18-year-old threatened wheelchair-bound senior with knife, Spokane Police say

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SPOKANE, Wash. — An 18-year-old has been charged with first-degree robbery for reportedly robbing a wheelchair-bound senior at knifepoint in downtown Spokane.

Spokane Police say Blue Darling, who goes by the street name “Twinkie,” asked the victim to borrow his phone so he could call his mom.

The victim told police Darling was on the phone for a long time and would not return it when asked. When asked a final time, the victim said Darling threatened him with a knife and said he would cut him.

The victim is elderly and paraplegic, and was unable to defend himself, so the suspect got away with the phone.

The victim did not know Darling’s real name, but knew he went by Twinkie. Officers recognized him by the nickname and found him just a short while later.

Officers found a knife in Darling’s backpack, which matched the description the victim gave to police.

Police arrested Darling for first-degree robbery and booked him into jail. He was also arrested for second-degree robbery last month.

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