Jonathan Vargas: Felon suspected in violent crime spree including kidnapping, officer-involved shooting — wanted in Yakima County

Yakima County detectives say a crime spree convicted felon, Jonathan Vargas, is connected to started when he took a man hostage on May 22nd. “Basically abducting at gunpoint and then beating and then robbing another male in the Toppenish area,” describes Yakima County Det. Sgt. Mike Russell.

Hours later, detectives say sheriff’s deputies spotted a suspected drive-by shooting vehicle in Wapato, with several suspects inside — including Vargas behind the wheel.

Detectives say Vargas hit the gas and led deputies on a chase. At one point, detectives say one of the suspects bailed out of the vehicle — armed with a gun — and took off running. Detectives say a sheriff’s deputy and Yakama Nation Tribal Police officer chased the suspect into a wrecking yard, where detectives say the suspect pointed his gun toward the officers and was shot by one of them.

Detectives say Vargas had continued to drive after the one suspect bailed out — until crashing near the intersection of North Camas and Donald-Wapato Road, where several of the suspects were caught — but not Vargas. “When Mr. Vargas fled from the crash scene, along his escape route investigators subsequently located a firearm that had been reported stolen by the Spokane Police Department. Also, in the vehicle when it was later searched, pursuant to a search warrant, another firearm was located,” said Det. Sgt. Russell.

Vargas is considered ‘armed and dangerous.’

He’s wanted by Toppenish Police for:

  • Armed Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • 1st Degree Assault
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm

He’s wanted by The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office for:

  • Eluding
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

Vargas is 31 years old, 6’0″, weighs 190 pounds and as you can see — has his neck and head heavily covered in tattoos.

If you know where he’s hiding, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or use the P3 Tips App to submit your information to Crime Stoppers.

It’s anonymous and you’ll get a cash reward if your tip to Crime Stoppers leads to his arrest.