Three suspects in a late-night Pasco shooting initially pointed the finger at their accomplices as they denied knowing about plans to rob one of the victims.
Then, when confronted about her inability to keep track of her lies, Shawna J.M. Graves admitted that the trio collaborated because they’d heard the victim was allegedly in possession of a large amount of cash and drugs, according to court documents.
However, co-defendants Christopher L. Roberts and Jordan K. Fink continue to stand behind their stories, telling investigators they went along in the vehicle but were unaware of what would happen next, documents said.
Miguel A. Ramirez-Cervantes, 25, was shot June 30 through the right forearm and another bullet grazed his lower back side, while Irma R. Gonzalez, 36, was hit once in the waist.
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The couple reportedly were shot when they chased the three suspects to a parked vehicle after finding Graves inside Gonzalez’s home. The victims had hoped to get identifying information, like a vehicle license plate, before reporting it to Pasco police.
Graves, 29, of Richland, and Fink, 28, of Kennewick, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court. The two reportedly are girlfriend and boyfriend.
Graves — who was arrested under the last name of Bennett — is charged with attempted first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. She is held on $75,000 bond.
Fink faces charges of attempted second-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree assault. His bond is set at $100,000.
Both have trial dates set for Sept. 2.
Roberts, 24, of Pasco, previously entered innocent pleas on charges of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of first-degree assault.
Roberts’ trial date is set for Aug. 26. In the meantime, he is held on $150,000 bond.
Dispatch first received a 911 call at 12:35 a.m. June 30 from a resident in the 2100 block of North 18th Avenue, who reported hearing several gunshots. Pasco police searched the area but couldn’t find anything.
Then about 1 a.m., Lourdes Medical Center staff notified police they were treating two shooting victims, documents said. Officers rushed to the Pasco hospital to interview Gonzalez and Ramirez-Cervantes.
Gonzalez told police that she was inside her house in the 2100 block of North 19th Avenue when she heard strange noises coming from the back door. She went to investigate and found a woman standing in the home.
Gonzalez didn’t recognize the woman, wanted to know why she was in her home in the middle of the night and ordered her to leave. The intruder, later identified as Graves, claimed another woman had sent her there to rob Gonzalez, then pulled out a knife and slashed at Gonzalez’s left hand, court documents said.
Gonzalez was cut on the web area next to the palm, documents said.
“Gonzalez, fearing for her life and the lives of her children, yelled for help and called out to her boyfriend who was also in the house,” Detective Tony Aceves wrote.
Graves’ two male accomplices allegedly were walking up behind her at the time, but all three quickly retreated and got in an SUV parked on West Ella Street near an alley.
Gonzalez and Ramirez-Cervantes chased after the trio, but someone opened fire as they approached the SUV, court documents said. The couple ran back into the house to avoid further gunfire, then grabbed their car keys and drove themselves to the hospital.
Gonzalez and Ramirez-Cervantes told police they did not know the suspects and had no idea why there were targeted. They said the SUV appeared to be either a Chevrolet TrailBlazer or a GMC Jimmy, and gave descriptions of the woman and two men.
Officers discovered six spent .380-caliber casings on the street near Gonzalez’s home, and blood at both the front and rear doors.
A North 21st Avenue resident called police at 11 a.m. after noticing blood droppings outside her apartment, which led her to also discover a GMC Jimmy parked out front with a bullet hole in the front windshield and a large amount of blood on the left side, court documents said.
Police followed the trail of blood droppings to the front door of an apartment where they found Roberts, who matched the description of one suspect. They also found three bullet holes in the Jimmy, including in the passenger side mirror and the right, front hubcap.
A search of Roberts’ apartment turned up a Ruger .380 semi-automatic pistol — believed to be the gun used in the shooting — inside a zipped bag next to the bed.
Roberts is not allowed to own or possess firearms because he has a felony conviction out of Illinois for possessing a controlled substance.
Police were taking Roberts to the police station when they got word that Graves had just checked in to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland for a gunshot wound to her left hand. It is not clear from the court documents when or how Graves was shot.
Roberts claimed he wasn’t aware of Graves and Fink’s robbery plan, and said he was home when Fink called asking if he wanted to go for a ride, documents said. He then alleged that money was owed to either Graves or Fink, or both, and that they wanted to collect.
Roberts said after hearing two women yelling and arguing, Graves ran back to the Jimmy and they took off with her behind the wheel, court documents said.
Graves initially said Roberts came up with the plan and that she and Fink were just helping him carry it out “for a piece of the cash taken during the robbery,” documents said. She denied having a knife when she went into the home to conduct “reconnaissance” for her accomplices.
Then, after her boyfriend repeatedly denied knowing about the plan, Graves admitted that the two of them had agreed to give a fictitious tale to police and that really all three of them were involved in the scheme, documents said.
Roberts, Fink and Graves all have been ordered to have no contact with Gonzalez and Ramirez-Cervantes while their cases are pending.