Chelan County Sheriff Mike Morrison reports, on 2/4/24, at approximately 4:21 pm, Deputies took a report from a citizen at the Jerry’s Auto Supply in Chelan, WA. The citizen advised that they loaned their car to a friend and it had not been returned. The vehicle was confirmed to have been taken and driven by another subject.
A short time after receiving this information another deputy located that vehicle in Entiat, WA and attempted a stop on the vehicle. The vehicle did not stop and fled from the Deputy. The Deputy did not pursue due to current Washington State laws.
Through investigation, Deputies learned the suspect who was driving the vehicle and fled from the Deputy was identified as Joey Reyes, a 47 year old male from Quincy,WA.
On 2/5/24, at approximately 1136 hours, a CCSO Deputy located the vehicle and suspect in the 300 block of E. Wapato Ave in Chelan, WA. Reyes was taken into custody and charged with Eluding and Driving with a License Suspended 3rd degree. Reyes also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
Though state laws attempt to suppress effective law enforcement, Chelan County Deputies will continue to investigate, locate and arrest subjects who commit crimes within our communities.
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports on 2/1/2024 at approximately 6:13 am Chelan Area Deputies received a report of a vehicle prowl in progress in the area of Beebe Bridge Rd in Chelan Falls. The reporting party said he could see someone on his surveillance camera attempting to take his vehicle. Deputies responded to the area.
As the first deputy arrived, he did not see anyone in the vehicle in question. However, he noticed the door of a nearby office building was wide open. Shortly after, the deputy observed a male standing inside the office. He contacted the male, ordered him out of the office and took him into custody.
The male was identified as Gabreal A Easterly. Further investigation throughout the day by the deputies, confirmed Gabreal made entry into the office building located at 105 Beebe Bridge Rd unlawfully, using a metal rod on the front door. He was able to pry the door open, breaking the locking mechanism on the door. This action was seen on security footage by the owners of the building and a deputy. Once inside, Gabreal went through the office and ultimately found a new knife still in the package in the office. Gabreal opened the package, taking the knife and would ultimately be in possession of the knife once he was placed into custody. Additionally, Gabreal entered a jeep at the location and again can be seen on camera driving the jeep at the location. The jeep was driven to his personal vehicle (approximately 1/2 mile away) and used as a transport vehicle for some of the stolen items later recovered in his truck via search warrant. A second burglary was reported by ReRuns Variety Store later in the day and the items stolen were also recovered from the suspect's vehicle. Two separate vehicles were entered at the 105 Beebe Bridge location, although nothing was reportedly missing from either vehicle. Finally, while Gabreal was being searched incident to arrest, a glass smoking device with visible crystalline substance both new and burnt was observed, as well as a small bag containing a crystalline substance was located in the vehicle.
As a result, Gabreal Easterly was booked in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center and charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Vehicle Prowl 2nd Degree, Theft 3rd Degree, Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports on 1/22/2024 at approximately 0813 hrs, Rivercom dispatch received a call from Chelan School District, reporting someone had called Morgen Owings Elementary School claiming there was a bomb on the playground. The person said it would go off at a specific time if they were not given a large sum of money. The person hung up without giving any further information.
Deputies responded to the school and assisted with the evacuation of the building prior to the children arriving at the school due to late start. While deputies investigated the report, arriving children were directed to the Community Gym. Further investigation into the information obtained found it to not be credible. Out of an abundance of caution, deputies did an extensive search of the playground in addition to the building itself.
At approximately 10:00 am the school was clear to return to normal operations.
This incident is still under investigation to determine the identity of the person that placed the call.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to commend the Chelan School District staff, administration, and students for having a plan in place, and implementing the plan with excellence.
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports at approximately 9:30 pm on January 5th, 2024 RiverCom Dispatch received a call from Washington State Department of Emergency Management who were reporting a hiker in distress. The hiker activated the SOS feature on their InReach device to call for help. The hiker, a 36 year-old male from Seattle was plotting in the vicinity of Isolation Lake near the base of Dragontail Peak and stated he was trapped and freezing.
