Neighbors credited for helping avert domestic violence assault in Kennewick

By Paula Horton, Tri-City HeraldDecember 7, 2012 

Kennewick police credit neighbors not afraid to "get involved" and quick response by officers with averting a potentially serious domestic violence assault early Thursday.

Officers went to an apartment at 1000 W. Fifth Ave. at 2:15 a.m. after a 35-year-old woman called 911 screaming for help, said Sgt. Ken Lattin.

The woman said a man had broken through the sliding glass door from her second-floor balcony and got inside, he said.

As officers responded, dispatchers could hear the woman and her 8-year-old son screaming, then the phone disconnected.

At the same time, dispatchers received other calls from neighbors who reported hearing a woman screaming and glass breaking, Lattin said.

When officers got to the apartment, they saw a man, later identified as Felix Garza, standing at the front door.

Garza, 32, went back inside, closed the door, then jumped off the balcony in an attempt to run from police, Lattin said.

Officers, however, were waiting for him and arrested him.

Police learned there was a no-contact order in place between Garza and the victim after Garza allegedly assaulted her three weeks ago, Lattin said.

Garza was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of felony order violation, first-degree residential burglary and resisting arrest.

Man flown to Kadlec after being shot during Pendleton police raid

A man was shot by a Pendleton police officer early Thursday during a SWAT raid, officials said.

The man, whose name and age were not released, was said to be in stable condition at Kadlec Regional Hospital in Richland, said Umatilla County District Attorney Daniel Primus.

The shooting occurred at 4 a.m. as the Pendleton SWAT team and detectives with the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team served a search warrant at a home at 411 N.W. 8th St.

One of the occupants in the home reportedly brandished a weapon and confronted the Pendleton officer, who then fired at the man.

No information was released about how many shots were fired.

Primus said that once the threat was minimized, officers on scene provided medical assistance to the man.

He was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton, then flown to Kadlec.

The Umatilla/Morrow County Major Crimes Team was activated for the investigation, which is being led by Oregon State Police with help from the district attorney's office, Primus said.

The Pendleton officer is on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

Kennewick man arrested after allegedly stealing purse

A 19-year-old Kennewick man was arrested Thursday after allegedly stealing a purse out of a woman's cart at a Kennewick grocery store.

The victim, Nilia M. Van Enkevort, was loading groceries into her car at Winco, 4602 W. Clearwater Ave., around 3 p.m., but left her purse in the cart unattended, said Kennewick police Cpl. Matt Newton.

That's when Jose Luis Montes ran by and grabbed her purse, he said.

Customers began chasing after Montes, who dropped the purse and continued running. He was arrested a few blocks away.

Montes was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of second-degree theft.

Walla Walla man arrested for allegedly threatening 2 women

A 27-year-old Walla Walla man was arrested Thursday for allegedly holding two women against their will for several hours.

Police searched for Kyle R. Jamerson almost eight hours before he was spotted in Walla Walla by an off-duty College Place police officer.

Jamerson is accused of using a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun to threaten two women who were at his Alvarado Terrace apartment, said Walla Walla police Officer Tim Bennett said.

At some point during their visit, Jamerson reportedly became enraged, took out the shotgun and prevented them from leaving.

When one of the women became ill, they all went to the hospital, Bennett said.

Jamerson, who still had the shotgun, stayed in the truck near the emergency room entrance while the women went inside.

Once inside, they called 911.

When officers got to the hospital, Jamerson was gone, but the shotgun still was in the truck, Bennett said.

-- Paula Horton: 582-1556;

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