Several arrests have been made in a severe assault that took place in Bingen recently.
According to Police Chief Ned Kindler of the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department, on Sept. 23, at 2:26 a.m., the police received a 9-1-1 call reporting an assault in progress at the apartment complex at 310 W. Franklin in Bingen. Police officers Jim Andring and Larry Spencer, along with Pat Kaley of the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene.
"Officer Spencer and I were on-scene within one minute of the call," said Andring, who is handling the investigation. "One of the victims, who was then a block away from the crime scene, advised that he and his friend had been assaulted by four or five men, his watch and car keys had been taken, and both their wallets had been taken. The second victim was at 310 W. Franklin Street, and an ambulance was dispatched immediately to examine the two victims."
Andring identified the two victims as Enrique Garcia, 35, of White Salmon, and Julian Roque, 39, of Bingen. Roque's injuries included a broken bone in his jaw, a broken bone in two places below one eye, and a broken bone above the eye.
An area search for suspects was carried out, and one possible suspect was located in the bushes behind a nearby house and detained on suspicion of assault. That suspect -- Kent Richardson, 21, of White Salmon -- was later identified by the victims and was arrested for assault. Richardson was booked at the Klickitat County Jail.
During the subsequent investigation, several other suspects were identified.
On Oct. 5, the Klickitat County Prosecutor's Office issued felony warrants for assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, and two counts of robbery in the first degree on each of the three suspects identified at that time. A bail amount was set at $50,000 on each suspect.
During the evening of Oct. 5, Officers Andring and Spencer contacted two of the suspects on an unrelated matter and arrested them on the warrants: Jacob Israel Saborin, 20, of Lyle, and a 17-year-old White Salmon male were arrested on the four felony charges and booked at the Klickitat County Jail.
Andring said the crime was severe for the Bingen-White Salmon area.
"This is unusual," Andring explained. "We have fights and bloody noses, but an assault of this magnitude is unusual, and the number of people involved is unusual."
Andring said the motive for the crime is still under investigation.
No weapons were involved in the incident.
"The investigation has continued for two weeks and will likely continue for another week or so, or until the case is complete," Andring explained. "Chief Kindler and the entire department have given this case very high priority due to the circumstances, the violence involved, and the number of people involved. Investigation into the identity of other suspects will continue."
The Bingen-White Salmon Police Department is asking that anyone with information on this case call the police at 493-1177.