A 26-year-old Hermiston man is being held in jail on $250,000 bail for allegedly holding his former girlfriend against her will at a Pasco motel for three days and threatening to kill her.
Bryan Wayne Reavely made a preliminary appearance Monday in Franklin County Superior Court, where he was ordered held for investigation of second-degree rape, second-degree assault, harassment, unlawful imprisonment and assault in violation of a no contact order.
Reavely was arrested by Pasco police Sunday night after officers received a call about a suspicious circumstance at the Airport Motel, 2532 N. Fourth Ave., court documents said.
Officers were told there was a woman possibly being held against her will in a room and that there was a restraining order in place between Reavely and the 47-year-old Pasco woman, documents said.
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When officers knocked on the door to room 16, the victim answered and pointed to the back of the room where Reavely was walking out of the bathroom.
The woman had obvious bruising on her face, documents said.
Reavely was detained and the officer talked to the victim, who was said to be "very upset," documents said.
She reportedly said Reavely would not allow her to leave for the past three days, and when she tried, he grabbed her by the throat, strangling her. She said he also kicked and punched her repeatedly, while forcing himself on her, documents said.
Reavely allegedly threatened to kill the woman and also gave specific details about how he would kill her family. The victim said she believed he would carry out the threats so she did not try to run away, documents said.
The victim was taken to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco to be examined and Reavely was arrested.
Prosecutors have until Wednesday to charge or release Reavely. If charged, he'll be back in court April 10.
Man shocked by Taser after attempted robbery
A 30-year-old man was shocked by a Taser after he tried to rob a Richland bank while armed with a wrench, police said.
Eric Forsyth went to the Chase branch at 711 Jadwin Ave. around 12:30 p.m. Monday, raised a large wrench over his head and demanded money from the tellers, said Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb.
Police were called and when officers arrived, Forsyth was still inside the bank being menacing and threatening, he said.
Forsyth was stunned with a Taser and arrested. He was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center and then booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery.
No one inside the bank was injured, Cobb said.
Pasco man charged with stealing father's vehicle
A 34-year-old Pasco man found asleep in a car in front of the pumps at a Pasco gas station was arrested early Monday after officers learned he allegedly stole his father's car.
Pasco police were called around 12:20 a.m. to Kim's Conoco, 1909 W. Court. St. and found David Wacenske asleep in the driver's seat of a car at the gas pumps, court documents said.
Wacenske was woken up and spoke incoherently when asked what he was doing there. Officers said he appeared to be under the influence of a drug, documents said.
Wacenske was arrested on a state Department of Corrections warrant, then officers contacted the owner of the vehicle, Wacenske's father. Dale Wacenske said he had reported his car stolen to Kennewick police and it had not yet been recovered.
David Wacenske was booked into the Franklin County jail on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle.
He made an initial appearance Monday in Franklin County Superior Court, where Judge Robert Swisher ordered him held on $5,000 bail. Prosecutors have until Wednesday to charge or release Wacenske.
Crime Stoppers seek burglary suspect
Kennewick police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are looking for a woman wanted for questioning in connection with a string of residential burglaries in town.
Samantha Marie Sarmiento, 30, also has a warrant out for her arrest for failing to appear in court.
Sarmiento is 5-foot-8, 175 pounds with brown hair, hazel eyes and a tattoo on her left hand of the name "Serena" and the initials "JR," and one on her left ankle of the word "Shorty" and a flower.
Sarmiento has also used the aliases Samantha Egbert and Samantha Sparks. She has been known to stay in Kennewick and Benton City.
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.
Anyone with information about Sarmiento's whereabouts can call 586-8477 or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips can also be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
-- Paula Horton: 582-1556; email@example.com