Friday, December 12, 2014

Badging Ceremony Date

The date for the RPD badging ceremony was incorrectly posted as December 12.  The ceremony was held on December 8.  I wish to extend apologies for any inconvenience this mistake has caused.

Cpt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362

Monday, December 8, 2014

Badging Ceremony

The Richland Police Department is proud to host a badging ceremony December 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM in the RPD training room.  5 individuals will be recognized for being promoted into new positions, completing the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, or being newly hired by the department.

The ceremony is open to family, friends, the community and the media is encouraged to attend.

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

Sunday, November 30, 2014

South Richland malicious mischief crimes solved


14-23802

Offenders: 5 juvenile Richland residents were identified through investigation.

Crime: Mal Mis 1st degree

Synopsis:

On 11/29/14, RPD Officers were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle in the South Richland area.  After completing an thorough investigation, officers identified the five juvenile offenders who committed over fifty malicious mischief crimes including arson, smearing of feces on residences, and striking mailboxes and street lights with baseball bats.  Damage is in excess of $7500.

Victim locations were in the South Richland area including parts of Kennewick and Benton County.

These were not the same juveniles RPD arrested a few weeks ago for a malicious mischief crime spree.

Posted by Sgt. Darryl Judge

For additional information, please contact Capt. Mike Cobb.

RPD arrests sexual assault suspect

14-23886

Arrested: Naji, Salam  44 year old Richland resident

Crime: 2 counts of indecent liberties

Synopsis:

On 11/29/14, between 1715 and 1735 hours, Salam Naji allegedly entered two North Richland businesses located in the 1800 block of George Washington Way and groped women.  One of the women was holding an infant at the time of the assault.  Video of the incident was captured.  Officers investigated the case throughout the night and this morning they were able to identify the offender as Naji.  Naji had been arrested in October for a similar offense. 

Naji was arrested at his residence in Richland this morning.  Evidence from the crime was located at his residence.

Naji was booked into the Benton County Jail.

Posted by Sgt. Darryl Judge.

For additional information, please contact Capt. Mike Cobb (509) 942-7362.

RPD arrests robbery suspect

14-23885

Arrested: Amundson, James F. 60 year old Richland resident

Crime: Robbery 2nd

Synopsis:

On 11/29/14, at about 1724 hours, RPD was called to 201 Wellsian Way, Goodwill, for a report of a strong armed robbery.  Witnessed reported observing James Amundson steal items from the store and when confronted by store employees Amundson assaulted one of the employees by punching and kicking the employee.  Amundson turned over a table in his attempt to flee.

A couple of minutes later, RPD officers located a male matching the description provided by witnesses.  Amundson was found with items stolen from the store on him.

Amundson was booked into the Benton County Jail for robbery in the 2nd degree.

Posted by Sgt. Darryl Judge.

For additional information please contact Cpt. Mike Cobb (509) 942-7362.

Burglar Arrested

14-23728  

Arrested: 16 year old transient male

Synopsis:
On 11/27/14, a Richland resident discovered a burglary had occurred at her residence located in the 200 block of Douglass.  Officers determined the burglar entered the occupied residence while one of the residents was asleep.  Property was stolen during the burglary. 

On 11/28/14, a Richland resident awoke to discover a burglar in her residence.  The burglar threatened the resident while holding a large flashlight.  The burglar fled with property stolen from the residence.  The resident called the RPD and provided a description of the burglar.  Pasco Police assisted the RPD with a K-9 track which tracked the offender to the 300 block of Goethals.  Due to the conditions (30 mph winds) officers were not able to determine an exact last known location.  During the investigation officers learned of an unreported burglary which happened the day before in the 200 block of Douglass.

A couple of hours later, a resident in the same neighborhood reported a suspicious male in the area.  Officers located the male passed out in the yard of a neighbor.  The resident from the earlier burglary was able to positively identify the male as the burglar she had encountered earlier.  The male was transported to Kadlec for treatment from what appeared to be intoxication.  The male was admitted into Kadlec.

A search warrant was served at an address in the 300 block of Goethals where property from three neighborhood burglaries was located.

On 11/29/14, RPD attempted to locate the male to arrest him and learned he was no longer at Kadlec.  Officers located the male in the 300 block of Goethals.  The male fled from officers.  Officers secured the area.  Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office arrived and provided K-9 support to track the suspect.  When officers attempted to arrest the male he assaulted officers and the K-9.  The male was eventually taken into custody and transported to Kadlec where he was treated for injuries suffered during the arrest.  The male was booked into the Benton/Franklin County Juvenile facility for numerous felony crimes including: robbery, residential burglary, and assault on a police officer.

Posted by Sgt. Darryl Judge

For further information, please contact Capt. Mike Cobb at (509) 942-7362.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

3 Suspects Arrested in Richland Arson Case

Arrested:  13 year of age male, Richland resident
Charge:  1st Degree Arson, 1st Degree Malicious Mischief

Arrested:  14 year of age male, Richland resident
Charge:  2nd Degree Arson, 1st Degree Malicious Mischief

Arrested:  14 year of age male, Richland resident
Charge:  1st Degree Malicious Mischief

Synopsis: 

Between November 4 and November 10, 2014 twenty three incidents of Malicious Mischief and four incidents of arson occurred in the south Richland area.  Neighborhoods included the streets of Oahu, Brantingham, Gage, Sheridan, Melissa and Satus. 

