KENNEWICK, WA- A man accused of breaking into a Kennewick home, assaulting a woman, then kidnapping another woman at gunpoint the next day, pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary on Friday.
Karlo Medina, 19, was booked into the Benton County Jail Tuesday after a standoff at the Meadow Park Apartment complex on 4th Avenue.
Medina is charged with first degree burglary, first degree robbery, and second degree kidnapping. His bail is set at $250,000.
Kennewick police said Medina allegedly pushed his way into a woman's home August 26th, then forced her to the floor and attempted to rape her. The woman was able to fight him off without getting any major injuries.
On Tuesday, Aug. 27 Kennewick officers responded to 1000 W. 4th Ave. for the report of a robbery.
The female victim, an NBC Right Now reporter, told responding officers she had set up a video camera in the parking lot in preparation for shooting a news story and was sitting in her news car when an unknown man allegedly entered the back seat of the car and pointed a gun at her, demanding that she drive away. After driving a few feet, the man told the victim to stop, got out and ran away.
A police K-9 followed his scent from the location to apartments located at 1001 W. 4th Ave., but to no specific apartment.
Reviewing area security surveillance led investigating officers to believe the man was similar in description to Medina, and identified a possible apartment at 1001 W. 4th Ave. where Medina may have been staying and requested a search warrant. Kennewick officers then, with help from on-duty regional SWAT team members, surrounded the apartment, and after a short standoff Medina left the apartment and was taken into custody without incident.
Medina will be back in court Sept. 3 for his arraignment and is expected to go on trial Oct. 3.