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Yakima police arrest 3 suspects in Friday's homicide

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Yakima SWAT members stand near a Yakima police armored vehicle at a Gleed home Nov. 21, 2020, where police arrested three suspects in a Yakima gang homicide. (Donald W. Meyers/Yakima Herald-Republic.)

GLEED — Yakima police have arrested three suspects in Friday’s gang-related homicide.

Police went to a house in the 3000 block of Old Naches Highway around 7:30 a.m. Saturday after receiving a tip that the three were there. A sheriff’s deputy spotted the suspects’ vehicle, said Yakima police Lt. Chad Stephens. Two of the suspects surrendered, while a third refused to come out, Stephens said.

At that point, the Yakima SWAT team was called in, and armored vehicles from YPD and Union Gap police took up positions on opposite sides of the house. The final suspect surrendered to police without incident a short time later, Stephens said.

As of 11 a.m., police were waiting for a search warrant to go inside the home.

The three are suspects in the killing of Marcos Ivan Mendoza-Guillen, 30, who was killed in a shootout near Hy’s Mini Mart on Friday afternoon. Police say Mendoza-Guillen and the suspects are members of rival gangs.

Police earlier said that the suspected shooter is a 15-year-old gang member.

Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice said an autopsy Saturday determined Mendoza-Guillen died of gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen and that his death was a homicide.

It is the 30th homicide in Yakima County this year, and the city’s ninth.

Reach Donald W. Meyers at dmeyers@yakimaherald.com or on Twitter: donaldwmeyers, or https://www.facebook.com/donaldwmeyersjournalist.

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