Suspects in September campsite robbery now number six

Becca Rosenburg and Kye Shelton

WATERVILLE — Prosecutors have charged a sixth person in the chaotic campground robbery near Banks Lake last September.

Witnesses say Veronica Joann Nanez, age 21, of Yakima, was driving the white Buick that struck one man and rammed a parked truck during the Sept. 27 robbery. Already jailed and awaiting trial are Kye Shelton and Becca Rosenburg, who allegedly had their four children along in a minivan while they stole two generators from a campsite.

The campers returned to the site while the robbery was in progress, and one of them was dragged by the minivan allegedly driven by Rosenburg after trying to jump on board. The Buick, allegedly with Nanez behind the wheel, ran over one suspected accomplice — Joseph Aaron Lacey, 19 — and left him with a broken leg. The car then rammed a parked pickup truck belonging to one of the campers before fleeing.

Shelton, 32, and Rosenburg, 33, were on the lam for three weeks before police arrested them near Moxee. Rosenburg is the mother of Rae’Ana Rosenburg, the child who survived 20 minutes underwater after falling through the ice of a Rock Island fishing pond in February 2019.

Prosecutors in Douglas County charged Nanez on Tuesday with second-degree assault, robbery, theft, and hit and run. Shelton and Rosenburg face similar charges, plus multiple counts of child endangerment.

Garrett Jax Riel, 22, Zachary James Sands, 24, allegedly acted as accomplices in the robbery alongside Lacey.