Yakima, WA – The U.S. Marshals Service, Pacific Northwest
Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) arrested 32 year old Fernando
Gustavo Castaneda-Sandoval today ending a five day manhunt that
encompassed four counties. Castaneda-Sandoval a convicted sex offender
was the last of six (6) Yakima County Jail Escapees to be rounded up and
returned back to the Yakima County Jail.
On the evening of March
23, 2020, fourteen (14) prisoners escaped from the Yakima County Jail.
Eight (8) prisoners were almost immediately apprehended and returned
back to the jail. Castaneda-Sandoval and five (5) others remained at
large after the first night, triggering a multi-agency manhunt in the
Yakima, Kittitas, Adams and Grant County areas.
On March 27,
2020 information was developed that lead PNVOTF team members to a home
near the corner of S. Wapato and McDonald Rd’s in Wapato, WA. Team
members travelled to the location in an attempt to locate
Castaneda-Sandoval. As they approached the residence, he appeared in a
doorway and slammed the front door shut. Team members immediately locked
down the residence and called for additional resources to be sent to the
location. After a brief stand-off, team members were able to
successfully negotiate a peaceful surrender. Castaneda-Sandoval exited
the residence and was taken into custody without incident.
PNVOTF, is a U.S. Marshals Service sponsored partnership composed of
Federal, state and local law enforcement officers from Washington,
Oregon and Alaska. The primary mission is to locate, arrest, and return
to justice the most violent, most egregious federal and state fugitives.
Craig Thayer, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of
Washington thanked everyone in the community that called in Crime
Stoppers tips. He said, the successful ending of this manhunt, is a
result of the good people in this community calling in information for
us to act upon.
He also said, “I am incredibly proud of the work
our men and women did over the past week to pursue, capture and return
to justice the escaped prisoners.” He thanked all of the law enforcement
agencies that participated in the manhunt. This operation was a success,
because of the collaborative efforts of everyone involved. He thanked
our partners, the Yakima Sheriff's Office, Yakima Police Department,
Yakama Nation Tribal Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Office,
U.S. Border Patrol, Washington State Department of Corrections, Adams
County Sheriff’s Office, Moses Lake Police Department, and Washington
State Patrol who actively participated in this operation.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
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