Camano Island, WA – According to information released by Island County Prosecutor, Greg Banks, 33-year-old Jacob Gonzales has been charged with Domestic Violence Murder in the Second Degree, while armed with a deadly weapon, in the March 2018 death of Katherine Cunningham. Mr. Gonzales was originally charged with firearms and vehicle theft offenses, pending additional investigation and the results of forensic testing, to be completed by the Washington State Crime Lab.
A samurai sword was recovered from the trunk of Katherine Cunningham’s stolen vehicle, which had been abandoned near Yreka, California. As of Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the Island County Prosecutor’s Office received results of DNA and biological testing that was performed on the sword. Those lab results indicate that the victim’s blood was on the blade of the sword, and that the suspect’s DNA was on the hilt. Based on those results, the Prosecutor’s Office has amended the charges against Mr. Gonzales.
A one million dollar nationwide warrant remains in effect for Mr. Gonzales, whose exact whereabouts are still unknown. If the suspect is convicted as charged, he faces a standard sentence of 240-340 months (20 years-28 years and 4 months) in prison.
The Island County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information as to the whereabouts of Jacob Gonzales. Mr. Gonzales has ties to the Merced County/Los Banos area in California, and it is believed that he may currently be in that area. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Jacob Gonzales is asked to report it to the local law enforcement in the area he is, prior to providing the information to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.
Jacob Gonzales is a Hispanic male, is approximately 5’9 inches tall, 150 pounds, and has black hair and hazel-colored eyes. He may have shaved his head and/or facial hair in an attempt to hide his identity. Mr. Gonzales is believed to be armed and potentionally dangerous, and the Island County Sheriff’s Office has asked that the public not approach him.
Anyone who may wish to provide information regarding this case should contact Detective Ed Wallace via the ICOM dispatch center at 360-679-9567 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.