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Five arrested in connection with stolen vehicle

Five individuals were arrested yesterday afternoon just after 4 p.m. after allegedly stealing a vehicle, say Sunnyside police.

Officer Joe Chiprez was responding to a shoplifting report in the 2600 block of East Lincoln Avenue when he said he spotted an occupied 2001 Ford Expedition that had been reported stolen out of Yakima.

Chiprez called for assistance from other officers and conducted a traffic stop.

Three suspects, say police, fled the vehicle into a nearby business.

Two remaining juvenile females, 14 and 17-years-old, were taken into custody at the scene.

Sunnyside police say the remaining suspects were located a short while later.

Police say Joseph Doney, 22, of Sunnyside; David Rabanales Peres, 20, of Sunnyside and a 17-year-old female exited the business via a side door and fled into a nearby field.

Officers pursued the suspects on foot and Doney was taken into custody after approximately half a mile. The other two suspects were located and taken into custody on Allen Road.

Officers inventoried the stolen vehicle, taking into evidence two baseball bats and a semi-automatic handgun.

Doney is being held by police on a requested charge of felon in possession of a firearm, as is the third juvenile female.

There are no pending charges for the other three suspects, including Peres.

Washington State troopers and deputies with the Yakima County Sheriff's Office assisted in the foot pursuit.

Also taken into custody last night (Thursday) at approximately 10:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Harrison Avenue was an individual who allegedly pulled a weapon on a Sunnyside girl.

The girl's mother called police, charging Juan Morales, 19, with displaying a gun and pointing it at her daughter.

Police located Morales and he was taken into custody on a requested charge of threats to do harm.

In other Sunnyside police news, a resident in the 500 block of Yakima Valley Highway yesterday reported two vehicles stolen just before 1:30 p.m. The vehicles included a 1984 Dodge Ram van and a 1989 Toyota Camry.

Police officers have also since yesterday responded to a 9-1-1 hang-up call, three automatic alarms, a report of harassment, a lost property report, a parking problem, six suspicious activity calls, a traffic accident, two traffic stops, a noise complaint, a tip regarding an individual wanted by authorities, a report of a sex crime and a complaint regarding a solicitor. Officers, too, fielded two informational calls, recovered a stolen vehicle, served an arrest warrant and provided an agency assist, as well as three citizen assists.

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