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Sunnyside man pleads guilty to sexual offense

YAKIMA - Sunnyside resident Alfonso Magallenes Gonzalez, 27, is in jail after pleading guilty last Friday in Yakima County Superior Court to attempted voyeurism.

Gonzalez on Jan. 29 of this year was at the Sunnyside Goodwill store where he used his iPhone in an attempt to record a 15-year-old girl while she tried on clothing in a dressing room.

The 15-year-old told police she brought into the dressing room clothing she was going to try on while shopping with her grandmother.

She looked down to see a man's sneaker sticking out from under the partition and she said she spotted an iPhone attached to the shoe. She noticed the phone was on recording mode, according to authorities.

The teen quickly left the dressing room and reported the incident to her grandmother.

The two told police they looked around the store for a man wearing the shoes the girl spotted and when they located him, he fled the store.

Yakima County Prosecutor Jared Boswell, who oversaw the case, said the victim and her grandmother followed Gonzalez out of the store and witnessed him leaving in a 2000 Mercury Cougar.

The grandmother, he said, obtained the license plate number of the vehicle and promptly called the Sunnyside Police Department.

Officer T.J. Orth responded to the call, said Boswell.

He said the officer obtained a statement from the victim and her grandmother before requesting they go to the police station.

At the police station, the victim was shown a photo line-up that included a photograph of Gonzalez. She identified him as the suspect.

Her grandmother, too, was asked to look at a line-up, but was unable to identify the suspect.

The girl's statement and subsequent photo identification of Gonzalez led to police obtaining a search warrant, as well as an arrest warrant. The warrants were served at Gonzalez's home on SW Crescent Avenue the following day.

The vehicle identified by the victim and her grandmother was located, but Gonzalez was located at Sunnyside's Skippers Restaurant.

Gonzalez, when questioned, told Officer Orth he had been at the Goodwill store the previous day.

Boswell said Gonzalez, however, provided police with a story that didn't make sense regarding the iPhone.

"He told Officer Orth he was attempting to store the phone in his sock because his pockets were full," said Boswell.

Last Friday, Gonzalez appeared in Yakima County Superior Court on a charge of attempted voyeurism. Boswell said the charge is a gross misdemeanor and Gonzalez pled guilty to the charge.

"The sentencing range is zero to 365 days and he was sentenced to 90 days with credit for time served," said Boswell.

Gonzalez will also serve 12 months community service for his crime.

He will have to register as a sex offender for a minimum of 10 years.

Boswell said the sex offender leveling will be determined by a leveling committee.

Also, the victim was granted a two-year protection order against Gonzalez.

In other Sunnyside police news, Sunnyside residents have since last Thursday reported a robbery, six thefts and a weapon offense.

A man Saturday reported to police he was robbed. He told police a subject threatened to "blast him" if he did not hand over a laptop computer and money. The victim was able to provide police with the name of the person he believed to be the suspect.

Sunday, police were alerted to an incident in the 900 block of Ida Belle Street in which a subject allegedly pulled a knife on another individual.

The thefts reported since last Thursday included items from vehicles located in the 800 block of West Yakima Valley Highway, items from a garage in the 300 block of Columbia Avenue, two shoplifting incidents, a license plate from a vehicle in the 700 block of Fairview Avenue and unknown items stolen from a business in the 1600 block of East Lincoln Avenue.

Officers, too, have responded to four 9-1-1 hang-up calls, five automatic alarms, five domestic violence incidents, an assault, a DUI report, 12 traffic stops and seven suspicious activity calls.

Sunnyside police have also provided five agency assists, and served five arrest warrants and two court orders.

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