August 24, 2009 in City

Valley man arrested in death of girlfriend

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Neighbors on North Bowman Road in Spokane Valley were shocked by a homicide that happened in their midst Saturday evening when a 33-year-old pregnant woman was killed, allegedly by her 19-year-old boyfriend.

Robbie W. Bishop, of Spokane Valley, was booked into the Spokane County Jail shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday and faces charges of second-degree murder.

The two were staying temporarily with a family at a North Bowman Road home, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Neither Sgt. Dave Reagan nor the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office would release the victim’s identity. Neighbors did not know who the two were but said that they had moved in within the past week and a half.

An investigator with the medical examiner’s office said late Sunday evening that the victim’s identity would not be released until her family had been notified. However, Reagan in an earlier press release said her next of kin had been reached.

Dispatchers received a 911 call just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday reporting an assault at a home in the 900 block of North Bowman.

Neighbors said officers surrounded the home and locked down the neighborhood.

Reagan said in a news release that officers found the 33-year-old woman dead on the living room floor. The family that permanently lives there was not at home at the time, he said.

Reagan said blood evidence led officers out the back of the house and to a house to the south. They searched that home but didn’t find a suspect.

At 9:40 p.m., a neighbor reported a man whom police later identified as Bishop hiding in a stored boat two blocks north of the North Bowman home. Bishop ran but was captured in the 7300 block of East Cataldo Avenue, a short distance from the crime scene.

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