Attempted murder charges filed in violent Yakima broker attack

Attempted murder charges filed in violent Yakima broker attack »Play Video
Vern Holbrook

YAKIMA, Wash.  --  Prosecutors charged two suspects Thursday in the violent beating of an elderly Yakima broker who was found with his throat slashed Saturday.

Luis Gomez-Monges and Adriana Mendez were both charged with 1st degree attempted murder and 1st degree assault, according to the Yakima County Prosecutors Office.

According to court documents, a co-worker went looking for Vernon Holbrook, 78, when he didn't return to work Saturday. He found Holbrook's truck sitting outside and called 911. A neighbor who had a key to the home on the 17000 block of Summitview Avenue let the co-worker in.

They found Holbrook covered in blood on the floor.

Holbrook narrowly escaped death, according to the documents. He only survived because the cut to his neck missed a main artery.

Mendez told police she and Gomez-Monges made up names and set up a home tour specifically with Holbrook, according to court papers. Adriana told them she was in a bedroom with the two men in the Summitview home when Gomez-Monges hit Holbrook from behind.

Holbrook is listed in serious condition at a Seattle hospital.