A Pasco man is behind bars on $20,000 bail on allegations he hit a store security officer who was trying to stop him from taking two quarts of oil.
John Fredrick Hunt, 45, pleaded innocent in Franklin County Superior Court to third-degree assault.
Court documents show that at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 25, Hunt walked into Rite Aid on Fourth Avenue and grabbed the two quarts. He had caught the attention of store security because he was in "an extreme hurry," and when he came out of the aisles he no longer had the items in his hands, documents said.
Hunt left through the store's front door, and was followed outside by store security and the manager.
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He stopped for the security officer and spread his arms out like wings, and that is when the officer saw the two quarts in Hunt's coverall chest pockets, court documents said.
Hunt handed the containers over to security, and once his own hands were free, he tried to hit the officer on the head with his open palm, documents said.
The store manager reportedly saw the attack coming and grabbed onto Hunt to slow him down. At the same time, the security officer was trying to dodge the strike, so he ended up with just "a glancing blow," court documents said.
Hunt fell to his hand but didn't completely go down. He then took off running, and at the same time was removing the top layer of his clothes to change his appearance, documents said.
However, store employees followed Hunt and gave his new clothing description to police, who were able to track down Hunt within the block.
Hunt's trial is scheduled to start April 25.
Man pleads innocent to using stolen credit card in Pasco
A man who claims he found a wallet on the ground is accused of using one of the credit cards around Pasco.
Andrey Vladimirovi Shilikhin, 33, pleaded innocent to second-degree theft. His trial is set for May 2.
Prosecutors allege that on Jan. 26, Shilikhin used the stolen Visa card to make a $67.53 purchase at Grand Central Coffee Station on West Court Street. That sale went through, but that same day he was denied a $243.68 charge at the Road 68 Walmart store, court documents said.
Pasco police got a call that day about the stolen card being used around their city.
Shilikhin reportedly agreed to speak to officers and stopped by their station Feb. 4. He initially denied the allegations, then admitted to finding the wallet on the ground and keeping it with the intent to make illegal purchases, documents said.
Police didn't arrest Shilikhin after the interview because he was cooperating with them, and instead reportedly sent the probable cause documents to prosecutors to pursue.
Pasco man pleads innocent to threatening to kill girlfriend
A 22-year-old man faces trial May 2 for allegedly threatening to kill his girlfriend if she ever leaves him.
Sergio Espinoza-Chavez of Pasco pleaded innocent to unlawful imprisonment, felony harassment and fourth-degree assault.
The victim called Pasco police the morning of Feb. 24 to report that she had been driving the previous evening on Interstate 182 when Espinoza-Chavez hit her twice with his fist, court documents said. Espinoza-Chavez reportedly was in the passenger seat of her car.
In addition to the assault, Espinoza-Chavez told her, "If you leave me, you'd better walk straight because it's harder for you to leave than for me to kill you," documents said.
Once they arrived at his 14th Avenue home, Espinoza-Chavez allegedly would not let her leave, saying, "You will be dead before you get to your car," while making a handgun gesture with his thumb and index finger pointing at her.
The victim was afraid her boyfriend would harm her, so police said she didn't leave the home until the next morning when he went to work.
Espinoza-Chavez is being held in the Franklin County jail on $20,000 bail. He also has a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.