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A man is in jail on suspicion of carjacking a Tri-Cities television reporter who was on assignment in Kennewick Tuesday morning and an unrelated burglary and attempted rape the day before.
Karlo Domingo Medina, 19, is suspected in both alleged crimes, according to Kennewick police.
He was booked into the Benton County jail at 3 p.m. Tuesday and was being held on suspicion of residential burglary and first-degree rape.
On Tuesday, a reporter with KNDU, the NBC station in Kennewick, was preparing to cover the Kennewick teacher’s strike.
She had parked at the Kennewick School District administration building at 1000 W. 4th Ave. between 5:30 and 6 a.m. Tuesday.
She had set up her video camera and got back in her news car to wait for a union rally to begin when a man got into the backseat of her car, said Kennewick police Lt. Aaron Clem.
The man pointed a gun at her and told her to drive away, Clem said.
She drove just a few feet before the man told her to stop. He got out of the car and reportedly ran across Fourth Avenue toward some apartments, Clem said.
KNDU reported he took a piece of her equipment with him.
Recognized from Monday
At about 8 a.m. Monday a man knocked on the door of a residence in the area of North Kent Street and West Kennewick Avenue, according to police reports.
When a woman slightly opened the door to see who was there, a man she did not know allegedly forced the door open and pushed her to the floor and began physically assaulting her.
The woman fought back and the man fled, according to police reports.
The Herald does not identify victims of sexual crimes.
Police identified Medina as a suspect, and a review of security video after the Tuesday morning incident showed the suspect in the carjacking and Medina were similar in appearance.
Officers were able to identify an apartment at 1001 W. 4th Ave. where Medina may have been staying.
When the Tri-Cities Regional SWAT team went to the apartment around noon Tuesday, Medina came out after a short standoff, according to police reports.
The proposed charges for burglary and rape were from the Monday incident, with police saying charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping are possible for the Tuesday incident.