Pasco police officer seeks man accused of driving stolen car near gas station

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Image credit: Pasco Police, Facebook

PASCO, Wash. — In a fateful Tuesday night encounter, a police officer locked eyes with an unidentified man inside a gas station convenience store on Road 68. The tension in the air was so thick that you could cut it with a knife. After a brief moment of jarring silence, the man ran away from the officer to keep his secret safe.

According to a social media alert shared by the Pasco Police Department, the man in question was in possession of a stolen vehicle; unbeknownst to the officer at the time of this incident. He allegedly entered the Maverick gas station convenience store at 5505 Road 68 in Pasco around 11:15 p.m. on May 24, 2022.

“Your eyes met his, and for a moment there was something. It may have been that stolen car you had just been driving or maybe something else,” the ‘Missing Connection’ post from Pasco Police read.

The suspect—pictured above in surveillance camera footage obtained by police from the convenience store—wore a hooded Nike sweatshirt, a blue Los Angeles Dodgers cap, grey athletic pants, and white sneakers with grey shoelaces.

While running away was quite suspicious, the officer did not pursue him since he didn’t have probable cause established. Pasco Police soon learned that the suspect was driving in a stolen car containing items that did not belong to the car’s rightful owner.

Pasco police officers are asking for the community’s help identifying this suspect. If you recognize him or have additional information to contribute, you’re urged to contact the PPD’s non-emergency dispatch at 509-628-0333 (reference Case No. 22-025205).

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