Man in alleged car-ramming attack enters pleading of not guilty

Posted 9/16/21

A Bremerton man accused of ramming into his wife’s car entered pleadings of not guilty to second-degree domestic violence assault during a brief appearance Friday in Jefferson County Superior …

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Man in alleged car-ramming attack enters pleading of not guilty

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A Bremerton man accused of ramming into his wife’s car entered pleadings of not guilty to second-degree domestic violence assault during a brief appearance Friday in Jefferson County Superior Court.

Yordi Giovanni Silva Lomeli, 23, has also been charged with second-degree assault and four other felony and gross misdemeanor charges.

Silva Lomeli remains in custody in Jefferson County Jail on $100,000 bail.

During an appearance via video from the jail Friday, Silva Lomeli was advised of the proceedings through an interpreter as his attorney asked for a reconsideration of the conditions placed on his release.

Attorney Scott Charlton noted that bail had been set at $100,000 following Silva Lomeli’s arrest, even though the defendant did not have a criminal history.

Charlton said Silva Lomeli worked at a cook in a restaurant in Allyn, and had held that job for eight months.

He has also been a Kitsap County resident for the past 18 months, Charlton said.

The attorney noted a court order prevents Silva Lomeli from contacting the alleged victim.

“He promises to obey all conditions of release, and is asking that he be released on his personal recognizance,” Charlton told Superior Court Judge Keith Harper.

Silva Lomeli wants to be released from jail, Charlton said, so he can continue working and keep paying his bills.

Bail set at $100,000, Charlton added, “is the same as him being held without bail given his financial circumstances.”

Deputy Prosecutor Anna Phillips asked the judge to keep the bail at $100,000.

She recalled the defendant had been arrested on Aug. 10 for fourth-degree domestic violence in Kitsap County.

“When he was being transported to jail, he managed to get his handcuffs from behind him to in front of him in the police car and when the deputy stopped to reposition him, he got out of the car by force, and they had to tackle him in the bushes by the side of the road in Kitsap County,” she said.

Phillips also noted that Silva Lomeli had been released from Kitsap County Jail on $35,000 bond two days after his arrest.

“And a no-contact order was entered with the same person who is named in this case as the victim,” Phillips added. “And within less than two weeks, we had this.”

Silva Lomeli is a foreign national, Phillips noted, and has indicated he wants to return to Mexico.

The alleged victim’s relationship with Silva Lomeli has not been adequately determined by the court, as officials are not sure whether the victim is Silva Lomeli’s wife or the mother of his children.

Regardless, Phillips said Silva Lomeli wants to take her back to Mexico, and she does not want to go.

Silva Lomeli is a high risk to reoffend and a high risk to not come back to court, Phillips said.

Charlton disputed the claim that Silva Lomeli told law enforcement he wants to return to Mexico, and said Silva Lomeli told him that he wants to stay in Washington.

Harper decided to keep bail at $100,000. 

“The defendant is a very high risk to flee and not to follow court orders, and also a danger to the alleged victim and the public,” the judge said.

Yordi Giovanni Silva Lomeli was arrested just after 1:30 a.m. Aug. 25 for second-degree assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly crashing into his ex’s vehicle and trying to run her off the road near Bridgehaven. 

The woman, 21, told police Silva Lomeli rammed the back of her car and then drove past her, then angled his vehicle in front of her’s and forced her to a halt. He then allegedly began pounding on one of her car windows.

Fearing for her safety, she called her father and Silva Lomeli drove away.

The woman’s father later found him in Kitsap County and an altercation ensued. 

After an interview with Bremerton police, Silva Lomeli was brought back to Jefferson County by a Kitsap County deputy and handed over to authorities on the western end of the Hood Canal Bridge.

Silva Lomeli’s trial was set for
Oct. 25.

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