Gun-Toting Suspects Chased From Washtucna to Highway 395–23 Miles
The chase spanned over 23 miles, at high speed.
Gun threatening suspect and accomplice nailed after Washtucna incident
Washtucna is one of the little farming towns in southeastern WA, last known population of about 200. Not the place for a lot of crime.
But Adams County Deputies had quite the chase. It began Monday evening shortly before 8 PM, a man in town reported a suspect pointed a gun in his face and threatened him, then the suspect jumped in a vehicle and sped west towards Highway 395.
Deputies quickly 'ran down' the suspect vehicle, it was spotted near the intersection of Highways 26 and 395 (26 leads off 395 to town). They executed a "high-risk" traffic stop and apprehended 44-year-old Armando A. Reed of Spokane.
He's facing a long list of charges, including (from the Adams County Sheriff)
"..suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm, Aiming/Discharging a firearm or dangerous weapon, False and misleading statements to a public servant, felony harassment - threats to kill, criminal impersonation, and tampering with Physical evidence."
Authorities learned later he'd changed his name legally to Fernando A. Velasco.
A female accomplice nabbed Tuesday
Tuesday morning, Deputies located 27-year-old Angel M. Stella, also of Spokane, and placed her under arrest for suspicion of rendering criminal assistance 2nd, false and misleading statements, and tampering with physical evidence. Deputies didn't say specifically she was located, but both are now in the Adams County jail.
We don't yet know what they were doing in Washtucna in the first place, but the investigation continues.
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