Spokane police arrest two murder suspects; release additional information on investigation

Monique Cotton, Police Communications Director, 509.363.8285

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:23 p.m.

Approximately 72 hours after the murder of a Spokane man outside the Hop music venue, Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives have arrested two suspects, Kalen J. Bedford and Carlos A. Fuentes and charged each of them with 1st Degree Murder. There are no outstanding suspects in this incident, however the investigation is ongoing.

The Spokane Police Department will not tolerate crime and violence and the quick identification and apprehension of suspects in this case demonstrates the efficient and effective efforts of our officers to bring two dangerous individuals into custody.

In the days following the homicide, more than a dozen detectives from both Major Crimes and The Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team (SVCGET), interviewed dozens of witnesses.

SVCGET consists of Officers from the Spokane Police Department, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, U.S. Border Patrol, A.T.F, and the F.B.I. working in partnership to prevent and address gang-related issues.

Late yesterday afternoon Bedford and Fuentes were identified as the Hop shooting suspects.

Yesterday evening Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives executed three search warrants related to the homicide investigation at the following locations:

  • 500 block of E. Providence
  • 4400 block of E. 5th
  • 1400 block of E. Hartson

Spokane Police SWAT and Patrol Anti-Crime Teams were successful in apprehending the suspects within hours of their identification.

  • Kalen Bedford was taken into custody without incident at the E. Providence address.
  • Carlos Fuentes was taken into custody without incident at the E. Hartson address.

Both Bedford and Fuentes were booked into jail for 1st Degree Murder. Charging requests have been submitted to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office.

There are no outstanding suspects in this incident, however this investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to call Detective Marty Hill 625-4011.

Detectives believe that the shooting incident is gang related and that both the victim and the suspects are gang members.

The Spokane Police Department will continue to work with its law enforcement partners and the community to end the threat posed by individuals engaged in gang activity.

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