Suspect in Centralia Drive-By Shooting Arrested

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect sought in a Tuesday afternoon drive-by shooting in the 3100 block of Ives Road in Centralia.

David Serrano Mosso, 20, of Centralia, was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on a $1 million arrest warrant on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and drive-by shooting.

He was arrested  at a hotel in Tumwater by law enforcement officers with Lewis County’s Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, the state Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Team, Homeland Security investigators and the Tumwater Police Department.

At about 2:42 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies responded to a report of a shooting at the apartment complex in the north end of Centralia.

A 19-year-old victim reported he was outside the office area of the complex when Serrano Mosso, a passenger in a white SUV, called out to the victim, then fired one round from a handgun, grazing the victim’s leg.

Serrano Mosso and the victim are acquaintances, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and have only known each other for a few months.

Detectives found the white SUV and its driver, but Serrano Mosso has not yet been arrested, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

This is the second time in four months that Serrano Mosso has been the suspect in a serious assault in the Centralia area.

On Aug. 4, he was charged in Lewis County Superior Court with one count each of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree assault.

According to court documents, at 10:28 p.m. on July 28, police responded to Providence Centralia Hospital for a report of an assault.

Hospital security staff told officers they found a running, unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot. They also found a wallet and a single .22 caliber bullet near the vehicle. A large pool of blood was on the ground next to the open door.

Around the same time, a bystander helped a man bleeding from the face into the hospital’s emergency department, according to court documents.

The victim reported that he met two men, one of whom was identified as Serrano Mosso, because the men planned to buy a set of vehicle wheels from him.

Instead of paying the victim, the suspects allegedly told him to drive to a secluded location while holding a gun to his ribs.

In addition to the .22 caliber bullet, officers found a BB gun in the vehicle.

The alleged victim pulled into the hospital parking lot and Serrano Mosso allegedly struck him in the face with the gun.

Serrano Mosso was arrested the next day after allegedly violating the terms of Centralia’s 24/7 Sobriety program by consuming alcohol.

He later pleaded guilty to a lesser offense of second-degree assault and was sentenced on Sept. 30 to 64 days in jail.

Anyone suspected of rendering aid or assistance to Serrano Mosso could be subject to charges of first-degree rendering criminal assistance, a class B felony, according to the Sheriff’s Office.