Kennewick man faces assault charges against teen

A 20-year-old Kennewick man is being held in the Franklin County jail on $10,000 bail after allegedly threatening a Pasco High School student with a gun.

Tyler Stock faces a Feb. 9 trial after pleading innocent last week in Franklin County Superior Court to fourth-degree assault and possession of marijuana.

Prosecutors asked for $20,000 bail because the allegations included that Stock was armed with a gun during his confrontation with 17-year-old Samuel Diaz.

Stock's defense attorney, Karla Kane, asked Judge Robert Swisher for a more reasonable bail, saying her client has no felony convictions, no violent misdemeanors and the support of his family.

Stock contended he was trying to protect himself after Diaz threatened him.

"This is my concern," Swisher said. "What's reasonable to protect yourself is to stay away. You don't get guns and go back to the site."

He set bail at $10,000.

According to court documents, Pasco officers were dispatched at 4:20 p.m. Nov. 3 for a report of suspicious activity behind the Dairy Queen on Court Street.

The caller said it looked like a group of men were about to fight.

Officer Dean Perry found Diaz near the sidewalk just northeast of the intersection behind Dairy Queen. He then found Stock and two other men near a blue Ford Crown Victoria owned by Stock.

Stock said Diaz was trying to "call him out" so he went home, got his gun and confronted Diaz, documents said.

Diaz said some of his friends at Pasco High School were in a fight with Stock and his "guys" at school, and Stock thought Diaz was involved.

Diaz said Stock followed him from school and threatened to beat him up. He said Stock pulled the car around at Dairy Queen, stopped and pointed a gun out the window, documents said.

He also said Stock got out of the car and "racked a round" while pointing the gun at him. Diaz said he felt like he was going to die, but Stock got back into the car when he heard the sirens, documents said.

Officer Perry said he saw the butt of a rifle partially covered by a jacket or shirt inside Stock's car and impounded the car to be searched.

Inside, officers found a loaded 9mm rifle, a loaded shotgun with a spent round in the chamber, another shotgun and some 9mm ammunition, documents said.

Also found was 66 grams of packaged marijuana, a ski mask, blue bandanna and a digital scale, documents said.