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Posted on: March 26, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Matthew Gardner Arrested Thanks to a “Tip”


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Matthew Gardner Arrested Thanks to a “Tip”


Last night, Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives received a “tip” from the public stating Matthew Gardner was at a location in Pend Oreille County.  Detective Bohanek requested the assistance of the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office, and later in the evening, they found and arrested Gardner.

Gardner was transported to Spokane County and then, booked into the Spokane County Jail for Robbery 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree stemming from the armed robbery of Subway on March 1, 2019.  

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UPDATE: Major Crimes Detective Identify Subway Robbery Suspect – Asking for Tips/Information

Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives investigating the armed robbery of Subway, located at 2114 N. Pines Rd. in Spokane Valley on March 1, 2019, have identified 34-year-old Matthew D. Gardner as a suspect. 

Detectives continue to investigate this incident and are requesting tips of information regarding Gardner’s activity or where he has been staying since February of 2019. 

If you have information regarding Gardner’s activities, whereabouts, or this robbery, you are urged to call Major Crimes Detective Nate Bohanek at 509-477-3223, reference #10027939.

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Original Press Release from March 1, 2019:

Major Crimes Detectives Investigating Subway Robbery


Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives are investigating an armed robbery at Subway located at 2114 N. Pines Rd. in Spokane Valley. 

On March 1, 2019, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a reported armed robbery at the N. Pines Subway.

The store employee stated the white male suspect walked in, displayed a knife and demanded money. The suspect was alone and was last seen leaving the location on foot, toward the north.

He was described to be in his late 20s to early/mid-30s, approximately 6’00”, thin build and wearing what investigators state is a very distinctive coat. The coat appears to be white with large, estimated to be 6” to 8” light gray squares, similar to a pixelated or digitized pattern. It also has a hood with a small preformed bill or brim. (possibly a ski or snowboarder type coat)

Detectives were unable to obtain clear pictures of the suspect from surveillance cameras, but they hope someone might recognize the description of the distinctive coat worn by the suspect and provide tips leading to his identity.

The employee/victim, although extremely shaken by her encounter with this armed suspect, was not injured.

If you have information regarding this robbery, recognize the description of this distinctive coat, or can help identify the suspect, you are urged to call Major Crimes Detective Nate Bohanek at 509-477-3223, reference #10027939.

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