The suspects damaged or destroyed a variety of different objects in the impacted neighborhoods.  Items included planters, flags, flower pots, fountains and yard decorations.  Several of the flags were set on fire and destroyed.  Damage estimates exceed $6000.00.

On November 10, at approximately 3:30 AM the subjects set fire to a residence in the 400 block of Melissa by lighting a wreath hanging on the front door.  The fire spread to much of the dwelling causing approximately $100,000.00 in damage.  The home was occupied at the time but the resident was able to escape injury.  As they were leaving the scene, two of the suspects lit some rolled up newspapers and threw them onto the tonneau cover of a truck.  The cover caught fire and was partially melted.  The damage to the item was in excess of $1000.00. 

The juveniles planned most of the incidents while at school.

All three were booked into the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center on the above charges.

For additional information contact Cpt. Mike Cobb at 942-7362.

Vehicle Prowl and Theft Prevention Reminder. Help Us Help You This Holiday Season.

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Arson Suspect Assaults Firefighters

Arrested:  Aguayo, Nelson; 21 year of age male, Richland resident
Charges:  Arson 1, Assault 3 (four counts), Resisting Arrest

Synopsis:

On 10-18-2014, at approximately 3:53 PM, Richland firefighters responded to a call of a possible structure fire at 2555 Duportail.  Upon arrival RFD personnel found smoke coming from one of the apartments in the G complex.  After locating the affected residence, they were confronted by Aguayo who was inside the apartment.  They identified themselves as RFD and Aguayo attempted to assault them.  He was restrained by the firefighters who summoned assistance from RPD staff. Richland Police responded and arrested Aguayo who was still inside the apartment structure. 

The investigation showed that Aguayo was living in the area temporarily as part of a construction crew.  He set fire to a pile of clothes in his apartment and attempted to bar firefighters from accessing the area and extinguishing the fire.  4 firefighters were assaulted in the process.  After being taken into custody by RPD personnel, Aguayo continued to fight and resist arrest.

The fire was eventually put out.  After being medically cleared, Aguayo was booked into the Benton County Jail on the above charges. 

For additional information contact Capt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bomb Threat Suspect Arrested


Suspect:  Hill, Jason D; 34 year of age male; Richland resident
Charges:  Threats to bomb

 Synopsis:

At 12:40 today a subject in the Kadlec hospital triage area became disruptive.  After storming out of the hospital he began yelling that he had a bomb and was going to blow up the facility.  The suspect, later identified as Hill, left the area on foot.  The description given by staff included information that he was wearing a camouflage hoody and had a black backpack on his chest.
Security camera footage matched a photograph in the police records data base and a positive ID was made on Hill.  At 12:57 officers located him near the intersection of Thayer and Williams.  He complied with commands to place his backpack and hoody on the ground and was taken into custody.

The Richland Police Bomb Squad responded and used an X-ray to determine that the backpack was safe to approach.  It did not contain any weapons or explosives.
Hill was transported to the Benton County jail and booked on the above charge.

For additional information contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall DEA Drug Take Back 9/27/14

The Richland Police Department is participating in the fall DEA Drug Take-Back event scheduled for Saturday, September 27th from 10 AM to 2 PM.  The event is being held at the Richland Police station located at 871 George Washington Way, Richland, WA.  Prescription and over the counter medications are being accepted.  We will not accept any needles or related solutions of any kind. 

Officers and volunteers are not allowed to touch the medications so citizens are encouraged to remove the label, or mark out personal information prior to bringing them in.  RPD will have markers available for those who are unable to do so prior. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

On 9/23/2014 at 11:21 Richland Police were dispatched to the parking lot of 800 Swift Blvd for a report of a subject displaying a firearm. 


Once on scene it was learned that there had been a dispute over poor parking.  It was reported that one of the individuals in the dispute armed himself with a firearm.  Just after arming himself with the firearm and making derogatory statements the subject left in a black pickup.


The identity of the subject that had armed himself was learned to be Jefferey A. Hack, a 55 year old Richland resident.  At 11:56 Jefferey A. Hack was located driving a vehicle at the intersection of Delafield and Fitch.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident for Unlawful Display of a Firearm.


Richland Police Case 14-19147

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Urgent- Missing 5 year old from Sacajewea Elementary


UPDATE:  We have found the child.  Thank you everyone for sharing this information!  We posted this live as it was happening.  Your help is appreciated beyond explanation.


Ref: 14-17307

 

 

We have a missing 5 year-old boy from Sacajawea Elementary.  Please be on the lookout for a Hispanic male named Antonio Aguilar. 


BRO HAIR GRN EYS NINJA TURTLE SHIRT AND LIGHT COLORED PLAID SHORTS**

 Was dropped off at the school at 0800 hours and never arrived to class.  If you have information please contact dispatch at 628-0333 or Ofc. Kane at 509-942-7636.

 

Ofc. Richard Kane 

Community Services, CPTED Specialist

Crime Resistant Community Living/Neighborhood Watch

Richland Police Department

871 Geo WA Way

PO BOX 190, MS-17

Richland, WA 99354

P: 509-942-7636

F: 509-942-7517


 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Richland Police Standoff 8/8/14


On 8/8/14 Richland Police Units were dispatched to a report of a male subject waving a gun around and drinking alcoholic beverages at Haney Inn 2153 Stevens Drive. The anonymous reporting party believed that the male was angry about something and he was yelling as he was waving the gun around.  The male went into a room at the Inn.

