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Gang-related incidents result in six arrests

This past weekend Sunnyside police arrested six individuals connected with what is believed to be gang-related incidents reported by citizens.

Two of the arrests involved firearms.

This past Saturday morning police responded to a call in the 400 block of West Maple Avenue for a report from a parent who said she located a juvenile male in her daughter's room. The mother was unable to get the male to leave.

Police said they responded and located a 14-year-old male, who was a suspect in an incident at Central Park earlier that day. He had been accused of brandishing a gun at his sister's boyfriend.

The girl living in the home where the suspect was located, according to police, claimed ownership of the gun the 14-year-old brandished.

Both teens were taken into custody on a requested charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The boy is a known gang member, according to police.

This past Sunday at approximately 5 p.m. officers were alerted to three juvenile males spray painting gang graffiti on fruit bins at a local processing plant in the area of East Edison and Zillah avenues.

Police located the suspects, who had fled the scene.

Two 14-year-old males and a 13-year-old male were taken into custody on requested charges of malicious mischief third degree and criminal trespassing second degree.

The three were transported to the Yakima County Juvenile Detention Center.

This past Monday at approximately 10 p.m. officers received a call from the area of Blaine Avenue and South 11th Street regarding a weapon offense.

A 16-year-old male was taken into custody and the Sunnyside Police Department has requested he be charged with six counts of assault second degree, six counts of felony harassment, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

Also since yesterday (Tuesday) police have investigated two thefts and a burglary, as well as three missing persons reports.

All three missing persons reports were children who had not made it home from the first day of school.

The thefts involved a toy car stolen from a residence in the 500 block of Rouse Road and a shoplifter at Walmart.

The burglary, reported just after 11 p.m. last night, was in the 400 block of East Yakima Valley Highway. The business owner found a door ajar. Items stolen were not detailed.

Officers have also since yesterday responded to two automatic alarms, a controlled substance problem, a report of harassment, two runaway juvenile reports and three suspicious activity calls.

Sunnyside police, too, provided an agency assist and two citizen assists, as well as served an arrest warrant and a court order.

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