Benton County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 24-year-old man they believe made off with a large amount of money during a Friday robbery at the Whitstran market.
Scott Glen Richard Monta was picked up at his rural Prosser home at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Sheriff’s detectives identified Monta as the alleged robber and were waiting for him after getting word he would be arriving home about that time.
Monta is being held without bail on suspicion of first-degree robbery. He also has a failure to comply with a prior misdemeanor case.
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Monta is the second person arrested in connection with the 6:30 a.m. robbery at McCorkle’s Market.
Dru L. Brumley Yule, 20, is accused of driving the getaway car. He is being held on suspicion of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.
Both men appeared Monday in Benton County District Court. Judge Joe Burrowes ordered them held without bail.
Prosecutors have until Nov. 1 to file charges against Brumley Yule or release him, and until Nov. 2 for Monta.
Authorities say Monta walked into the 14601 N. Rothrock Road market last Friday wearing a ball cap, sunglasses and a jacket over a hooded sweatshirt, and showed a handgun tucked in his waistband.
He demanded money from the clerk, said Sgt. Bob Brockman.
A witness reported seeing the suspect get into the passenger side of a dark gray Buick sedan, which left east on Old Inland Empire Highway toward Benton City.
However, the Buick crashed in dense fog less than a mile away. The driver and passenger abandoned the damaged car.
The Buick had been reported taken without permission from Prosser earlier that day, and Brumley Yule is believed to be the driver, Brockman said.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the sheriff’s office through dispatchers at 509-628-0333.