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Crime numbers falling in downtown Spokane

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New numbers from Spokane Police show crime on the decline in downtown Spokane. This news comes on the heels of Monday's sentencing of 17-year-old Patrick Cloud.

Cloud was caught by KXLY cameras in early September sucker punching a man outside of the Satellite Diner. The video sparked a debate about the state of Downtown Spokane and the seemingly out-of-control kids that live on the streets.

Monday, Cloud pleaded guilty to charges of Third Degree Assault and Minor in Possession. The plea got him 23 weeks in juvenile detention. He will be released on his 188thbirthday.

Before sentencing, Judge Ellen Clark told Cloud she hopes he gets the concealing he needs to turn his life around.

"I hope that you take the help that they can give you, we're not just locking you up to lock you up, we're trying to get you some help, so you can come out as an adult and a better person and don't end up in trouble again," Clark said.

Cloud is just one of many young adults who call the streets of Downtown Spokane home. Businesses have complained for months that their pack mentality has gotten out of control, pushing away business and, at worse, escalating to violence.

Police released numbers Monday that the violence and crime is on the decline.

Violent Crime: 8.3%

Commercial Robbery: 12%

Aggravated Assault: 20%

P.J. Devolve has worked at a mini-mart downtown for five months and quickly became acquainted with the street kids. He thinks the police report is accurate and also thinks the cold weather has helped deter crime.

"I have noticed less fights, especially along this little corridor here," Devolve said, referring to where his store is located.

He has also noticed the increased police presence.

"Tuesday, Wednesday and, I think, Thursdays they have foot patrols now, which helps," Devolve said.

On the other hand, Gabe, as he wants to be identified, lives on the streets and says a little more compassion towards these kids could go a long way. He says life for them on the streets is cold, lonely and dangerous.

"A lot of people get mad because they have nowhere to sleep so it all depends, it's situational," Gabe said.

Regular patrons of the Satellite Diner, where Cloud's assault took place, say since the fight they have noticed the kids who normally cause the problems have not been hanging out outside of the bar.