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The Yakima County jail. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic file)

A Selah man has been arrested in the robbery of a Prosser man last week.

Yakima County sheriff’s deputies say the 36-year-old Selah suspect forced the victim out of his car at gunpoint, and was one of four men to beat him in the July 31 attack in the 600 block of Outlook Road.

Karleigh Bybee, 28, of Vantage, who drove the victim to the Outlook area, has been charged with first-degree robbery and is being held in lieu of $30,000. The Prosser man said he let Bybee drive him and his vehicle to the 600 block of Outlook Road shortly after 3 a.m. July 31, an affidavit said.

He saw three men across the street who then came over, banged on the vehicle’s windows and demanded that he get out. Rolando Vargas, who has been charged with first-degree robbery in the case, opened the driver’s door and tried to unlock the passenger-side door, the affidavit said. The Selah man then went to the passenger side of the car, pointed a gun at the victim and ordered him to open the door, which the man said he did, the affidavit said.

After the victim was pulled out of the car, the three men were joined by a fourth man, and they began beating the victim. That man arrived with a Zillah woman, 30-year-old Juanita Ramirez, who was recently charged with rendering criminal assistance and criminal conspiracy in connection with the incident. She was released on her own recognizance.

The fourth man then got into the victim’s car and drove off, while the others left in other vehicles, the affidavit said.

Yakima County Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson set the suspect’s bail at $50,000 during a preliminary hearing Thursday. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Heather Thorn noted it was the same bail that was set for Vargas.

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