Richland police got their man on Friday. It just wasn’t the one they were looking for.
Investigators were trying to find two suspects who robbed and kidnapped a man earlier in the day.
The victim reported being put into a car at gunpoint on the 1100 block of Catskill Street in Richland. The kidnappers drove him around, then dropped him off on Catskill Street. He then called 911.
Officers identified the suspects and pinged one of their cellphones, discovering they were at the Heatherstone Apartments, on West 10th Avenue in Kennewick, said Roman Trujillo, Kennewick’s police community relations officer.
Police arrived at an apartment about 1 p.m. and discovered three people inside.
Two came out and were questioned and released. One refused to come outside, even after the threat of sending in a police dog.
Officer from several agencies, including the Tri-City Regional SWAT team, surrounded the apartment for two hours. The Richland Bomb Squad also brought their remote-controlled robot.
Police finally used two flash-bang grenades, which emit a loud noise and bright burst, to stun the man.
That’s when Casey Caprai, 27, of Kennewick, surrendered and was arrested. But he wasn’t who they were after.
“He didn’t want to come out because he had arrest warrants,” said Trujillo. “He is not a suspect in the Richland robbery this morning.”
Caprai was taken to the Benton County jail, and Richland police are still looking for their robbery suspects.
One man is described as 6-foot, medium build, with dirty blond mid-length hair and a goatee. No description was given for the second man.