Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Weapon Violation

On November 17, 2015 at about 8:30 PM Richland Police received several calls of shots being fired near the 1500 block of George Washington Way (between Torbett St. and Van Giesen).

Responding officers searched the area and found approximately 15 shell casings from a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.  The shell casings were in the parking lot of the M Hotel, 1515 GWW.
Assistance was requested from a Kennewick PD K-9 unit.  The area was searched by patrol officers and the KPD K-9.  No firearm or additional evidence was located and no impact point for the 9mm bullets was found.

The investigation is continuing and additional details will be released if they become available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Richland PD by calling 509-628-0333.

Our media partners should call Cpt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362, with any questions.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Home Invasion Burglary

On November 8, 2015 at approximately 9:10 PM five male subjects entered an unlocked residence in the 1100 block of Benham Street.  They were armed with weapons that included shotguns, pepper spray and a baseball bat.  The male subjects were dressed in dark, hooded sweat shirts, baggy pants and were wearing dark ski masks over their faces.
One suspect told the female occupant that she was being robbed and ordered her to the floor.  She refused and tried to confront the men.  One victim told officers that at least one subject cycled the action of a shotgun and reported hearing the trigger being pulled.  A second occupant also tried to engage the suspects and was pepper sprayed in the face.

The subjects eventually fled out of the house and ran north on Douglass Ave.  They got into a vehicle described as a 4 door passenger car (unknown make) with tinted windows that was dark in color.  The victims believed the suspects to be white or Hispanic males in their 20’s.  They spoke with no discernible accents and ranged in height from 5’5” to 6’00” tall.
A K-9 officer was requested and Pasco PD responded.  A brief track led north but did not conclude with any suspects or evidence being located.

Responding officers found a 12 GA shotgun shell on the floor of the victim’s living room.  The round had not been fired.  The shotgun shell was collected as evidence.

A neighborhood canvass produced one witness who the victims contacted and asked to call 911.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Richland Police at 628-0333.

Contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362, with questions.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Subject Arrested for Displaying Replica Handgun

Arrested:  Wilkie, Justin J.; 21 year of age male, Tonasket address
Charges:  13 arrest warrants, Unlawful Display of a Weapon

On October 26, 2015 at about 12:35 AM officers received a call of a male subject displaying a handgun at another individual at 1540 Jadwin (7-11).  The suspect left the area with several other people in a vehicle.

The vehicle was located near the area of Van Giesen and Birch in Richland.  Wilkie was a passenger in the car.  When he was contacted he still had what appeared to be a pistol tucked into the waist band of his pants.  The weapon turned out to be a Taurus BB gun that had the appearance of a semi-automatic handgun.

Wilke and another subject had gotten into a confrontation at the 7-11.  Wilkie lifted his shirt and displayed the pistol to the other individual with the intention of intimidating him.  The victim stated that he believed the gun and threat presented by Wilkie to be real.

It was discovered that Wilkie also had 13 warrants issued for his arrest from both Benton County District and Superior Courts.  He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Benton County jail.

Contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362 for additional information.

Arrested:  Jones, Richard R.; 60 year of age male, Richland resident
Charges:  Assault 2nd degree, Felony harassment


On October 23, 2015 Richland officers received a call of an assault that had just occurred in the area of Waldron Street and George Washington Way.  A male subject had gone to a home of a friend and was assisting with some computer repairs.  Jones, a tenant in the home, began arguing with the victim and calling him names.  Jones demanded that the victim leave the house.  The home owner told the victim that he didn't have to leave and asked that he continue to work on her computer.

Jones left for a short time and returned with a pistol.  He pointed the handgun at the victim's chest and told him repeatedly that it was loaded.  Jones restated his earlier demand for the subject to leave or he would kill him.  The victim left the residence.

Police contacted the homeowner and confirmed the series of events related to investigators by the victim.  The homeowner also confirmed the presence of her elderly, bedridden mother.  Due to the risks posed by intervening while the two females were still inside the home, officers waited until this morning to contact Jones.  The elderly female had been taken from the home early this morning for medical treatment.

Jones was contacted in the back yard of the house and taken into custody without incident.  He was booked into the Benton County jail on the above charges.

A search warrant was served on the residence and officers found a revolver that is believed to be the weapon used in the assault.

Contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362, for additional in formation.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Richland Police Department Drug Take Back Day Saturday, September 26th from 10 AM to 2 PM

     The Richland Police Department's DEA Drug Take Back event is this Saturday, September 26th, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  The event is being held at the police station located at 871 George Washington Way.  We will be accepting prescription and over the counter medications. Needles will not be accepted.

For more information on the initiative visit:

Chill With a Cop on October 2nd From 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Richland Country Mercantile

     Please join Chief Chris Skinner and his staff for Chill With a Cop on October 2nd from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Richland Country Mercantile located at 5015 Ava Way, Richland, WA.  Join your neighbors and police staff for ice cream and conversation.  No agenda, or speeches; just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know your local officer's and Chief Skinner.

     For those unfamiliar with the location an easy way to find the location is via I-82.  Take the Dallas Rd exit and follow the store signs.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Search Warrants Recover Stolen Property

Arrested:  Pitman, Jeremy W, 33 year of age male, Transient
Arrested:  Moore, Jereme S, 34 year of age male, West Richland resident

Richland Police investigators have been working on leads from several commercial and residential burglaries for the past 7-10 days.  Pitman had been identified as a viable suspect in several of the crimes under investigation. 

On September 15, 2015 at about 11:00 AM patrol units responded to a call in the 1600 block of Butternut Ave for a suspicious person.  Witnesses had observed a male in the area going onto a neighbor’s property.  The witness noted that he was not familiar with the subject as being seen in the neighborhood before and found is suspicious when he stepped up onto an object and began peering through the windows of the home.
Responding officers found an open window that had a screen removed.  Officers found Pitman hiding in the basement.  He was arrested without incident.  His arrest lead to additional search warrants and the recovery of a large amount of stolen property.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for 10 N. 46th Ave. in West Richland. A 12 gauge shotgun, an assault rifle and a handgun were among the items stolen in recent burglaries and believed to be in the house.  Due to the threat posed by the location, possible weapons and the criminal history of the occupants the Tri-City Regional SWAT team assisted Richland and West Richland officers serve the warrant early this morning.

Jereme Moore was located inside.  He was taken into custody on Possession of Stolen Property charges.  Both subjects have been booked into the Benton County jail.

A large number of stolen items were found at the location.  The scene is still being processed by investigators from RPD and WRPD.  Items include electronics, wire, yard maintenance equipment and a significant number of hand tools that appear to have been stolen from construction sites.  No weapons have been found at this time.
More information will be published as it becomes available.

Contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362 for additional information.