Thursday, October 27, 2011

Arrest Made in Ryder Morrison Homicide

Arrested: Jacobsen, Kelli Ann; 26 year of age female, Kennewick address
Charge: 1st Degree Manslaughter

On June 22, 2011 the Richland Police Department began investigating circumstances surrounding the death of 12 month old Ryder Morrison. At the time of Ryder's death Kelli Jacobsen was employed as a nanny.

Jacobsen was present on June 22 and called 911 to request an ambulance. Initial reports provided by Jacobsen to 911 personnel indicated that Ryder had fallen and hit the back of his head. Richland Fire paramedics transported Ryder to Kadlec hospital. Attending medical personnel said that the explanation of falling was not consistent with the presenting injury.

Due to bleeding in the brain, a neurosurgeon was called in to perform surgery. Ryder died as a result of his injuries.

An autopsy was performed. In addition, three other experts in the field were consulted, and provided Ryder’s medical and autopsy records. The report received from those experts found “Given his reported normal level of function reported by mother and the sitter during mother’s lunch break, his injuries almost certainly occurred after mother returned to work from that break”. The doctors also found that on the day of his death, Ryder sustained multiple bruises, severe intracranial and eye bleeding and neck muscle injury. They found that diffuse subdural bleeding such as Ryder sustained normally results from severe whiplash events that can also cause neck muscle and spinal cord bleeding. They concluded that the injuries were not consistent with the reported fall history and that the cause of death was closed head injury.

The results of the investigation have been reviewed by Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller. Mr. Miller filed an Information in Superior Court today charging Jacobsen with Manslaughter in the First Degree. The Information alleges that Jacobsen recklessly caused the death of Ryder Morrison by inflicting abusive head trauma. The crime was aggravated because Jacobsen knew or should have known that the victim was particularly vulnerable and incapable of resistance due to extreme youth.
Jacobsen, along with her attorney, turned herself in at the Benton County Jail. She is being held on $100,000.00 bail.

A court hearing is scheduled today for 1:30 PM.

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Richland Police Investigating Death of 34 Year Old Woman

On October 25, 2011 at 10:00 p.m., Richland Police were dispatched to a vehicle accident in the parking lot of Gesa Credit Union on Goethals Drive. When officers arrived, they discovered a 1978 Ford Pickup driving backwards in circles. The truck was unoccupied. However, Richland resident Melissa T. Moone was found lying in the parking lot. She appeared to have been struck by the pickup. Moone was taken to Kadlec Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased. Moone was 34 years old.

Accident Reconstructionists were call to the scene to investigate the incident. Moone had borrowed the truck from friends. It is believed that Moone was alone at the time of the accident. Investigators believe this to be an accident and there is no immediate indication of criminal activity, however Richland Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident. The Benton County Coroner's Office is also assisting in the investigation.

For Additional Inforamtion: Contact Sergeant Mike Harrison 509-942-7367.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Injury Accident

INVOLVED: Templeton, George, L, 58 yoa, West Richland


On 10/20/11 at about 1933 hr RPD officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian injury accident at Thayer and Longfitt. The vehicle was traveling north on Thayer when it struck a juvenile female who was in the roadway. The female was subsequently transported to Kadlec ER, where she is undergoing surgery. The driver of the car has fully cooperated with the Richland Police Department in the investigation. Due to the nature of the injuries, an accident reconstructionist from the department was called in to complete the accident portion of the investigation.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Felony Assault Suspect Tased


Flores, Joanna, V., 34, Richland
Flores, Juaquin, J., 33, Richland

CHARGES: Assault 3rd Degree/Police Officer


On 10/15/11 at about 0224 hr Richland Police Officers responded to a report of a domestic assault in the 1300 block of Symons. Upon arrival an officer saw two males leaving the involved residence and told them to stop. Both males refused to obey the officer and were quickly joined by a female. A second officer arrived and told the three to stop, but they still refused and approached the officer. The officer became involved in a physical altercation with one of the males, Juaquin Flores, who was subsequently Tased. As that altercation began, Juaquin's wife, Joanna, came off the side walk at the officer. The second officer gave her commands to Joanna to stay back, but she refused and also became involved in a physical altercation with that officer, scratching him in the face. Both Juaquin and Joanna were placed into custody and booked into the Benton County Jail on charges of assault 3rd degree on a police officer.


