Police looking for subject of Friday alert

Police are still looking for the subject of a cell phone alert that was sent out on North Whidbey.

Police on Whidbey Island are still looking for the subject of a cell phone alert that was sent out on North Whidbey Friday afternoon.

The alert warned of police searching for a wanted person in the Monroe Landing area. A later alert announced that the subject wasn’t found.

A spokesperson with the Island County Sheriff’s Office reported that 40-year-old Oscar Sampedro was spotted driving in the area. He’s wanted on a $100,000 bench warrant out of Island County Superior Court for failing to appear at a hearing on a gun-related charge.

Sampedro bailed out of his car and fled on foot, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies searched the area but could not find him.

Prosecutors charged Sampedro on Oct. 15, 2021 with unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree. As a felon, he is not eligible to possess a firearm. A Department of Corrections officer allegedly found a Jiminez .380 pistol strapped to the center console of his car, according to court documents.

Sampedro didn’t appear for his arraignment hearing on Nov. 8, 2021 and the judge directed the warrant.

In 2016, Sampedro pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison. Sampedro and a couple of other people zip-tied a man’s hands at gunpoint and stole his backpack, wallet, shoes and money, according to court documents.

Anyone with any information about Sampedro’s whereabouts should call 911.