Julie Humphreys, 509.622.5868
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 5:57 p.m.
SPD continues to arrest people who committed crimes during the protest turned riot/looting on May 31st in downtown Spokane.
To date, Spokane police officers have arrested 23 people for crimes from disorderly conduct to assault and burglary. 15 were arrested the evening of Sunday, May 31s. Eight suspects were arrested afterwards following police investigations aided by police and citizen videos. Two felonies are among the more serious charges:
Gene Gallagher, 33 years old from Elk, WA. Gallagher was seen on video from the May 31st riot lighting a Molotov cocktail and throwing it at police. It did not go off. A police officer spotted Gallagher at a protest the next night, Monday June 1st, and arrested him. Gallagher was spotted with his face mask on during the protest and he had a lighter and items used to make Molotov cocktails. He is charged with possession of an incendiary device, second degree assault with intent to committee a felony, and 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Nevaeh Loftice, 18 years old from Spokane. During the rioting the glass doors at the front of the Nike store in downtown Spokane were broken. Video and reports show numerous rioters entered the store and stole merchandise. Due to multiple tips and videos sent to SPD from the public, officers were able to identify Loftice as one of the suspects. She was arrested and charged with 2nd degree burglary and 3rd degree theft. Spokane Police would like to thank everyone who sent in video and screenshots of this incident.
As continued peaceful protests are planned for this weekend, and into June, SPD reminds people if you are using the protests as an avenue to destroy property, endanger people, or commit other crimes, you will be arrested. There were no arrests stemming from last Sunday’s protest (June 7th).
Officer John O'Brien