 

Richland Units arrived at the scene and the subject was identified as Thomas Bulleck a 58 year of age male. Officers attempted to call Bulleck out of the residence but he hung up on officers. Officers at the scene discovered that Bulleck had two children in the residence believed to be approx. 9 and 10 years of age. SWAT officers and hostage negotiators were called to the scene.

 

Prior to the arrival of the SWAT team, Bulleck came out of the residence and peacefully surrendered to officers. Bulleck was detained and subsequently arrested for displaying a weapon apparently capable of causing bodily harm, reckless endangerment and for obstructing a law enforcement officer. Belleck was booked into the Benton County Jail.

 

A search warrant of Bulleck’s residence was completed and officers located a realistic looking BB gun and rifle that were believed to have been the weapons displayed.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Can you identify these auto theft suspects?

Can you help us identify these two auto theft suspect's?  We appreciate your help. You may remain anonymous.  Call Ofc. Kane at 509-942-7636, or if after hours you can contact dispatch at 509-628-0333 and an officer will contact you.  Please refer to 14-02.




https://www.facebook.com/180337632018660/photos/pcb.796073960445021/796073357111748/?type=1&theater


https://www.facebook.com/180337632018660/photos/pcb.796073960445021/796073353778415/?type=1&theater


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=796074103778340&set=vb.180337632018660&type=2&theater





Friday, August 1, 2014

Richland Electrical Bill Scam

Over the past several weeks there have been a number of phone calls made to citizens of the City of Richland informing customers that their electrical utility bill is overdue and that they must pay at least 1/2 of the balance immediately or have their service shut off.  The caller states that they will accept a Western Union transfer, a credit/debit card, or a pre-paid Green Dot card number.

No calls of this type are being made by the City of Richland.  If their is a delinquency on an account, an automated system will be used to make a notification via telephone but payment will not be demanded at the time of the call.

Citizens are warned that this is a scam and no interruption of their electrical service will occur if they are not delinquent on their utility bill.  Do not provide any credit/debit card information to a solicitor on the phone. 

If there is any doubt about the status of an individual utility bill you may check on line (link is on the City web site www.ci.richland.wa.us), by visiting the finance office at 505 Swift Blvd., or by calling 509-942-1104.

If you have suffered a monetary loss, please call 628-0333 to request an officer contact you to make a report. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

National Night Out and City Fair. Aug 5th from 5 PM to 8 PM

National Night Out and Richland City Fair


A fun family event, that combines two of Richland’s former events into one, will be held on Tuesday, August 5, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in John Dam Plaza.

     City Fair, an exhibition of city services that include big rigs, displays and demonstrations, and National Night Out, which focuses on crime prevention and safety, offer residents a bigger and better community event all rolled up in one.

     The event will include food vendors, live music with the Java Tones, information on all city services and more. You can find out about conservation, city events and activities, speak to a staff or council member, or sit in a police, fire or garbage truck. There will also be a dunk tank, raffle drawing for two children’s bicycles, and free ice cream while it lasts.

     The south parking lot at John Dam Park will be closed for the big rigs, but parking will be available at Richland City Hall or the Federal Building.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Level 3 Sex Offender Notification

Eldhardt, Danny Ray

 
 
ELDHARDT, DANNY RAY
43 year of age male, 6'02", 230 lbs., Brown Hair and Eyes 
 
Address:            Kittitas County – KNOWN TO FREQUENT 2021 MAHAN AVENUE, M COURT RICHLAND, WA
Convictions:      Child Molestation 3rd degree – Kittitas Co, WA – 1999
                           Rape of a Child 3rd degree – Kittitas Co, WA - 1992
                           Indecent Liberties – Kittitas Co, WA – 1988
                           Indecent Exposure – Kittitas Co, WA - 1988
                           Indecent  Liberties – Kittitas Co, WA -1986     
NOTES:                 Eldhardt resides in Ronald, WA in Kittitas County, WA however has been frequenting 2021 Mahan M Court in Richland and Kennewick for extended periods of time.  Eldhardt has a significant and persistent sexual history involving minor female’s ages 5-15 years of age.   Eldhardt is considered to have a HIGH RISK to reoffend.  Eldhardt is NOT currently on Department of Corrections supervision. 
 
ELDHARDT IS NOT WANTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THIS TIME.  THIS IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.
 
·         The treatment of sexual offenders does not guarantee they will or will not commit another offense. 
·         This information is provided in accordance with RCW 4.24.550.  The Richland Police Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live.  Unless court ordered restrictions exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he chooses.
·         Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.  Such abuse could end our ability to do community notifications.
·         The Sexual Assault Response Center is available 24 hours a day to provide advocacy, information, referrals, and crisis intervention for victims of sexual violence.  Please give them a call for support or information pertaining to sexual assault at 374-5391.
 
For additional information and safety tips regarding registered sex offenders in your area log into the Benton County Web site at www.co.benton.wa.us or contact Richland Police Department Detective Athena Clark at 509-942-7354 or by email at aclark@ci.richland.wa.us

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Richland Police Arrest Burglar Exiting Victim's Home

Arrested:  Venegas, Juan P.; 18 year of age male, Yakima address
Charge:  Residential Burglary

Synopsis:

At about 8:45 AM today Richland police officers were advised of a 911 call involving a subject beating on the front door of a residence in the 1000 block of Pattyton Lane.  As officers were responding, the call was upgraded to a burglary in progress.  The 18 year old son of the homeowner was inside the house and said that a subject had now broken in and was in the process of stealing their possessions.

