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

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.

·   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 or contact Richland Police Department Detective Athena Clark at 509-942-7354 or by email at
Media contacts should call Cpt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362.