Binoculars and laptop in unmarked Jeep raised suspicion of man charged with murder of Clark County detective
Guillermo Raya Leon approached the unmarked brown Jeep Grand Cherokee in the parking lot of Pointe Apartments in Vancouver from the driver’s side, then asked, “Are you looking for someone?” As he held his hand over a gun hidden in his left pocket, according to court records.
Raya Leon said she spotted a thick laptop between the driver and the passenger seat “like the one used by the police,” confirming her suspicions that the man behind the wheel was an “undercover” cop, the police detective wrote. Vancouver Jason Mills in a newly filed probable cause affidavit. . The driver had been seen periodically looking through binoculars at the back patio of the apartment where Raya Leon resided, according to the affidavit.
According to Raya Leon, the driver, now known as Clark County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Brown, pulled out a gun from his right side and told him to come back.
Raya Leon said he backed up, pulled out a .357 caliber revolver, shot the detective and fled, according to the affidavit.
Brown, 46, was shot in the chest on the night of July 23 but fired several bullets, Vancouver Police investigators said.
Raya Leon and witnesses heard a succession of gunshots as Raya Leon fled.
Brown, a 15-year member of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, died that night at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.
Raya Leon, 26, her brother and brother’s wife had come to the Vancouver apartment in hopes of selling a stash of stolen guns, having planned to hold a sale via Facebook Messenger, according to the affidavit.
Earlier in the day, Raya Leon, her brother Abran Raya Leon and his brother’s wife, Misty M. Raya, were driving a Volvo along Interstate 5 in Oregon with several of the guns, including included AR-15 rifles, which were stolen in June from a Vancouver public storage unit.
At one point, police attempted to stop the Volvo on the freeway, but Abran Raya Leon told investigators he was able to escape officers and flee, documents show. They drove to a target in Portland, where Misty Raya’s friend picked them up in a silver Toyota Sequoia. Abran Raya Leon told police he transferred the stolen guns to the Toyota, and they headed to the Pointe Apartments in Vancouver, according to the affidavit.
After Guillermo Raya Leon shot the detective, Abran Raya Leon fled the Vancouver apartment complex in the Toyota with his brother and wife.
Abran Raya Leon and Misty M. Raya were arrested the next morning in the backyard of a house in the 8700 block of 76th Avenue Northeast in Vancouver, after crashing the car in the I-205 area. and Padden Parkway. According to the affidavit, police recovered the stolen gun used in Brown’s backyard shootout and a stolen Glock handgun from the driver’s floor of the crashed Toyota.
Guillermo Raya Leon burglarized a residence on that block, stole the keys to the Toyota Prius and escaped in the car before being arrested two days after the shooting in Salem, according to the affidavit.
Abran Raya Leon, 28, is now also charged with second degree murder and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm. He is being held in the Columbia County Jail on separate federal charges.
Guillermo Raya Leon has been charged with aggravated first degree murder and possession of a stolen firearm.
Misty Raya, 35, has pleaded not guilty to 39 counts, including 32 counts of gun theft, as well as impersonation and burglary charges. Guillermo Raya Leon and Misty Raya are both incarcerated in the Clark County Jail.
Prosecutors have filed files indicating they would seek life sentences for the trio believed to be linked to the detective’s ambush murder, if convicted.
Federal authorities are also investigating the three people in connection with the alleged conspiracy to smuggle firearms.
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