The first officer to arrive saw an SUV in the driveway that belonged to the suspect.  As he approached the front door a male, later identified as Venegas, came outside.  In his arms he was holding an X Box, a camera and several game controllers.  The suspect was confronted, dropped what he had been holding and fled back into the residence.  The officer chased the suspect through the house and out of the back door.

The suspect went through a number of back yards.  Officers set up containment and called for the assistance of a Benton County SO K-9 Unit.  The K-9 began tracking the suspect.  As he approached where the suspect was hiding, Venegas put his hands into the air and surrendered.  He was taken into custody without further incident.

The items Venegas had stolen were photographed and returned to the victim.  It appears as if Venegas may have observed the female homeowner leave and decided to burglarize the residence.  Entry was made by prying off a dog door on the exterior of the home.

Venegas was reportedly arrested for a similar crime in Chicago in March of this year.  Chicago PD has been contacted and we are awaiting information on any charges regarding their case.

Venegas was booked into the Benton County jail on charges of Residential Burglary.

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

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Richland Police Adding Staff for Fireworks Calls


The Richland Police Department will be reassigning 10 officers to work fireworks related calls on July 4.  Problem areas have included large parking lots and the Richland parks system.  Officers will be focusing on education and enforcement of those individuals contacted possessing or discharging illegal fireworks.

Any firework that leaves the ground or shoots projectiles into the air are illegal (mortars and bottle rockets are the most common types that are used illegally).  Fireworks stands in the City of Richland sell varieties that are legal to discharge within the City limits.

The City of Richland slogan “If it flies, it doesn’t fly here” is a good rule of thumb to use when choosing to discharge any type of firework.  The fine for possession or discharge of illegal fireworks is $250.00.

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

Shoplift Suspect-Attempt to Identify. 14-12.

If you recognize this shoplift suspect please contact Ofc. Kane at 509-942-7636 (refer to 14-12).  You may remain anonymous. 

Shoplift Suspect-Attempt to ID. 14-11

If you recognize this shoplift suspect please contact Ofc. Kane at 509-942-7636 (refer to 14-11).  You may remain anonymous.  Picture of suspect and suspect vehicle.



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Help RPD identify some of the suspects involved in recent crimes.

Richland PD has begun a program of posting suspect photographs/videos in the hopes of identifying some of the suspects involved in the crimes.  If you recognize any of the suspects pictured here please contact Community Services Officer Richard Kane at 509-942-7636. 

14-09:  Shoplift
14-08:  Commercial Burglary
14-10: Fraud/ID theft

14-03: Shoplift of Beer


14-04:  Fraud
 
 
14-08:  Video of Commercial Burglary
 

video

Richland Police Arrest Organized Retail Theft Ringleader


Arrested:  Cano, Fernando M.; 49 year of age male, Pasco resident
Charges:  Organized Retail Theft, Trafficking in Stolen Property 1st Degree, Possession of Stolen Firearm

Arrested:  Shaffer, Kaleb A.; 38 year of age male, Pasco resident
Charge:  Trafficking Stolen Property, felony warrants

Synopsis:
Since April, 2014 the Richland Police Street Crimes Unit (SCU), assisted by detectives from the Metro Drug Task Force, have been investigating a series of retail thefts throughout the Tri-Cities.  The investigation led to the identification of Cano as a known “fence” for stolen property.  Information was received that Cano had stolen and sold 150-200 pair of men’s Levis jeans and had transported them to Mexico to be sold.  Cano had also arranged the theft of gas powered tools such as line trimmers and chain saws.

SCU investigators contacted employees of Fred Meyer (Kroger Corporation) who assisted in the acquisition of 20 pair of Levis jeans.  A detective from the Metro Drug Task Force assisted in setting up a sale of the merchandise to Cano at his home in Pasco for $200.  During the sale Cano asked if it would be possible to steal a Toro lawn mower, DeWalt reciprocating saw, and a pair of Chinook boots in size 9.  As the investigation progressed, Cano called and asked for Home Depot, Lowes, Fred Meyer and JC Penney gift cards.
Another controlled sale of jeans took place on June 25.  The Metro Drug Task Force assisted again in the transaction that included 21 pair of jeans.  During this sale Cano put the jeans into a shed and provided information on additional items he wanted the undercover personnel to steal.  JC Penney was identified as a source of some material but Cano warned the detectives to be careful due to the cameras in place to deter theft.

On June 26 officer served a search warrant at Cano’s home in Pasco.  Metro Drug Task Force detectives and Pasco PD personnel assisted Richland’s SCU (and RPD detective section) in the service of the warrant.   Cano and Shaffer were contacted inside a car in the alley near Cano’s home.  Shaffer stated that he was at the home to sell a jack that had been stolen earlier in the day from an auto parts store in Pasco and a DeWalt drill stolen from the Richland Home Depot.  He was taken into custody by Pasco PD.

Inside the home and shed located on the property were 136 pair of jeans, numerous pairs of new shoes, 3 lawn mowers, 4 line trimmers, 2 chain saws, 2 leaf blowers, Kobalt hand tools, 2 pressure washers, hedge trimmer, numerous Washington EBT cards, stolen gift cards, and a firearm stolen in a 2008 Richland case.  Over $40,000 in cash was scattered throughout the house.  Stolen property has an estimated value of over $20,000.

