A West Richland man wanted on seven warrants reportedly gave police several names and birth dates when they questioned him about being in a stranger's backyard.
Terry Ty Kuhlman, 30, was suspected of parking a stolen truck in a Kennewick neighborhood, only to be seen later on a nearby property.
After his April 5 arrest, he allegedly tried to attack an officer while being checked out at a Tri-City hospital.
Kuhlman pleaded innocent last week in Benton County Superior Court to possession of a stolen vehicle, second-degree criminal trespass and third-degree assault. His trial is June 4.
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Kuhlman's bail was set at $25,000.
Court documents claim Kuhlman took the keys to a 1992 white Jeep Cherokee, that apparently belonged to an acquaintance, after he used them to retrieve some of his own items from the Jeep on April 2.
The Jeep was found three days later parked on South Alder Place with stolen license plates, documents said.
Kennewick police were called that same day when a man noticed Kuhlman apparently hiding in his backyard.
When Kuhlman was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, he gave several fake names but officers eventually were able to identify him using a photo, court documents said. That's when officers discovered Kuhlman had seven arrest warrants, including one for failing to register as a sex offender.
He was convicted in 2000 of third-degree child molestation and in 1996 of communication with a minor for immoral purposes, according to Herald records. He has been classified as a Level 3 sex offender, meaning he is considered highly likely to reoffend.
Before booking Kuhlman into the Benton County jail, police took him to the hospital to be checked since "he appeared to be under the influence of something," documents said.
At the hospital, Kuhlman allegedly stood up, put his head down and charged at Officer Aaron Hamel, trying to knock him over. Hamel was able to avoid being hit and was able to get him handcuffed.
Man pleads innocent to second-degree burglary
A 44-year-old Kennewick man with a lengthy record of breaking into storage units has a new case after police reported catching him inside a West Richland storage locker.
Arthur August Nelson pleaded innocent to one count of second-degree burglary. His trial is June 4.
Police were sent April 4 to West Richland Storage Units, 5506 W. Van Giesen St., after a witness reported seeing a man rattling locks on unit doors, court documents said.
Officers allegedly found Nelson inside a unit with evidence that it had been broken into.
"He told the officers he had just shot himself up with methamphetamine," documents said.
Once he was placed under arrest, police reportedly found two padlocks on Nelson.
The owner of the unit where Nelson was found arrived at the scene and reported that his guns and tools were missing.
Nelson's previous burglary convictions include 21 counts from a rash of Kennewick storage-shed burglaries in summer 1999. More than 200 break-ins were reported that summer, and Nelson was identified as the leader of the burglary ring that stole the goods and then sold the loot at yard sales, Herald records show.
Nelson, then 32, originally was charged with 38 counts in that case but some of the victims chose not to testify at his trial and a number of break-ins could not be linked to him, records show. He was sentenced in 2000 to five years in prison.