An 18-year-old babysitter abandoned three children along a busy Kennewick street Thursday when he ran from police.
Leif Hamilton of Kennewick was walking with the kids down West 10th Avenue when a passing police officer recognized him. Hamilton was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a gun theft charge.
He took off running toward the Hawaiian Village Apartments, leaving behind on the sidewalk his friend’s kids, ages 11, 6 and 4.
Several officers chased him into the apartment complex, where he slipped through an open sliding door into an apartment to hide, said Sgt. Joe Jackson.
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Police convinced him to surrender quickly. A woman and her two daughters were in the apartment but were not harmed, said Jackson.
The children left on the sidewalk were found safe and later turned over to a relative.
The apartments are adjacent to Park Middle School, which was locked down for just five minutes, according to school officials.