KENNEWICK -- Two Kennewick brothers pleaded innocent Wednesday to allegations they robbed a teen using a toy handgun.
Ramiro J. Villa, 20, and Ricardo Villa, 16, face Sept. 6 trials in Benton County Superior Court. They each are charged with one count of first-degree robbery.
Ricardo Villa is being tried in adult court.
According to Kennewick police and court documents, Scott R. Rutherford, 18, was walking home from summer school July 14 when two young men approached him on the Zintel Canyon Freedom Trail.
Rutherford said the suspects pointed what appeared to be a firearm at him and demanded that he hand over his wallet, documents said. He complied, then the robbers left.
Officers were called at 1:15 p.m. for a reported armed robbery and made contact with Rutherford.
Police then located the Villa brothers, who were traveling in the direction indicated by the victim. A silver toy gun was found in the area, though police couldn't say for sure if it was the same weapon used in the alleged crime.
Rutherford identified both suspects. His wallet was not found.
Ramiro Villa has prior convictions for attempting to elude police and felony possession of more than 40 grams of marijuana. He is in the Benton County jail on $40,000 bail.
Ricardo Villa's bail is set at $30,000.
Kennewick man pleads innocent to assaulting young teen girl
A 39-year-old man is set for trial Oct. 3 on charges he punched and hit a young teen girl until she had numerous lumps and bruises.
William Raymond Wagner of Kennewick pleaded innocent to second-degree assault with the aggravating circumstance that he was in a position of trust.
Wagner posted $10,000 bail and is allowed to travel throughout the western United States.
Kennewick officers responded to a home July 12 after 911 dispatchers received a call from a woman "to inquire about types of legal punishment," court documents said. The woman alleged that Wagner had given the girl a "fat lip."
At the home, the girl told officers Wagner had stood over her while she was in bed and "beat her with an open hand and closed fist," documents said.
The victim claimed she yelled for help from others in the home, but no one rendered aid. She also alleged that after the police were called, she was told to get cosmetics from a neighbor to cover the bruising before officers arrived.
Police reported seeing bruises on the girl's face, eye, ears, arms and legs, a black eye, a bloody lip and lumps on her head.