CityofEastWenatcheePoliceLoOn 05/14/2024 East Wenatchee Police responded to a report of graffiti on the property of Lee Elementary School. Investigating officers found blue gang-type graffiti on multiple portable classrooms and a fence adjacent to the school property.

While interviewing victims, officers were told that gunshots were heard in the area of the school and could be related to graffiti. Officers reviewed school video surveillance and observed two suspects spray painting the school and discharging a firearm on the school property. Video evidence also led investigating officers to a nearby house where the suspects appeared to exit prior to the incident.

On 05/17/2024, with the assistance of East Cascade SWAT, East Wenatchee Police served a search warrant on a residence in the 1300 block of Clements Cir, East Wenatchee. During the search of the residence, a pistol modified to fire fully automatic was found along with gang and graffiti paraphernalia.

At the time of the search warrant, neither identified suspects were at the residence.

On 05/31/2024, members of the Columbia River Drug Taskforce were provided information that one suspect, an 18-year-old male from East Wenatchee, was currently at an apartment in the 1000 block of N Devon Ave. Officers surrounded the apartment and called the suspect out. The suspect complied with commands and was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect was booked into Chelan County Regional Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree, Aiming or Discharging Firearms, Dangerous Weapons, Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree (Gang-Related Graffiti), Possessing Dangerous Weapons on School Facilities, and Unlawful firearms (fully automatic pistol).

Investigation is on-going. If you have information related to this investigation, please contact RiverCom at 509-663-9911 and refer to case 24E02758.