Police: Wenatchee man caught on video in early-morning firearm assault


WENATCHEE — A 34-year-old suspect was jailed early Monday after police said he fired a single shot from a handgun toward a bystander in the 300 block of Fuller Street.

Police brought Roberto Arellano of Wenatchee out of his Fuller Street home not long after the 3:09 a.m. incident, in which a witness statement and video footage allegedly tied him to the crime. Wenatchee police seek a charge of first-degree assault.

WPD Capt. Edgar Reinfeld said the victim contacted police and said Arellano had fired once at him “after a brief altercation.” Reinfeld said the victim was in a parking lot near Arellano’s home and had not entered Arellano’s property.

“We also recovered video from a neighboring house that clearly shows Mr. Arellano firing a shot from a handgun in the direction where our victim said he was,” Reinfeld said. The victim was not struck.

Police surrounded Arellano’s house and arrested him without incident. A search of his property was underway early Monday with a judge’s warrant. Arellano’s was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center at 4:47 a.m., jail records show.

Reinfeld said he wasn’t certain if a firearm had been recovered, and said so far there was no sign of where the bullet landed after it was fired. The neighborhood where the gunfire took place is adjacent to Pioneer Park, Pioneer Middle School and the Wenatchee City Pool.

“If someone does find that, we’d appreciate knowing about it,” Reinfeld said.