A 50-year-old Kahlotus man who called 911 to report that he had been assaulted the night before ended up in jail after deputies discovered the alleged suspect had been badly beaten.
Jeffrey Grant Moore made a preliminary appearance Monday in Franklin County Superior Court, where he was ordered held for investigation of second-degree assault and possessing a controlled substance.
"I was at my own home, and this guy attacked me," Moore told Judge Vic VanderSchoor. "He flattened the tires on my rig, then came back with a knife and attacked me. I was protecting myself."
VanderSchoor set bail at $7,500, which was half the request made by prosecutors.
Franklin County sheriff's deputies went Saturday to 200 E. Spokane St. after Moore called and reported he had been attacked at his home, court documents said.
He claimed a bunch of tires in front of his house had been slashed by Shane Carson, 40, and he said he had a cut on his head from the attack. When the deputy asked why he didn't report it when it happened, Moore said Carson's dad initially said he was going to take care of the tires, documents said.
Moore also said he didn't call police initially because his ex-girlfriend, who is now dating Carson, reportedly said she would tell police he had been hitting her.
Deputies went to Moore's home and saw four cars, which all had almost flat tires that had obvious cuts in the sidewalls. They also saw a cut on Moore's head that is consistent with a knife wound.
Moore said that Carson showed up at his home around 9:30 p.m. and slashed the tires as he watched from inside the trailer. He also said Carson returned at 1 a.m. and attacked him on the front porch, documents state.
Moore didn't say anything about fighting back or hurting Carson.
Deputies then went to talk to Carson, and they were met outside by Carson's girlfriend. She said Carson just got out of the hospital and was not able to move well.
Inside the home, deputies found Carson lying down on the bed. He had a large cut on the top of his head with about 12 staples, a black left eye and severe bruising on his arm, documents said.
Carson showed his hospital paperwork to deputies, which indicated that he had been hurt in a crash. He told deputies he said he had been in a four-wheeler accident and had no intention of reporting the assault, documents said.
Carson also denied slashing Moore's tires and suggested Moore did it himself, documents said. He said he only went to talk to Moore to find out why he was so mad at him, and claimed Moore hit him with what he thought was a bat, documents said.
When deputies returned to Moore's home, they asked him if he forgot to mention something about the attack, and he said no. They then asked about a bat and Moore said he didn't hit Carson with a bat but did hit him with a flashlight, documents said.
Moore said he was just defending himself from Carson and was scared for his life, documents said.
When he was searched at the Franklin County jail, two hydrocodone pills were found in his pocket. Moore said he didn't have a prescription for them but had gotten them from somebody to help with shoulder pain he suffered from the attack, documents said.
Prosecutors have until Wednesday to charge or release Moore. If charged, he will be in court again March 20. He was ordered to have no contact with Carson.
Man arrested for alleged theft of several firearms
A 20-year-old Pasco man was arrested in connection with a theft of several firearms in January, police said.
Kennewick police have been investigating the Jan. 23 burglary at a home in the 1200 block of East Sixth Avenue and received information about a possible suspect four days later.
Anthony Abarca Rosales reportedly tried to sell two firearms to a downtown Kennewick business, but the guns were checked and found to be stolen, authorities said.
One of the handguns matched a gun that was stolen in the burglary.
Officers tracked Rosales down on Friday and arrested him.
He was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of two counts each of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of stolen firearms, and one count of possession of a controlled substance without prescription and possession of meth.
Pasco woman jailed after leading police on chase
A 22-year-old Pasco woman was arrested early Sunday after leading police on a chase through downtown Kennewick at speeds of 55 to 60 mph, police said.
A Kennewick police officer was at First Avenue and Washington Street at 3:10 a.m. Sunday and spotted a large crowd at the SunMart at the intersection, said Mike Blatman, police spokesman.
The officer then saw two vehicles collide as they backed up at the same time, he said. The driver of one car got out to talk to the driver of the other car, but she reportedly got back into her car and drove away.
The male driver motioned to the officer saying the other driver, later identified as Chelsea Smith, had hit him. Smith was seen leaning out her window yelling at the man before speeding away, Blatman said.
She turned onto First Avenue and failed to stop when the officer turned on his lights, he said.
She then sped onto Dayton Street, ran the stop sign at Kennewick Avenue, turned into an alley and sped through the alley before turning onto Cascade, Blatman said.
Smith was eventually stopped by other officers on Canal Drive at Benton Street. When officers arrested her, she began screaming and asking why she was being arrested, Blatman said.
Officers searched Smith and her purse and found brass knuckles inside the purse. Smith reportedly said she had forgotten they were in her purse but added that she used them for protection.
The brass knuckles were seized, and Smith was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of attempting to elude, being involved in a hit-and-run crash and possessing a dangerous weapon.
Burbank man rolls pickup near Pasco
A Burbank driver is facing possible negligent driving charges after rolling his pickup on Highway 395 north of Pasco on Monday, said the Washington State Patrol.
He and one of his passengers were hurt and taken to Kennewick General Hospital.
Jason J. Porter, 39, was headed north in a 2007 Chevy pickup at 5:09 a.m. when he lost control near Phend Road.
He drifted off the inside shoulder, overcorrected to the right and then to the left, rolling the truck into the median, said state patrol investigators.
Porter and Meki M. Porter, 41, of Pasco, were taken to KGH with injuries and were listed in stable condition Monday night. Neither was wearing a seat belt, said the WSP.
Another passenger Robert J. Fiocchi, 36, of Kennewick was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.
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