PASCO - A Connell man accused of throwing a gasoline bomb at a Pasco home in October had his request for reduced bail denied Tuesday.
Luis Enrique Blanco-Gomez, 19, has been in the Franklin County jail since his Oct. 3 arrest on suspicion of arson.
Blanco-Gomez is charged with first-degree arson, attempting to elude police and minor driving after drinking; his bail is set at $250,000.
Defense attorney Shelley Ajax told Judge Robert Swisher her client requested the bail be set at a more reasonable amount.
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Blanco-Gomez lives with his mother and 12-year-old sister and his mother relies on him to help watch his sister, Ajax said. He also has a job and has lived in Connell for most of his life, she said.
Deputy Prosecutor Tim Dickerson said he felt bail was set at a reasonable amount given Blanco-Gomez's criminal history and the seriousness of the offense.
"He's a known gang member ... (and) he is a menace to the community," Dickerson said. "He tried to burn down a house with a family inside."
Judge Swisher agreed $250,000 was appropriate because of the "very, very serious" charge.
According to court documents, Pasco police were called to a home on the 200 block of West Bonneville Street at 10 p.m. Oct. 2 for a report of an arson.
Officers smelled a strong odor of gas and found a broken living room window and scorch marks on the siding. They also saw a broken beer bottle with liquid inside in front of the house.
Witnesses said they were inside the home when they "heard a boom and saw flames," and ran outside to see two males running away.
A resident saw the suspects get into a car, followed them onto Highway 395 and pursued the car while calling emergency dispatch.
The car ultimately crashed on Blanton Road and Franklin County sheriff's deputies arrested Blanco-Gomez.
Blanco-Gomez's trial is set for Jan. 10.