An Oak Harbor man in prison on a robbery charge is wanted on $100,000 warrant in a firearms case.
Oscar Sampedro, 39, was supposed to appear in Island County Superior Court Monday via video from prison, but he wasn’t able to attend since he was in segregation and being moved, attorneys said.
Chief Criminal Prosecutor Eric Ohme noted that Sampedro was going to be released from prison this month and asked for either bail or a warrant in order to ensure he is transported to the county jail after he serves his sentence.
Ohme went over Sampedro’s criminal history, which included five felony cases in California. He was charged with “prisoner possessing a weapon” while in custody. He served a 44-month sentence on a firearm charge in California and and then was arrested in Oak Harbor in a robbery case.
Sampedro is also facing a domestic violence assault charge in district court, the prosecutor indicated.
Ohme said the Department of Corrections considers him to be a “high risk” prisoner.
Sampedro’s attorney, Matt Montoya, objected to the warrant being set when his client wasn’t present. Island County Superior Court Judge Carolyn Cliff, however, agreed with the prosecutor’s request and authorized the warrant.
Prosecutors charged Sampedro in Island County Superior Court Oct. 15 with unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree. He is barred from possessing a gun in the state because of his felony history.
According to a police report, Oak Harbor police officers helped Department of Corrections officer with searching a car Sampedro has been driving in March. A handgun was found in a compartment under the steering column, the report states.
The handgun, however, was registered to an Tulalip area man and the crime lab was unable to found fingerprints, the report indicates.
In 2016, Sampedro was arrested in Oak Harbor on suspicion of robbery and kidnapping. Sampedro and his friends took a man for a ride in a SUV and then Sampedro pointed a gun at him, the police report states. The victim was bound with zip ties and the men stole his backpack, wallet, jacket and shoes, the report indicates.
Sampedro pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to five years and ten months in prison.
Police reports indicate that Sampedro is a member of the Surenos gang and goes by the name Diablo