By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer
A 26-year-old Kennewick man was arrested after repeatedly harassing a neighbor's horse, causing it to twice break through an electrical and barbed-wire fence in Finley, authorities said.
In one incident, Brandon R. Hankel, was reportedly spotted inside the corral chasing after the horse, by the horse's owner, said Benton County sheriff's Capt. Steve Keane on Monday.
Deputies were first called to the home at 215004 E. Erickson Road about 8 p.m. Thursday, then responded to a similar call there at 4 a.m. Friday.
In the first incident, the horse's owner said she saw a bald man in a black T-shirt and blue shorts on the property by her horse corral scaring her horse enough to break through the fence, Keane said.
Around 3:30 a.m. Friday, she was awakened by her son after hearing the horse going crazy again. When the owner looked out her bedroom window, she said she saw the same bald-headed man inside the corral, Keane said.
Hankel reportedly was chasing after the horse and apparently didn't have pants on.
Deputies were able to identify Hankel, who lives next door, as a suspect and arrest him.
He was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of second-degree trespassing.