A Chelan County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue coordinator worked with the Chelan County Mountain Rescue volunteer group and determined they would not be able to deploy all the way to the hiker due to avalanche risk in the Aasgard pass area. A hoist capable helicopter was requested and the US Army Air Ambulance Detachment, Yakima “Dustoff” accepted the mission. They deployed to the area but were unable to reach the hiker due to weather and were forced to turn around.
On January 6th, the Yakima Dustoff unit continued attempts to reach the hiker but were forced to turn around twice during the day due to weather. Chelan County Mountain Rescue Volunteers deployed to the area with the assistance of Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue. The CCMR personnel planned to hike in to Colchuck Lake where they could provide assistance if the hiker worked his way down or they could hike up Aasgard pass if conditions improved.
At approximately 4:50 pm, the helicopter was able to fly to the hiker and hoist him out.
He was transported to Yakima Memorial Hospital in stable condition with cold related injuries. Weather in the Dragontail Peak area was forecast to be well below zero during the night of January 6th.
It is important to remember weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains during the winter and never to hike alone into remote areas. Although there are skilled search and rescue personnel able to respond, rescuers may be prevented from reaching you due to weather conditions.
On December 17, 2023 at approximately 8:42 PM, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report of a subject who was sending text messages saying they were wanting to harm themselves. The subject was reported to have access to weapons. Douglas County Deputies made attempts to locate the subject at his residence and by cell phone, with no success. Notification of the situation was also sent to all neighboring law enforcement agencies.
At approximately 10:05 PM, deputies received notification of the subject’s phone plotting near the Veteran’s Affairs Outpatient Clinic on Chester Kimm Road, Wenatchee, WA. The subject was observed, by a witness, near the clinic with his vehicle and a firearm. The subject subsequently rammed his vehicle into the clinic and discharged his firearm into the building. Wenatchee Police Department Officers and Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded. Attempts to communicate with the subject failed and the subject fled the scene in his vehicle.
Due to the seriousness of the incident, Wenatchee Police Department Officers and Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies pursued the subject into Douglas County. The vehicle stopped in the 2500 block of the Eastmont Extension. The subject exited the vehicle and confronted Officers/Deputies with a firearm. Officers/Deputies subsequently discharged their firearms, and the subject was shot and wounded. Medical care was provided to the subject until aid arrived on scene.
The suspect was transported by ambulance to Central Washington Hospital (Wenatchee) for treatment. As a result of the suspect’s injuries, they were later transferred to Harborview Medical Center (Seattle) for further treatment. No officers were reported as being injured from the incident. The North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit (NCW SIU), an independent investigative team, was activated due to this being an officer involved shooting incident.
The NCW SIU is comprised of investigators from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, East Wenatchee Police Department, Wenatchee Police Department, and Washington State Patrol. In order to maintain an independent investigation, no investigators from the Wenatchee Police Department or the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office are involved with this incident.
On 11/29/2023 the Columbia River Drug Task Force obtained information that 38 year-old Steven E Graham, a target of theirs, was staying at the Wenatchee Red Lion. The ongoing investigation they were conducting resulted in evidence indicating Graham was dealing a high quantity of drugs, illegally in possession of a firearm, and was wanted on a felony arrest warrant. Based on the information they had, the CRDTF formulated a plan to surveil Graham until they were able to safely place him into custody.
While surveilling Graham, Task Force Detectives observed what they believed to be several drug transactions out of a room at the Red Lion. At approximately 9:25 that evening, detectives observed Graham and two other people exit the room and begin loading several bags into a vehicle. As they were getting into the same vehicle, detectives moved in and placed Graham under arrest. One of the two people with Graham was 32 year-old William C Swager-Larson. He was also wanted on a felony arrest warrant and was taken into custody. The third person was temporarily taken into custody and later released.
Detectives obtained search warrants for the vehicle Graham got into, in addition to the room Graham was staying in.
As a result of this investigation, detectives seized 9,401 fentanyl pills, 521 Xanax pills, 219 grams of methamphetamine, 5 firearms (3 of them were stolen), and $19,074 in cash.
