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2 detained in robbery of prescription drugs

Authorities took two men, 22 and 24, into custody for allegedly committing an armed robbery in Washington on November 12. Law enforcement personnel responded to the call after 8 p.m., but the men left the scene as officers pursued them. The pair allegedly brandished a weapon and took an unknown amount of prescription drugs from the retail establishment. As they attempted to escape from the scene, they drove into a pole and attempted to escape on foot.

The 22-year-old was captured after he allegedly tried to break into a residence and hold the owner hostage about three miles away from the drug store. Authorities found a duffel bag packed with prescription medication nearby. He was charged with robbery, burglary, attempting to evade capture and possession of a controlled substance.

The 24-year-old eventually turned himself in with his parents accompanying him to the police station. He was charged with robbery and possession of a controlled substance. Authorities might pursue additional charges against the pair. They are not considering any other people who could have been involved.

When someone commits a crime, they sometimes make the situation worse by deciding to flee from the authorities or by involving themselves in additional offenses. Authorities might consider both mitigating and aggravating circumstances surrounding a crime, such as turning oneself in or fleeing the scene, when they file charges against someone who is accused of a crime. A criminal defense attorney might ask the prosecution to consider a client's willingness to surrender themselves or admit their wrongdoing to authorities when determining if they will provide a plea agreement.

Source: The Spokesman-Review, "Spokane police arrest two suspects in overnight robbery", November 13, 2013

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