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Charges Filed in Homicide Case

Police Ask for Public's Help in Locating Suspect

Contact: Detective Adam Haas
Kirkland Police Department
Pelon photo

Kirkland, WA
– Kirkland Police Department Detectives filed formal charges January 11 on Juan Felipe Galeana Madrigal for Murder in the First Degree in the death of Francisco Javier Mendoza. On May 7, 2016 at approximately 7:20 p.m., officers responded to a report of gunshots in the 9700 block of NE 138th Pl in Kirkland. Officers were directed to 9732 NE 138th Pl where they observed, through a window, a male gunshot victim inside the residence later identified as Mendoza. Mendoza was taken to Harborview where he was later pronounced dead. Kirkland Police Detectives processed the crime scene which was the beginning of a several month long investigation into the crime. Detectives were able to establish probable cause for the arrest of Juan Felipe Galeana Madrigal, or “Pelon,” as he is also known. The murder is believed to have occurred in relation to a drug trafficking altercation between the two. The area residents were not believed to have been in any additional danger as a result. Efforts to locate Madrigal without his knowledge have been unsuccessful and the Department is now asking for the public’s help in locating him.

Juan Felipe Galeana Madrigal is described as a 31 year-old Hispanic-male, 5’ 5” tall, 130 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair. He is known to wear a mustache with goatee and has “Famlia” tattooed on the right side of his head. Additional information about him:

• Galeana-Madrigal is known to frequent motels in Auburn and cities in South King County and has family in Tacoma.

• He has ties to family in Southern California and is known to frequent Oregon State.

• He was last known to be in the Palm Desert area in September.

• He is involved in the trafficking of narcotics up and down the West Coast.

• He is known to go by the alias JOSE GERARDO DE DIOS MEDRANO; and “PELON”

• If seen, he should be considered armed and dangerous.

• If located, please call the police using 9-1-1 immediately.

If anyone can identify this subject or has any information regarding this incident please call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound will pay a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest. You can submit the information anonymously via the P3 Tips App on your phone or by calling the hot line at 1-800-222-TIPS.


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11750 NE 118th St, Kirkland WA 98034

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