Trail leads to another man’s arrest

Patrol connects Jose Alvarez to shootout

— Detectives following the escape route yesterday of three men involved in last week’s shootout with a Washington State Patrol trooper have made a fourth arrest.

Jose Alvarez, 42, of Grandview, was booked into the Yakima County Jail on Monday on a probable charge of first-degree assault.

Authorities would not comment on whether he was the third man in the car that led trooper Nate Dawson on a high-speed chase that ended in a shootout at 3830 Forsell Road.

The jail log shows he was booked into the jail without bail at 11:32 p.m. on additional charges of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

The U.S. Marshall’s Service also requested he be held.

Alvarez’s arrest follows the arrests of Enrique Alejandro Madrigal, Manuel Jovanni Aviles and Felipe Cortes-Barajas.

Madrigal, 20, of Mabton, is being held in the Yakima County jail on $20,000 bail for first-degree rendering criminal assistance. He appeared before Judge Gayle M. Harthcock yesterday.

Aviles, 18, also of Mabton, remains in jail on $500,000 bail. He is charged with first-degree assault and possession with a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Felipe Cortes-Barajas, 39, of Grandview, is also being held in the case on $500,000 bail for first-degree assault, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a stolen firearm and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Alvarez’s arrest took place Monday after detectives interviewed Aviles and others, and returned to the shootout location.

There, detectives followed a trail through adjacent property looking for evidence that connected Alvarez, Aviles and Cortes-Barajas.

While searching, they located a ballistic vest with two bullet holes and dried blood on the right sleeve, court records released yesterday said. They also found an “AK-47-style rifle,” a Norinco MAK-90 Sporter 7.62x39 caliber.

The rifle had live rounds in the magazine, records show.

With more evidence in hand as well as Aviles cellphone information, detectives obtained a search warrant for data relating to Alvarez’s cellphone, records show. They traced its location to Walmart at 1600 E. Chestnut St., Yakima.

Members of the patrol’s SWAT team went to the store and arrested Alvarez.

Cortes-Barajas had Mexican identification on him at the time of his arrest. He also was previously convicted of alien in possession of a firearm.

As of Tuesday, The Daily Sun was unable to confirm Cortes-Barajas immigration status.

Nor could the newspaper confirm the immigration status of Alvarez after the U.S. Marshall’s Service requested he be held in the jail on its behalf as well.


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