Madras man faces attempted murder, other charges
A Madras man has been charged with two counts of second-degree attempted murder and other crimes, and a Metolius woman is accused of helping him.
In addition to the attempted murder charges, 22-year-old Daniel Solis is also facing counts of unlawful use of a firearm, one of felon in possession of a firearm, and one of second-degree criminal mischief. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges Friday, Sept. 18, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Yarazet Gonzalez-Pena, 20, pleaded not guilty to fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and hindering prosecution the same day.
Reports of shots fired and a black SUV driving away in the 500 block of Southwest Marshall Street led a Madras Police Department officer to the area. The first alleged victim arrived at about the same time.
He "was telling me what had happened to his car when a vehicle's headlights were north on Marshall Street driving down the street, as several people were yelling, 'That's the car,'" the officer wrote in a probable cause affidavit.
The officer and the alleged victim were in the street, and a black SUV "accelerated and swerved to the right trying to hit" the victim, the officer wrote.
The officer said the SUV came within inches of hitting the victim, who put his hands on the hood of the vehicle as he moved out of its path.
The SUV sped away, turning west on G Street. It then turned off its headlights and headed east on Culver Highway.
The officer talked with the man, who said he had gone to a party that night on Nordic Drive.
He said that "Solis was at the party and started saying a bunch of dumb things to him," the officer wrote. The man said Solis was not threatening him, but he did say he wanted to fight.
Solis left the party, and the man went out to his car and found that his back passenger window and rear window had been broken, the officer wrote.
He said Solis was upset because they used to date the same woman.
The officer then talked with the alleged victim's mother, and another woman translated the English and Spanish.
The mother said she saw a car pull up and thought it was her son coming home. Then she saw someone hitting the windows of her daughter's car "with a stick or bat or something."
The woman opened the front door to the house and yelled, "Hey, what are you doing?" she told police.
Then the man pulled a handgun from his waist area and shot at her and the car, she said.
She laid down face first on the floor.
The other woman, who was translating, showed the officer video from her cell phone and identified the man as Solis. The officer looked at pictures of Solis and came to the same conclusion.
In the meantime, a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy found six empty 9mm-caliber brass bullet casings and one bullet in the street. He found two bullet holes in the wall of the house between 1 and 3 feet from the front doorway of the house. The office found three bullet holes in the car.
The officer talked with a neighbor, who said she heard the windows on the car being hit and the shots fired. She also saw the SUV return after the officer arrived.
Solis was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm because in 2018, he was convicted of second-degree burglary.
Two Madras Police sergeants headed to Solis' home around 3 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. They saw a black SUV parked at the curb.
Police turned around and then saw the SUV going south on Madison Street without its lights on, according to a separate probable cause affidavit filed by Madras Police.
At J Street, the SUV turned east. Police turned their lights on, and the SUV stopped at Fourth Street.
They got out, and the vehicle sped off and turned north on Fifth Street. The SUV was driving faster than 70 miles per hour, then turned west on A Street, made a wide turn onto Sixth Street and headed south. It sped through stop signs and stoplights several times, the officer wrote.
From B Street, it turned south on Second and then ran the stop sign to go onto Culver Highway.
"Again," the officer wrote, "speeds were in excess of 70 mph and at two intersections, the suspect vehicle jumped because of the speed it was moving."
Smoke made it hard to see. Another officer last saw it headed east on L Street.
"Through the morning and continuing the investigation, I learned that the vehicle owner was Yarazet Gonzalez-Pena," the officer wrote.
He talked to her about 10:15 a.m. and learned that her 2018 Ford Ecosport was parked at the high bridge rest area on Highway 97 and she was in Terrebonne.
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office contacted her and her friend and brought her back to the rest area, where Madras Police read her her rights.
Later she came in for an interview.
"During this interview, Gonzalez told me what had occurred leading up to the damage and shooting and informed me that she was the one driving when I conducted a traffic stop on her and Solis. She told me she stopped at the stop sign for us and then panicked and took off," the officer wrote.
As of Sunday, Sept. 20, Solis was being held in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on $500,000 security, and Gonzalez-Pena was being held on $50,000 security.
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