Pair of Walla Walla suspects in custody for accused gun thefts & vehicle prowl
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — An overnight vehicle prowl gone wrong led to the arrest of two men accused of stealing firearms from community members’ vehicles and hiding out from the police early on Thursday morning.
According to Sgt. Gunner Fulmer of the Walla Walla Police Department, officers were dispatched to a reported vehicle prowl on the 1000-block of Reese Ave at 2:32 a.m. on August 11. The homeowner reported seeing two suspects rummaging through his car and stealing items including several firearms.
That’s when a nearby Walla Walla police officer heard the call and spotted a vehicle matching the victim’s description heading south on 13th Ave. The officer says he recognized the car from prior interactions and was already aware of the man sitting in the front passenger seat.
The suspects pulled over outside of a residence on Cruthers St and one entered a home as the other waited outside. That’s where the officer made contact with the known suspect and confirmed with dispatch and the victim that this was the same vehicle seen leaving the vehicle prowl. Backup from College Place and the County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to help out by containing people inside of the house.
Police tried to entice the second suspect to exit the house, but he wasn’t interested in complying. Regional SWAT crews and a negotiator were called to the home in an attempt to make the suspect turn himself over without any commotion. Eventually, he exited the residence and was taken into custody without further conflict.
Search warrants were issued for the house and vehicle, where Walla Walla investigators recovered all of the stolen firearms. They booked two Walla Walla residents: Alex Stevens, 25, and Antonio Manuel Alejandra, 38, into the County Jail with probable cause to charge them with three counts of theft of a firearm and another for second-degree vehicle prowls.
This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are revealed.
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