Bystander uses gun to detain man suspected of assaulting Wenatchee store clerk


(This story has been updated to include the names of the two men involved)

A man suspected of assaulting a convenience store clerk early Thursday afternoon in Wenatchee was held at gunpoint by another man until police arrived.

Police responded at 12:24 to what at first was a report of a man holding another man at gunpoint at the 76 station in the 300 block of Ferry Street, said Captain Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department.

While responding, officers learned that an employee at the store had earlier been assaulted.

“Immediately before officers arrived it became a little bit more clear that the suspect in the assault on the clerk inside the store was the one being held at gunpoint by another citizen,” Reinfeld said.

The assault suspect, identified as Jaime Garcia-Aparicio, 38, of Wenatchee, was immediately taken into custody, he said.

He later was taken to the hospital for injuries suffered in the scuffle.

Clerk hit in the head with can or bottle

It started when the suspect attempted to buy alcohol inside the store “basically with his ID, he didn’t have any money,” Reinfeld said.

“When he was refused he took one of the cans or bottles … threw it at the clerk, hitting her in the head, then came around the counter, shoved her to the ground and continued to assault her,” Reinfeld said.

When Garcia-Aparicio left the store, the clerk followed him out, yelling for help just as Jesse Altizer was pulling into the parking lot.

“He stepped out of the vehicle to see what was going on. The suspect came at him in a manner where he thought he was going to be assaulted,” Reinfeld said. “He reached back into his vehicle for a firearm, pointed it at the suspect and told him to stop.”

The suspect then went around to the passenger side of the man’s vehicle and appeared to be trying to get in the car, where Altizer’s children were inside, Reinfeld said. Altizer then knocked the suspect to the ground and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

When Garcia-Aparicio is released from the hospital, he faces potential robbery and assault charges.

Altizer was interviewed and released, Reinfeld said.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, he said.