A 37-year-old Pasco man pleaded innocent to allegations that he strangled his wife and hit their 1-year-old son with a shoe before leaving with two of their four kids.
Adan Contreras is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with second-degree assault, felony harassment and fourth-degree assault, all of which allege domestic violence was a factor. He also is charged with interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.
His trial is set for July 18.
According to court documents, a Pasco police officer was called at 10:20 a.m. April 24 to a report of an assault at a home at 9208 Oliver Drive. The 24-year-old victim said she had been choked by her husband ,who then took the kids and was last seen on Interstate 182.
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Contreras, who has a concealed weapons permit, also apparently took a Glock handgun with him, documents said.
His wife said she was in the shower when her 3-year-old daughter started to cry. Contreras got upset and reportedly yelled at his wife and continued to yell at the girl to stop crying, documents said.
Contreras then grabbed a shoe and threw it in anger, she reported. The shoe apparently hit their son in the face, causing his nose to bleed, documents said.
The couple began to argue and she said he hit and pushed her around.
When she told him she was going to call police, he allegedly took the phone and broke it. She said she locked the bedroom door, but he kicked it until it broke down, documents said.
The victim told police her husband began to strangle her and she couldn't breathe. He also reportedly told her he was going to kill her, documents said,
Contreras then reportedly took a second phone and put it down the kitchen garbage disposal so she couldn't phone police.
The woman said her husband then took the two kids and left. Their two older children were at school at the time.
About a month ago, she said he also assaulted and threatened to kill her and take the children away. They've been together about nine years. She said she was scared of him and felt her life was in danger, especially since he has guns in the home, documents said.
Contreras was out of custody after posting $50,000 bail. He was ordered to have no contact with his wife or children pending his trial.
Pasco man facing August trial for burglary charge
A Pasco man accused of breaking into a home and running from police, prompting three schools to be locked down briefly, is facing an Aug. 8 trial.
Miguel Barragan, 18, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to residential burglary.
Barragan was arrested May 8 after Pasco police were called to a home at 408 N. Douglas Ave., to investigate a burglary alarm, documents said.
Officer Trever Sweeney arrived within a minute of the call and said he spotted a man, later identified as Barragan, through the fence on the southside of the house, documents said.
Barragan apparently spotted Sweeney and began running away from him, jumping a fence into the alley, documents said. A police dog unit was called out and found Barragan hiding in a garbage can behind a home in the 400 block of North Wehe Avenue, documents said. Three Pasco schools in the area were briefly locked down during the search.
A digital camera and Nintendo DSI were found in the alley, and the victim identified the items, documents said.
Man pleads innocent to shooting at woman
A 25-year-old Pasco man pleaded innocent to shooting at a woman in another car in Pasco.
Jesus Guillermo Salas-Rubio, 25, is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with first-degree assault for the April 26 shooting. His trial is set for July 11.
The 42-year-old victim, identified in court documents only as T.C., said she was at a friend's house when a man known as "Memo" showed up. During the visit, he reportedly showed her a pistol, then later received a call asking him to pick up a friend at "Larry's house," documents said.
Memo later was identified as Salas-Rubio by the victim, who picked him out in a photo lineup, documents said. Officers also said Memo is a Spanish nickname for Guillermo, which is Salas- Rubio's middle name.
The victim said she offered to take him to the home and Salas-Rubio, and another unidentified person got into a gray Ford Taurus and followed her, documents said. Salas-Rubio was the passenger in the Taurus, which at some point stopped on Wehe Avenue near Whittier Elementary.
The victim said she pulled up along the passenger side of the car, and Salas-Rubio allegedly rolled down the window and pointed a gun at the victim.
She said she ducked and sped off as Salas-Rubio shot at her, and her car was struck by at least one bullet that shattered the back window, documents said.
Pasco man to face federal gun charges
A 22-year-old Pasco man is being charged in federal court for possession of an unregistered gun.
Fidel Antonio Mendez had been charged in Franklin County Superior Court with possession of a short-barrel shotgun or rifle, but prosecutors told a judge this week that they were dropping charges because federal prosecutors are taking the case.
The indictment was filed in U.S. District Court in Yakima on May 8, alleging that on Feb. 26, Mendez had a 20-gauge shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches that was not registered to him.
Mendez has not yet appeared in federal court on the new charge.
Man pleads innocent to eluding officers
A 24-year-old Pasco man accused of driving recklessly through town reportedly told police they scared him when they started chasing him.
Armando Villa Jr. pleaded innocent this week in Franklin County Superior Court to attempting to elude police, a felony, and DUI, a gross misdemeanor. His trial is set for July 18.
Villa was arrested May 7 after Pasco police got a report around 7:30 p.m. about a recklessly driven black GMC Envoy near Fourth Avenue and Court Street, court documents said.
Dispatchers said they received three calls about the vehicle and thought the driver may have been chasing a Jeep.
Officer Jeremy Jones saw Villa turn onto Lewis Street from First Avenue and reportedly cut in front of another vehicle and fishtailed around the corner, documents said. Jones turned around and tried to pull Villa over, but as soon as he turned on his lights and sirens, Villa swerved back into the eastbound lanes and sped off, documents said.
Villa drove at speeds of 50 mph to 60 mph, then slammed on his brakes and tried to make a left turn onto North Elm Avenue. Villa took the turn too wide, went up onto the sidewalk and into a vacant lot at Elm and Lewis, documents said.
He hit some poles and trees, but then continued back onto Elm Avenue before swerving to the right, over a parking strip and into the yard at 203 N. Elm Ave., documents said.
Villa then got out of the car, but was ordered onto the ground and arrested.
At the jail, he reportedly told Jones that he got scared when Jones started chasing him, but that he saw Jones' lights flashing and knew the officer was trying to pull him over.
Villa refused to take field sobriety tests or submit to breath or blood tests, so officers got warrant to draw his blood and took him to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco.