Two Vancouver men appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of pointing a gun at three people at a bus stop and yelling gang-related threats.
Eduardo Gutierrez, 22, and Brian Reyes, 21, face charges of three counts of first-degree assault at their July 19 arraignment. Judge Daniel Stahnke held each defendant on $100,000 bail. Vancouver attorney Christie Emrich and Camas attorney David Schultz were appointed to defend Gutierrez and Reyes, respectively.
The incident occurred late Saturday. Gutierrez and Reyes are accused of driving by a bus stop in the 9400 block of Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court. Gutierrez, sitting in the passenger seat of a Honda Accord that Reyes was driving, allegedly pointed a silver pistol at three victims while yelling gang threats. The victims told police they feared for their lives, court documents say.
The victims said the alleged assault followed a verbal altercation involving Gutierrez and Reyes, in which the two men allegedly challenged the victims to a fight, court documents say. The victims said Gutierrez and Reyes identified themselves as "South Siders," according to the court documents.
Gutierrez and Reyes were arrested later that night at 6420 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., after Vancouver police stopped the Honda. Police found a silver pistol on the floorboard under Gutierrez's seat, court documents say.
Schultz said he believes the allegations fit a charge of second-degree assault, rather than first-degree assault.
"There was a gun pointed but no shots fired," Schultz said.