Teenager punched Kennewick police officer in the face after lurking on private property

Image credit: Kennewick Police Department, Facebook

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Reports of a suspicious person trespassing in someone’s backyard came to a head when the teenage suspect struck a Kennewick police officer’s face on Monday morning.

According to a social media alert from the Kennewick Police Department, patrol officers were dispatched to reports of a subject who wandered into someone’s backyard near S Cedar Pl & E 8th Pl around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 16.

The initial call came from a concerned citizen who watched as the female suspect lingered around their residence. Patrol officers got a brief description and located the suspicious woman in the area of E 10th Ave & S Alder Pl.

Officers learned that the suspect was a 19-year-old woman. They claim that she was quite confrontational when approached despite the officers’ initial attempt at de-escalating the conversation.

She grew more frustrated, eventually opting to ball her hand up into a fist and punch a Kennewick police officer in the face. The officer suffered a minor injury but otherwise, is expected to be fine.

However, the teen was immediately placed into custody and booked into the Benton County Jail for a Class C felony charge of assault to the third degree.

So what’s the moral of the story? Punching a cop in the face is never going to work out in your favor.

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


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