Crime

Franklin County prosecutors want 'The Kid' tried as adult

PASCO -- Franklin County prosecutors want a 15-year-old Pasco boy tried as an adult for allegedly shooting a rival gang member in the leg and pointing a pistol at a cop as the teen tried to flee.

Felony charges were filed Friday in juvenile court against Alejandro Leon, a gang member who also is known as Alex and by his street name, "The Kid."

Prosecutors intend to ask a judge to decline the case from juvenile court jurisdiction so he can be tried as an adult in Franklin County Superior Court.

"It's up to the court to decide whether to decline or not, and our position is to decline him because of the gang factors, as we have since I've been in office," said Prosecutor Steve Lowe.

Leon is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, with firearm enhancements added to both counts, one count of obstructing a law officer and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a person under 18.

He is being held in the juvenile detention center on $100,000 bail.

Leon was arrested Tuesday after he ran from Pasco Officer Michelle Goenen, pointed a .357 Magnum revolver at her, then later tried to flee from a house that was surrounded by the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team, officials said.

The incident forced three schools in east Pasco to be locked down for about four hours.

Leon was being sought in connection with a gang-related shooting Sunday afternoon on the 400 block of South Douglas Street.

Authorities say he got into a confrontation with 17-year-old Eliodoro B. Salcedo in front of Salcedo's home and shot Salcedo once in his leg just above the knee.

Pasco police responded to the shooting call but didn't find any victims at the time. Salcedo told officers Leon shot him after officers arrested Salcedo on Monday on an outstanding warrant.

-- Herald staff writer Kristin M. Kraemer contributed to this report.

-- Paula Horton: 582-1556; phorton@tricityherald.com

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