Sunday, November 30, 2014

South Richland malicious mischief crimes solved


Offenders: 5 juvenile Richland residents were identified through investigation.

Crime: Mal Mis 1st degree


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


Arrested: Naji, Salam  44 year old Richland resident

Crime: 2 counts of indecent liberties


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


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

Crime: Robbery 2nd


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


Arrested: 16 year old transient male

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


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.

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