Graham is facing charges of Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver- Fentanyl, Unlawful Delivery of Controlled Substance – Fentanyl, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver- Meth, Unlawful Delivery of Controlled Substance – Meth, Unlawful Possession of a firearm 2nd Degree, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm, in addition to his Felony Arrest Warrant.
This is a result of the Task Forces’ hard work, tireless effort, and commitment to getting deadly drugs and dangerous people off the streets. It is also a reflection of The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee Police Department, and East Wenatchee Police Department’s commitment to that effort.
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports on 11/26/23, at about 6:38 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 1400 block of Wenatchee Heights Rd, Wenatchee, WA, for a multiple vehicle collision.
Deputies responded and located a 3 vehicle collision. Vehicles 1 and 3 had been driving down Wenatchee Heights Rd and Vehicle 2 was traveling up. Deputies were advised Vehicle 1 was driving over the speed limit and lost control and struck Vehicle 2. Vehicle 3 attempted to avoid the collision but was struck by a towing receiver on Vehicle 2 which caused damage and then drove off of the roadway and into a ditch.
The driver of Vehicle 2 was transported to Central Washington Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of Vehicle 3 had no injuries. The driver of Vehicle 1 was identified as 19 year old Diego A. Hernandez Ordonez of Wenatchee, WA. He was also transported to Central Washington Hospital for injuries. Diego Hernandez Ordonez was suspected to be DUI and is being charged with vehicular assault as well as not having a valid operators license and for no insurance.
Sheriff Mike Morrison reports on 11/22/23, at about 10:05 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 4900 block of Nahahum Canyon Rd, Cashmere, WA, for the call of a domestic assault. The reporting party advised that her brother was assaulting their mother.
Deputies responded and found that the mother/victim had been severely assaulted. The suspect, 30 year old Santiago Pina-Corona, had assaulted his mother and was refusing to come out of his bedroom. Deputies stayed on scene attempting to get Santiago to come out, while another went to apply for a search warrant. Prior to the warrant being completed Santiago came out and was taken into custody.
Due to the victim’s injuries, she was flown to Harborview for medical treatment.
Santiago Pina-Corona was arrested for assault 1/ Domestic Violence, Malicious Mischief 3rd and Possession of Dangerous Weapons.
Investigation into the case is ongoing.
On 11/22/23, at approximately 2:45 AM, East Wenatchee Police received a 911 text from a female advising her husband was physically assaulting her. Officers responded to the location of the 1800 block of Sunset Hwy in East Wenatchee and RiverCom stayed in contact through text. The female was eventually able to exit the residence and officers were able to establish probable cause to arrest the male, 65 year old Pacomio Anguiano-Santana, for domestic assault. The female further advised that Anguiano-Santana had a firearm in the residence with access to it. Anguiano-Santana is a convicted felon and unable to possess firearms because of prior weapons violations.
While Officers were in contact with the female, Anguiano-Santana exited the residence, saw the officers and immediately went back inside. Officers attempted to hail Anguiano-Santana to exit but he did not.
With these circumstances the Eastern Cascade SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiation Team was activated to assist. Once deployed, the team hailed Anguiano-Santana and he finally exited and was taken into custody.
The investigation on this incident is ongoing.
Sheriff Morrison reports on 11/16/2023, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office deputies tracked down and arrested 39 year old Abraham Escalera of Chelan. The arrest was a result of an investigation into a report of a sexual assault conducted by Chelan County Detectives. Through the investigation, detectives established probable cause for the arrest of Escalera on charges of Rape of a Child 2nd Degree, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Rape of a Child 3rd degree, and Possession of Depictions of a Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, and obstructing a public servant.
This case involved two female victims, one 13 years of age and one 15 years of age. Evidence was obtained that showed over a period of time Escalera provided them drugs in exchange for sexual acts in addition to creating child sexual abuse material by photographing his victims.
Anyone that has information regarding this case or Abraham Escalera, please contact the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.