Suspect, a Convicted Felon, Arrested for Shooting into a Crowd of People Outside of a Downtown Bar
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives, already investigating other violent crimes cases involving several persons of interest, became aware the possible suspect in the shooting in front of Crave, 401 W. Riverside, on August 14, 2022, at approximately 12:45 am. could be associated with their ongoing investigations. During the incident, which stemmed from an argument that escalated, the suspect fired multiple shots toward a crowd of people standing around on the sidewalk. Two victims were shot (adult male/juvenile male) and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
With this information, Detectives contacted the Spokane Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit in September of this year and requested to take the lead in the incident at Crave.
Through the investigation, Detective Bohanek identified the shooting suspect, 20-year-old Loren J. Bigleggins, and developed probable cause to charge him with Assault 1st Degree (2 counts), Assault 2nd Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree and Malicious Mischief 1st Degree, all felonies. A warrant for Bigleggins’ arrest was obtained.
Bigleggins, a three-time convicted felon, is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm.
On October 21, 2022, the United States Marshal Violent Fugitive Task Force located Bigleggins at an apartment in the 900 block of S. Pines and, with the assistance of Spokane Valley Deputies, took him into custody. At the time of his arrest, Bigleggins was armed with a Glock 19 semi-automatic handgun.
Major Crimes Detectives arrived at the location and served a search warrant as part of this investigation.
Bigleggins was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for the original charges of Assault 1st Degree (2 counts), Assault 2nd Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree, and Malicious Mischief 1st Degree.
After checking this pistol Bigleggins had in his possession at the time of his arrest, Detectives learned it was reported stolen. On October 25, 2022, additional felony charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree were added. Bigleggins remains in jail with his total bond amount set at $450,000.
($350,000 set for his original charges set by Spokane County District Court Judge D. Hayes and $100,000 set by Spokane County Superior Court Commissioner N. Swennumson for the two additional charges added on 10/25/22)
Anyone with information regarding Bigleggins, his activities, or any of his associates that could assist Detectives in their investigations is urged to call Major Crimes Detective Bohanek at 509-477-3223.