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For Immediate Release

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March 15, 2018 Luis Byerly, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Washington – Yakima (509) 575-5917;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Minda Lanes Shooting Suspect Captured by U.S. Marshals Task Force in Redmond, WA
Yakima, WA - On Thursday, the U.S. Marshals Service led Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) arrested Clemente Morales III in Redmond, Washington. Morales, 34, is a known “Sureno” gang member, who was wanted for Aggravated Assault with a gun in connection with a shooting that took place on March 4, 2018 outside the Minda Lanes Bowling Alley in Yakima, WA.

Information was developed that Morales was hiding out in the Seattle, Washington area. Yakima PNVOTF members which includes Yakima Sheriff’s Deputies and Washington State Department of Corrections Officers travelled to Seattle, WA and partnered with the Seattle based PNVOTF members which includes Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputies and Officers from Everett Police Department. Morales was swiftly and safely arrested in the 16000 block of Redmond Way and booked into the King County Jail on his charges.

U.S. Marshals Craig Thayer from Eastern Washington and Jacob Green from Western Washington said the apprehension of Morales underscored again the value, and effectiveness of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force. The ability to operate across multiple jurisdictions in apprehending violent gang members safely and expeditiously leads to safer communities.

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force is a U.S. Marshals Service sponsored partnership, comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement officers from Washington, Oregon and Alaska. The task force’s primary mission is to locate, arrest, and return to the justice system the most violent, most egregious federal and state fugitives.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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