Suspects in drive-by shooting returned to Walla Walla to face charges

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WALLA WALLA — Two suspects in the shootings of a man and woman in Walla Walla last month have been returned to the county to face multiple felony charges.

Cisco Antonio Gonzalez, 18, and Christian Bianey Jaimes Rogel, 19, were transferred to the Walla Walla County Jail on Wednesday.

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Gerald Gonzalez Jr.

Suspect descriptions

Gerald Gonzalez Jr. — Gonzalez is 5-feet, 10-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has numerous tattoos across his chest, another tattoo on top of left hand showing three crosses in a sunset background and one on his right inside elbow displaying his last name “Gonzalez”.

Carlito Garcia — Garcia is approximately 5-feet, 10-inches tall, weighing 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has very distinguishing tattoos. On his forehead are a pair of devil horns, over his left eye is the word “SOUTH”, over his right eye is the word “SIDER”. Covering the majority of his right cheek is a tattoo of a skeleton wearing a bandana shooting two guns. Also has tattoos covering the majority of his neck.

They were arrested Aug. 22 in Milton-Freewater and had been held in the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton before waiving extradition.

At their first appearances in Walla Walla County Superior Court this morning, Judge Scott Wolfram set bail at $300,000 apiece.

Two co-defendants remain at large. They are identified as Carlito Angelino Garcia, 18, and 20-year-old Gerald Candelario Gonzalez Jr.

The Gonzalezes are brothers. All allegedly belong to a local gang.

Officials say Garcia, Cisco Gonzalez and Jaimes Rogel each was armed with a handgun as they were riding in a white truck — driven by Gonzalez Jr. — that arrived near Sixth Avenue and Moore Street in Walla Walla early on the morning of July 20.

They then allegedly displayed a gang hand sign and fired multiple times at Johnny A. Jimenez and his girlfriend, Tracy A. Diaz Bobadilla, who were in Diaz Bobadilla’s 2007 Nissan Altima.

Jimenez tried to back up the car to escape the continued shooting and crashed into the building at 400 W. Moore St. Those in the white truck fled.

Jimenez, 18, suffered a gunshot wound to his left torso near his hip.

Diaz Bobadilla, 22, was shot in her right shoulder area and the outside of her right knee.

They were taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center where they were treated and released.

The attacks were witnessed by a confidential informant who later spoke with detectives, according to a police report filed in court.

A specific motive for the shootings isn’t clear, although police said victim Jimenez affiliates with a rival gang.

Charges against each defendant include two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree malicious mischief and one count of drive-by shooting.

In addition, Garcia and Cisco Gonzalez are accused of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm because they have prior felonies on their records.

If convicted as charged, all four suspects could be sent to prison for decades.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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