November 17, 2011
Sheriff Brian Burnett reports on 11-13-2011 at approximately 7:08 p.m. Chelan
County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were advised of a possible robbery/kidnapping that occurred in Peshastin,
WA. Deputies made contact with the victim at the Peshastin elementary school. The victim stated he went to
the school to meet his friend, a juvenile, because his friend needed a ride to Leavenworth. The victim
parked his vehicle in a dark parking lot at the school, when he said he was approached from behind by a dark
colored van that pulled up to the passenger side of his vehicle. The driver of the van started yelling at
the victim to turn off his car and the lights and then yelled, do you want to get shot. The victim saw the
suspect with what appeared to be a shotgun. The suspect then ordered the victim out of his vehicle and into
his own trunk. Shortly after, the victim complied and got into the trunk of the car. It is believed
the suspect drove the victim’s car up to the dirt portion of Derby Canyon. The suspect is believed to
have taken the victim’s backpack and left the victim locked in the trunk of the vehicle. The victim
was able to kick out the back seat of the vehicle and drive back to the elementary school, where he was contacted
by Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputies. The victim stated he did not know the suspect but believed he was
a Hispanic male, approximately 5’4”-5’6”, was wearing a blue bandana over his face and a
black “beanie” style cap. The victim stated the only thing taken was his school backpack.
The juvenile witness stated that he met the victim at the Peshastin elementary school. He observed what he
believed to be a dark colored van pull up and heard the suspect order the victim out of the car, and observed the
suspect with a shotgun. The witness confirmed that the victim was ordered into the trunk of his car by the
suspect, however the witness did not see the victim after he heard the order. The witness stated he heard
someone tell him not to turn around. This is when he was able to see the suspect vehicle, which he
identified as a dark colored mid-size van and confirmed the description of the suspect given by the victim.
The witness fled on foot to safety.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is
asking anyone who may have seen a vehicle matching this description or with any other information involving this
case to call RiverCom Dispatch (509-663-9911). There has been no identification of the suspect at this
time. One suspect is identified as a Hispanic male, 5’4”-5’6”, wearing dark clothing
and a blue bandana covering his face. It is believed there may be a 2nd suspect involved however there is no
description available at this time. The case remains under investigation.