Parents of Murder Suspect John Reed Arrested

Detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office have arrested the parents of murder suspect John Reed for rendering criminal assistance in the first degree. Both 81 year-old Clyde Reed and 77 year-old Faye Reed were taken into custody today at their Ellensburg residence at the 600 block of E Tacoma Ave. without incident.

Detectives are also serving a search warrant for the property where they were arrested. Clyde and Faye Reed will be booked into the Snohomish County jail.

In previous interviews for the murder investigation, both suspects admitted to detectives that they provided a vehicle to John and his brother, Tony Reed, to flee the area. They also admitted to transferring the title from John’s truck, believed to have been used in the murders, to Faye. They also admitted to having provided financial assistance to John and Tony.

The Sheriff’s Office anticipates more arrests of various acquaintances of John Reed who have also allegedly rendered additional criminal assistance.

“We absolutely will arrest anyone who has helped a murderer escape justice,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary.

Valuable assistance in today’s arrest and serving of the search warrant was provided by the Ellensburg Police Department.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives are still looking for murder suspect John Reed, who is believed to be in the Tijuana, Rosarita, or Ensenada areas of Mexico.

The US Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture and arrest. Two charges of first-degree homicide have been filed against Reed for the execution-style murder of 45 year-old Patrick Shunn and his wife, 46 year-old Monique Patenaude.

John Reed is 5’08”, 190 lbs. with hazel eyes and gray hair and is believed to be driving a 2002 Gold Acura 3.2 TL (Arizona plates BNN-9968). He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

John’s brother, Tony Reed, who is also charged with the murder of Shunn and Patenaude, was taken into custody on May 16 at the US/Mexico border. He was transported and booked into the Snohomish County jail on May 21. Reed helped Sheriff’s Office detectives locate the gravesite of Shunn and Patanaude, who were both shot to death.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of John Reed should call the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tipline at 425-388-3845.

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