A Kennewick man is being held on $75,000 bail on allegations he agreed to drive an acquaintance to Seattle, then took $450 cash from the man before they left town.
Tyler A. Torres-Zick, 19, is accused of flashing a gun in his waistband on that occasion and also two months later when he confronted another man about owed money.
Torres-Zick pleaded innocent Thursday in Benton County Superior Court to two counts of second-degree robbery. His trial is set for Dec. 1.
The acquaintance called Torres-Zick on July 12 and asked for a ride across the state so he could attend a rave, according to court documents. The victim offered to cover gas, so Torres-Zick agreed and later sent a text message to the man telling him to meet in a grocery store parking lot.
As the man approached Torres-Zick at the meeting spot, Torres-Zick told him to empty his pockets. He thought Torres-Zick was joking until the teen pulled up his shirt and displayed a handgun tucked in his waistband, documents said.
The victim “felt his life was in danger and he could be shot,” so he pulled out his wallet and tried to give $100 to Torres-Zick, Deputy Prosecutor Megan Whitmire wrote in court documents.
Torres-Zick demanded “all of it,” so the man gave him all $480 he had on him, documents said.
Torres-Zick then allegedly gave $30 back to the man, telling him “I don’t want to leave you hurting too much.” The victim took the money and was told to walk away.
Then on Sept. 19, Torres-Zick confronted another man outside a Kennewick plasma donation center about money that was owed to his brother, court documents said. Torres-Zick again pulled up his shirt to reveal a gun, documents said.
The victim in this case claimed he didn’t have any money to give, so Torres-Zick took his cellphone.
Torres-Zick was booked into the Benton County jail Oct. 3. He has been ordered to have no contact with the two victims while his case is pending.
Man pleads guilty to assaulting Kennewick boy
A man will do 28 days on jail work crew for hitting his young nephew with a hand and the metal end of a belt.
Alexis Valdovinos Farfan, 22, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of fourth-degree assault. His sentence includes 336 days suspended, which means he can be ordered to serve more time if he violates conditions of his plea.
The mother left her 9-year-old boy with his aunt on Aug. 28 while she went to work for the day. The mother and her brother, Farfan, live in the same home.
At some point, the boy went into his mother’s bedroom and found Farfan on her bed. Farfan reportedly was not supposed to be in the room and the boy told him that.
Farfan then got upset, hit the boy several times on the side of his face and then picked up a belt and continued hitting him, court documents said. Farfan punched the boy a few more times, then left the home before his sister returned from work.
Once home, the mother learned what had happened and called Kennewick police.
When officers responded, they found a distinct red mark on the boy’s chest and a bruise on his lower back, court documents said.
The boy showed officers similar belts in a closet to what was used on him, and said Farfan had picked it up in the middle before swinging the metal end at him, documents said.
Farfan originally was charged with third-degree assault of a child, but Deputy Prosecutor Emily Sullivan amended it for the guilty plea because she thought it might be challenging to prove the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
Sullivan met with the boy and his aunt, and the boy initially said he believed his uncle “was just playing around.” He further explained how Farfan wrapped the belt around his hand and struck his nephew.
The victim gave the same facts he told police that August night. He appeared to be scared and got emotional a couple of times, which Sullivan said she understood to mean the boy was overwhelmed and felt bad about his uncle getting in trouble, court documents said.
Sullivan wrote that she believes the boy is telling the truth, but recognized there have been a couple of different accounts told by the victim, including the new information that Farfan may have been playing around.
Farfan, in his plea statement, admitted to striking the boy intentionally. He is to have no contact with his nephew as a result of his conviction.