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Second Suspect, ‘Getaway Driver’, Arrested in Carlile Killing


Police in Spokane have arrested a second suspect in the murder of Spokane businessman Douglas Carlile. The Spokane Police Department says suspect Robby Wahrer drove the van used in the killing. Suspect Timothy Suckow is charged with first-degree murder in Carlile’s death. Major Crimes Lieutenant Mark Griffiths says officers arrested Wahrer on Thursday for second degree murder and conspiracy to commit second degree murder.

Griffiths: “His name was brought up as a person involved through concerned citizens, and also linked through other parts of the investigation. You’ll see that it is fairly complicated how we reached this point, but concerned citizens are probably the tipping point that reached him as a suspect.”

One of the early pieces of evidence was surveillance footage of a white van in Carlile’s neighborhood the night of his death. Griffiths says police are also tracking pings to nearby cell-phone towers, and that’s how they identified Wahrer to the area.
Wahrer had his initial court appearance Friday.
Griffiths made it very clear the investigation complicated and ongoing, and wouldn’t specify if he thinks there will be more arrests.
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