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Manson Resident Arrested 2/19/2014

On February 17, 2014 Chelan County Detectives arrested Russell Lester for a 2012 robbery which occurred at the Apple Inn in Chelan, Washington. Detectives were actively working the robbery case and new evidence was discovered which assisted in developing probable cause that lead to Lester’s arrest.

The robbery occurred on October 12, 2012 at the Apple Inn. There were three victims associated in the robbery and two suspects, one of which was armed with a pistol. The victims disclosed the robbery suspect, Lester, was seeking illegal narcotics they had inside the motel room. In addition to the illegal substances a laptop, backpacks, and wallets were taken during the robbery. The additional charge of kidnapping was added based on the suspect’s actions and the threat of violence if the victim’s did not cooperate.

Upon Lester’s arrest methamphetamine was located on his person, so a third charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) was added with the two other crimes.

The investigation continues and anyone with additional information of the incident is encouraged to call the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

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