Sunnyside man faces assault charges

Police in Sunnyside have in custody Victor D. Garcia, who is facing assault charges for allegedly beating up two of his family members yesterday (Thursday).

Police were called to the 300 block of Spruce Avenue just before noon to investigate a domestic violence/suicidal problem there.

Police say the suspect was threatening others with a piece of glass and cut himself. He was found at the residence and was detained at the home before being transported to the hospital.

The victims, according to the police report, were Garcia’s brother-in-law and father-in-law.

Sgt. Oliver Hernandez said the pair were trying to stop Garcia from causing further harm to himself or others.

Garcia allegedly assaulted an officer when police attempted to detain him.

He is facing a charge of domestic violence assault fourth degree and third degree assault of an officer.

Sunnyside police also yesterday handled a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of East Yakima Valley Highway and North 16th Street.

Hernandez said two vehicles, one of which was a motorcycle, were stopped at the intersection. A third motorist failed to stop behind the motorcycle, striking it from behind.

The driver of the motorcycle, said Hernandez, was thrown from his bike and into the intersection. His motorcycle was shoved under the first vehicle.

The motorcyclist, however, sustained minor injuries.

“He was lucky…he was wearing his helmet,” said Hernandez.

The motorist responsible for the accident was cited at the scene.

Also since yesterday, police in Sunnyside have handled an animal problem, a citizen dispute, another domestic violence call, a juvenile problem, two traffic problems, a non-injury traffic accident, a reported court order violation and a trespassing complaint.

Officers, too, provided two citizens with assistance, served an arrest warrant and conducted two welfare checks.


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