Third suspect in downtown Yakima drive-by shooting in October arrested

Third Suspect in Downtown Yakima Drive-By Shooting in October Arrested

The third suspect in a downtown shooting that left a man gravely injured in October has been apprehended.

Armando Mendez Sanchez, 20, was arrested and booked into the Yakima County jail on first-degree assault, drive-by shooting, and hit-and-run charges on Thursday. Judge Richard Bartheld of the Yakima County Superior Court set his bail at $500,000.

During the hearing, Bartheld stated, “He’s a public menace, and I can’t see a cause to release him.”

Deputy Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Heather Thorn stated at Friday’s hearing that around 25 rounds were fired in the event, making it practically an attempted first-degree murder, as well as his current counts of unlawful guns possession in two different occurrences.

Armando Sanchez is one of three people detained in connection with the incident on October 13, 2021, at North Third Avenue and West A Street. In late October, Isaiah Mendez Sanchez, 20, and Ruben Valentine Cornejo, 19, were arrested and charged with first-degree assault, drive-by shooting, and first-degree unauthorized firearms possession.

According to court filings, they are suspected of shooting Zachery P. Flores, who was found in his 2018 Dodge Charger with numerous gunshot wounds to his upper torso and shoulder around 6:25 p.m. at North Third and West Yakima avenues.

According to court filings, Flores told officers he was at North Third Avenue and West A Street when he noticed somebody in a Chrysler 300 shooting at him. Flores was brought to the Seattle Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

The Chrysler was hit by a Subaru Forester on West A Street near North Fifth Avenue after the shooting, and Chrysler’s three occupants fled.

YPD detectives identified the suspects using surveillance video from the neighborhood, and Armando Sanchez was recognized as Chrysler’s driver.

Also, Read Police Confiscate More than 150 Guns in Downtown Crime Enforcement Operations

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