A 32-year-old Yakima man pleaded innocent to allegations he tried to ram a farmer's vehicle several times after being caught siphoning diesel fuel from a tank.
Lucas John Tweeten faces trial Aug. 13 on one count of second-degree robbery.
Benton County sheriff's deputies responded the morning of June 22 to an orchard at Snipes and Griffin roads near Prosser for reports of a theft involving a man and a woman.
The victim, Loren Sanders, told authorities that after he saw the suspicious truck parked next to his diesel fuel tank, he confronted the suspects only to have the couple jump into their Dodge truck and try to take off with the hood still open, court documents said.
Sanders tried to stop the truck on a farm road and the truck "lunged forward at him on three or four separate occasions," documents said. "Mr. Sanders advised that he believed the suspects were attempting to ram him and he felt threatened."
The Dodge eventually stopped after it broke down.
A sheriff's office news release said Tweeten, later identified as the driver, got out and walked toward the farmer in an aggressive manner. Sanders then pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the suspects until deputies arrived, the release said.
Tweeten and his passenger, Margaux A. Vautour, 22, both were arrested.
Further investigation over the weekend determined they also were after scrap metal, car parts and about $1,300 worth of brass sprinkler heads from Wyckoff Farms, authorities reported.
Tweeten is in jail on $5,000 bail.
Vautour, also of Yakima, was released on her personal recognizance at 8:30 p.m. Monday. Herald records show she gave birth to a boy at Kennewick General Hospital that same day, with Tweeten listed as the father.
Charges have not been filed against Vautour, according to online court records.