Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct information that was unclear in a police press release.
A 21-year-old man received minor injuries when he confronted three suspects who had broken into his neighbor's garage.
Kennewick police were called just after 3:30 a.m. Saturday for a residential burglary in the 1800 block of West 16th Avenue.
Matthew E. Thorton told dispatchers he had seen three teenage boys go into his next-door neighbor's garage, according to police.
The homeowner was Kenneth Maike, 79.
Thorton then confronted the burglars and was assaulted by the boys. He was hit in the stomach and head before the teens took off on foot, police said.
Officers and a police dog searched the neighborhood but couldn't find the suspects.
Cpl. Glenn Ball said the department is thankful Thorton's injuries were minor. He received bruises, scrapes and bumps but did not go to the hospital for treatment.
"We're always grateful for folks that are good observers for us," Ball told the Herald. "But it is really important a lot of times when people do see a crime occur, that they stay in a safe place, stay on the phone (with a dispatcher) and let the Kennewick Police Department come and do an investigation. In this particular case it was an in-progress crime."
"We're not asking them to be meek or mild; we're asking them to be safe," he added. "We are truly committed to our citizens' safety."
The suspects are described as white males, 15 to 18 years old, about 5-foot-8 to 6 feet tall, and all wearing jeans and dark clothing.
One suspect had orange hair in a Mohawk style, and another wore a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with a large marijuana leaf on the back of the hood, the news release said.
Kennewick police are asking for anyone who has information on the burglary or the suspects to contact the department's front desk at 585-4208 or through the non-emergency dispatch line at 628-0333.
Tips can be made through Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 586-8477, 800-222-8477 or online at www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
Officer's finger broken while trying to stop fight
SUNNYSIDE -- A Sunnyside officer's finger was broken early Sunday as police tried to break up multiple fights at a dance hall.
The call came in at 12:45 a.m. about a brawl involving 20 people at Sunnyside's Form Dance Hall. Given the large number of people at the 1818 Morgan Road building, Sunnyside police got assistance from Yakima County sheriff's deputies, Washington State Patrol troopers and officers from Granger, Mabton and Grandview.
Yessenia Verduzco, 20, of Condon, Ore., and Margarita Alvarez, 41, of Twin Falls, Idaho, were arrested for their alleged involvement in the initial fight. Security officers at the dance hall reportedly told police that the original fight sparked multiple others, according to a Sunnyside police news release.
Authorities were clearing the dance hall when another fight broke out.
An officer was trying to detain Leonel Ramos when he fought back, causing a minor cut on the officer's forehead and breaking a finger on the left hand, the news release said.
A second officer was attacked by a group of females when he came to the aid of the injured officer.
Other officers quickly pushed back the group and removed the crowd. However, authorities reportedly couldn't determine who assaulted the second officer because of the large number of people.
Sunnyside police did not release the names or any other information on the two officers, but said the injured officer was treated at a local hospital and released.
Verduzco was cited for disorderly conduct and released.
Alvarez and Ramos were booked for disorderly conduct and set to appear before a judge to address bail. Ramos, 30, of Mabton also was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and two counts of fourth-degree assault.
-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; email@example.com