Trial set for Pasco teen in cell phone robbery

A Pasco teen is set for trial Jan. 21 on charges he threatened a 12-year-old boy with a bandanna-covered nail file to steal his cell phone.

Jonathan A. Gutierrez, 17, pleaded innocent to first-degree robbery.

Prosecutors allege Gutierrez approached the boy about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 on the 1700 block of North Sixth Avenue, pointed a knife at him and said he would "shank" the kid if he didn't hand over his phone.

The victim told police Gutierrez "was very aggressive and (that he) was in fear of his life as he gave the suspect his cell phone," court documents said. Gutierrez then took off.

A witness identified Gutierrez as the suspect, told police he'd seen him before at Pasco High School and picked him out of a 2007 yearbook, documents said.

Gutierrez was arrested Nov. 13 at school, and the victim's stolen cell phone was found on him, prosecutors allege.

A search of Gutierrez's home turned up a polo shirt matching the suspect's description, court documents said.

Gutierrez admitted to the confrontation but said he never used a knife. He claimed he wrapped a bandanna around a hinged file on a set of nail clippers.

He is in juvenile detention on $50,000 bail.