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Night of pranking leads to charges

By KIPP ROBERTSON
and RICHARD WALKER
North Kitsap Herald

KINGSTON — It was intended to be a night of pranking, some harmless fun, they said.

But their mischief led to a month-long police investigation, arrests and trial dates being set.

The suspects include Jasmine Campbell, 22, a former Miss Viking Fest; her boyfriend, Dietreich Rios, 21, a former Olympic College basketball player who may play pro ball in Argentina; George Hill III, 18, who has a full-ride basketball scholarship to Washington State University; and a 16-year-old who plays basketball for the Kingston Buccaneers.

On Monday, Poulsbo Police Detective David Gesell said two other juveniles were arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Facility.

According to a statement of probable cause from the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office, dated July 19, the suspects are charged with assault, theft, aiming or discharging firearms, and malicious mischief.

“We don’t have records,” Campbell told the Herald. “We don’t want it out there that we were out to hurt people. It’s never going to happen again and we all want to apologize to everyone we hurt.”

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the mischief on June 15 started with the shooting of Airsoft rifles out of a vehicle in the parking lot of Central Market in Poulsbo.

Then, at about 10 p.m. the suspects went to the Poulsbo Walmart parking lot. Campbell said that as she drove the car, her companions fired pellets at some North Kitsap High School students in the parking lot. Airsoft guns are replica firearms that shoot plastic pellets.

Next, they went to the Burger King in Poulsbo, ordered $53.75 worth of food and drove off, according to the statement.

Then, they attempted to steal food from a drive-thru window at Wendy’s in Silverdale, according to the statement.

Finally, they went to a Taco Bell in Silverdale. They paid for their food but, as the server reached out of the take-out window with their order, one of the suspects had exited the car, ran by and snatched it from the server’s hands, Campbell said.

One of the occupants of the car made a video of the night’s pranking and posted it on YouTube. But, Campbell now says, “It wasn’t so funny.”

Turns out, some of the girls who were hit with Airsoft pellets got bruises. Burger King reported the ditched order to police. And the server’s arm was hurt in the food snatching.

The mother of one of the shooting victims notified police the next day, which prompted the investigation, according to the statement of probable cause.

Gesell said incidents like this do not happen often in the area, but they happen more often then they are reported.

Campbell said she, Rios and Hill were arrested July 18 in her Kingston apartment. After rejecting a bail of $30,000, the court ordered the suspects to house arrest, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Barbara Dennis said.

Pre-trial dates have been set, Campbell said: Aug. 5 for Hill; Aug. 15 for Rios; Aug. 23 for Campbell and Aug. 25 for the 16-year-old.

Court dates were not available for the others.

Campbell said she first knew she was in legal trouble when a police detective went to her workplace, White Horse Golf Club, when she wasn’t there. She said she wanted to turn herself in and hired a lawyer.

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