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Man Arrested For Stalking

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  Kennewick police officers say they've arrested a man who contacted the same woman four different times. 

Police officers say Juan Avalos-Vargas motioned for a 19-year-old woman to come to his car at multiple spots throughout Pasco and Kennewick.  After his fourth attempt, near Clover Island Drive, the woman called her father.  Her father later took down the license plate and called police.  Officers say stalking is not a common offense in Kennewick, but it can carry heavy penalties.

"It's a gross misdemeanor if there hasn't been previous contact," says officer Michelle Pitts of the Kennewick Police Department.  "So if there's a no contact order in the system, or the person's been convicted of stalking, or a crime of that type in the past, then it's a class C felony."

Officer Pitts says a gross misdemeanor could carry up to a one year sentence or $5,000 in penalties. 

As for Avalos-Vargas, he was booked in the Benton County Jail.  Officers say this is not his first run-in with the law.