Thursday, May 28, 2009

Grandview gunbattle injures one

GRANDVIEW - Multiple shots rang out at about 7 p.m. in Grandview last night, Wednesday, as two rival gangs reportedly exchanged gunfire in the 700 block of West Fifth Street and Crescent Drive.

Juan Zepeda, 27, was injured in the incident, but police say the injuries to his leg are minor-the bullet travelled up his leg and got lodged in his thigh. After receiving medical treatment, Zepeda is currently housed in the Grandview jail.

Police say it wasn't until after the incident broke out that the gang members got into vehicles and fled. At some point, police say Zepeda allegedly pointed a firearm at an innocent bystander in the area of West Fifth Street and Avenue H. The victim obtained a license plate and vehicle information and relayed the information to the police.

Police say they later found one of the suspect vehicles at a residence in the 300 block of Elm Street. After obtaining a search warrant, police say they seized the vehicle, a handgun and approximately a half-pound of marijuana. Police arrested two females who live at the residence.

During the exchange of gunfire, three homes in the area were hit with bullets. Police are still researching the total amount of rounds fired, but believe the total will be about 25.

Police are requesting the two women be charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and that Zepeda be charged with assault in the first degree.

It's not over yet, though.

"We're still looking for several other suspects and some of the victims have not come forward yet," said Det. Mitch Fairchild.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sunnyside drive-by nets three arrests

Sunnyside police were called to the 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue at 11 p.m. this past Saturday night after receiving a report of shots fired.

Witnesses told police a tan Ford Taurus left the scene after its occupants fired several times at a residence and the surrounding area. One man was injured in the shooting.

Officers went in pursuit of the vehicle and the driver led police on a chase that exceeded 100 mph and went as far east as Prosser before spikes were laid in the road and the vehicle was disabled.

Arrested in the vehicle were 29-year-old Anthony DeLeon of Prosser, 21-year-old Richard DeLeon of Prosser and Octavia Robledo, 23, of Grandview.

Anthony DeLeon will be charged with assault in the first degree and eluding. DeLeon and Robledo will be charged with first degree assault.

The victim, 19-year-old Ingacio Cardenas, was treated at a local hospital and then transported to Harborview. He has one gunshot wound to his lower torso.

Evidence was recovered at the scene, including nine .22 caliber shell casings. This case is still under investigation. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call Detective Jim Ortiz at 509-836-6200.