A 20-year-old Pasco man is being held on $200,000 bail after allegedly hitting two men and robbing them of their cellphones, watches and a wallet outside a Pasco home.
Donald Edward Smith was arrested by Pasco police Sunday after the attack on the 7900 block of Savary Drive in Pasco, court documents said.
Smith made a preliminary appearance Monday afternoon in Franklin County Superior Court and was ordered held on investigation of first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and second-degree assault.
Judge Cameron Mitchell set the high bail after prosecutors noted Smith failed to appear for court hearings three times this year. Mitchell also noted the "seriousness of the alleged events."
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Prosecutors have until Wednesday to charge Smith or he will be released from the Franklin County jail.
According to court documents, Pasco police learned about the attack after the victims went to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco with injuries.
Jovi Saythavy, Jesus Rodriguez and Kevin Ly suffered various injuries, including blows to the head, documents said.
Smith and a second man, David J. Sparks, are accused of confronting the three outside the home where Saythavy and Ly live, stealing their cellphones and taking Saythavy's watch, wallet and hat.
A fourth man, Lionel Garcia, went to check on the victims and the suspects demanded he turn over his property, documents said. When he refused, he was hit in the face.
Shortly after the robbery was reported, a Pasco officer saw two men in the area with blood on their shoes. Smith and Sparks were detained and questioned.
Sparks reportedly admitted fighting with a man who matched Saythavy's description and said he took the man's baseball cap. He denied taking a wallet.
Smith reportedly told officers that he had gotten into a fistfight with another man and knocked him down and kicked him.
During the fight, Smith said the man's cellphone fell out and he picked it up.
Saythavy's wallet, two cellphones, two watches and a phone were found in a nearby pickup bed, documents said.
Garcia identified Smith as a possible suspect and said he recognized Sparks from the house earlier but was not sure if Sparks was involved in the robbery, documents showed.
Saythavy and Rodriguez weren't available to try to identify the suspects because they had been sent to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland for medical tests, documents said.
Photographs of items recovered by police later were shown to Saythavy, who identified his phone, wallet and watch. He also was shown pictures of the suspects' shoes and picked out the gray ones that were worn by Smith that he said he recognized from being kicked.
A new case against Sparks was filed in Pasco Municipal Court on Monday, according to online court records, but information on the charge was not known.
Sex offender jailed after exposing himself
A Level 3 sex offender from West Richland is back behind bars after allegedly exposing himself in a hospital emergency room.
Melvin Dean Rode, 49, made an initial appearance Monday in Benton County District Court. He was ordered held without bail in the Benton County jail for investigation of indecent exposure.
Rode was arrested by Kennewick police after he was seen touching himself while sitting in the emergency room waiting area at Kennewick General Hospital, court documents said.
Rode is classified as a Level 3 sex offender, which means he is considered highly likely to reoffend.
He has convictions from 2007 and 1994 for communication with a minor for immoral purposes, 2005 for indecent liberties, 2000, 2002 and 2003 for indecent exposure, and 2000 for failing to register as a sex offender.
In the 2007 conviction, Rode was given a three-month sentence for asking a teenage girl on a transit bus if she would tell on him for exposing himself.
He approached the teen at the Ben Franklin Transit Center in Kennewick, asked her for a hug, then followed her onto the bus when she refused. He fondled himself, then stopped when two other girls got on the bus, court documents said.
Grandview man in serious condition after crash
A Grandview man was hospitalized in Seattle after crashing into an irrigation pump house Sunday night.
Antonio A. Jaimes, 42, is suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the 8:30 p.m. wreck, the Washington State Patrol said.
The collision was on Pleasant Avenue just west of County Line Road in Grandview.
Troopers said Jaimes was going west on Pleasant Avenue when he left the road and struck an irrigation pump house and telephone pole.
Jaimes' 1990 Nissan pickup then spun into the eastbound lane and stopped.
Jaimes was taken to Prosser Memorial Hospital, then flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was in serious condition in the intensive care unit, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.
Pasco man accused of sexual assault on teen
A 21-year-old Pasco man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl is in the Franklin County jail on $2,000 bail.
Hugo A. Gonzalez made a preliminary appearance in Franklin County Superior Court on Monday and was ordered held on investigation of third-degree rape of a child.
Gonzalez is accused of assaulting the teen July 30 while she was sleeping, court documents said.
The incident was reported to police Aug. 2. He denied the allegations.
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