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Criminals who crashed into a ditch twice make first court appearance

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YAKIMA, WA - On Wednesday afternoon, the two men who Yakima Sheriff's deputies say crashed two vehicles in Moxee yesterday morning made their first court appearance.

28-year-old Jordan Besel and 24-year-old Antonio Mena were in Superior Court in downtown Yakima for their preliminary appearance.

Both suspects are being held on robbery charges.

During their brief hearings that lasted only a few minutes, Judge Richard Bartheld set bail for both men. Besel is now being held in the Yakima County Department of Corrections on $100,000, Mena is also in custody at $50,000 bail.

Both men are scheduled to be back in court on Wednesday, February 14 at 9:00 a.m. for their arraignment.



MOXEE, WA - New information is in on a brief police chase in Moxee this morning after two suspects crash not one, but two cars.

Both of the suspects who deputies say are in their 20's are sitting in jail tonight. They could be facing several charges when they make their preliminary appearance tomorrow in court.

The whole thing started just after 8:00 a.m. after calls started coming in about a car in a ditch off Birchfield Road. When YSO got to the scene, neighbors were pointing them in another direction and in a field they could see a black truck also stuck in a ditch.

They say the suspects stole that truck after they couldn't get the first car out of the ditch.

"Well, they drove through a hop field past a house and I think they thought there was a route out," said Chief Robert Udell, YSO Chief Criminal Deputy. "But they ended up in this very brush-ey field that had water and some ditches and berms in it.  And it went nose down into a large hole."

Both suspects tried to take off on foot, but because they were in such heavy brush, they didn't get far. 

But there was a very dangerous element to this for deputies. Turns out there was a handgun in the stolen truck, and police spent hours looking for it. They finally did find it in some thick mud, but only after bringing out a metal detector to find it. 

Both suspects are being held on vehicle theft charges. They'll be in court tomorrow afternoon.