Two Violent Gang Members from Yakima Arrested at Border
Yakima Police say two men wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting last week in Yakima were arrested on the Mexican border, apparently fleeing to Mexico after the shooting.
POLICE SAY BOTH ARE BEING HELD IN CALIFORNIA
Police Capt. Jay Seely says 33-year-old Efren Araiza Acevedo and 26-year-old Isidro Acevedo are being held in San Diego after being arrested on Sunday.
Yakima Police continue the investigation into the September 14 shooting that left 2 local gang members with non-life threatening injuries. Officers last week say they found vehicles that belonged to the shooters but two gang members had yet to be found and arrested. Until they tried to cross the border back into the United States on Sunday.
POLICE SAY THE SUSPECTS MAY FACE ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES
The two local gang members were wanted in connection with a shooting after the initial drive-by shooting. Seely says “ I am very pleased with the work our officers do behind the scenes that no one sees. Our gang unit has worked tirelessly over the last week on this case. Additionally, although they were arrested for the first assault warrants, our gang unit has requested the prosecutor amend the charges to 5 counts of attempted murder in the first degree for each subject. We are awaiting a decision from Prosecutor Joe Brusic."
THE INITIAL SHOOTING REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION
Authorities say the two local gang members fired shots at a home in the 900 block of East Chestnut Avenue at about 11:55AM Tuesday, September 14. No one was injured in that shooting. Police say two men then ran from the home jumped in a vehicle and chased the two gang members and three others also in the vehicle to the area of East Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street where numerous shots were fired. Police say they found 25 shell casings at the scene.
The two gang members who were involved in the first drive-by shooting on East Chestnut were injured in the shooting. Both were taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.