Suspects in gang shooting appear in court

The three were arrested in Thursday police raid on two homes

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Updated: March 28, 2014, 6:16 PM

 

Three suspects who were apprehended in a Thursday raid of two Vancouver residences appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court.

Hector A. Nunez, 24, and Juan R. Granillo Jr., 22, are accused of shooting at three men in a vehicle Dec. 31 in the Covington neighborhood. Nunez and Granillo are associates of the Sureño street gang, Clark County sheriff’s Detective Erik Zimmerman wrote in a court affidavit.

Granillo allegedly tried to start a fight with one of the victims with whom he had fought previously. Granillo started “posturing aggressively,” removing his shirt and asking the victim to come onto his property in the 6700 block of Northeast 108th Avenue, Zimmerman wrote. Granillo whispered something to his roommate, Nunez, who pulled out a rifle, court records say.

Nunez allegedly pointed the rifle at the victim and said, “You don’t think I’ll shoot you?” according to court records. Nunez allegedly then pointed the firearm at the ground and fired the weapon.

As the three victims left in a vehicle, Nunez allegedly fired into the vehicle’s back window, shattering the glass onto the cul-de-sac.

David J. Oster, 31, is accused of rendering criminal assistance to the other two suspects because he cleaned up the glass, which was physical evidence of the assault, and didn’t notify authorities of the incident, said Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino.

Oster said he was “cleaning up the glass in the roadway to keep the street clean,” Zimmerman wrote.

Judge Scott Collier ordered that he be placed in the supervised release program. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge April 8.

Nunez is scheduled to be arraigned April 8 on charges of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. Granillo is set to be arraigned the same day on a charge of first-degree assault.

Collier held Nunez and Granillo in lieu of $200,000 and $150,000 bail, respectively. He appointed Vancouver attorney Tony Lowe to defend Nunez and Gerry Wear to defend Granillo.

Oster’s court-appointed attorney, Heather Carroll, expressed outrage Friday that Oster had been the subject of Thursday’s 4:30 a.m. raid by the Southwest Washington SWAT Team and the Safe Streets Gang Task Force in which flash grenades were used to enter Oster’s residence.

Carroll said there is no evidence that Oster cleaned up the glass to cover up evidence of a crime; he was just cleaning up broken glass from his neighborhood.

She said the raid on Oster’s residence was inappropriate given the nature of the charge against him. A court summons would have been more appropriate, she said.

Collier said he would allow the case against Oster to go forward.

“We’ll see how the case blows out,” Collier said.