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.