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Man Arrested In Drug Bust On Thursday Now Facing Attempted Murder Charges From 2013 Shooting

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Spokane Police announced on Friday they have forwarded two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder Charges to the Prosecutor's Office on Friday stemming from a shooting at the Knitting Factory in 2013 Spokane Police announced on Friday they have forwarded two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder Charges to the Prosecutor's Office on Friday stemming from a shooting at the Knitting Factory in 2013
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say Major Crimes Detectives have requested  two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder Charges for 29-year-old Stafone N. Fuentes, stemming from a shooting that happened in February 2013 at the Knitting Factory in downtown Spokane. Fuentes was one of 29 people arrested on Thursday in a major gang/drug bust that spanned four states.  

Back on February 18th, 2013, Spokane Police were called to the Knitting Factory for a shooting call that sent two men to the hospital. Less than an hour later, there was another shooting at a party on N. Maple, which sent two more men to the hospital. Spokane Violent Crimes Gang Enforcement Team responded and have been handling the investigation. The incident even prompted police to shut down the Knitting Factory for a short period of time.

On Friday, detectives announced they had enough evidence to charge Fuentes with the two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. 

Also being charged in this case is 19-year-old Cierra C. White. White is being charged with one count of Conspiracy to Commit Attempted First Degree Murder. 

According to the criminal indictment from Thursday on the Federal drug charges, Fuentes, along with Deandre Gaither of Spokane Valley,  Jason L. Jones of Spokane, and Kory A.J. Hall of Las Vegas, are accused of engaging in a "continuing criminal enterprise" to distribute illegal drugs. Most of the 29 suspects arrested on Thursday, including Fuentes, made their first appearance in Federal Court on Thursday. 

Fuentes will appear in Superior Court at 1:30pm on Friday. 

This is a developing story and we will update it as soon as more information becomes available. 

The Knitting Factory released this statement Friday evening: 

"Kitting Factory Entertainment has reacted strongly to news reports characterizing the February 2013 shooting involving a patron at the Spokane concert venue as a “Knitting Factory shooting.”

Greg Marchant, Knitting Factory COO says, “While we applaud law enforcement’s efforts in seeking charges against one of the assailants in the February 18 incident, we deplore news reports characterizing this as a ‘Knitting Factory shooting’ or somehow affiliated with our concert venue. One of our guests happened to be a victim of a shooting off the premises.”

He continues, "The original incident was wrongfully harmful to our reputation, which management, law enforcement, government and the public has worked with us to rebuild. Police Chief Straub has referred to us as a model partner and we’re dedicated to a safe environment for all our guests. There’s never been a shooting on our premises. These inaccurate reports associating us with this incident are severely hurting the work we do in Spokane. These false statements are also hurting our national brand.”

The original incident caused a temporary closure of the venue, which has operated in downtown Spokane for ten years. The club was promptly reopened and a Facebook page quickly garnered nearly 3000 fans in support of the venue:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/139408409559467/?fref=ts

Knitting Factory and District Bar General Manager Matt Judge concludes, “Knitting Factory Entertainment remains committed to this neighborhood and to being an asset to the theater and arts community here in Spokane. We looking forward to continuing our contributions to it at the highest level of safety and quality.”

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