Kennewick police are warning about a scam that makes people think the call is from 911.
A Kennewick woman said she got numerous calls Thursday morning, and when her husband checked the caller ID, it said the calls were from "Emergency911calling," said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police crime prevention specialist.
The caller had a distinctive accent and claimed he was with Kennewick police.
The caller then demanded information about a man and said if she didn't provide it, the man would be arrested on a federal warrant, Blatman said.
The woman then was told to call 910-685-7393, but she and her husband knew it was a scam and didn't call.
Kennewick officers did, however, just to check it out and found it is a number associated with numerous fraud scams across the country.
While this scam didn't immediately start with a request for money, Blatman said that likely is where it would have headed, with the caller threatening to send officers to arrest the man in question if the couple didn't follow their demands.
"Nobody from 911 is going to call and ask for that," he said. "And it's typically not going to be an officer calling to (find out where someone is) with a warrant. They'll come in person."
Anyone who gets a call from someone claiming to be an officer can always say they'll call them back and either call the department directly, or contact the dispatch center through the nonemergency number and ask for the officer. In Benton County that number is 628-0333.
Kennewick police urge people to remember they should never give out personal or financial information over the phone unless they originated the call.
Police catch Pasco suspect on the lam
A Pasco assault suspect, who has been on the lam for more than two months, couldn't outrun Benton County sheriff's deputies Friday.
Deputies got a call at 5:45 p.m. that Isidro Licon, 24, was at a home in the 6300 block of Victoria Avenue and was leaving in a black Yukon SUV, said sheriff's Sgt. Bob Brockman.
Licon has had a warrant out for his arrest since Feb. 10, after he allegedly was involved in a gang-related assault at a Pasco apartment.
He also reportedly shot another man in the face earlier that same day.
After getting a tip Friday about Licon, deputies spotted the SUV driving east on Canal Drive at Kellogg Street, Brockman said.
They followed the Yukon as it turned onto Buchanan Avenue and pulled into a parking lot near a four-plex unit.
Licon, who was in the back passenger seat, jumped out and ran through the apartment complex, Brockman said.
He jumped a couple of fences over to Cleveland Street and ran toward the Department of Social and Health Services building.
Licon was caught when he turned around and jumped back over the fence on Cleveland, Brockman said.
Deputies saw Licon had a gun in his waistband, which he lost during the chase, but officers recovered it.
Licon was arrested after the 15-minute chase and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of being a felon possessing a firearm.
The driver of the SUV, Deanna Sanchez Silva, 23, of Pasco, was arrested in connection with obstruction and driving with a suspended license.
Her 7-year-old daughter was in the vehicle.