Suspect arrested six years after police say he watched a woman get beaten, robbed and shot at
WAPATO, Wash. — A 33-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a 2013 attempted murder near Wapato.
According to court documents, on Oct. 8, 2013, Leonel Escamilla allegedly watched as another man beat a woman over the head with a firearm.
Police say the woman, reportedly Escamilla’s friend, had asked him to help find someone to buy her laptop. The two met up with three others, including the woman’s unidentified assailant, court documents said.
The five sat in the victim’s car — which was parked somewhere near Wapato — and allegedly smoked meth, according to court documents.
Police say the unidentified attacker grabbed the woman by the hair, put a gun to her head and asked, “Do you know what’s up?”, court documents said.
Escamilla allegedly responded to the man, saying “She knows what’s up”, after which the man hit her in the back of the head with the gun, causing a wound that would later require five staples, according to court documents.
Police say when the man said he was going to kill the victim, Escamilla allegedly replied, “Take it outside to the bushes.”
Court documents show the assailant stole $200 from the victim, shot at her and then took off with her car.
Escamilla is being held in the Yakima County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail, on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, first-degree rendering criminal assistance, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.