Man arrested after standoff with multi-agency task force in Soap Lake

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SOAP LAKE- The U.S. Marshal’s Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force arrested a wanted felon in connection to a December 9 pursuit and crash that left a Moses Lake woman in critical condition. On Wednesday night deputies made the arrest after the suspect barricaded himself inside a Soap Lake area home.

U.S. Marshals, sheriff’s deputies and officers tracked 29-year-old Nicholas Romero Rivera to the home where he refused to come outside. Based on Rivera’s criminal history, deputies called in the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team to assist.

Rivera was eventually talked out of the home by negotiators before the Tactical Response Team arrived, and was taken into custody without incident. Upon searching the home, detectives with the Narcotics Enforcement Team seized an AR-22 rifle.

Rivera was wanted on charges of vehicular assault, unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree and attempting to elude related to the Dec. 9 incident that injured a 22-year old female passenger, leaving her with critical injuries.

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said Rivera’s decisions leading up to this arrest caused serious injuries to a young woman and now he can faces the charges, adding that the capture was the result of great teamwork by all agencies involved.

“Rivera’s capture was the result of great teamwork by all the agencies involved,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “Rivera’s prior decisions and actions caused a young lady to have to suffer with severe injuries, and I’m glad Rivera is now in jail so he can face the charges.”

Rivera is lodged in the Grant County with bail set at $100,000.