Third person charged in shootout

Police: Madrigal helped shooters to get away

— Another local man has been charged in connection to an Oct. 23 shootout with a Washington State Patrol trooper.

Enrique Alejandro Madrigal, 20, of Mabton, is being held in the Yakima County jail on $20,000 bail for first-degree rendering criminal assistance. He appeared before Judge Gayle M. Harthcock yesterday.

According to court documents, Madrigal — also known as “Gordo” — helped Manuel Jovanni Aviles escape after he was shot by trooper Nate Dawson on Oct. 23.

Aviles, 18, also of Mabton, remains in jail on $500,000 bond. He is charged with first-degree assault and possession with a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Felipe Cortes-Barajas, 39, of Grandview, is also being held in the case on $500,000 bail for first-degree assault, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a stolen firearm and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Court records released yesterday identified a third suspect in the car as Cortes-Barajas’ brother-in-law “Damien.” He is believed to have been in the backseat of the suspect vehicle.

Law enforcement has not discussed the status of “Damien.”

The new records also show Cortes-Barajas was apprehended with Mexican identification.

His immigration status was not available yesterday, but he has already been convicted of alien in possession of a firearm, records show.

Aviles and Cortes-Barajas were arrested last Thursday in Othello after authorities used Aviles’ cellphone to track down his friends and family, records show. The cellphone was left in the car the suspects abandoned at 3830 Forsell Road, Grandview, following the high-speed pursuit and shootout.

The additional court records show Aviles called his brother, Luis Aviles of LaPine, Ore., more than 24 hours after the shootout.

He informed his brother he had been the driver, court records show. He also said he had been shot in the right bicep.

Aviles told his brother he had lain in a hop field until law enforcement left, then was picked up by Madrigal and taken to Mabton, records show. They later went to a house at 1020 Alexander Extension Road, Grandview.

Meanwhile, law enforcement spent the evening searching the Forsell Road area looking for three men.

On Sunday, investigators interviewed Cortes-Barajas’ wife, Delia Sandoval Barajas, and daughter, Alma Cortes Sandoval.

Court records show Barajas confirmed Luis Aviles’ story that Madrigal had taken Manuel Aviles to his house after the shooting.

She also told investigators Madrigal cleaned and dressed the gunshot wound, records show.

Sandoval told investigators the clothing Manuel Aviles was wearing when he was shot was left at Madrigal’s house.

Investigators then interviewed Madrigal.

Court records show he confessed to treating the wound and burning Manuel Aviles’ sweatshirt bloodied by the wound.

Madrigal then took the suspect to his parents house in Mabton, court records show.

The men later left Mabton and spent Tuesday night at 1881 N. Price Road, Outlook.

A confidential informant Wednesday notified authorities that Cortes-Barajas and Manuel Aviles had arrived in Othello.

Drone-based surveillance was set up and authorities monitored the men and others until Thursday, records show. Cortes-Barajas and Aviles were arrested without incident at 7:54 a.m.


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