Felon made false bomb threats in Richland during standoff with SWAT

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RICHLAND, Wash. — What began as a simple call to arrest a man with a felony warrant drew the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team as the male suspect allegedly called in false bomb threats in an attempt to distract the law enforcement that was pursuing him.

According to a social media notice from the Richland Police Department, officers and SWAT teams were called to a residence in Richland on the morning of June 2, 2022, to make contact with the wanted man.

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Early reports indicated that he barricaded himself inside a building in a failed attempt to elude arrest.

Police have reason to believe that the suspect then called in false bomb threats while barricaded inside to divert the attention of Richland police officers and the regional SWAT team. This attempt failed as they remained on the scene to bring him into custody.

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Eventually, the wanted man decided it would be best to surrender himself to law enforcement without any further incident. He was later identified as 32-year-old Anthony Reyes and faces separate charges for his outstanding warrant, simple assault (domestic violence) and bomb threats.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are revealed to the public.

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