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10/4/2013 6:00:00 AM
Alleged crime spree included arson, baseball bat
Attempted truck theft thwarted by armed man
Firefighters from the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District inspect a house that burned Wednesday night on Butler Avenue. The blaze is considered suspicious. (Courtesy)
Firefighters from the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District inspect a house that burned Wednesday night on Butler Avenue. The blaze is considered suspicious. (Courtesy)
Robert Anthony Spano
Robert Anthony Spano

KINGMAN - A Kingman man armed with a baseball bat reportedly robbed a Maverik convenience store in the 3400 block of Andy Devine Avenue at about 3 a.m. Thursday and attempted to steal a truck in the parking lot, but was thwarted by the driver, who was armed.

All of this occurred a few hours after Robert Anthony Spano allegedly set a home on fire on Butler Avenue.

Kingman Police officers arrested Spano, 35, in the parking lot of a local motel shortly after the incident at the convenience store. The man was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center and ultimately to Sunrise Medical Center with serious lacerations to one of his forearms that might have occurred during the alleged arson. Police said Spano was not wounded during his encounter with the clerk or the driver.

According to Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper, Spano entered the store at about 2:50 a.m. armed with the bat. He reportedly reached behind the counter and snatched a pack of cigarettes and lighters.

Cooper said the 25-year-old male clerk confronted Spano, who reportedly swung the bat at the clerk, but did not strike him. Cooper said Spano fled the store and attempted to steal a pickup truck in the Maverik parking lot, but the owner, a 33-year-old man who was in possession of a firearm, confronted Spano, who fled on foot.

Cooper said the investigation revealed Spano was a suspect in a Wednesday night arson in the 3500 block of Butler Avenue.

Cooper said once Spano is released from the hospital, he will face charges of armed robbery for the theft of cigarettes and lighters and attempted armed robbery for trying to steal the pickup.

Earlier in the evening, crews from the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire Department responded to the Butler Avenue fire.

Witnesses told the Miner they saw a man run from the mobile home and that he might have injured his arm crawling through a broken window. They said he attempted to jump a fence, but was unable to do so, even though a few feet away there was an opening he could have walked through.

Battalion Chief Brian Davenport said crews responded to the fire at about 9:50 p.m. When they arrived, the mobile home was "fully involved" with flames shooting from the windows.

It took nine firefighters about 15 minutes to put out the fire. Nobody was home at the time and no injuries were reported.

The fire, he said, is considered suspicious and remains under investigation.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Why haven't we heard from the lefties who want to take away everyone's guns?”

Perhaps because there are no “lefties who want to take away everyone’s guns.” They are just more of the archetypical, non-existent boogey-men (like the headless horseman, Death Panels, and the monster under the bed) used by the righties to scare children and the intellectually challenged.


Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

"My 3 year tally in Kingman is as follows: 3 crimes prevented by guns, 15 caused by guns. So net 12 crimes caused by guns"

Your tally depends upon the assumption that you have an omniscient knowledge of everything that occurs on Kingman.

The problem with your tally is that it is often impossible to document something that doesn't actually occur.
If a person is in a parking lot and they have a gun holstered in sight, a criminal, (a smart criminal), will not attempt to mug or car Jack that potential victim. There is no way to have knowledge of how many times a gun prevented crimes like this.

Additionally, situations where a person is shot by another make for interesting news. Situations where a person defends themselves by threatening to shoot a criminal causing the criminal to retreat without being fired at are usually not as interesting and less likely to be reported in the news.

This story is unusual because the attempted car jacking took place as part of a crime spree that also included arson and a robbery.


Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Article comment by: Turn The Tables

(delete) 3 year tally in Kingman showing "3 crimes prevented by guns, 15 caused by guns. So net 12 crimes caused by guns" That just goes to show you that the Kingman area needs effective mental health treatment facilities badly! (not to mention more decent paying job opportunities)

Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

Why haven't we heard from the lefties who want to take away everyone's guns?
If the media reported every incident involving the good things armed citizens have done it may change a few minds.....probably not!
I wonder how many houses get ripped off that have signs warning they are armed compared to gun free houses???
I think what the lefties would want to do is ban base ball bats.


Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: BOBO CLOWN

(this is why everybody needs to be carrying a firearmif we had more people with guns we would have a lot less crime.)& because he would also be armed you would have a dead clerk & a dead 33 yo man. giving the bad guy 2 more guns & a pickup truck...

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: kim nobody

this man should be behind bars, I hope the find him soon before he does this again

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: Lost In America on the right wing

(delete)BR>A crime was still committed. If you can't connect the dots, you shouldn't be able to carry a gun.

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: Dragonize Roberts

hmmm, seemed like it took them longer than 15 minutes to get the fire out.

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: Liberal Lion

Hey I am willing to admit a gun here prevented a crime. My 3 year tally in Kingman is as follows: 3 crimes prevented by guns, 15 caused by guns. So net 12 crimes caused by guns.

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

At least this paper is not too liberal to say the robbery was thwarted by an armed person as is more than most would do.
I wonder how the liberals will spin this one! If more stores would get off their PC thing and let store clerks arm themselves a lot of this would end.


Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: A Grimes

There ya go there... the driver of the truck was armed and was able to protect himself and his belongings!!! Woot Woot Score one of the millions of law abiding gun owners... but they won't plaster that kind of positive news on the media!!


Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: I Love It!

I'm not saying I'm glad this man did what he did, but I am glad the driver was armed or this could have turned out very different. If the driver of the truck wasn't prepared to defend himself, this man could have taken this truck, likely ran from the police, and possibly could have killed someone else, or himself.

This is a prime example of the many GOOD things guns provide. It's funny how little we hear of things like this from the big media outlets. These kinds of things occur WAY more than the terrible things we hear about gun ownership.


Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: gun guy

this is why everybody needs to be carrying a firearmif we had more people with guns we would have a lot less crime



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