Wounded teen charged with robbery
Originally ran here
in The Spokesman-Review
Thursday, May 31, 2001
Spokane detectives arrested a teen who had been
shot in the back after they figured out he may have been shot while trying to
rob a small South Hill business two weeks ago.
Mark J. Atkins, 19, was taken into custody May
22 after he was released from an area hospital where he had been treated for a
bullet wound to his back, police spokesman Dick Cottam said. He did not have any
more details about the injury.
Atkins, who said he was a transient, claimed he
had been shot while walking in Grant Park May 18, about the same time as the
robbery had occurred. However, police ruled out the park ruse when people who
were there at the time said they heard nothing like a shot, Cottam said.
Instead, detectives believe that Atkins is the
robber who tried to hold up a small business at 1108 S. Perry. Cottam said the
teen walked into the store and started taking money from the cash register when
the 82-year-old shop owner tackled him. The two wrestled until a knife dropped
from the teen's pocket.
The owner picked up a handgun he had behind the
counter and fired three shots, and the thief dropped everything and fled on a
Police ruled the shooting self-defense, Cottam
Atkins was booked into jail on a first-degree
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