Man attempts to abduct Pasco woman

By Paula Horton, Tri-City HeraldOctober 27, 2012 

A Pasco woman was able to escape an attempted abduction while walking home from a convenience store, but the suspect still is being sought, police said.

It was about 6 p.m. Thursday when the suspect tried to push the woman, who is in her 40s, into his car, said Pasco police Capt. Jim Raymond.

The woman was walking home down an alley behind the store in the 900 block of Court Street.

The suspect tried to force her into the car, but she was able to pull free and get away unharmed, Raymond said.

The suspect drove off in a white, mid-1990s Honda Accord or similar car, with tinted windows.

Nobody else was seen in the area, so officers believe the suspect was acting alone.

He was described as being Hispanic in his late 30s, about 5-foot-11, with a thin build. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark sweat pants.

Earlier Friday, police released some images of a man that were taken from store surveillance cameras earlier Thursday.

By Friday afternoon, Raymond said the man had been identified and determined not to be involved in the abduction attempt.

2 boat motor thefts reported in Kennewick

Two reported thefts of boat motors this week have Kennewick police officials warning residents to take steps to protect themselves from thieves.

Boat motors were targeted last fall by thieves in the Tri-Cities, with more than two dozen being swiped off boats.

A boat motor was stolen Thursday in the 1900 block of South Washington Street, and Kennewick police spokesman Mike Blatman said it was the second theft this week.

The boat was in a yard at the time and there were no locks on the motor, police said. The suspect cut the cables and fuel line to remove the motor.

It's too soon to know if thieves are targeting motors again, but Blatman said boat owners can try to make it more difficult to steal.

"It's a target of opportunity. The best defense is to make sure they're secured," he told the Herald. "You can't tell people to take them off and store them, so the next best thing is to make it difficult for people to get around them."

If possible, Blatman recommends parking the boat up against the house or something so it's not so easy to access.

Motion-sensor lights also help, he said.

Thieves likely would need a truck to load the motor into, so residents should be alert to vehicles in the area that don't belong -- especially ones backed up to a driveway or near a boat.

Citizens also shouldn't be afraid to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, he said.

Grant County homicides still have no suspects

No suspects have been arrested yet in connection with two homicides in Grant County, but sheriff's officials say they are making progress in the investigations.

The homicides are not related, officials said.

Investigators also have determined that the homicides were not random -- each victim appeared to have been targeted.

Several people have been interviewed in both cases and evidence has been collected, authorities said.

The first homicide victim, whose body was discovered Oct. 16 near Mattawa, has yet to be identified.

The woman, who was shot, appeared to be Hispanic and in her 30s.

Her body was found by a hunter near the Columbia River.

The next day, a Soap Lake man was found dead in a ditch near Moses Lake. Tracy C. Fullbright, 29, also had been shot.

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