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Pasco man charged with break-in

PASCO — A 32-year-old Pasco man was arrested after allegedly forcing his way into a neighbor's home and trying to force her to have sex with him.

Eluterio Morfin Camacho is being held in the Franklin County jail on investigation of first-degree burglary.

During Camacho's preliminary appearance Monday in Franklin County Superior Court, Deputy Prosecutor Teddy Chow asked for bail to be set at $100,000.

"This is a very serious allegation, your honor," Chow told Judge Cameron Mitchell.

Chow said Camacho's criminal history, which includes convictions this year for malicious mischief and taking a vehicle without permission, warrants a high bail.

Chow also noted that Camacho's alleged crime involves a neighbor and could possibly include a sexual motivation allegation.

Mitchell set bail at $100,000 and appointed Ryan Swinburnson to represent Camacho.

Pasco police responded to a home on the 600 block of Shoshone Street at 8:40 a.m. Saturday after the 19-year-old woman called 911, said court documents.

She said she was asleep in her apartment with her infant son when there was a slight knock at her door.

She unlocked the door thinking it may be her mother, but as she started to turn the knob the door was forced open, documents said.

The woman said almost as quickly, the door was closed and Camacho, who was wearing a hood that hid his face, was standing there with a weapon -- possibly a knife.

Camacho reportedly thrust the weapon at her and said, "I'm going to kill you," and "I know that you live by yourself, so I am going to kill you," documents said.

The woman said he also claimed to have a gun as he reached behind his back.

The woman said she was extremely frightened as Camacho pushed her on the bed and climbed on top of her, documents said.

Camacho allegedly begged her to kiss him as he tried to assault her.

When the victim tried to get him to let her see his face, he initially said no because he was afraid she would call the police, documents said.

She promised she wouldn't and he eventually removed his hood and she recognized him as one of the brothers who live nearby, documents said.

She was able to break free and ran to her mother's house as Camacho fled.

Pasco police later found Camacho and he was booked into jail early Monday. Prosecutors have until Wednesday to charge him or release him.

Police investigating Finley man's death

Benton County sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a 38-year-old Finley man Sunday.

Robert V. Zimmerman was found dead in bed by his wife at his home on 2289 Private Road in Finley, said Deputy Joe Lusignan.

Zimmerman had no known or serious medical problems, but reported some chest pains last week, Lusignan said.

Detectives responded to the home but found nothing suspicious, Lusignan said.

An autopsy was completed Monday by Dr. Carl Wigren, a forensic pathologist from Seattle.

No apparent cause of death was found during the autopsy, said Benton County Coroner John Hansens. Toxicology tests are pending.

App used to lure pizza driver to fake address

A fake pizza order using an iPhone app is suspected of being used to rob a pizza delivery driver of his money and car in Moses Lake, authorities said.

The 22-year-old delivery driver for Pizza Hut reported the robbery and carjacking at 9 p.m. Friday in the Larson Housing Area north of Moses Lake, said Grant County Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo.

The victim said three men confronted him -- one was holding a knife -- and demanded his money and cellphone. The suspects then took off in his car, which was found abandoned a few blocks away.

Ponozzo said it appears the suspects lured the deliveryman to the area by placing a fake order to a nonexistent address using the Pizza Hut iPhone app.

The victim was not hurt. The suspects are described as being about 5-foot-10 and one wore a dark stocking cap and another may have had a bandana over part of his face, Ponozzo said.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-754-2011, ext. 468, or email crimetips@co.grant.wa.us. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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