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White Swan murder suspects charged with assault in armed carjacking

WHITE SWAN, Wash. - Two suspects in the killings of five people in White Swan have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon in federal court.

James Dean Cloud and Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud are suspected of killing five people and robbing a family of their vehicle with a gun to their child’s head, according to court documents.

Federal agents filed the charges against James and Donovan Monday in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Washington in connection with a Saturday armed robbery. 

In court documents, federal agents say about 4 p.m. Saturday, James and Donovan shot and killed several people on Medicine Valley Road, stole a vehicle from that location with two other suspects and all fled the scene together. 

When the vehicle broke down less than 10 miles away, the other two suspects separated from the Clouds, left on foot and were arrested a short while later, court documents said.

James and Donovan headed toward a nearby residence, displaying their firearms, according to federal court documents. Court documents say Donovan grabbed a child and held a gun to his head. 

The two suspects demanded the property owners turn over keys to a vehicle, which they immediately did, according to court documents. The child was able to escape from the Clouds. 

This story will be updated.


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