Kidnapping suspect in police custody

Sunnyside police have taken into custody Jose F. Garcia, 21, on kidnapping and firearm charges.

This past Saturday police received a report that a man was approached by a "gangster who demanded a ride" in his vehicle. The suspect allegedly pulled out a gun once the pair were inside the victim's vehicle.

The victim told police the suspect made him drive to several locations and wanted to take the victim's cell phone.

Police said the victim was able to talk his way out of surrendering the phone and dropped the suspect off at what was believed to be the suspect's home.

The victim was able to lead police to the home, where officers located Garcia.

Requested charges against Garcia include kidnapping first degree, assault first degree and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Sunnyside police have also since last Thursday been busy with a report of a robbery, three shots-fired calls, a weapons report and four theft reports.

Two of the thefts involved shoplifting incidents. A Chrysler Cirrus was yesterday (Sunday) reported stolen in the 1500 block of South Sixth Street and Saturday a cell phone was reported stolen in the 600 block of South Sixth Street.

A citizen last Friday reported being robbed at Sunnyside Chevron in the 1800 block of South First Street. The man said he was assaulted and his wallet was stolen. The suspect was reportedly seen getting into a Mazda with three or four other subjects.

Shots were reported fired in the area of South 16th and South streets last Thursday, in the area of South 16th Street and East Edison Avenue yesterday and on Parkland Drive yesterday. Police investigating all three reports were unable to find evidence of gunfire in any of the incidents.

This morning (Monday) police received a report of a man possibly in possession of a gun in the 1400 block of Yakima Valley Highway. The reporting party told police gunman left a local business inside a Honda. Further details were not available.

Sunnyside police have also since last Thursday responded to 10 automatic alarms, two reports of disorderly conduct, seven domestic violence calls, four DUIs, a fight, nine suspicious activity calls, a traffic mishap and 10 traffic stops.

Officers, too, served seven arrest warrants and provided three agency assists.

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