18-year-old man pulls gun on girl, mother at Yakima elementary school, court docs say

YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima police said 18-year-old Angel Benitez Gavino pulled a pistol on a girl at Robertson Elementary School, then aimed the gun at a concerned mother, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The mother who witnessed the incident said Gavino was acting “crazy” and swearing as he walked from the parking lot toward the school playground holding his waistband Monday afternoon. The mother screamed at the kids on the playground that he had a gun, the affidavit says.

The girl involved in the incident told police she was at the playground because she heard there was going to be a fight. She said Gavino confronted a juvenile who had a younger brother, and he asked if the juvenile “banged.” Then, the girl said he pulled a pistol from his waistband and people started yelling.

The girl said she pulled out her phone and started recording when Gavino noticed and started running toward her. He allegedly racked the pistol and pointed it at her as he told her to hand over the phone. The girl said she was afraid she was going to get shot.

Videos on the phone didn’t show Gavino, but they showed kids yelling and contained audio of a female saying, “he’s going to shoot,” the affidavit says.

Moments later, Gavino noticed the mother calling 911 and ran toward a car. The mother began following him, and he allegedly pointed his gun at her to make her stop.

Police responded at about 3:30 p.m.

They located the suspect vehicle, a red Ford Focus, driving eastbound on Englewood Avenue with five occupants before stopping it in the 2200 block of McKinley Ave. Gavino was sitting in the rear passenger seat, and he matched the description provided by the mother. Based on witness statements, police determined that he was their suspect.

Inside the car, investigators found two pistols, one of which was reported stolen out of Spokane.

Gavino was arrested and booked at the Yakima County Jail on charges of second-degree assault, attempted first-degree robbery, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a dangerous weapons on school grounds.