WENATCHEE — Police in the Wenatchee Valley have now arrested two people in the Saturday shooting that left one person wounded in East Wenatchee.
Wenatchee police arrested Jorge Reyes, 25, of Wenatchee on Wednesday afternoon in the 800 block of Cashmere Street, after a brief foot pursuit. East Wenatchee police believe Reyes opened fire Saturday at a home near Ninth Street Northeast and North Baker Avenue. They say the incident appears to be gang-related.
Reyes is now held in the Chelan County jail, facing possible charges of attempted murder.
East Wenatchee police had already arrested a second suspect, a Wenatchee 16-year-old, on Monday. That youth was charged Wednesday in Douglas County Superior Court with first-degree assault for allegedly taking part in the shooting.
The seriousness of the charge means the youth will be charged as an adult under Washington law. He faces additional charges of first-degree robbery and unlawful firearm possession. The assault charge also carries a gang enhancement, alleging he committed the crime to obtain gang membership or advance his status.
Police affidavits filed in the court case allege Reyes and the juvenile were both armed and staked out a residence near the shooting site, along with a group of accomplices. When the occupants returned home about 1:28 p.m., they allegedly saw Reyes armed with a pistol and the juvenile carrying a rifle.
When the occupants drove away, the suspects allegedly opened fire on their car, shattering a window and wounding one passenger in the leg.
East Wenatchee Police Chief Rick Johnson says the gunfire appeared to stem from a robbery three days earlier, all involving alleged gangmembers. The investigation is still ongoing.