A Kennewick man was sentenced this week to five months in county jail for taking $450 cash from an acquaintance after agreeing to drive the man to Seattle.
Tyler A. Torres-Zick, 19, was accused of flashing a gun in his waistband on that occasion and also two months later when he confronted another man about owed money.
Torres-Zick pleaded guilty in Benton County Superior Court to two counts of first-degree theft.
The acquaintance called Torres-Zick on July 12 and asked for a ride across the state so he could attend a rave, according to court documents. The 20-year-old man offered to cover gas, so Torres-Zick agreed and later sent a text message telling him to meet in a grocery store parking lot.
As the man approached Torres-Zick at the meeting spot, Torres-Zick told him to empty his pockets. He thought Torres-Zick was joking until the teen pulled up his shirt and displayed a handgun tucked in his waistband, documents said.
The victim “felt his life was in danger and he could be shot,” so he pulled out his wallet and tried to give $100 to Torres-Zick, court documents said.
Torres-Zick demanded “all of it,” so the man gave him all $480 he had on him. Torres-Zick then gave $30 back to the man, telling him “I don’t want to leave you hurting too much,” documents said.
The victim took the money and was told to walk away.
Then on Sept. 19, Torres-Zick confronted another man outside a Kennewick plasma donation center about money that was owed to his brother. Torres-Zick again pulled up his shirt to reveal a gun, court documents said.
The then-19-year-old victim in this case claimed he didn’t have any money to give, so Torres-Zick took his cell phone, documents said.
Torres-Zick had been charged with two counts of second-degree robbery but the charges were amended as part of the plea agreement.
Torres-Zick has been ordered to have no contact with either victim for 10 years.
A restitution hearing is scheduled Dec. 3.