This case is part of a continuing retail theft and fraud investigation.  Members of Kroger Corporation (to include Fred Meyer and QFC) played a significant role in the apprehension of this individual and continue to be partners in combatting organized retail theft.
For additional information contact Capt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362.

Friday, June 13, 2014

California Murder Suspect Arrested in Richland

The information below (updated this morning) was released by the Madera County  Sheriff's Office.

RE:  AHWAHNEE MAN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER CAPTURED IN WASHINGTON
 
Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson this afternoon announced Adrian Joseph Reyes, wanted for attempted murder, is behind bars -- captured shortly after 10 AM June 12 in Richland, WA. 

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for the 29-year old Ahwahnee man following a violent attack on another man in Coarsegold in April.

Both Reyes and 20-year old Robert Lee Huber, of Oakhurst, were both wanted for robbing a man, beating him, and then shooting him during the early morning hours of April 2. 

Huber was captured last month by Metro Police in Las Vegas. He was extradited to Madera on May 28 and promptly booked into Madera County Department of Corrections, where he remains on a no-bail hold. 

As for Reyes, a tip to Crime Stoppers in Washington, led to his arrest. Because the fugitive was considered armed and dangerous, several law enforcement agencies were called in to assist in his apprehension. 

HOW THEY CAPTURED MADERA COUNTY’S MOST WANTED & DANGEROUS FUGITIVE 

At round 4 pm June 11, the Kennewick Police Department, which also coordinates the regional Crime Stoppers Tip line for that part of Washington State, received a tip that Reyes could be found hiding in a house located on Davenport Street in Richland. 

Kennewick Police immediately notified Richland Police, who in turn coordinated with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. 

Recognizing the danger that Reyes possibly posed, the agencies worked together to quickly organize a multi-agency team to carry out the operation. 

Teams involved in his apprehension included: Fugitive Task Force Officers with the US Marshals Service, Richland PD’s Street Crimes Unit and Field Operations staff, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Kennewick Police, and the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team. 

Shortly before 10 AM June 12, Reyes was spotted leaving the house on Davenport Street. He then got into his car and drove off. When Officers tried to pull him over, he took off at a high rate of speed, then pulled into the parking lot of nearby Fran Rish Stadium.  Reyes ditched the car, and led officers on a foot chase through the parking lot, then through a commercial district in the city, where the chase finally ended when he, quite literally, ran straight into the arms of officers.   

Reyes was taken into custody without incident and transported to Benton County jail where he was booked for felony eluding and obstruction. He remains jailed awaiting extradition to Madera County on murder charges. 

Meantime, Sheriff John Anderson commended the excellent work of all sworn personnel involved.  And, he also credits Crime Stoppers for helping to clear this case.

With the advent of social media, he says, “Let this arrest be a warning to all fugitives:  you can run, but you can no longer hide.”
 
Erica Stuart, Madera County Sheriff's Office public Information Officer provided the body of the information quoted above. Her office number is 559-675-7976.
 
For additional information, contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Richland Police Arrest Subject for Drug Violation


Arrested:  Corby, Ricky L., 36 YOA, Pasco Resident
 
On 6/1/14 at 4:55 A.M., Ricky L. Corby was contacted by the Richland Police, sitting in a parked car on Columbia Center Blvd. near Tapteal Dr.  A citizen observed Corby sitting in the car apparently passed out.  He was the only person in the vehicle.
Officers arrived and observed Corby in the above condition.  He was contacted by the officers and a baggy containing a powdery substance believed to be Methamphetamine was observed in his hand.  Officers conducted an investigation and subsequently arrested Corby for possession of a controlled substance.  He was booked into the Benton County Jail on a 72-hour felony investigation hold.
Corby’s vehicle was impounded and a search warrant was obtained.  The vehicle was searched and the baggie was recovered, containing approximately 10 grams of suspected Methamphetamine.  The substance will be sent to the state crime lab for testing.  Officers are continuing their investigation into this incident.
 
For additional information, contact Capt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Armed Robbery Update

Suspect vehicle identified on video in the post below has been located.  The vehicle is not part of the robbery and is no longer wanted by police.

Armed Robbery

Suspect #1:  Male, 5'11", 175-185 lbs, gray hoodie, dark pants, white shoes and white gloves.
Suspect #2:  Male, 5'09", 160-170 lbs, black hoodie, dark pants, gray shoes, black and white batting style gloves.

On May 28, 2014 at approximately ll:30 PM two suspects entered the Jack in the Box restaurant, 1491 Tapteal Dr.  One suspect held a black handgun in his left hand, demanded that the employee open the cash register and give him the money inside.  Eventually the till was opened and an undisclosed amount of cash removed.

The subjects fled on foot.  No employees were injured and no shots were fired.  Video is available for media release at the Richland Police Department. 

Further information will be posted on this site as it is processed.

Contact Cpt. Cobb, 509-942-7362, with any additional questions.

Pictures have been attached of a vehicle of interest in the robbery. Anyone with information on the vehicle mat contact Detective Athena Clark at 942-7354 or the non-emergency dispatch number at 628-0333.


