Local police recover stolen assault weapon

A stolen semi-automatic assault weapon and two magazines loaded with live ammunition were this past Saturday discovered by Sunnyside police and confiscated from a vehicle driven by Noel Rodriguez, 24, according to officials.

He was taken into custody and is facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm second degree and possession of a stolen firearm.

Officials say a routine traffic stop netted the arrest after an officer witnessed Rodriguez driving recklessly through the neighborhood.

During the stop, officers reportedly observed a semi-automatic assault weapon on the floorboard of the front passenger side of the vehicle.

A search warrant was obtained from a judge. Officers searched the vehicle and recovered the weapon, which they say was equipped with a drum-type, high capacity magazine that was loaded with live ammunition.

Officials say another magazine was also recovered during the search of the vehicle.

The firearm, say police, had been reported stolen.

In addition to the weapons charges, police say Rodriguez is facing charges of driving while license suspended third degree.

He will be transferred to the Yakima County Jail to face the felony charges.

In a separate incident, an officer was last Friday alerted to a student with a knife at Sunnyside High School. Further investigation led to a second student, who police believe provided the knife to the first one. Charges are pending, according to officials.

Saturday, officers investigated reports of shots fired in the 600 block of Cemetery Road. Patrols raced to the area, but were unable to find evidence of gunfire in the area. No property damage or casings were found.

Also, a resident in the 600 block of Columbia Avenue this past Saturday reported seeing someone break into a relative’s vehicle and steal a purse.

Sunnyside police have also since Friday handled 11 automatic alarms, a reported assault, a controlled substance problem, a domestic violence call, 10 suspicious activity calls, 13 traffic stops, two vandalism reports, a vehicle prowl and three traffic mishaps.

Officers, too, provided three agency assists, four citizen assists and three welfare checks, as well as served an arrest warrant.


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