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Woman charged with threatening Tri-Cities auto shop with toy gun


Law enforcement prepare to tow a car after a woman was arrested in line at the drive-thru window of Zip’s restaurant in Kennewick after she allegedly pulled a gun at a car shop .

Tri-City Herald

A 60-year-old woman was trying to find her late husband’s car when she pointed a gun at a Kennewick machine shop employee.

Kristen A. Kennedy became angry when told the car was not at Bob’s Auto Body and retrieved the gun from her own car, according to court documents.

The employee told police she believed it was a real gun and that Kennedy was going to shoot her, so she ran inside the store at 210 N. Date St. and called the 911.

When Kennedy was arrested a block from Zip’s By the Cable Bridge, a toy gun was found in her car, documents show.

Pasco’s wife was charged Monday in Benton County Superior Court with criminal harassment with death threat.

The incident happened shortly before 1 p.m. on March 17.

Kennewick police at the time said Kennedy entered the store when she spotted the car.

She started arguing when employees told her she was wrong and she was asked to leave, police said.

Kennedy then allegedly retrieved the toy gun from his black Monte Carlo and pointed it at the employee before leaving.

She was found waiting in the drive-thru queue at the nearby Zip’s restaurant, where officers surrounded her car and pulled her over.

A mental health professional on horseback with police spoke to Kennedy before she was taken to Benton County Jail. His bail is set at $10,000.

Documents show that Kennedy admitted to pointing the toy gun because the employee wouldn’t let her look for her husband’s vehicle.

Kennedy has convictions dating back to 1996 in Franklin, Pacific and Grays Harbor counties. Crimes include arson, burglary, tampering, escape, theft of a firearm, and possession of stolen property.

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Kristin M. Kraemer covers the justice system and crime issues for the Tri-City Herald. She was a journalist for over 20 years in Washington and California.