An Onalaska man who was charged in Lewis County Superior Court last year for allegedly driving at another vehicle and firing a gun at its driver is now charged in federal court in connection to the same incident.
The Lewis County case against Two Dogs Fasaga, 39, was dismissed without prejudice in December after county prosecutors had difficulty getting in touch with the alleged victim.
A press release from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, distributed Thursday afternoon, confirmed Fasaga had been arrested, and that a multi-agency search was underway in the 400 block of View Ridge Road.
“Due to the active and ongoing investigation, no further details are being released at this time,” reads the press release.
Charging documents filed in U.S. District Court for Washington’s Western District indicate Fasaga is charged for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Both of the charges reference an alleged incident on July 10, 2018, when Lewis County deputies responded to a report of gunshots near the intersection of Leonard and Burchett roads in Onalaska.
A Honda Civic was found flipped to its roof, pinning a Volkswagen Jetta against a guardrail. The Jetta’s driver was outside the cars, and said the Civic’s driver had shot at him and pursued him at high speeds before the collision.
A gun — a .45 semi-automatic pistol — was on the ground near the Civic’s rear window.
“It was loaded with six rounds in the seven-round magazine, plus one round in the chamber,” documents read.
A woman was near the scene of the crash, in a car that a deputy recognized as Fasaga’s. Deputies believed she was there to pick up Fasaga. The woman, Rachel Donnelly, was arrested and charged with rendering criminal assistance. The case against her was dismissed without prejudice, too.
Fasaga was later found in a nearby trailer. Another man in the trailer later told authorities Fasaga showed up, saying that he needed help. A K-9 unit tracked a scent from the scene of the crash to the trailer.
Fasaga was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, drive-by shooting and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Those charges were eventually dismissed without prejudice, meaning they could be filed again in the future.
Fasaga’s attorney at the time, Shane O’Rourke, said the victim had moved out of the state, and was working a job that made communication difficult. Prosecutors were having trouble getting in touch with him, he said.
Court documents list Fasaga’s address as the 400 block of Ridge View Road, the same spot that was subject to the search Thursday. The LCSO press release said the FBI took Fasaga into custody on the federal gun charges.
Charges were filed against him in federal court on Tuesday.