Murder suspect arrested


Armondo H. Gonzalez Jr....suspected trigger man in Nov. 10, 2008 slaying

A 17-year-old Sunnyside teenager wanted in connection in a shooting that left another Sunnyside teenager dead was arrested by Sunnyside police yesterday, Wednesday.

Sunnyside police were assisting the Yakima County Sheriff's Office in the service of a search warrant on a residence in the 1800 block of Braden Road just south of Sunnyside. During the service of the search warrant the assisting Sunnyside police officers recognized Armondo H. Gonzalez Jr. as one of the occupants of the house.

Gonzalez is suspected of being the trigger man in a shooting that killed Eric Vargas on Nov. 10, 2008 after rocks were thrown at the vehicle Gonzalez was in while stopped at a stop sign on 13th Street.

Gonzalez was taken into custody yesterday and later transported to the juvenile detention center in Yakima. He is expected to be charged with murder in the second degree, assault in the second degree and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Also taken into custody was 17-year-old Julian Williams of Prosser. He had been detained at the scene of the November homicide but was later released. In the ongoing investigation Williams was identified as being a participant in the incident. After being detained at the scene of the search warrant yesterday Williams was transported to the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center and then later transported to the juvenile detention center in Yakima with the requested charge of accomplice to murder in the second degree.


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