Suspected Driveby Shooter Arrested

Shooting Crime Scene

A suspected driveby shooter is in custody following an altercation in the parking lot of a Wenatchee Avenue restaurant. Police released a news statement on the event that occurred during the early morning hours Saturday. . .

Wenatchee Police News Release

“On March 12, 2017 at about 3:10 AM Wenatchee Police Officers were in the area of the 800 block of North Wenatchee Avenue conducting a traffic stop. Two officers on the traffic stop, who were making an unrelated arrest, heard what they believed was a single gunshot and then observed a vehicle flee the area. The officers provided the information to Rivercom, which was then relayed to other agencies in the area. Wenatchee Police officers were able to locate the victims and a group of witnesses who confirmed a single gunshot had been fired by an occupant of the vehicle that had been observed by officers fleeing the area. Nobody was shot and no other injuries were reported.

Gun Shot Fired in Restaurant Parking Lot
According the victims and witnesses, a group of men and women had been at a bar in Wenatchee, and one of the men had asked one of the women to go to an after-party. The female declined and left the location with friends in their vehicles. The males followed. The females pulled over at El Agave and the males circled the parking lot and then pulled up to the group of females who were now outside their vehicles.

Driveby shooting
scene of drive-by shooting

A verbal altercation ensued between one of the females and one of the males in the vehicle. The male then pulled out a revolver and fired one round into the air. The males then fled the scene.

Suspect Apprehended 
The suspect vehicle was located a short time later by a Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy in South Wenatchee and officers from Wenatchee Police Department, East Wenatchee Police Department and the Chelan County sheriff’s Office conducted a high-risk traffic stop. The occupants of the vehicle were detained and a revolver was located in the back seat of the vehicle. Through further investigation officers were able to identify one of the occupants, Juan M. Flores Arroyo, 24-years-old, of Cashmere, as the shooter. The vehicle was impounded and a search warrant was later conducted. The firearm was recovered and discovered to be stolen out of East Wenatchee from a case in early 2016. Also, with the assistance of the other two males in the vehicle, officers were able to recover the casing from the firearm that had been thrown out of the vehicle by Flores Arroyo in the parking lot of Valley North Mall near Target. Flores Arroyo was arrested for Drive By Shooting (for shooting from and then fleeing the scene of the shooting in a vehicle), Carrying a Pistol without a Permit, Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Possession of Methamphetamine. Flores Arroyo was booked at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.
The point of contact for this press release is Sergeant Brian Chance. If anyone has information regarding this case they should call Detective Kevin Battis at (509)888-4245 or report via Rivercom at (509)663-9911 reference case”

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.