With no new leads and a lot of legwork going into interviewing witnesses, the Sunnyside police are no closer to charging anyone for the June 28 double murder of two men at Sunnyside Parkland Homes.
So far only one man who was involved in the murders of Jesus Jaime Torres, 24, of Pasco and Jose Barragon-Guevera, 37, is being held in custody.
But, according to Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder, Alvaro Perez, 37, of Sunnyside isn't being held on charges stemming from the murders. Perez is being held on violation of a no-contact order.
Perez, along with Leo Sanchez, who now claims to be from Sunnyside, and Jesus Villalobos, 34, of Sunnyside, were all injured in the Parkland Homes shootout.
Detectives are seeking Sanchez, who is described as being in his mid-20s, in order to talk with him about the shooting, but so far police have been unable to locate Sanchez.
While there is plenty of speculation surrounding the motive for the murders, the police are leaning toward calling the incident a drug-related crime.
But, according to Radder, his officers are not convinced that was the only motive.
"We think it may have been drug-related, but it could have been something else entirely," Radder said.
For nearly two weeks, Perez, Villalobos and Sanchez were treated for their injuries before being released. Only Perez was released directly into police custody.
"He has a few issues with immigration services, in addition to his no-contact violation and his involvement with the shooting," said Radder.
Radder said Perez is a known drug dealer, who regularly travels between Sunnyside and California. "But we still have to determine just what Villalobos' and Sanchez's parts were in this scenario," Radder said. He said Sunnyside Detective Joe Guillen has been working diligently to unravel the complicated crime, while waiting on the results from the Washington State Crime Lab.
"There was just a lot of evidence to collect at the scene," Radder said.
"We're still trying to determine who handled what, who shot who, as well as what really is contained in the bundles of what first appears to be drugs," he added.
"It may have all been some kind of scam gone bad," he added.
Nevertheless, two men are dead and the three men who know what happened still have a lot to answer for, Radder added.