Moxee murder suspects identified, deemed “armed and dangerous” by police

UPDATE at 4:15 p.m. on Aug. 8: Police officers in Moxee have released the identities of a homicide victim and two suspects who have active warrants for their arrest for first-degree murder.


Trinidad Magana-Chavez is wanted by Moxee Police


Jose Manuel Magana is wanted by Moxee Police

According to Lt. Mark Lewis of the Moxee Police Department, the victim of an Aug. 6 homicide has been identified as 36-year-old Jose Rosario Arellano—a Tri-Cities resident who grew up in the Yakima area. His next of kin have been notified, clearing police to move into the next phase of this investigation.

The two suspects wanted in connection with this crime have been identified as Jose Manuel Magana and Trinidad Magana-Chavez.

Moxee police officers identified Jose as being a 35-year-old Hispanic male listed at 5-foot-7 and weighing approx. 245 lbs. He had a mustache, a beard and a bald head, police say. Jose is also identifiable by tattoos on his head, arms and neck.

Trinidad is a 36-year-old Hispanic man who is also 5-foot-7 and weighs an estimated 155 lbs. He does not have identifiable tattoos, but is also bald and has a mustache like Jose.

They were last seen in East Selah on Saturday, Aug. 6 around 8:30 a.m. driving a red 1998 Honda Accord with the WA license plate No. ATV7411. They are considered armed and dangerous, police say.

Anyone with information to contribute is urged to contact the Moxee Police Department at 509-575-885 during business hours or through the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office at 509-574-2500 during off-hours.

MOXEE, Wash. — A person was found dead in Moxee Saturday morning, Aug. 6. 

At 7:43 a.m. 911 dispatchers received a call about a gunshot victim at 8505 Beauchese Road. Officers located the victim deceased in an apartment.  

According to the Moxee Police Department, two suspects have been identified and law enforcement is attempting to locate them. Their names are not being released at this time.  

The shooting is being investigated as a homicide. Officials believe this was a targeted murder and do not believe the public is in danger.  

Washington State Patrol, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Selah Police Department and Yakima Police Departments all assisted in the investigation.  


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