Spokane police make good on promise to fight gang-related crime




Posted on January 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 7:10 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Major Crimes detectives say a Saturday shooting was gang related, and it’s just one of many incidents detectives are dealing with since just before the new year started.

The final week of 2012 and first few days of 2013 were some of the most violent police have seen in a while. The common tie in the crimes: gangs.

It all caused Chief Straub to make a promise to the community. He says the department will exhaust every resource available to make arrests.

The police made good on that promise this weekend. Daniel Dublin and Phillip Ruiz were picked up less than 24 hours after a shooting on East Liberty. Two victims, who also have alleged gang ties, were left in critical condition.

The suspects face first-degree assault charges.

“In this incident, we determined the gangs were related. Major Crimes responded, the gang unit responded, and our Patrol Anti-Crimes Unit. We had a lot of different units working to track these people down quickly,” Lt. Mark Griffiths said.

Spokane police say they believe the shooting was in retaliation for an assault a few hours prior. Detectives say gang members pistol whipped a man, fracturing his face.

The police department says detectives worked from 4:30 a.m. Saturday until the first arrest was made at 11:30 that night.

Victims in both assaults are being uncooperative.