Bat-wielding Kingman man indicted for robbery

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Grand Jury indicted Robert Anthony Spano Thursday on charges of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

Spano's arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Friday before Mohave Superior Court Judge Derek Carlisle.

Spano, 35, is accused of entering a Kingman convenience store on Oct. 3, armed with a baseball bat.

He allegedly took a swing at the clerk, but missed, before stealing lighters and a pack of cigarettes. Police said he then attempted to carjack a man in the parking lot to escape, but the armed driver confronted him and Spano fled on foot.

Kingman Police officers arrested him a short time later at a local motel.

Spano is alleged to be involved in an arson that occurred hours earlier at a home in the 3500 block of Butler Avenue.

He has not been charged in that case, which is under investigation by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office and arson investigators.

The Grand Jury also indicted the following people on serious crimes:

• Bruce Edward Christopher, three counts of possession of narcotics; arraignment set for 8:30 a.m. Monday before Judge Steven Conn.

• David Lee Brown, burglary, criminal trespassing, stalking; arraignment set for 8:30 a.m. Monday before Judge Conn.

• Norman Eugene Fields, III, theft of means of transportation; arraignment set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in front of Judge Rick Williams.

• Kevin John Sterkenburg, two counts of aggravated assault, criminal damage; arraignment set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday before Judge Carlisle.

• George William Lauderdale, misconduct involving weapons; arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in front of Judge Carlisle.

• Eric Maberry, two counts of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct involving a weapon; arraignment set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in front of Judge Williams.

• Amanda Graye Smith, theft; arraignment set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday before Judge Carlisle.

•Tyler Thys Wallendal, two counts trafficking in stolen property; arraignment set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday before Judge Carlisle.

• Jason Paul Jones, child molestation, luring a minor for sexual exploitation; arraignment set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in front of Judge Williams.

• Michael Joseph Kipp, two counts of misconduct involving weapons (one felony and one misdemeanor), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and DUI; arraignment set for 8:30 a.m. Monday in front of Judge Conn.