A man sought by police in the shooting death of a Hermiston farmworker is in the Coos County Jail after his arrest during a traffic stop, authorities said. Jesus Pineda-Cruz of Stanfield...
COQUILLE, Ore. — A man sought by police in the shooting death of a Hermiston farmworker is in the Coos County Jail after his arrest during a traffic stop, authorities said.
Jesus Pineda-Cruz of Stanfield is expected to be brought to Umatilla County sometime this week. Authorities say Pineda-Cruz and at least two other men, Margarito Morfin, 21, and Ever Alexis Flores, 24, on July 9 invaded a home where 12 farmworkers lived.
The invaders fatally shot Paco Chavez-Tena, 38, and wounded his 16-year-old son before stealing cash and cellphones, police say.
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Morfin is scheduled to go to trial on April 5 and Flores on June 20. They were arrested in mid-July.
Pineda-Cruz was captured Sunday when an Oregon State Police trooper stopped a car for failing to maintain a single lane of travel.
The motorist did not have any identification, so the trooper took the driver into custody for not having a driver’s license and for providing false information.
Coos County Jail officials made a fingerprint comparison through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System and received a hit on Pineda-Cruz, 25, who was wanted on a federal warrant charging unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
An indictment from a grand jury charges Pineda-Cruz with 41 counts based on eight crimes, said Chris Brauer, the Umatilla County district attorney. The crimes include aggravated murder, murder, attempted aggravated murder, assault, robbery and burglary.