Sheriff John Anderson this afternoon announced Adrian Joseph Reyes, wanted for attempted murder, is behind bars -- captured shortly after 10 a.m. this morning in Richland, WA.
The Madera County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for the 29-year-old Ahwahnee man following a violent attack on another man in Coarsegold in April.
Both Reyes and 20-year-old Robert Lee Huber, of Oakhurst, were both wanted for robbing a man, beating him, and then shooting him during the early morning hours of April 2.
Huber was captured last month by Metro Police in Las Vegas. He was extradited to Madera on May 28 and promptly booked into Madera County Department of Corrections, where he remains on a no-bail hold.
As for Reyes, a tip to Crime Stoppers in Washington, led to his arrest. Because the fugitive was considered armed and dangerous, several law enforcement agencies were called in to assist in his apprehension.
HOW THEY CAPTURED MADERA COUNTY’S MOST WANTED & DANGEROUS FUGITIVE
At round 4 pm yesterday, the Kennewick Police Department, which also coordinates the regional Crime Stoppers Tip line for that part of Washington State, received a tip that Reyes could be found hiding in a house located on Davenport Street in Richland.
Kennewick Police immediately notified Richland Police, who in turn coordinated with Kennewick PD to notify the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin Sheriff’s Office.
Recognizing the danger that Reyes possibly posed, the four agencies worked together to quickly organize a multi-agency team to carry out the operation.
Teams involved in his apprehension included: Fugitive Task Force Officers with the US Marshals Service, Richland PD’s Police Street Crimes Unit, and the Regional SWAT Team comprised of sworn personnel from both Benton and Franklin Counties.
Shortly before 10 AM this morning, Reyes was spotted leaving the house on Davenport Street. He then got into his car and drove off. When Officers tried to pull him over, he took off at a high rate of speed, then pulled into the parking lot of a nearby High School, ditched the car, and led officers on a foot chase through the football stadium, then through a commercial district in the city, where the chase finally ended when he, quite literally, ran straight into the arms of officers.
Reyes was taken into custody without incident and transported to Richland jail where he was booked for felony evasion and obstruction. He remains jailed awaiting extradition to Madera County.
Meantime, Sheriff John Anderson commended the excellent work of all sworn personnel involved. And, he also credits Crime Stoppers for helping to clear this case.
With the advent of social media, he says, “Let this arrest be a warning to all fugitives: you can run, but you can no longer hide.”
-Madera County Sheriff's Office