Reward offered for apprehension of five murder suspects

The Sunnyside Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for each of the five suspects wanted for the March 26 shooting of Romon Mendoza, Maria Reyes and a third unidentified victim that took place at Sunnyside's Rico's Tacos Guadalajara restaurant.

Wanted are Lisandro Rangel, 21; Alfonso Rangel Jr., 27; Ramon Medina-Gutierrez, 21, Juvenal Moreno-Garcia, 25; and Tanilo Medina (a.k.a. Guadalupe Fernandez), 26, all of Sunnyside.

Mendoza died as a result of multiple gunshots and Reyes is still recovering from wounds she sustained in the shooting incident. The third victim was treated and released from Sunnyside Community Hospital the night of the shooting.

"The arrest of these individuals takes precedence for the Sunnyside Police Department," said Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder.

He said the police department is concerned for the safety of Sunnyside residents and is placing a high priority on locating the suspects in the shooting.

Anyone with information about the case or the location of the five suspects is urged to call the Sunnyside Police Department at 836-6200.

Since last Thursday Sunnyside police have been busy handling other criminal activity, as well.

Two homes in the 900 block of South 11th Street and the 1100 block of Jackson Avenue were reportedly hit by gunfire just after 1 p.m. yesterday (Sunday). Noone was reported injured in the incident. It is believed a white or gray Altima was involved in the shooting.

Five burglaries and three thefts have been reported to police since Thursday.

A back door in the 100 block of West Parkland Drive was pried open sometime before 6:20 p.m. Thursday and it is unknown what was stolen.

Friday a resident in the 700 block of McClain Drive reported a man wearing a blue bandana was trying to break into her apartment just before 8 a.m. The screens to several windows were removed and the woman's boyfriend yelled at the suspect, who fled the scene.

It was just after 8 a.m. that day the same suspect is believed to have attempted to break into another apartment in the complex, as well.

A resident in the 900 block of Taylor Avenue Friday at approximately 11 a.m. reported a burglary to a home there, and Saturday jewelry and small valuables were stolen in a burglary at a home in the 100 block of West Parkland Drive.

It is unknown what was stolen from a home burglarized yesterday just after 5 p.m. in the 800 block of Crescent Avenue.

Two shoplifters were taken into custody at different times Sunday at Sunnyside's Safeway, and checks and cash were reported stolen from a home in the 800 block of South Eighth Street just after 11 a.m.

Sunnyside police have also fielded calls regarding two assaults, four fights, a gang fight incident, six suspicious situations and a violation of a no-contact order since last Thursday. Officers served six arrest warrants and a court order, as well as recovered a stolen vehicle, too.


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