Gang member threatens officer, faces charges

A Grandview Police officer and his family were threatened by a documented gang member after an arrest for a traffic infraction.

Ismael Cuevas Hernandez, 18, of Grandview was stopped for expired vehicle tabs last Friday.

He immediately exited the vehicle and walked away from the officer, refusing to stop when the officer commanded him to do so, court records show.

Hernandez entered a nearby store and the officer followed him, issuing commands to return to the vehicle.

The officer’s commands were disregarded, and Hernandez told he was under arrest for failure to obey, records show.

He resisted the officer and refused to comply. Once the officer gained control of the situation and handcuffed Hernandez, the officer conducted a physical search.

He found 1 gram of marijuana on Hernandez, who is under the age of 21, records show.

Hernandez was transported to the Sunnyside Jail. He threatened the officer while en route.

He accused the officer of being afraid of his older brother, who is a known gang member, and said, “Just wait until I get out,” records show.

After being told additional charges of threatening a police officer would be requested, Hernandez allegedly said he’d threatened other officers working for the Police Department.

In the Yakima County Superior Court room of Judge Kevin S. Naught, Hernandez was charged with harassment, resisting arrest, driving while license suspended and possession of marijuana on Monday.

An arraignment date for Sept. 10 was scheduled.


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