Friday, October 14, 2011

4 Arrested for Area Vehicle Prowls

Arrested: Brown, Aaron A., 18 year of age male, Richland resident
Charges: Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, Vehicle Prowling

Arrested: Sakach, Devin M., 19 year of age male, West Richland resident
Charges: Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, Vehicle Prowling

Arrested: Johnson, Hunter H., 19 year of age male, Richland resident
Charges: Possession of Stolen Property, Vehicle Prowling

Arrested: 17 year of age male, West Richland resident
Charge: Possession of Stolen Property


Since July 1, 2011 there have been over 200 vehicle prowls in Richland. Many of the crimes involved the theft of electronics, cameras, sunglasses, firearms and computer equipment.

On October 12, 2011 a backpack was found in the yard of the 100 block of Rosemary St. Inside was a pistol, drugs, and a citation issued to Aaron Brown. The owner of the stolen firearm lives in the area of south Richland and had been the victim of a car prowl.

Information provided to the Richland Police crime prevention officer was passed on to members of the RPD Street Crimes Unit (SCU). SCU members contacted Brown and later Sakach and Johnson. Information gathered from the three criminal suspects led officers to a cache of stolen property hidden in the desert outside of West Richland. 6 other backpacks were recovered along with iPods, sunglasses, phone charging cords, cameras, flashlights, earphones, an e-reader and other personal property taken in car prowls throughout Richland and west Kennewick. The suspects have claimed responsibility for over 45 incidents of vehicle prowling.

In addition to the pistol originally recovered, SCU officers have also obtained a stolen .22 cal rifle and a stolen .12 gauge shotgun. Three search warrants have been served on vehicles associated with the suspects with stolen property being recovered from each. A West Richland juvenile has also been taken into custody and has been linked to the thefts.

$943.00 in cash was seized as proceeds of drug transactions. Scales, marijuana and some prescription medications have been seized and the sale of illicit drugs is still being investigated.

The investigation is continuing and it is believed that additional pieces of stolen property will be recovered.

After consulting with the Benton County Prosecutor's Office, the adults were booked into the Benton County jail on the listed charges.

Contact Capt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362, for additional information.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Police Investigate Assault At Preschool

Arrested: Miller, Lucas Anthony, 21 yoa, Kennewick resident

Charge: Booked into the Benton County Jail on a felony investigation for sexual assault against a child

The Richland Police Department is investigating a child abuse incident that occurred at Kids World Daycare, in Richland. A child who attends the daycare disclosed to their parents that inappropriate physical contact by staff member Lucas Miller had occurred at the daycare. The parents notified Kids World on August 31, 2011. Mr. Miller was no longer employed with Kids World as of September 1, 2011. Kids World staff notified Child Protective Services, who then notified the Richland Police Department.

The incident is being investigated by Richland Police Detectives. On October 5, 2011, Miller was arrested and booked into the Benton County Jail for sexual assault of a child.

The Richland Police Department met with parents whose children may have had contact with Mr. Miller in an effort to determine if there are additional victims. Resources were offered to those concerned and involved.

Agencies assisting in this investigation are Child Protective Services, the Sexual Assault Resource Center, Division of Licensing Resources (DSHS) and a child forensic interviewer (Kids Haven).

Mr. Miller was employed at Kids World April 2011 through August 2011. He had prior employment with Children’s Garden Montessori Preschool in Richland, November 2008 through August 2009 and was a lifeguard at the Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick, May 2009 through March 2011. Mr. Miller was also a summer counselor for Campfire USA, 2007 - 2009.

There is no information at this time to suggest that crimes were committed at Miller’s previous employers. However the investigation continues. The Benton County Prosecutor’s office is reviewing this case for filing of formal charges.

The Richland Police Department has established a phone line for concerned citizens requesting contact or having information regarding this case. The line will be monitored by detectives and they will respond to messages within 1 – 2 working days. Messages may be left at 509-942-7371.

There is no additional information at this time.

For additional information: contact Captain Mike Cobb 942-7362