Blackfoot robbery suspect dies in Blaine County jail


A suspect in the May 27 armed robbery of Walgreens in Blackfoot committed suicide while in custody on an unrelated charge in Blaine County.

Mitchel Wayne Christensen, 23, of Buhl, jumped over a railing at the county jail’s mezzanine level and landed about 13 feet below Friday, Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey said.

Ramsey said Christensen was transported by ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital in Ketchum and then life-flighted to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where he died of his injuries about 1 a.m. Saturday.

Christensen had been arrested Thursday in Blaine County after a warrant was issued for his arrest for failing to appear in court June 9, according to the Idaho Repository.

In March, Christensen was arraigned in Blaine County on a felony charge of grand theft and a misdemeanor count of providing false information to a police officer, following the Dec. 12 robbery of a convenience store in Ketchum. He was arrested and released on a $10,000 bond in January.

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that bond was later revoked after he violated the conditions of the agreement, but he was granted furlough in May.

During the furlough and prior to having his bond revoked, Christensen was suspected in or linked to several other robberies in Utah, Oregon and southern Idaho, including the Blackfoot Walgreens robbery.

The Blackfoot/Bingham County Joint Detective Unit announced Monday it had solved the robbery that occurred at 960 W. Bridge St. Christensen was identified as a suspect in the robbery, but the Blackfoot Police Department is still seeking identification on additional suspects involved in the case, according to a Blackfoot Police news release.

In a Monday report, local authorities told the Twin Falls Times-News that Christensen admitted to acting as a getaway driver in a Twin Falls Kmart pharmacy robbery on March 10. He also was a suspect in a Ogden, Utah, pharmacy robbery on an undisclosed date, according to the newspaper.

Christensen was arraigned again Friday before being taken back to the Blaine County Jail.

Editor Jeff Robison contributed to this report.

Reporter Nate Sunderland can be reached at 542-6763.