Retail theft suspect with extensive track record tried to ram a Pasco police car

PASCO, Wash. — A suspect connected to a string of retail robberies was arrested by Pasco police after attempting to elude officers by ramming into their vehicle with a minivan. The suspect nearly escaped the Lowe’s Home Improvement in Pasco, but a quick-witted loss prevention officer helped local authorities make an arrest.

According to an extensive Facebook post by the Pasco Police, this string of thefts began in April when lawn and construction equipment was stolen by a single suspect. He allegedly took various items from Lowe’s locations in Kennewick and Pasco and wore the same safety green t-shirt and left in the same white SUV with blue painters’ tape over the license plate.

The suspect wasn’t heard from during the month of May, but re-emerged on June 4, 2021, around 4:30 p.m. He allegedly dropped his items and fled from the scene in a red minivan with the license plate exposed, leading loss prevention officers to write down the plate number and pass it along to Pasco police.

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Local police boxed the suspect in using their own vehicles to stop him from eluding any further. He reportedly attempted to ram through a police vehicle, but an officer was able to dodge the hit and block the suspect with a patrol vehicle. Officers say that the suspect had a weapon and non-lethal measures were in place in case the altercation escalated, but eventually, they were able to talk the 24-year-old suspect, Josue Daniel Sepulveda-Zuniga, into exiting his vehicle peacefully.

Pasco police officers say that Sepulveda-Zuniga was arrested without incident and booked into the Franklin County Jail on investigative holds for organized retail theft and attempting to elude.

Authorities say that the minivan was registered to another family member.

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