Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers bulletin helps catch wanted man

By Paula Horton, Tri-City HeraldDecember 12, 2012 

In just a matter of hours, a Pasco man featured in a Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers "Wanted" bulletin for allegedly threatening to kill his wife was caught and jailed.

Jose Luis Aguirre, 40, had been sought by Kennewick police in connection with a Nov. 22 incident when he reportedly made several death threats against his wife.

Information about Aguirre and his photo were released around 3 p.m. Monday and by 7:30 p.m., he was booked into the Franklin County jail.

Mike Blatman, the law enforcement coordinator for Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers, told the Herald that a tipster submitted information online about Aguirre's whereabouts and someone also called 911.

Around 6:30 p.m., Aguirre was picked up by Pasco police at 1708 W. Irving St., he said.

Aguirre was wanted on several local charges and by Immigration, Customs and Enforcement for illegal re-entry into the country.

He is charged in Benton County Superior Court with felony harassment and two counts of violation of a post-conviction protection order. All three counts include domestic violence allegations.

The charges allege that Aguirre had been making threats against his wife between Aug. 1 and Nov. 22.

Aguirre pleaded guilty in 2008 to a third-degree assault with domestic violence and was ordered to have no contact with his wife for five years, court documents said.

In that case, Aguirre had assaulted the woman after he had been deported to Mexico. He was deported again in 2008, documents said.

In August, Aguirre's wife called police and said Aguirre had been calling and texting her.

She said he threatened to kill her and "finish what he had started," documents said. She said Aguirre said he was in Arizona at the time.

On Nov. 22, the victim called police again and said Aguirre had been to her Kennewick home the day before and tried to force his way inside.

He eventually left, but she said he continued to threaten to return and kill her, documents said.

She said she had text messages from him that said "beg mercy from God I'm ready to die go to hell with me," and "there better not be another man in my house or else you're going to see a tragedy," documents said.

Deputy Prosecutor Anita Petra wrote in court documents that "Aguirre has been deported three times but continues to find his way back" to the victim.

Units locked down at state penitentiary

Four units at the Washington State Penitentiary were locked down Tuesday after three correctional officers were hurt by some prisoners, officials said.

The assault happened at 1:15 p.m. inside the commons area of the Walla Walla prison's West Complex, said Shari Hall, prison spokeswoman.

The West Complex is where the prison's four gang units are and houses about 800 offenders.

When several prisoners began assaulting the correctional officers, other staff members responded and secured the unit within minutes, she said.

The injured officers were taken to a local hospital. No prisoners were seriously hurt, Hall said.

Walla Walla police were contacted and are investigating.

The Washington State Penitentiary holds about 2,200 prisoners in minimum, medium, close and maximum-custody units.

Possibly drunken driver crashes into a house

A suspected drunken driver crashed into a Sunnyside house early Tuesday, then tried to back out to get away before police arrived, authorities said.

No one inside the home in the 1300 block of South Street was hurt, but the impact caused the front wall of the house to collapse, said Sunnyside police Sgt. Joey Glossen. The wreck happened at 3:15 a.m.

When officers arrived they found Jorge Luis Pacheco Jr., 20, of Sunnyside, standing outside the car that was partially embedded in the garage, Glossen said.

Pacheco apparently was speeding south on 13th Street, failed to stop at the intersection, but tried to make a left turn onto South Street.

The car then left the road and hit the house.

Pacheco was treated by Sunnyside Fire Department personnel for minor injuries, then released to police.

He was booked into the Sunnyside police jail on suspicion of DUI and illegally possessing marijuana under the new state law because he is under 21.

Pacheco has since been released from custody without bail, according to online jail records.

Damage to the home is estimated at $20,000 to $40,000.

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