December 22, 2011 in City, News

Police seek six in deadly November shooting

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Spokane Police Department photo

Top row, from left to right: Jermaine S. Bedford, Kalen J. Bedford, Rashad F. Toussiant. Bottom row, from left to right: Roderick D. Shanks, Stafone N. Fuentes, Tyrone J. Carell
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Nine men have been charged for their alleged roles in a fatal shooting involving two aspiring rappers at a Spokane hotel.

Spokane police detectives are looking for six men on second-degree assault charges for a Nov. 27 fight that led to the shooting death of Jose J. “Junior” Solis, 21, of Moses Lake.

Kalen J. Bedford, 21; Jermaine S. Bedford, 22; Tyrone J. Carell, 23; Roderick D. Shanks, 21; Rashad F. Toussiant, 25; and Stafone N. “Stix” Fuentes, 27; are wanted for second-degree assault.

Aaron A. Maxwell, 23, Anthony L. Fuentes, 29, and Michael J. Charles, 34; already have been arrested.

John A. “Lil Danger” Castro, 27, was arrested just after the homicide and remains in jail on a second-degree murder charge.

Solis and his friends were staying at the Quality Inn, 110 E. 4th Ave., and hosting a party following a rap concert at Ichiban Sushi Lounge that ended early because of a fight.

Solis was shot in a fourth floor hallway. Police arrived to find his friends trying to carry him out of the hotel.

Hotel surveillance video shows parts of the altercation that led to the shooting and helped police identify suspects, according to court documents prepared by Spokane police major crimes Detective Kip Hollenbeck.

According to court documents filed Thursday, the men got off an elevator on the fourth floor of the hotel and Jermaine Bedford began arguing with a friend of Solis’, Jazman Quarles. The men beat Quarles’ boyfriend, Dennis Bryant, and Quarles was hit with a beer bottle before another man tried to intervene and was assaulted. The men pulled Quarles into a room and called for help from friends, including Solis, who soon arrived, police say. Bryant and Quarles suffered severe head lacerations from thrown beer bottles.

A single gunshot rang out and Solis ran into a hotel room as the other men fled. An autopsy determined Solis died of a single gunshot wound to his chest.

Quarles touched Castro’s arm and screamed at him, asking him why he shot “Junior,” according to court documents.

A woman who was outside the hotel smoking took a photo of the front license plate of the SUV in which some of the men left. Other suspects, including Castro, left in a Cadillac Escalade, which stopped near East Seventh Avenue and South Hatch Street as police followed. Castro fled but was arrested a couple blocks away, according to police.

Police searched the Escalade and found a digital camera, which they obtained a search warrant for on Thursday. Other photos found at the scene helped detectives build a case against Charles, who is on felony probation after serving about three years in federal prison for a methamphetamine conviction. His probation prohibits him from associating with known gang members and convicted felons.

Carell and Kalen Bedford, who has felony drug convictions, were the intended targets of a shooting at Hoopfest in 2010 that injured two women, according to police. Stafone Fuentes was briefly jailed last summer after news of his uncle’s murder outside a rap concert in Montana in June revealed to his probation officer that he’d left the state without permission.

Toussiant, a former track star at West Valley High School, has convictions for bail jumping and domestic violence assault. A conviction for intimidating a public servant was dismissed upon appeal.

Shanks has convictions for second-degree assault and second-degree robbery.

Police say the suspects should be considered dangerous and ask anyone with information to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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