On April 7, 2014 at about 1600 hours, Hoquiam officers were dispatched to the Hoquiam 7-11 Food Store in the 200 Block of Lincoln Street reference a vehicle prowl with theft having just occurred.
Two female cousins from Hoquiam, a 18 year old and 26 year old had left their purses in the younger cousin’s locked car. Due to the nice weather, the sunroof was left open. Both were inside for about five minutes and when they returned a juice bottle fell onto the ground when the driver’s door was opened.
This seemed odd and the two looked and noticed the 26 year olds purse was missing from the vehicle. Inside her purse was a fully loaded 9mm semi-automatic Tanfoglio pistol. The 26 year old has a valid concealed weapons permit. The two immediately called 911 to report the theft.
The two females remembered seeing a couple of familiar faces standing near the corner of the store prior to entering the building.
After about an hour the 18 year old learned the pistol had been taken over to relatives by the 26 year old Hoquiam male, who had been one of the persons the two females had recognized standing by 7-11 at the time of the theft. The 26 year old knew the victim and did not want to be responsible for the pistol and turned it over to a family member who resides in Aberdeen.
The 18 year old and her grandmother retrieved the pistol and advised police they had recovered the firearm.
This led to officers going to several Hoquiam locations, interviewing multiple witnesses, recovering the 26 year olds purse, and locating and arresting the 26 year old who had returned the pistol and the 18 year old who had entered the vehicle and removed the purse.
Both suspects have extensive criminal history.
Jon G. Parker, age 26 and Matt D. Orlaski, age 18, both of Hoquiam, were arrested and booked into jail. Parker was booked into the Grays Harbor County jail for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Orlaski was booked into the Hoquiam jail for Vehicle Prowl and Theft.