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UPDATE: Suspects Make Court Appearance, Accused of Trying to Murder Yakima Realtor

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YAKIMA, Wash.--After an intense investigation, two suspects are now sitting in the Yakima County Jail for the brutal assault of a Yakima realtor.
Neighbors said they didn't even know the house along the 17000 Block of Summitview Avenue was for sale, but now its windows and doors are marked with red tape signifying the scene of a brutal attack.
"I just don't understand people, I don't understand how anybody could do that," said Donald Hills, a neighbor.
Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies said Luis Gomez-Monges and Adriana Mendez devised the evil plan. Mendez told police she called "Aspen Real Estate" in Yakima and requested broker Vern Holbrook set up a viewing of country homes.
According to court documents, the couple used fake identities and a false back story to get the 78-year-old realtor to meet them in Cowiche. That's when things took a turn for the worse.
The woman told police she saw Gomez-Monges hit the older man in the head but then says she left the room to wait in the car with her three children.
The suspects took off, but Holbrook never returned to work leaving co-workers and his family nervous. Deputies said they found the victim lying in a pool of blood with his throat slit. He was flown to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
"I just didn't think that it would happen out here," said Hills. "I mean it's usually pretty quiet in the country from everything I've heard and I'm used to hearing sirens and gunshots and seeing it in the city. But I didn't think it'd be so much out here."
Sheriff's Deputies have not released details on a motive for the violent attack and said it's an ongoing investigation.
Holbrook is still in serious condition in intensive care at a Washington State hospital.
Gomez-Monges faces charges of first degree attempted murder. Mendez is charged as an accomplice to attempted murder.


YAKIMA, Wash. - Two suspects made their first appearance in a Yakima County court Tuesday, accused of trying to murder a Yakima realtor.

Court documents show Luis Gomez-Monges is facing first degree attempted murder charges and Adriana Mendez is facing attempted murder charges as an accomplice.

According to those documents, the two suspects told 78-year-old Vernon Holbrook they were from Texas and wanted to buy a home in the Cowiche/Tieton area. They gave Holbrook fake identities.  While Holbrook was showing them a home on the 17,000 block of Summitview Avenue, Gomez-Monges attacked him and slit his throat.

Holbrook is still the hospital in serious condition.

Investigators are still trying to figure out a motive.