Bail Set at $150,000 for JBLM Soldiers Accused of Kidnapping Domino’s Driver
By Martin Bilbao / The Olympian
A Thurston County Supreme Court commissioner has placed bail of $ 150,000 each on two active duty soldiers accused of robbing and kidnapping a Domino’s pizza delivery driver last weekend.
On Sunday, Olympia police arrested 19-year-old Daniel Cano-Real and 20-year-old John Jose Medina on suspicion of robbery and kidnapping. Both men are currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord, according to court documents.
When she first appeared in court on Monday, Inspector Nathan Kortokrax found a possible cause for first degree robbery, second degree assault, first degree kidnapping, possession of a stolen firearm, third degree theft and frolic in second degree vehicles.
Kortokrax set bail, citing a significant risk that they could commit a violent crime. He also forbade them to contact each other or the person they are accused of robbery.
Neither man has a known criminal history, according to court records.
A probable cause explanation describes the law enforcement investigation into the incident.
An Olympia police officer contacted the two men at 12:43 a.m. on Sunday. According to the testimony, he discovered that their vehicle was headed the wrong way on State Avenue in Olympia.
After initiating a traffic obstruction, another officer noticed that one of the three people in the car was wearing Domino’s pizza clothes and his hands were tied. The police released the delivery man and he told them he had been kidnapped by the other two men at gunpoint.
Police identified the alleged kidnappers as Daniel Cano-Real and John Jose Medina. In the car they found a semi-automatic pistol, an open jackknife, a ski mask with eye holes, an insulated Domino’s pizza rack, stacks of cash and the delivery man’s wallet.
During an interview, the delivery man told police he was delivering a pizza on Devoe Street Northeast when a silver vehicle prevented his car from getting out. He said a man in a mask approached his driver’s side window and reportedly pointed a semi-automatic pistol at him.
The delivery driver said the masked man told him to get out of his car and then led him into the back seat of the silver vehicle. The driver said a second person in the back seat of the silver vehicle had a gun pointed at him.
When they arrested the delivery driver, the two men allegedly roamed his car and took money and a pizza. The delivery driver told the police that one of them had driven his car off the road into some bushes before they all continued to drive around the Olympics in the silver vehicle, according to a statement.
Police said Cano-Real allegedly admitted participating in the robbery during their interview. Medina reportedly planned the robbery from Tacoma and provided him with gloves and a firearm.
The two men allegedly drove to Olympia and looked in random neighborhoods for someone to rob. Police say Cano-Real allegedly told them Medina initiated the robbery when he noticed the delivery man had pulled out of an apartment.
Medina asked for a lawyer and declined to answer questions, the statement read.
After searching the delivery driver’s vehicle, police said they found another semi-automatic pistol. Based on the pistol’s serial number, police say it was stolen from Tacoma.
The delivery driver provided dash cam footage of the incident, which court documents confirmed his report of the robbery.
Both men will appear in court on April 13th on charges.