Yakima Attempted Murder Suspect Behind Bars
A Yakima man wanted on a $500,000 attempted murder warrant for a shooting reported in March is behind bars Today. Capt. Jay Seely says officers arrested 29-year-old Austin Butler during a traffic stop Thursday night in the 800 block of Hathaway Street.
Police say the suspect shot another man on South 43rd avenue
Seely says Butler shot a man in front of a home in the 1100 block of South 43rd Avenue on March 4. He says Butler learned his girlfriend was seeing another man. Using his girlfriends' cell phone he reportedly text the victim saying he was on the way to the victim's home. The 33-year-old man told police he believed his girlfriend was texting him. When he received a text saying his girlfriend was outside his home he stepped outside only to be shot by Austin Butler.
The victim survived after being shot in his front yard
The victim was seriously injured and taken to a Yakima hospital. Butler fled the area and prosecutors issued an arrest warrant. Butler is now in the Yakima County jail facing charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Drive-By Shooting, and unlawful possession of the firearm.
Last week police made another arrest in connection to a shooting in February
Moore was shot in the driveway of his 8th Street home after someone called out to him from a vehicle. The vehicle fled and Moore died in his driveway.
Today Yakima Police say the suspect is behind bars. Capt Jay Seely says after Moore was shot detectives were able to identify the suspect vehicle. That information was given to patrol officers who spotted the suspect vehicle on February 22. They chased the vehicle until the car crashed into a power pole near 20th Avenue and River Road. The driver, 25-year-old Vincent Mora-Worthington fled, but police were able to track him to a Lake Aspen apartment where they arrested him for eluding and hit-and-run.
Police say good detective work lead to the arrest
Seely says "Officers and detectives were able to match shell casings taken from Mora-Worthington’s car’s windshield wiper and interior of the car and match them to casings found at the homicide scene. A .38 caliber pistol and suspected fentanyl pills were also located inside the vehicle."
On Friday 25-year-old Vincent Mora-Worthington was told he's facing a charges of Second-Degree-Murder and Drive-By Shooting in connection with the fatal shooting of 71-year-old Gerald Moore.