MONROE – Two suspects were taken into custody after they turned themselves into police today. Officers had been looking for the two of them since a shooting incident took place on March 31st in the area of 154th St and Esther Avenue in Monroe. At the time of the incident, witnesses stated they heard two loud explosions then saw the two suspects come out of the garage of a residence, one with a rifle in his hands and then heard several more shots. The two suspects fled the scene and it was later learned that they had been driven away by an acquaintance to a motel in Marysville.
A search warrant was obtained for the residence on Esther Avenue and officers seized a shotgun, a handgun and numerous spent casings along with boxes of ammo as well as other items of evidence. Officers also seized a vehicle that was parked in the neighborhood which had spent bullets in it. An anonymous tip came into the police department that identified the people involved in the incident which is believed to be gang related. A vehicle that was in the area at the time of the incident with four occupants was identified and later recovered on April 2, 2013. The vehicle, a black Honda Accord, appeared to have a fresh “bondo” job. One of the occupants of the vehicle said he was in the same vehicle at the time of the shooting and he heard a bullet zip past his head. He said they just “drove by” the house. It was further stated that no one in the vehicle was injured. A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and the “bondo” concealed what is believed to be several bullet defects in the exterior of the vehicle.
On April 24, 2013, Marcos Cardoza-Ayala, age 19 of Monroe, was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Snohomish County Jail for booking on Assault 1st Degree. Julio Garcia-Ayala, age 20 of Monroe, was also taken into custody and transported to the Snohomish County Jail for booking on Rendering Criminal Assistance 1st.
For additional information on this media release, contact Administrative Director Debbie Willis at 360-794-6300.