Suspects identified in Cheney pot shop kidnapping


Donavon Culps and Violetta Culps(suspects Donavon Culps and Violetta Culps)

Cheney Police have released the names of two of the three suspects they believed are involved in the shooting, carjacking and kidnapping of an employee at a Cheney pot shop Sunday afternoon.

Police are actively searching for Donavon Culps and Violetta Culps and are asking the public to share photos provided from surveillance video.

Lucid suspect 1a(suspect 1: Donavon Culps)

Police say Culps was refused service at the Lucid marijuana shop Sunday afternoon because he didn't have his ID. When he left the shop he reportedly shot at an employee who was eating lunch in his car outside, and then broke into that employee's car and drove off with the employee still inside.

Lucid suspect 1b                    (suspect 1: Donavon Culps)

As of Sunday evening, the Lucid employee is still missing and police are investigating.

Donavon Culps appears to have facial and neck tattoos and was the person firing the shots and driving the employee away.

The victim was identified as 46-year-old Cameron Smith. He was last seen wearing a Lucid baseball cap and matching shirt.   

Lucid employee victim Cameron Smith

(the victim: Lucid employee Cameron Smith)

Police believe Donavon Culps is driving the victim's vehicle which is described as a 2008 Acura MDX SUV with Washington license plate BCV4296. Culps said that he was from Yakima and they may be headed in that direction. The two women were last seen leaving the scene in a white Ford F-250 utility pickup with an unknown license plate.

Police say the ongoing investigation determined there were three people involved in the incident including two women and one man. It's not clear yet, exactly what role Violetta Culps played in the incident. Donavon Culps appears to have facial and neck tattoos and was the person firing the shots and driving the employee away.

Lucid suspect 2(suspect 2: Violetta Culps)

Call 911 or Cheney Police immediately if you see the man or the SUV. Their number is (509) 498-9235

(STORY and IMAGES: KHQ.COM)

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