2 men accused of robbing neighbor in Kennewick

Two men suspected of hitting and robbing a neighbor during an early-morning barbecue party were arrested by Kennewick police Monday.

One man, 21-year-old Johnny Borrego of Pasco, had to be shocked with a Taser after he was found hiding in a bedroom of a mobile home and refused to come out, said Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin.

A second man, Mario Velasquez, 22, of Kennewick, was arrested when he left the trailer after officers ordered the occupants to leave, he said.

Police were called to the mobile home park at 402 E. 10th Ave. at 3 a.m. Monday when Jesus Sanchez said he was robbed and beaten up by two men who he said came from a neighboring home.

Sanchez had a large cut and bruise to his forehead after the suspects hit him with what he said was a pistol and a wrench, Lattin said.

Sanchez told officers that both homes were having separate barbecue parties when the two suspects came into his backyard to talk to him, then demanded cash.

When he refused to give them money, they hit him and took his cellphone, Lattin said.

After getting a description of the suspects, officers went to the neighboring home and called out to the occupants to come outside.

After waiting 15-20 minutes, three women, five small children and Velasquez eventually came outside, Lattin said.

Officers suspected Borrego still was inside and got a warrant to search. And with the help of Benton County sheriff's deputies, they went inside and found Borrego.

Both were booked intothe Benton County jail onsuspicion of first-degree robbery.

The pistol and stolencellphone, however, werenot found at the home, said police.

Kennewick resident accused of stealing SUV

A 68-year-old Kennewick man was arrested early Tuesday for allegedly stealing a car and breaking into another one, police said.

Kennewick police received a report from a bartender at Billy's Bullpen, who reported her 1999 Ford Explorer had been stolen sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 2:20 a.m., said Sgt. Ken Lattin.

Before officers were able to contact the owner, an officer spotted the Explorer parked behind the Smoke Shop by WinCo.

David Humenik was found inside the SUV and arrested, Lattin said.

When officers searched Humenik, they found he had a debit card that belonged to the SUV's owner. Officers also found items that had been taken from a vehicle parked at the AC Delco auto shop next to Enterprise Rental, Lattin said.

Humenik was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of auto theft, vehicle prowl and second-degree theft.

18-year-old Walla Walla woman fatally stabbed

An 18-year-old Walla Walla woman died Tuesday after being stabbed in a fight at the Blue Mountain mall, police said.

Officers were called tothe mall around 1:15 a.m.and found Audrey Brewer with a stab wound, said Walla Walla police Officer Tim Bennett.

Brewer died a short time later at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.

Witnesses identified the suspect as 29-year-old Angela D. Effinger of Walla Walla, Bennett said.

Effinger was contacted at her apartment a few minutes later and arrested. During an interview, Effinger reportedly admitted getting into a fight with Brewer.

Effinger, a mother of four children, was booked into the Walla Walla County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Detectives continue to investigate the incident and searched Effinger's apartment Tuesday, Bennett said.

Men accused of having Benton City pot grow

Two Benton City men were jailed Monday after marijuana was found growing in their backyard, authorities said.

Benton County sheriff's deputies were called to the home on Dusty Lane after getting a report about the pot and deputies could see the marijuana from the street, said Detective Erik Magnuson.

Deputies contacted Rafael Cervantes-Amezcua, 27, and Jose Cervantes-Cisneros, 66, at the home and arrested both.

Guns were found inside the house when it was searched, Magnuson said.

Both suspects were booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of manufacturing marijuana and being an alien in possession of a gun.

Kennewick man diesof apparent suicide

A 20-year-old Kennewick man was found dead in his Young Place home Sunday afternoon.

Christian A. Quijada died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Benton County Coroner John Hansens.

w Paula Horton: 582-1556;phorton@tricityherald.com