A 20-year-old Kennewick man is being held in the Franklin County jail on $10,000 bail after allegedly threatening a Pasco High School student with a gun.
Tyler Stock faces a Feb. 9 trial after pleading innocent last week in Franklin County Superior Court to fourth-degree assault and possession of marijuana.
Prosecutors asked for $20,000 bail because the allegations included that Stock was armed with a gun during his confrontation with 17-year-old Samuel Diaz.
Stock's defense attorney, Karla Kane, asked Judge Robert Swisher for a more reasonable bail, saying her client has no felony convictions, no violent misdemeanors and the support of his family.
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Stock contended he was trying to protect himself after Diaz threatened him.
"This is my concern," Swisher said. "What's reasonable to protect yourself is to stay away. You don't get guns and go back to the site."
He set bail at $10,000.
According to court documents, Pasco officers were dispatched at 4:20 p.m. Nov. 3 for a report of suspicious activity behind the Dairy Queen on Court Street.
The caller said it looked like a group of men were about to fight.
Officer Dean Perry found Diaz near the sidewalk just northeast of the intersection behind Dairy Queen. He then found Stock and two other men near a blue Ford Crown Victoria owned by Stock.
Stock said Diaz was trying to "call him out" so he went home, got his gun and confronted Diaz, documents said.
Diaz said some of his friends at Pasco High School were in a fight with Stock and his "guys" at school, and Stock thought Diaz was involved.
Diaz said Stock followed him from school and threatened to beat him up. He said Stock pulled the car around at Dairy Queen, stopped and pointed a gun out the window, documents said.
He also said Stock got out of the car and "racked a round" while pointing the gun at him. Diaz said he felt like he was going to die, but Stock got back into the car when he heard the sirens, documents said.
Officer Perry said he saw the butt of a rifle partially covered by a jacket or shirt inside Stock's car and impounded the car to be searched.
Inside, officers found a loaded 9mm rifle, a loaded shotgun with a spent round in the chamber, another shotgun and some 9mm ammunition, documents said.
Also found was 66 grams of packaged marijuana, a ski mask, blue bandanna and a digital scale, documents said.
Pasco man accused of sexually abusing neighbor girl
A 47-year-old Pasco man is accused of sexually abusing a young neighbor girl for three years before she moved away.
Gustavo Gonzales is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with first-degree child rape. He's being held in the Franklin County jail on $100,000 bail.
The sexual assaults were reported Nov. 17 when Pasco police were called to Lourdes Medical Center, court documents said.
Investigators learned that the girl told her grandmother that Gonzales sexually abused her on several occasion between June 2002 and June 2005, documents said.
The incidents stopped when the girl and her family moved.
The girl was interviewed at Kids Haven at the Sexual Assault Response Center and said Gonzales would take her to his bedroom for the assaults. She also reported that he had her watch a pornographic movie that made her feel gross.
Gonzales was contacted by Pasco detectives on Dec. 13 and allegedly admitted to taking the girl to his room two or three times, documents said.
However, Gonzales said he only touched her with his hands, and he did not rape her, documents said.
He also said she entered the room once when he was watching a Playboy-type movie and stayed for about two minutes, documents said.
Gonzales allegedly said he only touched the girl when he was under the influence of cocaine and "felt guilty" later when he was sober because he knew it was wrong.
Man pleads guilty to escape from Coyote Ridge prison
Eighteen years after walking away from a Connell prison, a 37-year-old man admitted what he did was wrong.
Artemio Mercado-Anaya was given a six-month jail sentence last week in Franklin County Superior Court after pleaded guilty to first-degree escape.
He faced up to a year in jail.
Mercado-Anaya was incarcerated at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center serving a prison term for possessing drugs with intent to deliver when he walked away from the prison on Sept. 18, 1992, court documents said.
He was charged with escape three months later. A warrant was issued for his arrest in September 2010, when Mercado-Anaya was discovered at a prison in Shelton.
He was then returned to Franklin County to face the escape charge.
Pasco woman pleads guilty after spitting on cop
A 42-year-old Pasco woman could spend up to a year in jail for spitting on an officer while being arrested in August.
Dawn Iva-Marie Murray pleaded guilty last week in Franklin County Superior Court to third-degree assault.
She is expected to be sentenced Jan. 11. She faces a standard range of four months to a year in jail, and prosecutors have said they will recommend seven months.
Pasco police arrested her Aug. 23 after they were called to the Vineyard Inn, 1800 W. Lewis St., because she was intoxicated and had been barred from the property a month earlier, court documents said.
She wasn't immediately found but about 90 minutes later, officers were called to 1712 W. Bonneville St. for a woman creating a disturbance. Officer Sean Granger recognized Murray and handcuffed her.
When she was told she was under arrest, she became extremely upset and began threatening to hurt Granger, documents said.
At the jail, Murray tried to kick Granger, and she continued to yell and threatened him. She spit at him but missed, instead hitting Corrections Officer Scott Cram on the side of his face, documents said.
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