EPHRATA – Anthony R. Vasquez has a six-year-long criminal history, before he allegedly shot and killed Juan J. Garcia Tuesday evening.
His last conviction was in 2011 and he was sentenced to four years in prison.
Two years later, he is wanted as a suspect in the murder of Juan Jesus Garcia, a 22-year-old Moses Lake man, at the Airport Grocery Mart on Patton Boulevard.
The Washington State Department of Corrections declined to provide the reason for the shortened sentence.
Moses Lake police described the 23-year-old Moses Lake gang member as a threat to officer safety, stating in 2009, he'd been questioned in one homicide and participated in several violent gang offences, including one where he was shot.
Vasquez's first encounter with the court system came in 2007 when he was convicted as a juvenile for being in possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture, according to court records.
He appeared in adult court again roughly a year later when he reportedly tried fleeing from a Grant County sheriff's deputy in November 2008. The chase went through the residential neighborhood of Larson, before he was caught. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Within the next year Moses Lake police and the Grant County Sheriff's Office had four run-ins with Vasquez and fellow gang members, according to court records. The incidents started in January when Vasquez fled from a Moses Lake police officer while he was driving a stolen car. He later pleaded guilty to taking a motor vehicle without permission and was sentenced to three months in jail.
Three months later, Vasquez ran a red light at the intersection of Nelson Road and state Route 17, leading police on another chase through Moses Lake. He pleaded guilty to attempting to elude a pursuing police officer and was sentenced to three months in jail on the same day he was sentenced for the January crime.
A month after getting sentenced for the two previous crimes, he was stopped by Moses Lake police for not wearing his seat belt, and officers found marijuana and a fake $100 bill on Vasquez. He was convicted of forgery.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office stopped Vasquez after he ran a red light two months later, and found fenanyl, morphine, oxycodone, marijuana and a methamphetamine pipe in the car. He was convicted of possession of the drugs and sentenced to six months in jail.
His most recent crimes happened in 2010, the first in March when he ran from Moses Lake police and the U.S. Marshals Service when they were looking for a different person. After leading police on another chase through Moses Lake, he tossed a gun under an SUV in a parking lot.
Five months later, he was caught changing lanes without signaling. When he was stopped, police found a gun under the seat and a methamphetamine pipe in his pocket. He pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree, possession of stolen property in the second degree and attempted possession with the intent to deliver methamphetamine between the two cases. He was sentenced to four years in prison in January 2011.