Three accused kidnappers face a Dec. 14 trial for holding a Pasco woman against her will over a stolen cellphone.
Kelsey M. Cavazos, 18, and Logan W. Roberts, 23, both of Kennewick, and Carrie L. Childs, 48, of Richland, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to first-degree kidnapping.
The three appeared separately in court, but their trials were set for the same day.
Cavazos, who is represented by defense attorney Scott Johnson, had her bail reduced from the $500,000 that was set last week after her arrest to $200,000.
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Johnson asked Judge Robert Swisher to release Cavazos and make her wear a GPS tracking device or reduce bail to $50,000.
He said $500,000 "seems excessive."
Cavazos has a limited criminal history and any history she does have is against her family members, Johnson said.
"It's serious ... but not as serious as the state makes it out to be," Johnson said of the allegations.
Prosecutor Shawn Sant said Cavazos played a key role in luring the19-year-old victim into a car and taking her to Richland, where she was held against her will. Sant said the $500,000 bail was appropriate.
While Cavazos' bail was lowered, Childs' and Roberts' bail remained the same.
Defense attorney Kevin Holt said he has a private investigator working on the case and asked to have Childs back in court next week to discuss bail.
"I expect once I have more information, I may be able to request bail lower than you just set for the co-defendant," Holt said.
Cavazos is accused of going to Victoria Cook's home Oct. 17, pulling her into a car and driving to Oregon Avenue and East Lewis Street where she picked up Childs and Roberts, court documents said.
They drove her to Childs' home the 2400 block of Horizon View Lane in Richland and tied her up, documents said.
They then worked as a team to interrogate Cook, whose hands were bound, documents said. Cavazos is accused of repeatedly assaulting Cook, and Childs reportedly kicked her, documents said.
Cavazos told Cook that if she was not going to tell them the truth about the cellphone and they found out she was lying, they were going to tie her hands and feet and duct tape her mouth and throw her in the river, documents said.
Roberts apparently did not physically harm Cook, but he threatened to knock her out and stood by while Childs and Cavazos assaulted her, documents said.
Roberts also reportedly told Cook she was lucky he didn't knock her out and throw her into the river, documents said.
Cook was able to escape the next morning while the suspects slept, documents said. She returned home and called police.
Innocent pleas entered in attack on vendor
Three Kennewick men pleaded innocent Tuesday to attacking a Pasco hot dog vendor and destroying his stand.
Mark Serna, 29, Jimmy Cuellar, 23, and Daniel Gallegos, 29, are charged in Franklin County Superior Court with second-degree robbery, second-degree malicious mischief and rioting.
Their trials were set forDec. 14.
A fourth co-defendant, Jose Sandoval Jr., 28, of Pasco, faces a Dec. 7 trial on similar charges.
The men are accused of stealing a hot dog from the stand outside the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco, destroying the stand when the owner confronted them and taking money from the tip jar.
Derek Perot, who runs the stand in the hotel parking lot, told Pasco police Oct. 1 that the four men approached him and asked for free food. He reportedly gave them a hot dog, but refused to hand over any more without payment and then turned around to work on something else at his stand, court documents said.
Perot then saw Cuellar allegedly take a hot dog and confronted him, but Serna stepped in and tried to hit Perot, documents said. Perot ran around his stand to get away.
The suspects destroyed the stand by flipping the tables and barbecues over and spilling all of the food, documents said. Perot told police that money was missing from his tip jar, and estimated the total damage to his equipment at about $1,000.
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