Pasco burglary suspect arrested after brandishing hunting knife

PASCO, Wash. — Local law enforcement arrested a suspect who is accused of attempting to break into a home, chasing the homeowner with a large knife and fleeing the scene.

According to a Facebook post by the Pasco Police, the initial incident took place before 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021. Officers responded to a report of a man chasing another with a large knife on the 600-block of S Beech St. When police officers responded to the scene, they were flagged down by the victim — a 56-year-old resident of the block.

The victim told them that he had just returned from the local laundromat when he noticed the suspect attempting to break into his home. He claims to have no prior connection to the burglar. The victim detailed a critical encounter in which the suspect lunged at him with a knife and attempted to harm the man before running off. Pasco police confirm that the man had non-life-threatening injuries to his hands that were “consistent with defense wounds.”

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Neighbors confirmed the victim’s detail of the encounter after watching the incident unfold before their eyes. All the while, police officers were looking for the suspect in the surrounding area. Three officers eventually located the suspect and converged on him with PPD Officer Jones making the arrest.

Before he was captured, the suspect was seen ingesting an unknown substance. Local law enforcement thought he may have swallowed drugs, leading them to bring 32-year-old Edgar Ortiz Hernandez to a nearby hospital for medical evaluation.

After he was cleared by medical professionals, Hernandez was booked into Franklin County Jail on investigative holds for first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

At the time of his arrest, Hernandez was unarmed. Pasco police investigators returned to the region of the crime and eventually recovered a weapon that they believe to be the knife in question. It was retained as evidence by police investigators.

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