Crime

Richland man left shoeless in the snow after kidnapping and robbery

Kidnapping, beating and robbery area in West Richland

Police say three people are in custody after Junior Edmondson, 22, of Richland was allegedly beat, robbed and kidnapped at a home in the area of South 38th Avenue and West Van Giesen Street in West Richland.
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Police say three people are in custody after Junior Edmondson, 22, of Richland was allegedly beat, robbed and kidnapped at a home in the area of South 38th Avenue and West Van Giesen Street in West Richland.

Three people are accused of robbing and beating a Richland man before shoving him out of a car without shoes Wednesday night.

Richland officers found Junior Edmondson, 22, of Richland, walking injured and shoeless in the snow near the Washington State University Tri-Cities campus around 7:30 p.m.

He said he was hanging out with Anthony Lemos, 21, and Josiah Brown, 24, both of Richland, and Zoe Lund, 20, of West Richland, in a home on the 3800 block of Van Giesen Street when a fight broke out.

They allegedly began punching him, took his phone and some other items from a backpack and forced him into a car, Capt. Thomas Grego said.

They drove to an area near the WSU campus and left him there, according to authorities. Richland police found him nearby.

Officers took Edmondson to Kadlec Regional Medical Center and then to the Benton County jail on an unrelated warrant.

West Richland officers began watching the Van Giesen Street home, and about 9 p.m they saw Lemos and Brown get into the car that Edmondson had described. They were pulled over and arrested.

Lund was arrested later at the house.

All are in the Benton County jail on investigative holds for robbery, second-degree assault and kidnapping.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.


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