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Accused of attempted kidnapping, Ochoa-Mendoza still awaiting trial

Pedro Ochoa-Mendoza of Sunnyside was scheduled to go on trial in Yakima Superior Court this past Monday, March 27, but, due to a backlog of cases, he was not called into court.

Ochoa-Mendoza's case is on a trailing docket, which means a trial date has not been re-set but that the case will be heard in court when a courtroom and/or a judge are available.

Ochoa-Mendoza was charged with attempted first degree kidnapping, indecent liberties and first degree robbery with a deadly weapon following the kidnapping of a woman during the day time hours on Oct. 8, 2005 while she was jogging on Scenic Drive in Yakima.

The woman, who was abducted by two men, was left, unharmed, in a Sunnyside field five hours after being taken. After hearing about the kidnapping, a 16-year-old, Yakima girl reported to police that a man had jumped out of a car and chased her on Oct. 8 while she was jogging in the same area, just before the woman was kidnapped.

Heriberto Martinez, who was 24 at the time of his arrest shortly after the kidnapping, was charged with first degree kidnapping, first degree robbery with a deadly weapon and attempted first degree kidnapping. He is being tried separately from Ochoa-Mendoza, who was 23 when arrested in October 2005.

Ochoa-Mendoza's case may not reach court for another month, according to a spokesman in the Yakima County Prosecutor's office. Martinez's court date has been rescheduled several times, with the latest trial date set for May 15.

Both men are being held in the Yakima County Jail.

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