Toppenish shooter tracked and arrested

Nearby witnesses helped

— Responding to a shots fired call on Jan. 26, police found their man and arrested him.

Rey Venegas-Garcia, no age or residence given, made a preliminary appearance in Yakima County Superior Court on Monday to face several charges.

He was jailed in Sunnyside on Friday and then transported to the county jail.

According to the charging document written by Officer C. Briggs, police were alerted to the incident by two employees of the Toppenish Public Works Department. They had witnessed it.

Briggs and Officer Quantrell, depending on a description by the witnesses, contacted Venegas-Garcia sometime after 4:45 p.m. in the area of the incident in block 10 of Buena Way, the court document said.

After ordering Venegas-Garcia to the ground, the officers found a weapon in the front of his pants, the report said, and a loaded magazine.

The two witnesses, Gary Kroll and Arthur Kroes, identified Venegas-Garcia positively, the report said, and the officers returned to the area of the shots, to collect evidence of the shots fired.

Venegas-Garcia was booked into Sunnyside jail, charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, minor in possession of beer, aiming or discharging a firearm with people in the area, furtively carrying a dangerous weapon and second-degree criminal trespass.


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