KENNEWICK -- Three men are being held on $20,000 bail each for allegedly firing pellets from a CO2 gun at a Kennewick man washing his car.
The man wasn't hit in the Monday drive-by shooting, but a taillight on his 1991 Lincoln was damaged. The shooting is believed to be gang-related.
On Friday, Leonel Alvarez Guzman, Abraham Carillo and Dennis Trinidad Catalan appeared in Benton County Superior Court.
All three pleaded innocent to one count of aiming a firearm or dangerous weapon and third-degree malicious mischief, both gross misdemeanors.
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Alvarez Guzman, 21, and Carillo, 19, both of Kennewick, face Aug. 30 trial dates.
Trinidad Catalan, 19, of Pasco, is scheduled for trial Aug. 23.
According to Kennewick police and court records, Filiberto Gomez was washing the Lincoln in the driveway at 605 S. Washington St. just after 2 p.m. "when he heard four to five gunshots and saw a gray Bronco driving away with a black gun sticking out the front passenger window."
A gray 1986 Ford Bronco II was stopped a short time later by Pasco police. Trinidad Catalan was the driver, Carillo was in the front passenger seat and Alvarez Guzman was reportedly between the two.
Officers found an airgun on the floor, court records said.
Prosecutors claim Alvarez Guzman was the shooter and leaned across Carillo to fire the CO2 gun out the window at least three times.
2 deny Prosser break-in
PROSSER -- Two 23-year-old men are set for trial Aug. 30 on allegations they tried to break into a Prosser home while the owner was inside.
Jacob Joseph Munoz of Pasco and Samuel Barrera of Prosser have pleaded innocent to multiple charges.
Munoz and Barrera are charged with attempted residential burglary. Munoz also has charges for attempting to elude police and second-degree possession of stolen property.
The pair also are suspects in two recent robberies in Burbank and Pasco.
Court documents claim that at 6:30 p.m. June 30, a resident on West Foisy Road near Prosser watched as two men knocked on the front and back doors and tried to open windows. He called 911 and said the men eventually took off in a silver Chevy truck.
As Benton County sheriff's deputies were responding to the home, dispatchers learned of an attempted robbery at McCorkle's Market in Prosser that apparently was cut short when the would-be robber noticed the shop was full of customers, documents said.
The suspect, who was wearing a black ski mask and overcoat, walked up to the market's front doors, then left in a Chevy truck, a witness told police.
Deputies spotted the truck and tried to stop it, but the driver took off through orchards and on back roads at speeds approaching 100 mph, documents said.
As the truck made "numerous direction changes on county roads, private roads and orchard property," pursuing deputies noticed the occupants throwing things out of the truck.
The truck ultimately crashed. Munoz reportedly was the driver, while Barrera was in the front passenger seat, documents said. An airsoft gun was found inside.
Munoz allegedly had a credit card that was taken in a robbery at gunpoint the night before in Burbank. Officers learned a similar robbery took place about the same time in Pasco involving two suspects using a handgun and driving a Chevy pickup, court documents said.
Munoz and Barrera are in jail on $50,000 bail each.
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