As of Tuesday, January 2, 2018
TOPPENISH Police here believe they may have found the car involved in recent drive-by shootings.
In the charging narrative Officer K. Cameron wrote for Yakima County Superior Court, he said he was in the 300 block of Elm Street when he saw a vehicle that matched the description of a car seen at a recent drive-bys.
Cameron said he followed the Cadillac to get a more detailed look. He stayed with it for a couple of turns and saw enough of the car to say it was more than likely the car, according to the court record.
Cameron said the car parked at 614 Washington Ave. He ran the plate, and the information he received placed the ownership of the car at 420 Maple Court, where there had been shots fired the previous day, according to the narrative.
Cameron didn’t make contact until other officers arrived. Making contact, Cameron was looking for evidence that this may be the car, according to court records.
“I observed two Hispanic males sitting the driver’s seat and the passenger seat,” Cameron said in his narrative. “I observed a blue bandana in the center console, consistent with membership in Sureno gangs.”
According to the narrative, the driver was identified as Jorge Rodriguez, 18, and Cameron noted he is a documented Sureno gang member.
After obtaining a warrant, Cameron and other officers did a complete search for certain drugs, drug paraphernalia, firearms and evidence consistent with a drive-by, the record shows.
Officers recovered two handguns, one with a magazine with rounds and two other magazines with rounds.
Rodriguez was arrested on gun charges, the narrative stated.
The narrative did not include the disposition of the second individual, a 16-year-old juvenile.
In the narrative, Cameron said he found .45 ACP rounds in one of the juvenile’s pockets.