Three men have been arrested in connection with a beating outside the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission last month.
The 42-year-old victim, Lester L. Warriner, suffered a severe head injury after being beaten with a baseball bat, court documents said.
Kenneth M. Krause, 21, of Pasco, Robert James Day, 41, of Kennewick, and Christopher Michael Lee Love, 27, hometown unknown, are being held in the Franklin County jail for investigation of first-degree robbery.
Warriner was found lying in a pool of his blood in an alley behind the mission at 1 a.m. March 26, documents said. During the attack, his backpack was stolen by the assailants.
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At the time, he only could tell Pasco police that four men attacked him with a baseball bat, but Warriner started to speak again last week and said he could identify the suspects.
Warriner, who is a transient but was not staying at the mission at the time, told police the suspects lived in a trailer behind a home in the 1100 block of West Hopkins, documents said.
Officers came up with some names and presented a lineup to Warriner with a picture of Krause. On April 5, Warriner picked Krause out of the lineup and said Krause ripped his backpack off him before he repeatedly was hit with a baseball bat by one of the other men, documents said.
On Monday, officers showed Warriner lineups that included pictures of Love and Day. Warriner said Love repeatedly hit with the bat, and identified Day as being with the group, documents said.
Love and Day, who apparently have a family connection, both made initial appearances Tuesday in Superior Court. Judge Bruce Spanner ordered Love held in jail on $50,000 bail and set Day's bail at $20,000.
Krause appeared in court Monday and his bail was set at $25,000.
If charged, the three men will be back in court April 17.
Alleged shoplifter strips to prove she didn't steal
An alleged shoplifter stripped off all her clothes Monday in an apparent attempt to prove that she had not stolen anything from a store at the Columbia Center mall, authorities said.
Kennewick police were called to the JCPenney store around 6:15 p.m. after loss prevention personnel reported they had detained an uncooperative shoplifter, said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police spokesman.
The 31-year-old Pasco woman apparently began taking off her clothes and the loss prevention staff kept telling her to put her clothes back on, but she refused, Blatman told the Herald.
They eventually stepped out of the room where she was being held and waited for officers to arrive.
After the woman got dressed again, her 9-year-old daughter reportedly started crying and pulled out a box of jewelry that was hidden under her shirt, he said.
The woman claimed she did not know anything about it, but when officers reviewed the store's security video, they saw the mom apparently instructing her daughter to put the jewelry under her shirt, Blatman said.
The woman also had three other children, ages 4, 6 and 13, who reportedly were unsupervised and running around the mall.
She was not arrested, but officers forwarded their report to the city attorney to review for possible charges of theft, shoplifting and failure to supervise children. Officers also referred the incident to Child Protective Services, Blatman said.
Police arrest Kennewick teens in home burglary
Two Kennewick teens were arrested Tuesday after allegedly breaking into a Kennewick home, police said.
Kennewick police were called at 12:36 p.m. to 601 S. Kent St. after the resident reported her home was burglarized, said Officer Aaron Hamel.
Around the same time, a citizen reported seeing several suspicious teen boys a couple of blocks away. Two boys, ages 14 and 15, were contacted and found to have stolen property from the Kent Street home, Hamel said.
The 14-year-old boy was booked into the juvenile detention center on suspicion of residential burglary. The 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and possession of marijuana.
Two other teen boys were released to family members.
The burglary remains under investigation.
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