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing guns due to his criminal history. Thompson's past convictions include unlawful possession of a firearm, burglary and malicious mischief.

Thompson was booked into the Spokane County Jail and faces charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm and theft of a firearm. 

The reason why Thomson broke into the home hasn't been determined. Police said it appears he was looking for someone who wasn't at the house he burglarized.

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