Daniel Vargas

Daniel Vargas

A suspect accused of attempted murder and other charges in a July shooting near Yuma was arrested Tuesday by deputy U.S. Marshals at a residence in Somerton, the agency said. 

Daniel Vargas of Somerton was booked into the Yuma County jail Tuesday evening, on charges of attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping, participating in a criminal street gang and three counts of aggravated assault. He is being held on $250,000 bond, according to online jail records.

Vargas was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force on a felony warrant o Deputy U.S. Marshal Omar Ballestros said, after observing him outside of the residence.

The task force is a U.S. Marshals Service-led multi-jurisdictional fugitive apprehension task force, comprised of 22 agencies bringing together federal, state and local law enforcement to locate and arrest the most violent offenders and sexual predators, Ballestros said.

Vargas and a Yuma man, Juan Alfredo Ornelas, who was arrested by U.S. marshals last week are suspects in a July 15 incident in the 900 block of South 37th Avenue, where the victim was physically assaulted, then shot by a group of four suspects after entering a home, said Yuma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Alfonso Zavala. The crime scene is within a Yuma county island.

Zavala said investigators found Vargas and Ornelas shot at the victim inside the house, striking him, and Vargas was also hit in the crossfire. Then one of the suspects reportedly shot at the victim as he fled the scene in his car, hitting him multiple times.

The victim drove himself to Yuma Regional Medical Center. He was then airlifted to a Phoenix hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Vargas was also treated at YRMC, then released, while YCSO tried to piece the case together, Zavala said.

“Due to his medical condition, the victim was unable to talk to detectives until recently, and that’s when the case developed, when we could get further information,” he said. 

The U.S. Marshals task force was contacted because Ornelas and Vargas were both wanted on felony warrants, Zavala said. 

Ornelas was apprehended separately on Friday, during a multiagency law enforcement operation in which the U.S. Marshals Service also played a role, Ballestros said. He is being held in the Yuma County jail on $250,000 bond.  

Arizona District United States Marshal David Gonzales said, “This case demonstrates the effectiveness of the U.S. Marshals Service in working alongside state and local law enforcement to make our communities safer.”

Zavala said the other two suspects in the case, Beatriz Adriana Vargas and Angel Roberto Gandara, were already in the county jail on charges in unrelated cases when they were arrested in the July 15 case. 

Beatriz Vargas is being held on $510,000 bond, and Gandara on $500,000 bond. 

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