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Authorities charge sixth person connected to Jose Correa murder

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office has arrested a sixth individual as a result of the ongoing investigation into the murder of 40-year-old Jose Correa of Sunnyside.

Richard Perales, 48, was arrested and faces charges of rendering assistance after allegedly harboring Marcus Torres while authorities were looking for the 27-year-old suspect.

Torres, said Det. Sgt. Robert Udell, resided with Perales.

He said Perales and Torres' mother had both been warned more than once not to harbor Torres.

"They had promised to tell us if Torres showed up," said Udell.

Perales and Torres reside at 121 Arrowsmith Road just outside Sunnyside, where authorities believe Correa was prior to his murder.

It was at that home where detectives located Torres last Thursday following a two-day manhunt. He and four other suspects are believed, according to officials, to have been involved in the bludgeoning death of Correa.

The suspects, according to detectives, bound and gagged Correa before beating him to death and dumping his body in a canal near Granger. His vehicle was also set ablaze by the suspects, according to officials.

Udell said Torres' mother has yet to be taken into custody for her involvement, harboring her son.

Detectives believe Correa's murder was motivated by robbery and the sale of a faulty firearm.

It is believed Daisy Valencia, 19, of Sunnyside played a role in the murder by luring Correa into an ambush.

 

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