WSP Patch


A 29-year-old Yakima man is accused of pointing a gun at another motorist while driving on State Route 410 Thursday evening.

A Sunnyside couple told police that someone driving a Suzuki XL7 sport utility vehicle pointed what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun out the passenger-side window at them around 8:15 p.m., according to an affidavit filed by Washington State Patrol troopers. The couple sped off, but not before getting a picture of the SUV and its license plate, the affidavit said.

Troopers went to the home of the Suzuki’s registered owner, but the vehicle was not there, according to the affidavit. The owner’s mother called him, but did not say where he was, the affidavit said.

Later, the suspect called 911 to ask why troopers were looking for him, and the GPS signal from his cellphone showed he was at a home on 48th Avenue, the affidavit said. Troopers found the SUV at the house and, after getting backup, went in and found the suspect, the affidavit said.

Troopers saw a black Ruger 9mm handgun in a holster on the front passenger seat of the vehicle, the affidavit said.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful firearms possession based on a prior felony conviction. Yakima County Superior Court Judge David Elofson set bail at $20,000 during a preliminary hearing Friday.

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