Kennewick police make high-risk stop, arrest car theft suspect who allegedly threatened victim with hammer

Image credit: Kennewick Police Department, Facebook

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Four days after the suspect allegedly robbed a known victim of their car, Kennewick police officers made a high-risk stop to bring the man into custody after the stolen vehicle was spotted.

According to a Facebook post from the Kennewick Police Department, officers responded to the area of E 13th Avenue and S Washington Street around 1:15 p.m. on June 9, 2022 for reports of a car robbery. When they arrived, they made contact with a victim who claimed to know the person who made threats and took their vehicle.

The suspect is accused of striking the victim with a skateboard, producing a hammer and threatening him with it. Probable cause was established for the suspect, who is a man in his 40s from the area. He was wanted for assault to the second degree and theft of a motor vehicle.

On Monday, June 13 around 6:40 a.m., a Kennewick police officer spotted the stolen vehicle and suspect near the intersection of S Washington St & W 10th Ave. Backup was called to the scene and KPD crews conducted a high-risk stop to force the vehicle to a halt.

The man in his 40s was apprehended without incident and booked into the Benton County Jail for the aforementioned charges.

“Great work by our Patrol Officers who took another auto theft suspect into custody,” the social media post stated. “With auto thefts on the rise, we will continue to investigate vehicle thefts and hold offenders accountable.”


READ: WSP investigating wrong-way driver that sent two people to hospital