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Man arrested in case of two people found slain, burned

January 28, 2020 GMT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A 20-year-old man has been arrested in the deaths of two people whose burned bodies were found earlier this month near Yakima.

Jesus Antonio Perez is facing two counts of aggravated murder in the killings of Alyson Harris, 32, and Miguel Martinez-Vasquez, 24, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported. Their bodies were found Jan. 7 east of Moxee by people in the area.

Yakima County Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson on Monday set bail at $2 million.

Perez was arrested in Jalisco, Mexico after investigators learned he had reserved a bus ticket to Tijuana, Mexico. A warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Martinez-Vasquez and Harris were last seen alive Dec. 21 in Yakima. They were reported missing Dec. 30.

In a probable cause affidavit by sheriff’s deputies, a witness said Martinez-Vasquez and Harris were at his house Dec. 21 and left with Perez. Perez returned a day later to borrow a gas can. Perez told a witness that he shot the pair in a field by his parents’ home, the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, Perez told the witness that Harris took his cellphone and wouldn’t return it, so he shot Martinez-Vasquez. Perez said he then shot Harris, according to the probable cause affidavit.