A 54-year-old Pasco man is accused of holding a knife to his former girlfriend and forcing her to walk with him to his home where he allegedly assaulted her.
Kenneth Robert Dickerson made an initial appearance Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court where he was ordered held for investigation of first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault.
Bail was set at $50,000 after Deputy Prosecutor Teddy Chow said the "allegation is (the victim) assaulted is a witness in a theft case."
Dickerson is waiting to be sentenced on a second-degree theft case in Franklin County Superior Court.
Chow said it appeared that Dickerson was angry at the victim "for basically calling him (while he was in jail) and putting him in a tough spot. Mr. Dickerson needs to know we listen to those phone calls."
Dickerson also has prior convictions for second-degree murder, second-degree assault and drug possession, he said.
Defense Attorney Matt Rutt questioned taking the victim's statements as truth, saying he was able to show she lied in the theft case.
Dickerson was arrested late Saturday by Pasco police after the 35-year-old victim was able to run out of his trailer at 1007 W. Pearl St. when Dickerson went out to yell at another man, court documents said.
Officers contacted the victim just before 11 p.m. after she called 911 while she was walked south on 10th Avenue away from Dickerson's home.
The victim said she was leaving her friend's house at Ninth Avenue and Ruby Street when Dickerson showed up out of nowhere and said "you in my neighborhood now," documents said.
He then reportedly pulled out a knife, pressed it to her side and forced her to walk with him to his house. He told her if she screamed or ran, he would stick her, documents said.
When they arrived at his motor home, he forced her inside. She said she fell walking up the stairs and he kicked her in the back, documents said.
He then reportedly forced her onto the bed, placed his hands around her neck and squeezed, then hit her repeatedly.
The victim told police that he also hit her with a metal cord that he grabbed from under the bed, documents said.
Dickerson apparently got distracted when a man knocked on his door and yelled at him. When Dickerson went outside, the victim escaped -- running out of her shoes that were found by the trailer, documents said.
Dickerson ran back inside but was later arrested. Officers recovered the pocket knife and metal cord, documents said.
Dickerson denied the allegations.
If charged, he will be back in court June 5.
Pendleton motorcyclist killed, another injured in Baker City wreck
A Walla Walla motorcyclist was critically injured Monday in a crash south of Baker City, Ore., that left a Pendleton woman dead, authorities said.
Joanne Mohrland, 53, was flown to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, following the 12:30 p.m. crash on Highway 7, said Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.
Mohrland and her husband were traveling with Leta Louise Currey and her husband when a pickup crossed the center line and hit the women's Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Hastings said.
Currey, 46, of Pendleton, died at the scene, Hastings said.
Troopers said the couples were northbound on Highway 7 on four motorcycles, while Derrick A. Coates, 24, of Baker City, was going south in a 1994 Nissan pickup.
Coates passed the first motorcycle, operated by Currey's husband, then crossed the centerline and hit the second motorcycle, which Currey was on, and the third motorcycle that was operated by Mohrland.
Mohrland's husband was the fourth in the group. He wasn't hit by the truck.
Coates was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
w Paula Horton: 582-1556; email@example.com