A 16-year-old transient found intoxicated and passed out in a central Richland resident’s yard Friday was arrested Saturday after he was connected to several recent home burglaries.
Burglaries were reported in the area around the 200 block of Douglass Avenue beginning Nov. 27, a Richland police release said. The suspect entered the homes while residents slept. However, one resident woke and found the teen in her home on Nov. 28. He threatened her with a large flashlight before fleeing with property he had stolen from the home.
Richland police conducted a search for the suspect with the help of a K-9 unit from Pasco police and tracked him to the 300 block of Goethals Avenue but were unable to find him because of high winds. A couple hours later, though, another neighbor in the area called police to report a suspicious male, later found laying down in a yard.
The suspect was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center and was identified as the burglar found in a home earlier that day by the woman he allegedly threatened. A search warrant for a home in the 300 block of Goethals Avenue connected to the suspect yielded stolen property from three neighborhood burglaries.
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Police went back to the hospital Saturday to arrest him but he had left the hospital. He was later found where police had tracked him to the day before but fled when officers found him. A K-9 unit from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office helped track down the suspect, who assaulted the dog and officers before he was arrested.
The transient was booked into the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center on suspicion of robbery, residential burglary and assault on a police officer.