Car deal goes bad in Benton City

Victims found near Prosser

— Three residents are in custody after allegedly assaulting two men.

Jarrod Rafe Logan Stroh, 29, and Jack Lee Stroh, 73, are charged with first-degree assault, Benton County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Bob Brockman said. Britnee Nicole Haynes-Walker is charged with second-degree assault.

All three were taken into custody Sunday night, Benton County Jail records show. They allegedly beat two men after a vehicle sale fell through, Brockman said.

The victims, 46-year-old Leon R. Sauers, and 58-year-old Ralph J. Davis, were found on the shoulder of Interstate 82, just before Exit 88, by Sgt. Fulton with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Brockman said.

“Mr. Sauers had visible facial injuries and complained of a broken arm,” Brockman said.

Sauers was transported to PMH Medical Center by ambulance, he said.

Prior to that, the Sheriff’s Office was called to the 66000 block of West Yakitat Road in Benton City, Brockman said.

The victims told deputies they went to the address to recover the vehicle after an agreement fell through, Brockman said.

They said two rounds were fired from a shotgun and Sauers alleged he was struck with the buttstock of the shotgun, causing cuts and bruises to his face, Brockman said. Sauers also suffered a broken arm.

Davis alleged he was struck with a metal pipe but received no injuries requiring medical attention. 

Multiple agencies responded to the scene. Besides the Sheriff’s office and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, other law enforcement officers from the Richland Police Department, Kennewick Police Department and Prosser Police Department also assisted.

“All three suspects complied when they were contacted and were taken into custody without incident,” Brockman said.

He said all three are in custody on a 72-hour hold.


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