Murder Suspect John Reed in Custody

Reed, 53, was captured by Mexican authorities on Friday, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

John Reed as he was booked into the Pima County Jail in Arizona
John Reed as he was booked into the Pima County Jail in Arizona

Mexican authorities from the Policia Estatal Investigadora located Reed in Sonora, Mexico, and expelled him from the country for violation of Mexican immigration laws, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was taken into custody at the border by the U.S. Marshals Service and booked into the Pima County Jail in Arizona — He is expected to have a court hearing in that county next week. It’s unknown yet when Reed would return to Washington state to face charges. Reed had been on the run since the April slayings.

According to prosecutors, Reed shot Patenaude three times after she returned home from running errands in Arlington during the late morning hours on April 11. Shunn was fatally shot once in midafternoon of the same day when he returned home from work, the charging documents say.

Reed then drove to Ellensburg, where his parents and brother live, on the evening of April 11. He stayed there for an hour and returned with Tony Reed, arriving back at the slain couple’s property around midnight, according to the charges.

Tony Reed, 49, later told detectives he saw Patenaude’s body in her Jeep while Shunn’s body was inside his Land Rover, according to the documents. Reed had been suspected of helping his brother, John Blaine Reed, murder Oso residents Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude in April. Both 49 year-old Tony and 53 year-old John fled to Mexico via Ellensburg after the murder.

Tony Reed turned himself in last month and led detectives to the couple’s gravesite. Tony Reed pleaded guilty last month to two counts of rendering criminal assistance.

Reed’s parents, Clyde and Faye Reed, of Ellensburg, Washington, have also been charged with helping John Reed. Snohomish County prosecutors say the couple gave their sons money and a vehicle and helped them escape the country.

The slain couple lived on a 21-acre riverfront spread abutting the scar where the Oso Mudslide occurred in 2014, obliterating three dozen houses and killing 43 people. They shared a gated driveway with John Reed.

Shunn was a one-time Army Ranger who worked at a company that refurbishes aircraft interiors. Patenaude, a British Columbia native, had worked at an organization that provides services to disabled adults.

See also: Bodies of Missing Arlington Couple Found

Murder Suspect Tony Reed in Custody

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