Kennewick man accused of raping girls caught in Panama

A Kennewick man is in custody for sexually abusing two girls for several years before fleeing the country.

Clay Vinson Haynes, 46, was captured in Panama on Nov. 16. He’s allegedly raped and molested his the girls for 5 or 6 years at his south Kennewick home.

When detectives began to search for him, they learned he was in California for work.

On Nov. 21, their investigation led authorities to believe Haynes might be in Colorado. They served a search warrant at his home the next day, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

During the search, they found 13 firearms, all illegally owned because Haynes is a felon convicted of drug charges in 2006.

On Nov. 30, authorities obtained a nationwide extradition charging Haynes with 1st degree child rape and molestation.

On Dec. 4, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office learned he had been caught in Panama. He was expelled from Panama as an undesirable and escorted to Miami, Florida.

He is currently being extradited to Benton County from Florida.