Homeowner customs law officers that two men linked to the killing of five people on an American Indian reservation in Washington state approached his residence and briefly took a child hostage at gunpoint while demanding car keys to make their escape, court documents said. The child managed to escape, as the man took the vehicle and drove away, according to the documents obtained Monday.
The men were later arrested and faced charges related to the Saturday killings of five people on the Yakama Indian Reservation.
Documents say James Cloud, Donovan Cloud and two other people – a man and woman referred to as witnesses who have not been charged ̵
Two injured adults were found with a fifth body in the vehicle, said the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, which assisted in the investigation.
Meanwhile, James and Donovan made a way to a residence and briefly took the child hostage while stealing another getaway car, documents said.
, was arrested Monday after a brief altercation with law officers and a police, however, the sheriff's office said. It was not clear when Donovan Cloud was apprehended.
Court documents said both suspects are members of the Yakama tribe. Two other people have also been taken into custody in connection with the slayings in the White Swan town.
The FBI, which has jurisdiction on the reservation, has released few details about the motive for the imposition of the impoverished reservation 150 miles southeast of Seattle
Yakima County Sheriff Robert Udell has said some of the victims were known to be involved in illegal drug activities.
The court documents filed in US District Court in Yakima charged James Dean Cloud, 35, and Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud, with assault with a deadly weapon, for actions related to pointing a gun at a child.
They were identified by witnesses as having shot and killed several people on Saturday, the documents state. However, it was unclear if they would be charged with the killings.
The Yakima County Coroner's Office on Tuesday identified four of the victims, who had all been shot to death, as Dennis Overacker, 61; Catherine Eneas, 49; Michelle Starnes 51; and Thomas Hernandez, 36.
The identity of the fifth victim, found at a different location, was not released as officials' tire to locate next of kin.