Friday, April 2, 2010

Sunnyside Police identify 5 homcide suspects (pics)

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — Police are seeking five suspects in connection with last week’s restaurant shooting that killed one man and injured two others.

A Sunnyside police spokeswoman said Thursday that detectives still have not determined a motive for the shooting and more suspects could be named as the investigation continues.

The shooting late Friday at Ricos Tacos Guadalajara killed Ramon Magna Mendoza, a 25-year-old Sunnyside man.

Maria Reyes, 42, also of Sunnyside, was taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where authorities reported Monday she was in critical condition. An update on her condition was not available Thursday because the family has asked that no information be released, a Harborview nurse administrator said.

A third victim was treated and released at a local hospital. Police, citing the complexity of the investigation, have not identified him.

Police said they are seeking: Lisandro Rangel, 21; Alfonso Rangel Jr., 27; Ramon Medina Gutierrez, 21; and Juvenal Moreno-Garcia, 25.

The fifth suspect, Tanilo Medina, may go by the alias Guadalupe Fernandez, 26, police said.

All are residents of Sunnyside, police said.

Detectives either have arrest warrants or are in the process of obtaining them for all five suspects, though they believe they have enough probable cause to arrest them without warrants, police spokeswoman Charlotte Hinderlider said.

Some of the suspects have been in trouble with the law before.

Both Rangels were found guilty of a controlled substance violation in 2007 in Yakima County Superior Court.

Medina Gutierrez was charged in 2009 with first-degree robbery. Court records allege that in 2007, Medina Gutierrez and three other men held a victim at gunpoint in a Wapato car sales office to get back Gutierrez’s $5,000 down payment on a vehicle after he changed his mind about the purchase. He is still awaiting trial.

• Ross Courtney can be reached at 509-930-8798 or

• Reporter Melissa Sánchez contributed to this report.

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