YAKIMA, Wash. — Four Highland High School students suspected of kidnapping a teenage girl and robbing her companion are being held on $250,000 bail.
The four appeared in Yakima County juvenile court for a preliminary hearing, where Judge Robert Lawrence-Berrey set bail and scheduled charging hearings. Lawrence-Berrey rejected pleas from attorneys to reduce the bail, citing the seriousness of the crime and evidence that all of them participated in threatening the girl.
In affidavits filed with the court, Yakima police said the girl was confronted by four juveniles wearing dark clothes with bandannas over their faces near the intersection of 64th and Terry avenues around 7 a.m. She was forced into the trunk of a car at gunpoint, while her companion was robbed. She was also told by her assailants that she would be killed if she did not stop moving around in the trunk, the affidavit stated.
At some point, all but one of the juveniles got out of the car, leaving her with her ex-boyfriend, who had threatened to kill her. According to affidavits read in court, the ex-boyfriend also expressed the possibility of being killed by police and “taking her with him.”
The girl was able to use her cellphone to call police and police said she provided details of where she was driven.
They stopped the car on State Route 410.