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Alleged gang members arrested on firearm charges

Two teens whom Sunnyside police say admit to having gang ties were arrested last Thursday afternoon on charges of possessing both a stolen and unlawful firearm.

Sunnyside police fielded a call at about 2 p.m. last Thursday, alerting them that a man with a rifle was in the yard of a home in the 1400 block of Sunnyside/Mabton Highway. Arriving at the scene, officers took down four subjects. One of them, said Sgt. Oliver Hernandez, had a firearm in his hands in plain sight of passing motorists on the busy thoroughfare.

Hernandez said officers discovered the weapon was loaded. The firearm, he said, proved to be a shotgun stolen from the Kennewick area. The barrel of the gun had been cut and shortened, he added.

Four suspects at the home were arrested and taken to the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center for processing. During the course of the investigation, said Hernandez, it was learned that two of the suspects had been staying at the home in question temporarily. Both of the teens, he said, were handling the shotgun when police arrived.

The two teens have been identified as Jose M. Uribe, 19, of Grandview and Gaspar Madrigal Jr., 18, of Prosser.

"Both men admitted to gang ties from their respective towns," said Hernandez.

At no time last Thursday, added Hernandez, did the suspects point a weapon at any of the passing motorists, nor were any rounds discharged.

Hernandez said Uribe and Madrigal were eventually transported to the county jail and booked on the felony charges of possessing a stolen firewarm and possessing an unlawful firearm (sawed off shotgun).

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