Friday, May 16, 2014


Arrested: Charron, Rebecca S.  33 Richland Resident

 

Charges: Aggravated Assault, Firearms Violations

 

Synopsis: On 5/16/14 at 1339 hours, Richland Police were dispatched to the 7-11 at 2411 George Washington Way for a disturbance involving a firearm. Officers arrived and secured the area. They were able to determine the following: Rebecca Charron was the parent of a juvenile female at the scene. The juvenile female had been involved with a male student from Hanford High School, which she also attended. The two had broken off their relationship, which had led to a series of ongoing problems between them. Charron felt her daughter was being harassed by the male student. On this date, she went to the school and waited in the parking lot. Her daughter left the school grounds without any problems.

 

Nothing occurred at the school.

 

Both Charron and her daughter drove past the 7-11 on George Washington Way. Charron observed the juvenile male in the parking lot. She drove into the parking lot and confronted him. She displayed a semi-automatic handgun, while still in the holster, pointed it at the male, and made a comment to the effect of, “Don’t make me use this.” Multiple witnesses confirmed the event and there were several 911 calls made to the police. Charron returned to her vehicle and waited for a police response. She was subsequently taken into custody for Assault 2nd degree and for carrying a loaded firearm onto school grounds without a concealed weapons permit.

 

No one was hurt during the incident.

 

For additional information, please contact Corporal Erik Lundquist at 942-7716 or 628-0333 or Captain Michael Cobb at 942-7362

Friday, May 9, 2014

Suspicious fire

On 5/7/14 at 1:00 PM, Richland Police investigated a suspicious fire that occurred in the area of Davison and Newcomer.  An incendiary device commonly known as a “Molotov cocktail” was set on fire in the roadway near the intersection.  A passerby saw the fire and put it out.  The device appeared to be a glass container with a flammable substance inside.

A witness in the area observed the suspect on a bicycle and described him as a 14-18 year of age white male with shaggy brown hair.  The male fled on the bicycle, last seen westbound on Newcomer.

There is information to believe that the suspect may have been burned on the left arm or hand area, to what degree is unknown.  RPD is seeking assistance in identifying any teenage males fitting the description of the suspect with suspicious burns on the left hand and arm.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Richland Police Detective Dean Murstig at 509-942-7798. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Level III Sex Offender Status Change

Jeffrey Dean Smith
35 year of age white male
5'08", 235 lbs, brown hair, hazel eyes
Transient - Benton County


 
Convictions:
Indecent Liberties - Fort Knox, KY, 07/08/2011
Aggravated Sexual Abuse - Fort Knox, KY, 07/08/2011
 
Smith was a resident of Richland but is now registered as a TRANSIENT in Benton County.  Smith's crimes were committed against an adult female while serving in the U.S. Army.  Smith was originally rated a Level I sex offender but raised to a Level II after multiple reports of him making inappropriate sexual comments towards citizens and young children while facilitating the Horn Rapids Community Pool.  Smith's level was raised to a Level III after reports of his continued inappropriate behavior and the fact that he is now living as a TRANSIENT. Smith is NOT currently on Department of Corrections supervision.
 
SMITH IS NOT WANTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.  THIS IS FOR
INFORMATION ONLY.


·   The treatment of sexual offenders does not guarantee they will or will not commit another offense.
·   This information is provided in accordance with RCW 4.24.550.  The Richland Police Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live.  Unless court ordered restrictions exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he chooses.
·   Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.  Such abuse could end our ability to do community notifications.
·   The Sexual Assault Response Center is available 24 hours a day to provide advocacy, information, referrals, and crisis intervention for victims of sexual violence.  Please give them a call for support or information pertaining to sexual assault at 374-5391.
 
For additional information and safety tips regarding registered sex offenders in your area log into the Benton County Web site at www.co.benton.wa.us or contact Richland Police Department Detective Athena Clark at 509-942-7354 or by email at aclark@ci.richland.wa.us
 
Media contacts should call Cpt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Robbery at Richland Kohl's

Suspect: Hafer, Daniel D., 30 YOA, 5'-11", 170 lbs, brown hair, hazel eyes, Kennewick resident
(photo of suspect below) 
Richland Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Richland Kohl’s on Tapteal Drive.  On 4/24/14 at 11:53 AM, a male later identified as Daniel Hafer, was observed by a Kohl’s employee shoplifting store merchandise.  He attempted to leave the store without paying for the items and was confronted by the employee.  Hafer fled on foot and the employee followed.  Hafer told the employee that he had a gun but none was displayed.  Hafer was last seen in the area of Columbia Center Blvd. and Fowler. 
Officers investigating the incident were able to identify Hafer as the suspect.  Hafer is currently wanted by the Richland Police Department for Robbery 2nd.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Emergency Dispatch Center at 509-628-0333. 
For additional information, contact Capt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362
 
Suspect:  Daniel D. Hafer


 

Stolen Vehicle Recovered In Richland

Arrested:  Allen, Angela D., 43 YOA, Kennewick resident 

Arrested:  Miller, Kristina G.   45 YOA, Kennewick resident  


On 4/23/14 at 12:47 PM, Richland Police observed a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder traveling south on George Washington Way near Swift.  The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Kennewick.  Officers stopped the vehicle on I-182 near the Columbia River Bridge. 

The vehicle was occupied by two females, later identified as Angela Allen who was driving and Kristina Miller, the passenger.  They were both taken into custody without incident.  After being taken into custody, Miller was found to be possessing a substance believed to be methamphetamine.  Allen stated that the vehicle was loaned to her by another person.  The vehicle has been impounded and officers are seeking a search warrant. 

