Business owner worried alleged thief will retaliate

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by HONORA SWASON & KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 11:41 AM

Spokane, Wash. – A store owner is still upset following a brazen convenience store robbery that ended with an armed suspect getting tackled and arrested. That's because the suspect is trying to get his bond significantly reduced.

Back in December, a man wearing a mask went straight to the counter at G&B Grocery in north Spokane.
 
As the owner emptied the register, the suspect James Hopkins allegedly fired a gunshot into the air. The owner says even though his brother raced after the alleged thief and tackled him to the ground, it's not necessarily a happy ending. According to the Spokane County prosecutor's office, the 25-year-old is trying to reduce his $150,000 bond and get out of jail.
 
The owner says  he hopes the judge will keep it high so the suspect will stay in custody and away from his store.
   
Hopkins will go to his bond reduction court date next week.

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