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Shoe print on beating victim leads to suspects

A shoe print on the face of a man badly beaten in a Spokane alley helped detectives identify two teenage suspects, according to court documents filed today.

Kent S. Moses, 60, was found unconscious and bloody in an alley near Bridge Avenue and Nettleton Street in west Spokane about 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Two 17-year-old boys are in Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center on first-degree assault charges after being arrested Monday. Police don't believe the boys used weapons.

"They beat him to a bloody pulp, just with their feet and hands," said Spokane police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe. "It was a pretty sad deal."

A search warrant filed today shows detectives found a cell phone near the crime scene with a picture of a man gang enforcement detectives recognized. That man led them to the suspects, one who had a shoe that matched a print found on Moses’ face, according to the search warrant.

One of the boys told police he knew they’d gotten into a fight in the alley but that he’d “blacked out from drinking and could not recall anything else," police wrote.

Moses is in serious condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center with face fractures and three broken ribs, according to the warrant.

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