RICHLAND -- A 23-year-old Eltopia man who punched, kicked and threatened to kill police officers was shocked with a Taser three times before being handcuffed, police said.
One Richland police officer suffered bruises and scrapes to his arm while trying to detain the man, while the other officer received minor injuries when he was punched in the head, said Officer Erica Tungesvik.
Officers were called to Jokers Casino at 624 Wellsian Way just after midnight Thursday to investigate an incident where one man tried to use another man's identification to enter the casino, Tungesvik said.
The man was trying to use the ID of Jose Elpidio Solorio-Bejar, who already was inside, she said.
After officers talked to Solorio-Bejar and tried to detain him, he took a combative stance and clenched his fists, Tungesvik said.
He then punched one officer in the head and continued to kick and punch the officers, she said.
Solorio-Bejar was shocked with a Taser gun three times before officers were able to handcuff him, she said.
Once handcuffed, Solorio-Bejar continued to try to fight and made numerous threats to kill the officers.
Solorio-Bejar was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of two counts of third-degree assault, resisting arrest and felony harassment for the threats.
Woman, 31, arrested, on forgery, drug charges
A report of a stolen truck spotted in Kennewick helped lead officers to arrest a 31-year-old Kennewick woman for multiple offenses, including forgery and drugs, police said.
Kennewick police got a call at 6:40 p.m. Thursday that a blue Ford pickup that was stolen from Pasco had been seen near the Econo Lodge, 300 N. Ely St., Kennewick, said Officer Tony Valdez.
Patrol officers found the truck abandoned behind the nearby Jiffy Car Wash and some abandoned suitcases in another area, he said.
Officers found Jamie Lee Parsons, 31, and a 32-year-old Idaho man near the truck and they admitted they had been in it, Valdez said.
Investigators also discovered Parsons had a purse that was stolen earlier in the day from a 49-year-old Kennewick woman, and she had used the victim's bank card to access money from her account earlier that day, Valdez said.
Additional stolen property, drugs and drug paraphernalia also were recovered.
Parsons was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of two counts of forgery, one count each of possessing stolen property and possessing meth, and three warrants, including one for bail jumping.
Pendleton police seek information on stabbing
A 46-year-old man was stabbed to death early Friday in Pendleton, and investigators said they had few leads to help them identify a suspect or motive.
The victim was found by Pendleton police around 12:40 a.m. when officers were called to 1307 S.E. Court Place for a report of a person bleeding from the head, said Umatilla County District Attorney Dean Gushwa.
Pendleton Woolen Mills, which makes Native American wool blankets, is at that address.
When officers arrived, they found Allen Anthony Spencer had been stabbed multiple times in his upper torso, neck and face, Gushwa said.
Ambulance crews were not able to revive Spencer, Gushwa said.
Detectives from Pendleton police and Oregon State Police worked through the morning with the OSP Forensics Laboratory and the district attorney's office to collect evidence at the scene.
Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call Pendleton police at 541-276-4411 or the dispatch center at 541-966-3650.
Pasco sex offender sought on warrants
Kennewick police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are searching for a Pasco sex offender who is wanted on four warrants, including DUI and failing to register as a sex offender.
Stefan James Bryce Campbell, 27, is 5-foot-10, 200 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. He has numerous tattoos on his back, legs, arms and shoulders.
He last was known to be living in Pasco and has used the alias Stefan McConnell.
Campbell is charged with failing to register as a sex offender, escape from community custody on an original charge for failing to register as a sex offender, failing to appear for a hearing on a failing to register charge and DUI.
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.
Anyone with information about Campbell's whereabouts is asked to call 586-8477 or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips also can be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
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