Police chase leads back to check fraud

Police lost car at high speeds but found it next day

— Two attempted check fraud suspects who got away from an afternoon police chase last Wednesday, didn’t get away after all.

They were arrested the next day, after the black Honda they were using was located at 1391 Cemetery Road.

Monday, Arisai Barron and Kiarra Winchel made their first appearance at Yakima County Superior Court to face charges.

According to the narrative written by Officer C. Sparks, the attempted check fraud gone awry led to the chase.

In his report, Sparks said his attention was drawn to the car before he knew about the fraud attempt. He saw the black Honda run a stop at Harrison Avenue and 11th Street. He initiated a traffic stop.

While Sparks was writing information he was receiving from dispatch about the vehicle, it took off at a high rate of speed east on Tacoma Avenue, the court record shows.

According to the court record, the suspect vehicle went north on 13th street at a speed in excess of 50 MPH, stopping for nothing or no one. Sparks said he lost sight of the car.

Sparks went to Banner Bank, where the check fraud attempt was made. Employees told him that, because of Barron’s actions and information on the $2,300 check, they became suspicious, the record shows.

The record shows that, while bank employees were attempting to verify the check, Barron reached over the counter, grabbed the check and ran out of the bank.

The next day, the record shows, Detective Gusby located the vehicle, and that led to the arrests. Gusby searched the car on Jan. 19 and recovered a fraudulent check for $2,300 made out to Arisai Barron, according to the record.

Based on information from Barron, police executed a search warrant on Jan. 20 at 321 S. 9th St. They found a theft and fraud operation, the record shows.

That search included Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies, agents of Law Enforcement Against Drugs Task Force and the Mabton Police Department.

According to the court record, police found 150 pieces of stolen mail, fraudulent checks mixed with Winchel’s own mail in several trash bags.

The court record shows there were at least 38 victims of the crimes identified as a result of the search.

Winchel was charged with Financial Fraud and Possession of Stolen Mail.  Barron was charged with Financial Fraud and Attempt to Elude.


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