Spokane police have identified the bumbling burglar as 49-year-old Raymond P. Bates. He was booked into>"/>
Updated Wednesday, October 5 at 10:22 a.m.
Spokane police have identified the bumbling burglar as 49-year-old Raymond P. Bates. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail last night for first-degree robbery.
Bates and another man -- still unidentified and on the loose -- broke into the backyard of Darcee Kapfer and Jason Kirby seeking 11 "mature marijuana plants" the couple was legally growing under Washington's medical-marijuana law. Kapfer, according to a report from the Spokesman-Review, initially armed herself with an eight-foot piece of wood and took a swing at Bates. When he yanked the makeshift club from her hands, she grabbed a .38 caliber revolver and fired five shots, one of which hit Bates in the back of his head. Bates then fled, carrying a single pot plant.
Kapfer did not call the police, but the cops reportedly tracked Bates down after "a woman who knows him called police to say he'd been shot while trying to steal marijuana plants."
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Two men broke into a backyard in Spokane yesterday hoping to get their hands on a crop of medical pot plants, but one of the would-be robbers ended up taking a bullet to the cranium instead. Remarkably, he survived. But now both he and the medical marijuana grower may face criminal charges.
According to the Spokesman-Review, the break-in gone bad occurred yesterday at around 10 p.m. at 1023 East Gordon Avenue, in a residential neighborhood in northeast Spokane. A quick Google Maps search shows the address is just one block away from an elementary school.
A neighbor heard shots fired and dialed 911. Police arrived on the scene about 20 minutes later, and located the wounded man nine blocks away from the scene on the 2100 block of East Empire Avenue after two hours of searching. He was lucid, despite the gunshot wound on his head.
Citing an on-going investigation, Spokane police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer De Ruwe declined to identify the man. She says he was taken to the hospital, and was in stable condition as of 7 p.m. last night. His suspected accomplice is still on the loose, and may also be injured. De Ruwe says the wounded man has not yet been arrested or charged with a crime.
"They broke into her yard, in the back where she had her grow," De Ruwe tells Seattle Weekly. "She came out and that's where the confrontation happened. I've heard other media reports say it was a home invasion but it was not. They broke into her back yard, not her house."
De Ruwe also says that the woman who did the shooting could potentially face criminal charges. The woman, also unidentified, may have had more plants than permitted under Washington's new medical marijuana law. De Ruwe says the woman claims she was growing solely for personal use, not maintaining a collective garden.
"I thought it had to do with 15 plants and she had more than 15 and her card wasn't posted where it was supposed to be," De Ruwe says. "We're still executing search warrants to find the number of plants and the [medical marijuana] card. She just said she had a card, I didn't see it."
A woman who answered the phone at 1023 East Gordon Avenue confirmed that an attempted break-in took place there yesterday, but declined to identify herself or answer questions about the shooting until she spoke to her attorney.
"Everybody here is doing OK," she said. "That's all you need to know."