Movie fans at the Spokane Valley Mall were evacuated from their theaters Friday night after a man armed with a rifle or shotgun robbed a video arcade next door.
Anybody who is willing to do a small change robbery at a video arcade may also be desperate enough to hide out from responding police in the darkness of a theater, and so the decision was made to turn off the films and turn up the lights.
?When someone is willing to take those steps to go into a business with a long gun, we're unsure if it was a rifle or a shotgun, and actually point it at an employee, rob them and then leave the premises, obviously that's an extremely dangerous person,? said Deputy Craig Chamberlin with Spokane Valley Police Department.
Deputies worried that if that person didn't want to be spotted running to his getaway car, he may have slipped into the Regal Cinemas next door and waited for things to cool off.
?We wanted to make sure the folks in the movie theater were safe. We evacuated it, looked for our suspect and fortunately were not able to find him,? Deputy Chamberlin said.