Wanted man arrested in West Richland school parking lot after fleeing residence

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. — Following a failed attempt at eluding the police, a wanted man was booked into the Benton County Jail after running out the back door of a West Richland residence when officers showed up at the front door.

This instance was detailed by the West Richland Police Department in a social media post on the evening of May 9, 2022. That night, officers knocked on the suspect’s front door to make contact regarding an outstanding warrant. A long wait followed their knock at the front door, causing West Richland police officers to grow suspicious.

Eventually, a homeowner answered the front door and made contact with a homeowner who was not the wanted man. They told officers that the suspect was not home, but that was quickly deemed a lie when an officer stationed at the back door of the residence observed the wanted man making a break for it through the backyard.

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The suspect allegedly left through a gate and proceeded toward a nearby middle school. Officers then contacted the suspect in the school’s parking lot, where he was informed that he was being brought into custody due to his outstanding warrant.

Officers say the suspect proceeded to flee until a patrol car cut off his escape route, effectively forcing the man to turn himself in without any further incident. While putting him in handcuffs, authorities recovered several knives and a razor blade from the wanted man.

He was brought to the Benton County Jail and booked for his warrant, according to WRPD officials.

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

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