Police roundup: Police seek man in attempted robbery of Hermiston convenience store

By Paula Horton, Tri-City HeraldNovember 5, 2012 

A suspect allegedly trying to hold up a Hermiston convenience store ran away before getting any cash when the owner fired a handgun at him, police said.

Hermiston police are now offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

The attempted robbery occurred at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Tienda la Comadre.

"Nothing was taken from inside the store, but we are treating this as an active investigation for the attempted robbery," said Chief Jason Edmiston.

The suspect, who was wearing dark clothes, including a hooded sweatshirt, gloves and something covering his face, was in the store for only about 5 seconds before running out, Edmiston said.

The 6-foot-tall suspect also had a dark backpack and a weapon that resembled a handgun.

Edmiston said investigators don't know if the weapon was a real firearm, but they are considering the suspect to be extremely dangerous.

The single round fired by the owner struck a wall inside the business and did not hit the suspect, he said.

Officers are also looking for information about a blonde woman in a white car who pulled away from a side street as the suspect ran out of the store.

Detectives don't know if the woman is connected to the suspect, but they are trying to find her to see what she may have observed, Edmiston said.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the woman can call Hermiston police Administrative Lt. Travis Eynon at 541-567-5519.

1-year-old girl injured in rollover

A 1-year-old Kennewick girl is at a Spokane hospital after the car she was in rolled over on Highway 397 in Finley, the Washington State Patrol said.

Jaslene Losey is being treated at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

She was in a 1999 Honda Civic, driven by Victor H. Losey, 25, of Kennewick, troopers said.

Losey was going south on Highway 397 when his missed a curve just south of Perkins Road, causing the Civic to go off the road, troopers said.

The Honda landed on its roof about 50 feet off the road.

Losey and Jaslene were properly restrained, troopers said.

Losey was treated at Kennewick General Hospital.

The cause of the crash, which happened at noon Sunday, is under investigation.

2 teenagers injured in rollover

Two Yakima Valley teens were injured Saturday when the car they were in went of Interstate 82 and rolled.

The crash happened in the westbound lanes of I-82 about 3 miles east of Prosser around 5:50 p.m., the Washington State Patrol said.

Cassidy Kopp, 16, Toppenish, was driving a 1990 Mazda Protege when she missed a curve on the highway and went off the road into the median.

Kopp and her passenger, Jonathan McNamara, 18, of Yakima, were treated at PMH Medical Center in Prosser. Both were wearing seat belts.

Troopers said the cause of the crash was inattention.

-- Paula Horton: 582-1556; phorton@tricityherald.com

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