A man allegedly found naked inside a Benton City barn twice this summer is accused of trying to pay off the owners with cash and a pressure washer.
Christopher M. Cardenas, 35, pleaded innocent this week to second-degree burglary and bribing a witness.
His trial is scheduled Jan. 9 in Benton County Superior Court.
The property owner first found Cardenas squatting in a corner of her barn on July 24, allegedly with his pants down, according to court documents.
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The owners have several fenced acres around their home where they have a barn and keep ponies and other animals.
When asked what he was doing, Cardenas said he was looking at the ponies, documents said. He then left in a hurry, leaping over fenced corrals and jumping into his truck.
One month later, the owners awoke to the sound of dogs barking outside. They went into the barn to investigate and found clothing on a hay bale near the door.
Cardenas then darted into the barn from outside and startled the owners. He was very apologetic and pleaded with the couple not to tell anyone, documents said.
Cardenas returned to the property Sept. 16 to ask the owners not to pursue charges against him, documents said. He reportedly offered $200 and the pressure washer, which was in his truck.
The couple photographed the suspect as he left.
Cardenas is out of custody after posting bond on $25,000 bail.