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Connell teen faces trial in Pasco gas bombing

PASCO -- A Connell teen is being held on $250,000 bail on charges he threw a gas bomb at a Pasco home.

Luis Enrique Blanco-Gomez, 19, has pleaded innocent to first-degree arson, attempting to elude police and minor driving after drinking. His trial is set Dec. 1.

Pasco police were called to a home in the 200 block of West Bonneville Street at 10 p.m. Oct. 2 for reports of an arson. Officers arrived to smell a strong odor of gas and find a broken living room window and scorch marks on the siding, court documents said.

There was also a broken beer bottle with liquid in it found in front of the house.

People reportedly were inside the home when they "heard a boom and saw flames," and ran outside to see two males running toward Second Avenue. A resident saw the suspects get into a car and followed them onto Highway 395, where the suspects took off at a high rate of speed, documents said. The resident called in details to dispatchers and pursued the car until police took over.

Pasco officers backed off once the suspects exceeded 100 mph, and handed over the chase to Franklin County sheriff's deputies, court documents said. The car ultimately crashed on Blanton Road.

Deputies arrested Blanco-Gomez and Doroteo Villano, who is awaiting a hearing in Juvenile Court to decide if he will be tried as an adult for first-degree arson.

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