A 46-year-old Pasco man was sentenced to three months in jail after admitting that he threatened another man with a butcher knife.
Reyes Melchor Hinojosa pleaded guilty in Franklin County Superior Court to second-degree assault. He faced up to nine months in jail.
Hinojosa, who has been in custody since his arrest, can serve the remaining time on work release, if he qualifies.
Deputy Prosecutor Frank Jenny said Hinojosa didn't have any prior problems with the victim, and no one was hurt. "For reasons, really unknown to anyone, he decided to intervene and started to wave around a knife," Jenny said.
The victim, Gerardo Valenzuela, 34, told Pasco police that he went to 2103 N. Fifth Ave. around 10:20 a.m. July 15 to confront his sister about taking his father's vehicle without permission, documents said.
Valenzuela's sister was standing in front of Hinojosa's home, but Hinojosa was not involved in the argument.
At some point, he came outside with a large butcher knife, telling Valenzuela and the others to leave, documents said.
Hinojosa then charged Valenzuela, thrusting the knife in a stabbing motion and swiping it at him, documents said. Valenzuela said the knife came less than 6 inches away from him.
Valenzuela told officers he was in fear for his safety and thought he was going to be stabbed, documents said.
Hinojosa chased Valenzuela and others into the street until Valenzuela was able to get inside a vehicle. Hinojosa ran away but was found nearby and arrested.