Second arrest made in connection with kidnapping, machete attack

Second arrest made in connection with kidnapping, machete attack

The Benton County Gang Team made another arrest on Sunday in connection with a kidnapping and subsequent machete attack last February.

Surveillance footages shows 28-year-old Arthur Hancock being jumped in front of a Kennewick home on West 30th Avenue.

Hancock parked in front of the home accompanied by another person. A second vehicle pulled up next to them and two men approached the victim.

Carl Keith Matheny, 45, can be seen punching the victim and dragging him across the yard toward the home by a rope around his neck. Ramon Campos Aguilar, 37, was identified as the man who strikes the victim’s leg with a large machete-like knife. He was taken into custody prior to Matheny’s arrest, deputies said.

Authorities discovered home surveillance footage of the attack as they were serving a search warrant at 403 W. Columbia St. in Pasco.

Aguilar was charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree assault, robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

Matheny was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault. He was arrested at his home in the 218000 block of East Perkins Road on Sunday. He was taken into custody without incident.

Both men are incarcerated at the Benton County Jail as of May 2.

Police are still investigating the incident. They’ve urged the public to provide further information or related tips.