Yakima County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Wapato man after they say DNA evidence linked him to a 2018 home invasion.
A probable cause affidavit laid out the following details about the incident:
A woman called deputies around 11:55 a.m. July 6, 2018, and said a man broke open the back door of her home in the 4000 block of North Track Road and came inside. The man, who was holding a metal pipe with a rubber handle, ran when he saw the woman, she told deputies.
Surveillance video from the woman’s landlord showed three men pull up in a sports utility vehicle, and two of them got out, worked on the lock and climbed over the gate. Local police identified one of the men as the suspect.
Deputies found blood on the back door and a gate lock that had been broken, and sent samples to the Washington State Patrol’s crime lab for DNA testing.
The next day, a Toppenish-area woman told deputies she was awakened by three men in her bedroom around 4 a.m., one with a hatchet belonging to her son and the other two with guns. They told the woman that they were with the sheriff’s office and “the Yakima County Police Department.”
When the men ordered the woman out of bed and into another part of the house, she yelled for her father, and the men left, taking the hatchet. She said the men left behind a folding knife and a jack handle with a rubber handle that deputies believed was used in the earlier incident.
She picked out the suspect from a photo lineup.
The State Patrol’s DNA test results came back Monday from the first case, and matched the suspect’s, according to the affidavit. He is being held in the Yakima County jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery for both incidents and first-degree burglary.
His bail was set at $50,000 during a preliminary appearance hearing before Yakima County Superior Court Judge Richard Bartheld Tuesday. It was in addition to the $10,000 bail that was set for an earlier burglary charge.
Editor’s note: The Yakima Herald-Republic does not publish suspects’ names until after charges are filed.