Bail was set at $250,000 for a 33-year-old man who barricaded himself inside a Kennewick apartment for seven hours after allegedly threatening to kill the resident with a gun.
Jorge Garcia Jr. pleaded innocent this week in Benton County Superior Court and is set for trial Sept. 8.
He's charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of felony harassment, each with a domestic violence allegation and a firearm enhancement.
He also faces charges for unlawful imprisonment with a domestic violence allegation, possession of methamphetamine and two counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a gun.
Garcia has been in the Benton County jail since his arrest July 11 following the standoff at a West 21st Avenue complex.
Kennewick police and the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team made several attempts to talk Garcia into leaving the apartment and tried to force him to leave by shooting tear gas canisters through windows. Officers had their weapons drawn for hours in front of the apartment, and eventually SWAT team members climbed onto a balcony and entered through a sliding door.
Police were tipped off that something allegedly was wrong inside the apartment when a resident sent her friend a text message saying Garcia held a gun to her head.
The woman told police that Garcia, who's from Pasco, had been living at her Kennewick apartment for some time, renting one of the bedrooms, court documents said. She became concerned about Garcia continuing to stay there because it was obvious he was selling narcotics from her house and, as a convicted felon herself, she didn't want to be around the drugs, documents said.
The woman said she had confronted Garcia about her concerns, then he became agitated and accused his housemate of stealing some of his money, court documents said.
She denied it and Garcia left the bedroom, but he returned with a .45-caliber pistol, documents said.
Garcia allegedly raised the gun and pointed it at her, saying, "I will shoot you. I will (expletive) kill you, I don't even care." Meanwhile, he continued to demand his money back.
Garcia again left the bedroom. He returned a short time later and put the gun to the woman's temple while holding onto her by the neck, court documents said. He repeatedly blamed her for stealing his money and said he would kill her if he didn't get it back, documents said.
The woman, who was wearing only her underwear, tried to leave the apartment about 7:15 a.m. but Garcia grabbed her arm and pulled her back inside, documents said.
Police arrived and Garcia "then appeared to panic and retreated back inside the apartment," court documents said. He used couches, a bed and a refrigerator to barricade the apartment's door, police said.
After his arrest, officers searched the apartment and found the guns and drugs.
Garcia's three prior felony convictions are for second-degree burglary, third-degree assault and possession of a controlled substance.
Garcia also has a pending felony charge of possession with intent to delivery methamphetamine in Franklin County Superior Court. An arrest warrant was issued in May after he failed to appear for a hearing.
Court documents for that case say Garcia is known to the Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force as "a mid-level drug trafficker."
A confidential informant reported to a detective in early April that Garcia had been overheard talking about going to Sunnyside to replenish his supply of drugs, court documents said.
At the time, Garcia's driver's license was suspended and he had a warrant for his arrest.
Two days later, the same informant reported seeing Garcia arrive at a Pasco home in a red Cadillac sedan and place a bag in the car's trunk.
A Pasco officer stopped Garcia as he was seen driving away from the home. The Cadillac was impounded and, while in storage, an officer and his K-9 partner walked around the car and the dog reportedly gave "a positive alert" for narcotics.
Police got a search warrant and allegedly found 26.48 grams of crystal meth and a scale inside a handbag that was sitting on the rear passenger side seat.