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Sheriff Press Release

To: All area media
From: Chief Robert Udell
Date: ;11/20/13, 1812 hrs

Re: Homicide, 13C17405: Arrest

The Yakima Co Sheriff’s Office arrested a 28-year-old male in connection with the death of David S Johnson.; He has been booked in the Yakima Co Corrections facility on suspicion of 2nd degree murder.

During the morning of 11/20/13, Yakima Co Sheriff’s detectives learned the identity of a man fitting the description of a person seen in the area of Harland Landing prior to the death of David Johnson.; The man had been identified by a Washington State Patrol trooper. ;The trooper contacted the man Monday afternoon after report of a subject throwing rocks onto the highway between Selah and Yakima.; The man was released, but was later arrested by Union Gap police late Monday, 11/18/13, on charges of domestic assault.; The 28-year-old man very closely resembled the darker-skinned bushy-haired subject described by multiple citizens as being near or in Harland Landing.; The identity of the man and his description was forwarded to YCSO detectives after the YCSO attempt to locate was issued.

The subject was interviewed by a YCSO detective and admitted to striking Johnson with a golf club after a short confrontation.; He was then arrested for 2nd degree murder and booked into the Yakima Co Corrections facility.

The case initially had very little information to go on, but numerous citizens contacted law enforcement to tell of the suspicious person they had seen near Harland Landing.; The involvement of those citizens led directly to the arrest of the suspect.; The resolution of the case illustrates the link between successful investigations by law enforcement and support by the community they serve.

Respectfully submitted,

Robert Udell
Chief Civil Deputy
Yakima Co Sheriff’s Office
509-574-2602/Cell 509-728-0799

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