A Washington man was arrested Sunday evening, July 15, for multiple outstanding warrants after police responded to a home for a peace disturbance.
Robert Spinelli, 47, Washington, was found hiding in the basement of a home in the 300 Block of Frank Street.
A woman who lived at the residence was arguing with Spinelli, prompting a call for a peace disturbance.
Detective Sgt. Steve Sitzes said officers were aware of Spinelli’s long list of outstanding warrants that included failure to appear in court, four stealing charges, a robbery charge and two drug paraphernalia charges.
Spinelli was charged in 2016 in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with second-degree robbery after stealing several items from the Dollar General Store on East Fifth Street, then claiming to have a gun and a knife when confronted by store staff.
He allegedly took several small items and concealed them in his sweatshirt. After he left the store, patrons told a clerk about the thefts and the clerk confronted Spinelli on the parking lot, telling him to return the items, according to a report.
At that point, Spinelli allegedly told her he had a knife and gun, but never displayed a weapon. The clerk then called police.
Spinelli later went back inside the store as police were arriving and was arrested. No weapons were found.
Police said the suspect had been involved in a disturbance at the Twisted Fish tavern earlier in the day and may have stolen items from another store.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge at the time. Before the Dollar General incident, Spinelli was released on parole from the Missouri Department of Corrections after serving part of a seven-year sentence on felony drug possession convictions.
Spinelli is being held at the Franklin County Jail.