A 34-year-old wanted for a shooting in Yakima has been arrested by the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force. On Thursday authorities arrested Clemente Morales III in Redmond, Washington. They say Morales is a known “Sureno” gang member, who was wanted for Aggravated Assault with a gun in connection with a shooting that happened on March 4 outside the Minda Lanes Bowling Alley in Yakima. A fight between two men outside the business resulted in shots fired but no injuries were reported.

Police say they learned  Morales was hiding  in the Seattle area.  Members of the task force which includes Yakima Sheriff’s Deputies and Washington State Department of Corrections Officers traveled to Seattle and partnered with the Seattle based task force members. Morales was arrested in the 16000 block of Redmond Way and booked into the King County Jail on his charges.  U.S. Marshals Craig Thayer from Eastern Washington and Jacob Green from Western Washington say the arrest of Morales underscored again the value, and effectiveness of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force.

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force is a U.S. Marshals Service sponsored partnership, comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement officers from Washington, Oregon and Alaska.  The task force’s primary mission is to locate, arrest, and return to the justice system the most violent, federal and state fugitives.