PASCO — Bail was set at $100,000 for 19-year-old Pasco man accused of kicking a teen in the head until he was unconscious during a gang fight.
Miguel A. Paniagua was arrested late Tuesday by Pasco police and made a preliminary appearance Wednesday in Franklin County Superior Court.
Court Commissioner Jerri Potts found cause to keep Paniagua in the Franklin County jail on a 72-hour investigative hold for second-degree assault.
She also agreed to follow the bail recommendation of Deputy Prosecutor Teddy Chow, who quickly read off a list of past convictions for Paniagua, including fourth-degree assault, eluding police, trespassing, drug possession and obstructing.
Chow also said Paniagua is a documented gang member.
If Paniagua makes bail, he is restricted from having contact with gang members and must follow a curfew that requires him to be home from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Paniagua is accused of assaulting a 14-year-old boy at the Pasco Flea Market on May 1 during a gang clash that also left a 17-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to his chest.
A week ago, Pasco police went to an apartment complex at 727 W. Court St. to look for Paniagua, but police suspected he ran from the apartment just as they were arriving. The Tri-City Regional SWAT team was called out to clear and search his apartment while other officers searched the area but failed to find Paniagua.
He was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when officers went to an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Shoshone Street where they thought Paniagua was hiding, Pasco police Capt. Jim Raymond said.
When officers began searching the complex, Paniagua was spotted leaving an apartment and was arrested. An acquaintance of Paniagua, 19-year-old Sandy Barajas of Pasco, also was arrested on suspicion of rendering criminal assistance.
According to court documents, Pasco police responded to the flea market May 1 after getting a report of a shooting. It was the third gang-related clash they were called to that weekend.
When they arrived, they found Daniel Preciado had been shot in the chest and Victor Villarruel had been beaten unconscious. Paniagua was identified as the assailant who beat Villarruel, documents said.
Police have not released an update on the condition of the injured teens.
The witness, who picked Paniagua out of a six-person lineup, said Paniagua punched Villarruel in the face, knocking him to the ground, documents said. Paniagua then used his foot as a weapon, kicking Villarruel in the head until he was unconscious, documents said.
Paniagua also reportedly had a pistol that he held within a foot of another person's face. A witnesses said Paniagua pointed the gun at the other man and said "keep talking crap," documents said. The witness then was pulled into a nearby booth with two small children and did not see what happened after that.
Prosecutors have until 4 p.m. Friday to charge Paniagua or release him. Defense attorney Karla Kane was appointed to represent him.