Police search for person of interest in Kennewick homicide

Tri-City HeraldFebruary 19, 2014 

Police searched this house on East Second Avenue on Wednesday for a person of interest in a December homicide in Kennewick.

TYLER RICHARDSON, TRI-CITY HERALD

— Authorities searched a Kennewick home Wednesday night for a person of interest in the stabbing death of Gerardo Villamar Jr.

Villamar was stabbed in the back on Christmas Eve as he walked with his cousins near East Second Avenue and Beach Street. He died a short time later at a hospital.

Police searched a home Wednesday on East Second Avenue near where the stabbing took place.

They were looking for a person of interest in the December homicide, Cmdr. Scott Child said. Police did not find the person they were looking for.

When authorities arrived at the house, a person inside refused to come out, Child said. Police called in members of the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team and the person was arrested.

Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call Kennewick police at 509-628-0333.

A wanted Richland man reportedly led police on a short chase Wednesday through Pasco before crashing into another vehicle.

An unmarked patrol vehicle tried to stop a car allegedly driven by Anthony A. Rosales, 22, near Seventh Avenue and Court Street, police said. Rosales sped from police and led them on a short chase.

The car ended up crashing near Eighth Avenue and Lewis Street, said Capt. Jim Raymond. Rosales, along with a passenger, fled.

Rosales was arrested a short time later and booked into the Franklin County jail.

"It appears his reason for not wanting to stop is that he had five active warrants," Raymond said. Longfellow Elementary School was briefly shut down while officers searched for the men.

Raymond said police decided not to arrest the passenger who had fled.

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