Crime

Pasco man faces trial on sex, drug and harassment charges

A Pasco man is accused of sending text messages in Spanish to his cousin threatening that his days are numbered.

Samuel Cardenas-Espana, 24, also allegedly asked a 6-year-old to perform a sexual act in a separate incident.

Cardenas-Espana has pleaded innocent in Franklin County Superior Court to possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and harassment and communication with a minor for immoral purposes, both gross misdemeanors.

His trial is scheduled for Oct. 22.

According to court documents, Pasco police Officer Marcos Guzman was sent to meet with Isai Nunez-Perez at 1:48 a.m. Aug. 16 for a threat report.

Nunez-Perez showed a text message he received minutes earlier. The message, translated into English, read "Enjoy your last days ... of life that are not many ... attentively The Knights Templar," Guzman wrote in documents. (The Knights Templar is a Mexican drug cartel.)

Nunez-Perez said he suspected his cousin of sending the text. Cardenas-Espana worked for Nunez-Perez but was fired two months prior.

The victim was so concerned about the threat that he had the officer follow him to his Sylvester Street home and check the parking lot, court documents said. He then decided to stay at his girlfriend's apartment, and asked Guzman to follow him there.

Guzman didn't find any suspicious people near either home, but later that night was contacted again by Nunez-Perez about another text and a voice mail message.

At 2:55 a.m., a text message came from the same number telling Nunez-Perez, "Remember Templars don't threaten falsely? Idiot," documents said.

The voice message, left three minutes later, reportedly was unintelligible.

The following night, when on duty again, Guzman contacted Nunez-Perez at 11:20 p.m. about a third text. That message, sent at 10:09 p.m., said "You have your (expletive) days counted idiot. The Templars," court documents said.

Another police officer was dispatched the afternoon of Aug. 17 to 20th Avenue and Sylvester Street for reports of a suspect in a sex offense. A woman identified Cardenas-Espana as the man who allegedly propositioned a grade-school kid days earlier.

Officer Ismael Cano was talking to Cardenas-Espana as Nunez-Perez drove up and advised it was his cousin who allegedly had sent threats to kill him and was the subject of police reports.

Cardenas-Espana was arrested on two felony warrants. A cellphone was found on Cardenas-Espana and Cano dialed the number the threats had been coming from, only to have the cell in his hand begin vibrating, documents said.

After being advised of his Miranda rights, Cardenas-Espana said the cellphone belonged to someone else.

The search of Cardenas-Espana during his arrest turned up a glass pipe in his pant's pocket, court documents said. The pipe had white residue that tested positive for meth, and Cardenas-Espana admitted he just used it to smoke, documents said.

Cardenas-Espana remains in the Franklin County jail on $10,000 bail, along with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold. He has been ordered to have no contact with Nunez-Perez, 34, while the case is pending.

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