Crime

Pasco man charged with flooding apartment, threatening to kill brother

A 45-year-old man is accused of causing $30,000 in damage to his Pasco apartment by knocking a toilet off its base and flooding the downstairs unit.

Domingo G. Gonzalez allegedly became “extremely angry” after his brother said he would need to find another place to live.

The Pasco man threatened to kill his brother while waving around a sword, which his brother didn’t know until later was plastic, court documents said.

Domingo G. Gonzalez is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with felony harassment and first-degree malicious mischief.

He was scheduled to enter a plea to the new charges but his defense attorney Daniel Stovern told the judge that his client was not responsive and he had learned Gonzalez was found incompetent in a previous case.

Deputy Prosecutor Maureen Lorincz said she would file an order for a mental health evaluation.

Court documents show that his brother Francisco G. Gonzalez told his older brother on Aug. 25 that he was moving out of their shared apartment on West Pearl Street.

“There had been much stress in the relationship,” documents said, in part because three days prior Domingo had thrown their late father’s dentures into the toilet and clogged it up.

The 39-year-old brother left the apartment and returned about 3 1/2 hours later to find water flowing out the front door, over the balcony and through the floor. When asked what happened, Domingo Gonzalez allegedly said, “He wanted the people below to be able to take a shower,” documents said.

When told he could not go back inside, Domingo Gonzalez allegedly reached under his shirt, pulled out the plastic sword and told his brother in front of a neighbor that he wouldn’t live another year.

Domingo Gonzalez is in the Franklin County jail on $7,500 bail. He also has an immigration hold.

Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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