Two Tri-City men pleaded innocent Tuesday to allegations they used a small pocket knife to rob a man outside a Pasco nightclub.
Mario A. Madrigal and Sergio N. Sanchez-Stewart face Dec. 10 trials in Franklin County Superior Court for one count each of second-degree robbery.
Madrigal, 27, is from Pasco, while Sanchez-Stewart, 20, lives in Kennewick.
Juan G. Ramirez Moreno told Pasco police he was chased down an alley near the Golden Nugget at 12:03 a.m. Oct. 5 after leaving the Santa Cruz dance hall downtown.
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Ramirez Moreno said a man — later identified as Madrigal — pulled out the pocketknife, pointed it at his stomach and “told him to give him everything he has or they would take his life,” court documents said.
Ramirez Moreno said the second man, Sanchez-Stewart, told him the same thing, documents said.
Ramirez Moreno said he was “scared for his life” so he handed over his cellphone and wallet. The robbers then left in a white Dodge Stratus.
A Stratus with Madrigal and Sanchez-Stewart inside was stopped by patrol officers on Lewis Street, about five or six blocks away, court documents said.
Ramirez Moreno later identified Madrigal and Sanchez-Stewart as the men who’d confronted him, documents said.
After they were arrested and booked into the Franklin County jail, their car was searched and Ramirez Moreno’s phone and wallet and the knife reportedly were found inside.
Madrigal and Sanchez-Stewart remain in jail on $75,000 bail each.