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)

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.