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Police link Lucerne Lane suspect to drugs, guns

Deputies found two loaded handguns and 31/2 ounces of methamphetamine in a Judd Street mobile home where a homicide suspect and his girlfriend were hiding Saturday, court papers state.

The homicide suspect, John Chinh Vu, 41, was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy Saturday afternoon after Vu ignored the deputy’s commands and tried to flee the residence.

Vu’s girlfriend, Jennifer Kehaulani Contrades, 37, was being held at the Thurston County Jail on Tuesday, with bail set at $75,000. She was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree rendering criminal assistance and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

According to court papers:

Thurston County sheriff’s deputies found about three ounces of the methamphetamine and two loaded handguns in a safe being stored at the mobile home. An additional half ounce of methamphetamine was found in Jennifer Contrades’ purse during a search of the Judd Street residence. Contrades admitted that the meth in the purse was hers.

The person who lived at the Judd Street residence, Joshua Travis Fredin, 30, is accused of helping Vu and Contrades transport the safe containing the meth and guns to his home. Fredin was arrested Saturday on suspicion of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

The Sheriff’s Office had been searching for Vu since Thursday night, after Vu allegedly shot and killed David Mapu, 21, outside a Lucerne Lane residence in the Meadows subdivision.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465

jpawloski@theolympian.com

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