MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson has announced that a man wanted by the Sheriff’s Office in connection with an attempted murder is now behind bars.
Adrian Joseph Reyes, 29, was captured shortly after 10 a.m. this morning in Richland, Wash. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for the Ahwahnee man following what they describe as a violent attack on another man in Coarsegold in April.
Both Reyes and Robert Lee Huber, 20, of Oakhurst, were wanted for allegedly robbing a man, beating him, and then shooting him during the early morning hours of April 2, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Huber was captured last month by Metro Police in Las Vegas. He was extradited to Madera on May 28 and booked into Madera County Department of Corrections, where he remains on a no-bail hold.
A tip to Crime Stoppers in Washington state led to the arrest of Reyes. Because he was considered armed and dangerous, several law enforcement agencies were called in to assist in his apprehension.
At around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, the Kennewick Police Department, which 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 on Davenport Street in Richland, Wash.
Kennewick Police, the Richland Police and the Benton County and Franklin County Sheriff’s Offices worked together to quickly organize a multi-agency team to facilitate the arrest.
Shortly before 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, Reyes was spotted leaving the house on Davenport Street. After he got into his car and drove off, officers tried to pull him over.
Reyes reportedly 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, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Reyes was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Richland jail where he was booked for felony evasion and obstruction. He remains behind bars awaiting extradition to Madera County.
Sheriff John Anderson commended the excellent work of all sworn personnel involved, including Fugitive Task Force Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service, Richland’s Police Street Crimes Unit, and the Regional SWAT Team comprised of sworn personnel from both Benton and Franklin Counties.
Anderson credits Crime Stoppers for helping to clear this case. With the advent of social media, the Sheriff says, “Let this arrest be a warning to all fugitives: you can run, but you can no longer hide.”