March 7, 2012 in City

In brief: Suspect identified in shooting of girl, man


A suspect has been identified in a shooting that injured a 6-year-old girl and a 23-year-old man in east central Spokane.

Abubakar “Abu” Samura, 21, is wanted on two first-degree assault charges for the shooting at a home Sunday in the 1800 block of East Fourth Avenue.

Samura’s home address is not known, but he’s believed to frequent the area of East Ninth Avenue and South Perry Street, Spokane police said Tuesday.

Officers responded to reports of a man shooting another man in a front yard near Liberty Park about 9 p.m. Sunday.

The man who was shot ran to a neighbor’s house for help before collapsing, police said. Police believed the girl was an unintended victim of the shooting. Both victims are expected to survive.

Police say the shooting is gang related. Anyone with information on Samura’s location is asked to call the gang enforcement team at (509) 625-GANG (4264). He’s described as 5-foot-4 and 160 pounds.

Bar assault leads to hate crime arrest

A man was arrested for investigation of a hate crime Monday for allegedly throwing a glass at a downtown Spokane bartender and yelling slurs against homosexuals.

Two customers at Irv’s bar held Sean D. Slechta, 38, on the ground until officers arrived to arrest him, Spokane police say.

Slechta remains jailed on $1,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court on a malicious harassment charge.  Irv’s bartender told police Slechta stumbled into the bar about 7 p.m. and tried to take customers’ drinks, so he asked him to leave.

The bartender told police Slechta yelled profanities and homophobic slurs at him and customers, then picked up an empty pint glass and threw it at him. The bartender was not injured.

Police said Slechta continued to yell homophobic slurs as he was led from the bar in handcuffs.

The hate crime charge alleges Slechta attacked the bartender and the patrons because of their sexual orientation.

Police make arrest in bank robbery

A tip from a concerned citizen led to the arrest Friday of a suspect in a July bank robbery.

Christopher A. Horn, 25, is accused of robbing the Washington State Employees Credit Union, 2523 Northwest Blvd., on July 18 about 12:20 p.m. He appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Monday on a first-degree robbery charge and remains in jail.

Police say Horn, wearing a baseball cap and aviator sunglasses, demanded cash from a bank teller but never displayed a weapon. He told employees not to touch the alarm.

The sunglasses were left at the scene and submitted by detectives for DNA evidence, but the results are not yet back.

Police did note that fingerprints on the sunglasses did not match Horn’s.

They began investigating Horn Feb. 28 based on the tip from the concerned citizen. Employees at the bank looked at photo montages; one positively identified Horn as the robber.

Tickets on sale for Ferris variety show

Ferris High School’s fundraiser for the senior all-night party is a performance titled “Ham Times at Ferris High … Ferris Faculty Loses Faculties.” It runs through Saturday.

The variety show features more than 300 parents who share their talents in the 49th annual event. The story line: “Construction at Ferris has stirred up some dangerous dust and it has infected the entire high school faculty.

Teachers are feverishly funny and showing severe swine-like symptoms.”

The fundraiser has generated more than $1.4 million since it began, said Lisa Regehr, Ham on Regal publicity chair. In 2011, the event raised more than $96,600.

The performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Ferris High School business office, 2nd Look Books, Round Table Pizza and Rosauer’s on 29th Avenue. Cost: $7 and $9.

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