EVERETT — Three young men accused of murder in Bellevue have now been charged with first-degree assault in a gang-related shooting the same night in south Everett.
Those men are Jesus Moreno Uriostegui, 24, of Renton; Carlos Carillo-Lopez, 19, of Bellevue; and Cesar Gustavo Pareja-Ortega, 21, of Bellevue. The charges were filed on Jan. 3.
In April, a man reported that he was walking in the 8700 block of 5th Avenue West near Casino Road, when someone punched him in the back of the head.
He turned around to be confronted by three men, wearing bandanas and blue clothes, according to charging papers.
The person who was punched had been wearing red, the color of a rival, though he reported he wasn’t involved in any gang. He ran. Someone fired a gun. One bullet struck him in the thigh, and another hit him in the stomach.
Everett police later found four bullet rounds in the walls of an apartment complex. Officers used security footage from nearby stores to identify the suspects and the van they used.
The suspects walked into a 7-Eleven just minutes before the attack, according to charging papers. One of them reportedly asked a clerk where “the craziest place in Everett” was.
Information taken from a suspect’s phone also placed them at the scene of the shooting, prosecutors write. One photo taken from the phone was tagged with the words “Tuesday,” “Gangbanging” and “Everett” and was posted on social media. Court papers also describe videos in which Uriostegui is seen holding a gun.
In an interview with police, Carillo-Lopez reportedly said he and the other two men were looking for someone to fight while they were in Everett. According to Carillo-Lopez, they announced the name of their gang to the man, then attacked him.
In a separate interview, Ortega allegedly said he sucker punched the man because he was wearing a rival gang color.
Officers recovered bullets at the scene. They matched the caliber of rounds found at Uriostegui’s home, hidden in a crawl space, prosecutors wrote.
Four hours after the Everett assault, the suspects ambushed a 19-year-old young man at a park in Bellevue. King County prosecutors allege they pistol-whipped and shot Josue Flores, killing him. That incident, too, appears to be gang-related, prosecutors say.
Uriostegui, Carillo-Lopez and Pareja-Ortega were booked into the King County Jail in October with bail set at $2 million. They were charged in King County Superior Court with second-degree murder. They remained in custody Friday.
They are scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 17 for the Snohomish County charges.