New trial date set for man in luring

Fortino Venegas Garcia is accused of trying to get a teenager into his pickup in October.


WALLA WALLA -- A trial for a man who allegedly ordered a 15-year-old girl he doesn't know to get into his pickup in Eastgate last fall has been rescheduled in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Fortino Venegas Garcia, 44, of 2300 Mill Creek Road, had been set for trial beginning Feb. 27.

But Judge John Lohrmann on Monday afternoon rescheduled the proceedings to start Jan. 30. The prosecution asked that the date be moved because two witnesses would be unavailable for the February date.

Garcia is charged with luring.

He was arrested the afternoon of Oct. 15 at the Chevron gas station, 1916 Isaacs Ave., after confronting the girl in the alley behind the building, officials said.

The girl was walking east when Garcia -- who was driving west -- passed her and said, "Hi," according to a police report filed in court.

Garcia then allegedly stopped the truck, stepped out, stood with the door open and twice told the girl to get in.

She became frightened, used a cell phone to call her father who works nearby, and left the immediate area, the police report says. Meanwhile, Garcia pulled up next to a gas pump at the station where he was located and taken into custody.

He was ordered released from the County Jail on Dec. 15 and placed on a curfew pending the outcome of his case.

Terry McConn can be reached at or 526-8319.


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