Allen was booked into the Benton County Jail on a 72-hour investigation hold for possession of a stolen vehicle.  Miller was booked into the Benton County Jail on a 72-hour investigation hold for possession of a controlled substance.  The investigation is continuing. 
 
For additional information, contact Capt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scam Alert

The Richland Police Department has received several calls today in reference to a well known scam.  Individuals are receiving telephone calls allegedly from the IRS.  The number provided is 585-444-7053 x2.  People who call the number are put forward to a voicemail and the majority of times its a males voice that has a heavy accent.  When you leave your name and number someone calls you back and requests your personal information. This is a common scam that has occurred nationwide.  If you receive this type of call please do not call it.  As with any scam we recommend you never provide personal information to anyone especially over the telephone. For more information or to learn how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud visit:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-Wants-You-to-Know-About-Schemes,-Scams-and-Cons:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Richland Man Arrested for Rape of Child


Arrested: Callahan, Alexander B. 24 yoa, Richland resident


On 3/24/14, Richland Police investigated an allegation regarding the sexual assault of child. The investigation revealed that Alexander Callahan is believed to have had sexual contact with a child known to him, on multiple occasions and over an extended period of time. 

Callahan was arrested on 3/25/14 without incident and booked into the Benton County Jail on a felony investigation hold for Rape of a Child 1st Degree. Richland Detectives are continuing with the investigation. There is no additional information available at this time. 

Questions regarding this case can be directed to Captain Mike Cobb, 942-7362.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DEA Drug Take Back April 26th from 10 AM to 2 PM

Richland PD will again be participating in the bi-annual DEA Drug Take Back Program.  The Spring event is scheduled for April 26th from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Richland Police Station located at 871 Geo WA Way.  All prescription and over the counter medications are accepted.  We will not accept needles of any kind, or liquids that are not in the original container and closed or sealed.  If you have any questions about the event contact Ofc. Richard Kane at 509-942-7636.  For more information on the DEA Drug Diversion Program visit: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

Friday, March 14, 2014

Home Invasion Robbery------ Richland Police #14-04534

On  3-11-14 at 1945 hours, a masked male unlawfully entered a residence in Richland in the 2400 block of Duportail street, displayed a handgun, and robbed the occupants of their Cash and Electronics. Accompanied by others, the robber fled by vehicle into Kennewick.

Several eye witnesses gave Officers descriptions and leads to follow.

On 3-13-14, Richland Detectives arrested Brandon Robert Eisen a 24 YOA male from Kennewick for First degree Robbery.

Currently wanted for questioning, Richland Police are looking for Cameron Anthony Schuoler, 25 YOA, Male, Black, 6'02" 205 lbs. Black hair and brown eyes.

Also wanted is a Maroon colored 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara Wa. license plate 346YVD

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Schuoler should contact police dispatch 509-628-0083.

Sgt. Kevin Berger
509-528-0429

Monday, March 10, 2014

Armed Subject Arrested in Richland


Arrested:  Ozuna, Robert L.; 26 year of age male, Outlook, WA resident
Charges:  Four counts of Assault 2, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Synopsis:

On 3-10-2014, at about 5:50 AM Richland officers responded to a call of a man with a gun in the area of the 1300 block of Williams Blvd.  According to the reporting party a subject, later identified as Robert Ozuna, was visiting friends.  An argument ensued and Ozuna pulled out a revolver and pointed it at several people.  He also threatened to shoot some of the subjects in the home. 
Residents were able to talk Ozuna into leaving the house and called 911.  Responding officers, assisted by a BCSO K-9 unit could not locate Ozuna.

At about 7:30 AM a neighbor several houses down from the original call contacted 911 and reported that a subject fitting Ozuna’s description was hiding in the back yard.  Officers went to the location and found Ozuna hiding in the yard.  A loaded, .38 caliber revolver was found near him.  The revolver was reported to be stolen out of Soap Lake, WA.  Ozuna is a convicted felon and a gang member.
Ozuna was taken into custody without further incident.  After consultation with the Benton County Prosecutor’s office he was booked into the Benton County jail on the above charges.

For additional information, contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Residential Burglaries Increase

Since February 2, 2014 Richland has had 11 residential burglaries where a door has been left open or was unlocked at the time the crime occurred. Several happened during daylight hours.  Items taken from the residences include electronics (flat screen TV's, phones, stereos, tablet computers), cameras, jewelry and assorted other items.

In central Richland a number of vehicles have been prowled and items removed.  Over 80% of the vehicles were unlocked at the time they were entered.

Residents are asked to keep their vehicles and homes locked when they are unattended.  Call 911 if any suspicious people are seen trying doors or approaching houses in unusual ways.

For more information contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Spring Crime Resistant Community Living Course


The Spring Crime Resistant Community Living Course is being held April 15, 2014. This program is sponsored by the Kennewick, Pasco and Richland Police Departments. The class is for complex/property managers, landlords and Realtors. Attached is the registration form. Details reguarding the class are listed on the form.

What is CRCL? The program provides free training for property owners and landlords to help provide safe, crime resistant rental communities for all residents.

