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New Year opens with shootings, stabbing in Sunnyside

New Year's Day wasn't filled with celebrations for three Sunnyside men, who became victims in two separate assaults last Friday.

Just after 2:30 a.m. Friday two adult men, Ricardo Cortez and Daniel Lopez, both 29, were victims of gunfire in the 700 block of South 13th Street. The gunshots reportedly came from a passing vehicle in the area.

Cortez was shot once in the torso and Lopez suffered two gunshot wounds to the legs. The duo was transported via private vehicle to Sunnyside Community Hospital.

The suspect vehicle was described by witnesses as a silver sport utility vehicle and was last seen heading southbound on South 13th Street after the shooting.

Evidence, not including the weapon or weapons used in the incident, was recovered at the scene and the case is still under investigation.

Sunnyside police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call 836-6200.

That same morning another individual, Gilberto Vargas Sardina, 21, was stabbed just before 8 a.m. in the Parkland homes area.

The suspect, Gumercindo Jaquez Jaquez, 37, was involved in an altercation with Sardina and allegedly stabbed the victim multiple times in the head and neck area.

Sardina was taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital for treatment, and Jaquez was arrested at the scene.

Arresting officers found the suspect to not only be in possession of a knife, but two firearms. Police confiscated the weapons and Jaquez was transported to the Sunnyside City Jail where requested charges of assault first degree and alien in possession of a firearm were filed. He was taken to the Yakima County Jail today (Monday).

Last Wednesday, Sunnyside police officers responded to a report of fraudulent activity at a grocery store.

Store employees told officers that Guadalupe I. Garcia, 43, was known to cash checks that were bad, and attempted to cash another bad check at the time of Wednesday's call.

The suspect was arrested at the store and taken to the Sunnyside City Jail. Police are requesting charges of unlawful issuance of checks.

Upon further investigation, say police, it was discovered other businesses in the city had also been victimized by Garcia. He allegedly cashed checks around town, totaling more than $3,500 from an account in his name, written to himself.

Anyone with further information regarding the investigation can contact Detective Erica Rollinger at 836-6200.

On New Year's morning (Friday) at approximately 12:50 a.m. an accident at Federal Way and South 16th Street left some Sunnyside residents without electrical power.

Luis Larios, 21, of Prosser is believed to have been traveling the streets in the neighborhood at a speed of approximately 80 miles per hour when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole. Police at the scene say Larios was driving under the influence and he was taken into custody.

In other police news, two burglaries and six thefts have been reported to the Sunnyside Police Department since last Thursday.

Of the thefts three were automobiles. A 1990 Honda Accord was reported stolen from the 2000 block of Yakima Valley Highway last Thursday at approximately 3:45 p.m., a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu was reported stolen from the 1100 block of Ida Belle Avenue at approximately 1:15 a.m. Friday and a neighbor reported a vehicle stolen from the 200 block of SW Crescent Avenue at approximately 10:15 a.m. yesterday.

A purse was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 100 block of East Hemlock Avenue just after 2 p.m. Saturday, a stereo was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 700 block of South 13th Street just after 11 a.m. Friday and a shoplifter was arrested in the 600 block of South Sixth Street just before 6:30 p.m. yesterday.

A television was reported stolen in a burglary in the 2600 block of Allen Road just after 1 a.m. Friday, and unknown items were stolen in a burglary reported in the 1100 block of South 10th Street just before 5 p.m. yesterday.

Sunnyside police have received numerous other calls since last Thursday, as well. They included nine reports of suspicious activity and nine automatic alarm calls, three shots fired reports, eight arrest warrants were served, four vandalism incidents and 14 traffic problems were also among the police responses, as well.

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