A 46-year-old man was hospitalized after he and a friend allegedly were attacked Sunday while trying to get back a vehicle from a rural Benton County home after a deal fell through.
Leon R. Sauers, 46, had cuts on his face, bruises and a possible broken arm.
He claimed he was hit with the buttstock of a shotgun during the 2:42 p.m. incident on West Yakitat Road, between Prosser and Benton City, said Benton County sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Brockman.
Sauers was taken to PMH Medical Center in Prosser and later released.
Jarrod Rafe Logan Stroh, Jack Lee Stroh and Britnee Nicole Haynes-Walker all appeared Monday in Benton County District Court on allegations they were involved in the attack.
Jarrod Stroh, 29, and Jack Stroh, 73, were ordered held without bail on suspicion of first-degree assault.
Judge Joe Burrowes ruled there was no probable cause to hold Haynes-Walker on suspicion of second-degree assault, and she was released.
After calling 911 on Sunday afternoon, Sauers and Ralph J. Davis were contacted by a Washington state Department of Fish & Wildlife sergeant on the shoulder of Interstate 82, near the West Gibbon Road exit.
Sheriff’s deputies, Washington State Patrol troopers and police from Prosser, Richland and Kennewick also responded to the scene.
Sauers and Davis said they had gone to Jack Stroh’s West Yakitat Road home to repossess a vehicle because of a failed agreement, Brockman said.
While on the property, two rounds were fired from a shotgun, Sauers was struck with the gun’s butt and Davis was hit by a metal pipe, the sheriff’s news release said.
Davis, 58, reported no injuries that needed medical attention.