Office of the City Manager
818 East Edison Avenue
Sunnyside, Washington 98944
(509) 837-6300 Office
February 4, 2020
Contact: City Manager Martin Casey, 509-836-6300
Police Chief Albert Escalera, 509-837-2120
Sunnyside Responds to Violent Crime
Sunnyside Police are continuing their investigations into three recent unrelated homicides. Police have identified persons of interest and continue to pursue leads and vet information critical to each case.
These terrible incidents mark the first homicides in over two years in Sunnyside, the longest period free of such violence in nearly a decade.
Mayor Francisco Guerrero stated, “We are a resilient community. We have prevailed over violent crime in the past, and we will do so again.”
Guerrero added, “I call on all residents to be vigilant and to aid police in their efforts. Let’s not allow Sunnyside to be defined by the recent violent incidents, but by our determination to work together to protect the peace and safety of all residents.”
Nationally, Department of Justice and FBI data show that although overall violent crime rates have continued to decline, homicides increased significantly in all parts of the nation in 2020. Our state and region have experienced this as well. Some analysts suggest the COVID-19 pandemic and associated social isolation/economic disruption may be factors.
City Manager Martin Casey noted, “Each case involves a human life and story, a loss to family, friends, and community. Violent crime and gang activity must have no place here. Our entire team knows this and is fully dedicated to solving these brutal crimes and to preventing further violence and heartache.”
Police Chief Albert Escalera added, “Sunnyside Police are making good progress in our investigations. Our officers are out on steady patrols to gather information and to help reduce and stop criminal activity. We deeply appreciate the community’s support and assistance. If you see something, say something. Anonymous tips are welcome. Please call us at 509-836-6200 any time, day or night.”
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