A 19-year-old Pasco man is accused of firing several shots into a rival gang member's car and hitting the man's daughter in the head.
Juan Alberto Vargas is being held in the Franklin County jail on $500,000 bail on investigation of three counts of first-degree assault.
Vargas and two 16-year-old Pasco boys were arrested last week by Pasco police in connection with the Aug. 29 drive-by shooting.
At the time, they were booked in jail and the juvenile detention center on suspicion of attempted murder and drive-by shooting assault.
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Ulisses Reyes and Jesus Gonzalez are each being held in the juvenile detention center on $200,000 bail for investigation of three counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.
Police said the 17-year-old girl was the only one hurt when she was shot in the head, but court documents indicate teen's 10-year-old sister also was cut by shards of glass shattered by the gunshots.
The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Aug. 29 in the area of Parkview Street and Cedar Avenue after a gold Honda was seen driving erratically up to the victims' vehicle, police and court documents said.
Adrianna Driver, 17, was behind the wheel, while her father, Rolando Reyes-Lopez, 33, was in the front passenger seat. The younger girl was in the back seat, documents said.
Reyes-Lopez is a documented gang member, documents said. The owner of the suspect vehicle and the five people inside are said to be members of a rival gang.
Vargas is accused of firing through the driver's side windows while both vehicles were moving.
The teen's injury was not life-threatening, but the bullet remains lodged in her skull, documents said.
Officers found the suspects' vehicle a short time later after it crashed into a fence in the area of Parkview Street and Beech Avenue.
Four spent .22-caliber casings that matched casings found at the shooting scene, were found in the suspects' vehicle, documents said.
Five suspects were identified as being in the car, with Vargas allegedly identified by several witnesses as the shooter.
When Vargas was arrested, he agreed to talk to detectives and reportedly admitted being in the car. He denied being the shooter, but reportedly told detectives that they didn't mean for the girls to get hurt, documents said.
Franklin County prosecutors have until 4 p.m. today to charge Vargas or release him.
Unit at Coyote Ridge locked down after alleged assault on guard
A unit at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center was locked down Tuesday afternoon after a prisoner allegedly assaulted a corrections officer with a broomstick, officials said.
Three corrections officers at the Connell prison were taken to the hospital for the injuries, said Lori Wonders, prison spokeswoman. Their injuries are not life-threatening, she said.
The assault happened about 1 p.m. in the E living unit, a medium-security unit.
Schawn James Cruze reportedly lunged at a corrections officer with a broomstick, then two other officers responded, she said.
The two back-up officers were then hit by a second prisoner, David Kopp.
Wonders said the staff used their defensive tactics training to get the two prisoners under control.
Cruze and Kopp were not hurt and were put in isolated cells.
Cruze, 39, is serving a life sentence under the state's three strikes law. His current conviction is for assault, drug possession and unlawful possession of a gun in Clark County.
Kopp, 23, is serving time for a second-degree murder conviction in Snohomish County. His earliest release date is September 2027, she said.
Connell police are investigating the assaults.
Level 3 sex offender now living on Catskill Street in Richland
A sex offender considered highly likely to reoffend is living in the 600 block of Catskill Street in Richland, authorities said.
Jerry Robert Sharp, 61, is not wanted by police, but he is required to tell them where he is living, Richland police said.
Sharp was convicted of third-degree rape, second-degree attempted kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment in Benton County.
He is described as 5-foot-7, 175 pounds, with gray hair and green eyes.
Sharp, who is classified as a Level 3 sex offender, has been banned from all city parks, schools and the library, police said. Information about Sharp and other registered sex offenders in Benton County can be accessed online at www.co.benton.wa.us.
Go to elected officials/departments, click on sheriff, then click on the link for sex offender information.
The Sexual Assault Response Center is available 24 hours a day to provide advocacy, information, referrals and crisis intervention for victims of sexual violence, 374-5391.
2 men, woman sought in Saturday home-invasion robbery in Mattawa
Two men and a woman are being sought after a home-invasion robbery in Mattawa where a woman was tied up and her two children were locked in a bathroom, authorities said.
The woman and children were not hurt.
Grant County sheriff's deputies were called around 10:30 a.m. Saturday after the robbery was reported in the 7900 block of Wahluke Slope Road.
The victim said the three suspects knocked on the door, entered the home and demanded cash and gold, officials said.
One man had a silver handgun. The female suspect was armed with a knife, officials said. The suspects reportedly stole cash and guns.
One suspect is described as a Hispanic man, early- to mid-20s, 6-foot, bald with a thin build. He was wearing a black oversized leather jacket, white T-shirt and blue jean shorts with lettering across the back.
A second man is said to be Hispanic, in his late teens or early 20s, 6-foot to 6-foot-2, with an average build with a slight peach-fuzz mustache. He was wearing a gray ball cap with a B on the front and a gray short-sleeved T-shirt.
The woman was described as Hispanic, in her early 20s, about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, with an average build and short hair in a ponytail. She had prescription glasses with thick black frames and was wearing a black zip-up sweater with white trim, and dark jeans.
The suspects left in an older, dark green four-door sedan, possibly a Buick, with plastic stock hubcaps.
Anyone with information about the robbery or suspects should call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-762-1160 or send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tipsters can remain anonymous.
Grant County deputies recover stolen property, drugs, firearm
An investigation stemming from a recovered stolen vehicle led Grant County sheriff's deputies to recover stolen property, drugs and a gun from a rural Moses Lake home, authorities said.
Deputies found the stolen car at the home Monday. The vehicle, stolen earlier in the day, had been left running and unattended.
When deputies searched the home, with help from a Moses Lake police officer, they found drugs inside and amended their search warrant for a more complete search. They then found stolen property and a gun, authorities said.
Emanuel Ayala, 28, of Othello, was arrested for a felony warrant for escape from community custody and booked into the Grant County jail. Deputies are continuing to investigate.