Yakima officer Tases, tussles with Mabton suspect

— A local man appeared in Yakima County Superior Court on Friday after he allegedly tried to avoid arrest and was tased.

Jose Juan Bribiescas, 21, is charged with forgery, second-degree theft, obstructing an officer and possessing a controlled substance-methamphetamine.

Yakima police officer I. Cole arrested him Thursday after he was accused of trying to cash an altered check at Banner Bank, 502 W. Yakima Ave., records show.

Cole first had to chase Bribiescas on foot after he fled the bank, records show.

At one point he turned toward the officer, records show.

“Fearing he was going to assault me or charge me, I withdrew my Taser device, turned it on and pointed at Jose’s chest,” Cole said.

After Bribiescas ignored Cole’s commands to stop and get on the ground, the officer then fired the Taser twice, records show. One missed and the other shot landed near Bribiescas’ right shoulder.

The Taser did not take effect and he kept running, records show.

Bribiescas darted in between two parked cars, tripped and Cole dove on top of him.

During the struggle, Cole said he found a small clear plastic bindle containing a hard, crystal-like substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Police contacted the owner of the checks that were allegedly forged. She told officers did not know how Bribiescas obtained the checks and that the only checks she filled out recently were to pay bills, records show.

She also told officers she was in the hospital after just having given birth, records show.

The victim and her husband said they do not know Bribiescas and plan to pursue criminal charges against him, records show.


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