RICHLAND — A district court judge ordered a registered sex offender held without bail in connection with the attack on a woman in her Richland home earlier this month.
Karl S. Goering Jr., 36, is being held on an investigative hold at the Benton County jail after he was reportedly identified through a number of tips from citizens, said Richland police Capt Mike Cobb.
Goering is a Level 1 sex offender, the lowest sex offender classification, and has six prior felony convictions, Cobb said. He was convicted of a sex offense as a juvenile.
Goering was arrested Friday on drug charges, Cobb said. On Monday, the recommended charges were updated to reflect the home invasion, Cobb said.
Prosecutors have until noon Thursday to file charges. He is being held on suspicion of first-degree rape, first-degree assault and first-degree burglary.
“We served a couple of search warrants on his residence and have a significant number of pieces of evidence that are being transferred to the crime lab by investigators for analysis,” Cobb said.
The attack happened at 4:45 a.m. Dec. 5 inside an apartment at The Villas at Meadow Springs, 250 Gage Blvd.
A 48-year-old woman was beaten with a metal object and sexually assaulted, police said. She had broken bones in her arm and hand and was hospitalized.
Kennewick man arrested in stabbing
KENNEWICK — A Kennewick man was arrested in the week-old stabbing of a 22-year-old Pasco man, police said Tuesday.
Pasco and Richland police departments arrested Eric D. Redmond, 21. He was booked into the Franklin County jail on suspicion of felony assault, according to police.
Redmond is accused of stabbing Henry Henning, 22, of Pasco, multiple times during an argument over a mutual friend Dec. 9, said Pasco Police Capt. Jim Raymond.
Police arrested Redmond as he attempted to flee a motel room on Jadwin Avenue in Richland, according to authorities.
Police last week arrested another Pasco man they allege drove Redmond from the apartment where the stabbing occurred.
Henning was taken to an area hospital after the stabbing. He has been released.
Accident victim ID’d as Othello man
OTHELLO — A man killed in a rollover accident in Franklin County over the weekend was identified as Jorge Luis Chavez-Vega, 25, of Othello, Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel said Tuesday.
Chavez-Vega was identified by relatives who live in Pasco who read and heard media reports about a fatal accident at 11:40 p.m. Saturday on Hendricks Road near Highway 17 north of Mesa, Blasdel said.
Authorities appealed for the public’s help in trying to identify the victim, noting he had identifiable tattoos on his chest.
Footprints lead police to burglary suspect
KENNEWICK — A 19-year-old Kennewick man who allegedly assaulted a police dog and police officers after fleeing the scene of a burglary was arrested early Tuesday thanks to footprints left behind in the snow.
Rogelio Hernandez Mendoza was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of residential burglary, third-degree assault, resisting arrest, harming a police dog, felony threats and first-degree vehicle prowl, Kennewick police said.
He was arrested after officers responded to a report of a residential burglary in progress in the 800 block of West Albany at 2 a.m.
The homeowner heard someone inside and saw a man run out the back door, police said.
Officers followed footprints in the fresh snow down the street. Mendoza was caught by a police dog on the back porch of a home on the 700 block of West Canal.
He allegedly assaulted the dog and officers, and police used a Taser on him and took him into custody. The dog and officers weren’t injured, according to police.