Police arrested a Kennewick man with a history of state and federal convictions for allegedly attacking a woman in the Kennewick Fred Meyer parking lot last summer.
Monya Demond Townsend, 31, was arrested Wednesday in Kennewick and booked into the Benton County jail. The Kennewick man is being held on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and felony harassment.
Investigators identified Townsend as a suspect in the June 22 attack on a 65-year-old woman through fingerprints, police said. The prints were entered into a national FBI database and allegedly matched those of the convicted felon.
The woman said she pulled into the store parking lot about 7 p.m. and a man got into the back of her car, police said. He grabbed the woman and threatened to hurt her if she got out of the car.
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A struggle ensued and the woman forced her way out of the car, police said. The woman, who suffered minor injuries, ran into the store and police were called.
The suspect — who was described as a black male in his early- to mid-20’s — was seen leaving the store in a dark-colored sedan.
Evidence from the car was sent to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab.
Townsend has previous arrests and convictions for gun possession, residential burglary, possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver and theft, court records show.
In 2005, Townsend was sentenced to 10 months in jail for having a gun in the trunk of his car when he was pulled over after a shooting at a Pasco house where he and some friends were kicked out of a party. A woman and four men were wounded.
Torrance Cornelius Stratton received a 50-year sentence for the shooting and Luis Carlos Ramos was sentenced to 20 years. Both men were with Townsend at the party.
In 2009, Townsend and Ashone Hollinquest got into a fight at a bar inside the Pasco Red Lion. Police reportedly found two guns in a car connected to the convicted felons.
Hollinquest had recently gotten out of jail for helping dispose of Pasco teen Tiairra Jo Garcia’s body after she was accidentally shot by her boyfriend.
The guns, a .357-caliber Rossi revolver and .380-caliber Colt pistol, were from out of state. At least one of the guns was stolen and had a serial number scratched off.
Prosecutors decided to charge the case federally and Townsend ended up pleading guilty to possessing one of the guns and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
A judge recommended Townsend be allowed to spend “as much time in a halfway house or a residential reentry center as possible,” according to court documents.
It’s not clear where Townsend was staying at the time of the incident at Fred Meyer.