A hit-and-run attack on a Pasco pedestrian may have been in retaliation for a gang-suspected killing in Kennewick less than 24 hours earlier.
On Wednesday, Ricardo Villa, 21, Ramiro J. Villa, 25, and David Mendez, 20, appeared briefly in Franklin County Superior Court on suspicion they intentionally hit a rival gang member with a car.
They were ordered held on $100,000 bail each while they are under investigation for first-degree assault and criminal conspiracy.
They are suspected of intentionally hitting David Galvez on a sidewalk about 6:41 p.m. Tuesday with a white Chevy Cavalier at North 22nd Avenue and West Henry Street in Pasco.
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Galvez was taken to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco, where he was treated and later released.
Mendez is an alleged member of the Norteño gang and a friend of fellow Norteño gang member Jorge Antonio Jimenez, 20, who was shot dead Monday at the Heatherstone Apartments in Kennewick.
Jimenez had confronted two men carving their rival gang insignia into the paint of his SUV parked in his complex lot, Kennewick police said. He was helped to his apartment by friends, but died before police and paramedics arrived.
Detectives said Mendez was at the homicide scene and had tried to fight off the attackers, according to court documents.
On Tuesday night, Mendez came home and cried to his mother, saying, “they had killed his friend,” court documents said.
The gang affiliation of Jimenez’s attackers has not been disclosed by police, who are still searching for the shooters.
Galvez, the victim of Tuesday’s hit-and-run, is a member of Florencia, which is a Sureño sect, court documents said.
Galvez refused to describe his attackers to police, saying “that was not how he does things,” court documents said. However, he believed they were all wearing red.
A witness said Mendez drove off with the two other suspects about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in a car that matched the description of the one that hit Galvez, court documents said.
Later, officers got a search warrant and arrested the three suspects in Kennewick.
A vehicle matching the description of the car used in the hit-and-run was found in the parking lot in front of Mendez’s Kennewick apartment, court documents said. Police found scrapes and what appeared to be a human hair on the hood near a large dent.
The vehicle’s wheels matched eyewitness descriptions and surveillance video, court documents said. A set of keys to the car was found in Mendez’s closet, said officials. The car belonged to his mother.