Program Goals
•Develop a partnership between the police department, property owners and residents
•Keep drugs and other criminal activity out of residential rental property
•Maintain the quality of our communities and neighborhoods

Program Topics
•Applicant screening and active management
•Graffiti and gang problems
•Leases, rental agreements and the crime-free lease addendum
•Warning signs of drugs and other criminal activities
•Working with the police

The CRCL program is a one day, eight hour program and is offered twice a year, typically in April and October. Contact the program coordinator, Officer Richard Kane at (509) 942-7636 for more information.

 


 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Vehicle Theft / Felony Eluding Suspect Arrested

Arrested:  Roberts, Anthony O.; 40 year of age male, transient
Charges:  Possession of a stolen vehicle (2 counts), Felony Eluding, Hit and Run Attended, Trespass


On 2-7-2014 at approximately 11:30 AM members of the Richland PD Street Crimes Unit received information that Anthony Roberts was at the Airport Motel on 4th Street in Pasco.

Assisted by members of the Pasco PD Street Crimes Unit and the United States Marshall's Service, Roberts was contacted and taken into custody.

Roberts was booked into the Benton County jail on the above listed charges.

This arrest was the result of a pursuit that was initiated on February 4, 2014.  Roberts was in the parking lot of Fred Meyer, 101 Wellsian Way, and broke into a car.  He fled the scene in a stolen Chevrolet pickup towing a stolen utility trailer.  Roberts hit another occupied vehicle as he fled the parking lot.  A short vehicle pursuit terminated on Carrier Way and Roberts fled on foot.

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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Metal Theft Suspect Arrested in Richland


Arrested:  Irwin, Patrick L; 60 year of age male, Richland address
Charges:  Trespass 2nd Degree, Theft, Destruction of Private Property

Arrested:  Halka, James B.; 47 year of age male, Richland address
Charge:  Misdemeanor warrant for Theft 3rd Degree

Synopsis:
On 1-27-14, at about 11:10 AM RPD officers were dispatched to a call of a suspicious person in the area of Leslie Road and Columbia Park Trail.  A male subject was seen walking in the area carrying a large power saw.  The area is owned by the Columbia Irrigation District (CID) and much of the land is posted with No Trespassing signs.

Officers stopped a truck leaving the area that was driven by Irwin.  The truck had a number of pieces of metal including some grating made out of rebar that appeared to have been freshly cut.  Irwin claimed to have been given permission to remove metal from the area by the irrigation district.  When contacted, CID staff informed investigators that no permission was given for anyone to be in the area.  It appeared that Irwin had used the gas powered metal saw to cut grates from the canals owned by CID.
Officers saw a large amount of metal in the bed of the truck Irwin was driving.  He claimed that he had scavenged the metal from construction sites around the Tri-Cities and most recently from two near the Convention Center.  Employees from both construction sites said that they had given Irwin permission to remove specific items from the sites while under their supervision but that he was not to trespass on their property without their presence.  From receipts found in the truck it appears as if Irwin is a frequent customer at Pacific Recycling and brought 152,362 pounds of material to them in 2013.  The brown Ford truck driven by Irwin should not be on unattended construction sites.
Irwin was arrested on the above charges.  Hulka, a passenger in the truck, had a warrant for his arrest.  Both males were booked into the Benton County Jail.

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pictures of Bank Robbery Suspects





These photographs were taken from Numerica Credit Union cameras positioned inside the branch.  It shows two of the three suspects.  All are wearing black shirts and masks.

If anyone recognizes any attributes of these subjects, call Richland Police at 509-628-0333.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Level III Sex Offender Notification

Campbell, Gy Alan
48 year of age white male
5'05", 195 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes
Address:  600 block of Birch Richland, WA








Convictions:    
Rape of a Child in the 3rd degree – 11/22/91 – Benton County, WA
Communication with a minor for immoral purposes – 05/08/96– Benton County, WA
Failure to register as a sexual offender – 09/09/10 – Benton County, WA
Failure to register as a sexual offender – 09/01/11 – Benton County, WA

NOTES:         Campbell was recently released from prison and resides with his parents in the 600
                        block of Birch.  Campbell’s victims included minor females between the ages of 7-15
                        that were known to him.  Campbell is currently on Department of Corrections
                        supervision, supervised by Sharon Roybal.  Campbell has specific restrictions per his
                        DOC guidelines. Campbell has not completed any sexual offender treatment
                        programs, has a history of Psychological disorders and drug and alcohol abuse. 
 
CAMPBELL IS NOT WANTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.  THIS IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

CAMPBELL HAS BEEN TRESPASSED AND IS PROHIBITED FROM BEING ON ANY/ALL CITY PARKS, SCHOOLS AND THEIR GROUNDS LIBRARIES IN BENTON AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES

·         The treatment of sexual offenders does not guarantee they will or will not commit another
        offense. 

·         This information is provided in accordance with RCW 4.24.550.  The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live.  Unless court ordered restrictions exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he chooses.

·         Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.  Such abuse could end our ability to do community notifications.

·         The Sexual Assault Response Center is available 24 hours a day to provide advocacy, information, referrals, and crisis intervention for victims of sexual violence.  Please give them a call for support or information pertaining to sexual assault at 374-5391.

A community notification meeting will be held at the Richland Police Department on February 7, 2014 at 1800 hours for those interested in additional information about sexual offenders.

For additional information and safety tips regarding registered sex offenders in your area log into the Benton County Web site at www.co.benton.wa.us or contact Richland Police Department Detective Athena Clark at 509-942-7354 or email aclark@ci.richland.wa.us.
 
Media representative should call Cpt. Mike Cobb, 942-7262