Yakima murder suspect

Yakima County Sheriff's Office

YAKIMA - Two men linked to the murders of five people on an Indian Reservation near Yakima on Saturday approached a man's home and allegedly took a child hostage at one point for a short time, court records say.

According to court documents obtained on Monday by The Associated Press, a homeowner reportedly told authorities the two men approached his home and took a child hostage at gunpoint while demanding car keys to escape.

The child was able to escape, as the two men got in the vehicle and drove away from the scene, per court records.

The two men were later taken into custody by police and now face assault charges relating to the five murders on the Yakama Nation this past Saturday.

Two other individuals are also in police custody in connection with the shootings near the town of White Swan, which has seen an increase in crime.

According to Yakima County Sheriff Robert Udell, all the victims were adults and a few were known for being connected to illegal drug activities.

A report from the Yakima Herald-Republic on Tuesday stated one man was checking on friends when he was reportedly shot and killed in front of their home. Three other victims who suffered gunshot wounds were found inside the residence.

“I was told my brother went out there to check on those people frequently,” Karen Overacker told the newspaper. “I don’t know if they were elderly or had health issues or what.”

Court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Yakima charge James Cloud, 35, and Donovan Cloud with assault with a deadly weapon, for allegedly pointing a gun at a child.

Both men were identified by witnesses who say they shot and killed several people on the Yakama Indian Reservation, per court records.

Although, it is not known at this time if both men are facing charges in connection with the slayings.

Court records assert that James Cloud, Donovan Cloud and two other individuals - a man and woman who are referred to as witnesses who have not been charged in the incidemt, reportedly stole a vehicle from the White Swan home where authorities confirmed four bodies were located.

The documents state the car they allegedly stole broke down less than 10 miles away and James Cloud and Donovan Cloud proceeded to left the area on foot.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office said two adults who suffered from injuries were found with a fifth body inside the vehicle.

In the interim, James and Donovan Cloud headed to a residence and allegedly took the child hostage for a short time while reportedly stealing another getaway car, documents said.

James Cloud, who has previous convictions for burglary and vehicle theft, was arrested Monday after a brief altercation with law officers and a police dog, the sheriff’s office said. It was not clear when Donovan Cloud was apprehended.

Court documents said both suspects are members of the Yakama tribe.

White Swan, a community of 800 people, has been a focal point of tribal efforts to reduce crime.

Last year, the Yakama Nation Tribal Council declared a public-safety crisis, citing high crime in the area, The resolution reopened a tribal police substation in the community.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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