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Two Men Plead Guilty to Killing Man at Wapato Bar

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2 plead guilty to fatal shooting at Wapato bar 2 plead guilty to fatal shooting at Wapato bar

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Two men charged with murder in a fatal shooting at a Yakima County bar in 2014 have pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case.
26-year-old Juan Rodriguez and 24-year-old Teodulo Martinez Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Monday, three days before jury selection was to begin in the death of Miguel Arciga.
The 23-year-old was fatally shot in December outside a Wapato bar. Witnesses said they saw Rodriguez and Martinez fighting with Arciga before the shooting.
Court documents say the two suspects fled the scene with Martinez's girlfriend, Julie Perez, who is to be tried later this year on a rendering criminal assistance charge.
Rodriguez and Martinez face 6 ½ to 8 ½ years in prison, plus additional time for using a firearm.



WAPATO, Wash. - Yakima county Sheriff's Deputies say a man who was wanted in connection with a deadly bar shooting in Wapato last week has now turned himself in.

Deputies say 25 year old Juan Carlos Rodriguez turned himself in Tuesday night. He has been booked into the Yakima County Jail on murder charges.



WAPATO, Wash. - Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies say they are looking for another suspect in last Thursdays fatal bar shooting in Wapato.

Deputies say 25-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez of Wapato is wanted for murder and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Deputies say Rodriguez was involved in the shooting death of 23-year-old Miguel Arciga at Martinez Sports Bar. 

Investigators said both the victim and the suspects were members of rival gangs. Two other people involved are in jail on a one million dollar bond.



WAPATO, Wash.- A young man is dead after a shooting late last night at Martinez Sports Bar in Wapato. 

23-year-old Miguel Arciga was found with multiple gun shot wounds in the doorway to the bar.

Witnesses told police Miguel was shot after a fight broke out between him and the shooter. 

Investigators say at least one shot was fired inside, after that both men went outside where several more shots were fired. 

Right now, there isn't a clear motive, however, investigators did discover that both the victim and suspect were members of rival gangs.

We spoke with two people who work right across the street from the bar, about how safe they feel in their community.

Rey Pascual told KNDO, "I am really concerned, I mean the bar is right across from our community center," and Lorena Silva told us, "To me it's scary, it's the beginning, you never know, and I think it's really a negative perception we are getting here."  

Several hours after the shooting, a 23-year-old man, identified as the shooter was arrested at a home in Wapato, he is currently in the Yakima County Jail.

Police also took a 22-year-old female into custody as an accomplice.