Thursday, August 28, 2014

Urgent- Missing 5 year old from Sacajewea Elementary

UPDATE:  We have found the child.  Thank you everyone for sharing this information!  We posted this live as it was happening.  Your help is appreciated beyond explanation.

Ref: 14-17307



We have a missing 5 year-old boy from Sacajawea Elementary.  Please be on the lookout for a Hispanic male named Antonio Aguilar. 


 Was dropped off at the school at 0800 hours and never arrived to class.  If you have information please contact dispatch at 628-0333 or Ofc. Kane at 509-942-7636.


Ofc. Richard Kane 

Community Services, CPTED Specialist

Crime Resistant Community Living/Neighborhood Watch

Richland Police Department

871 Geo WA Way

PO BOX 190, MS-17

Richland, WA 99354

P: 509-942-7636

F: 509-942-7517


Friday, August 8, 2014

Richland Police Standoff 8/8/14

On 8/8/14 Richland Police Units were dispatched to a report of a male subject waving a gun around and drinking alcoholic beverages at Haney Inn 2153 Stevens Drive. The anonymous reporting party believed that the male was angry about something and he was yelling as he was waving the gun around.  The male went into a room at the Inn.


Richland Units arrived at the scene and the subject was identified as Thomas Bulleck a 58 year of age male. Officers attempted to call Bulleck out of the residence but he hung up on officers. Officers at the scene discovered that Bulleck had two children in the residence believed to be approx. 9 and 10 years of age. SWAT officers and hostage negotiators were called to the scene.


Prior to the arrival of the SWAT team, Bulleck came out of the residence and peacefully surrendered to officers. Bulleck was detained and subsequently arrested for displaying a weapon apparently capable of causing bodily harm, reckless endangerment and for obstructing a law enforcement officer. Belleck was booked into the Benton County Jail.


A search warrant of Bulleck’s residence was completed and officers located a realistic looking BB gun and rifle that were believed to have been the weapons displayed.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Can you identify these auto theft suspects?

Can you help us identify these two auto theft suspect's?  We appreciate your help. You may remain anonymous.  Call Ofc. Kane at 509-942-7636, or if after hours you can contact dispatch at 509-628-0333 and an officer will contact you.  Please refer to 14-02.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Richland Electrical Bill Scam

Over the past several weeks there have been a number of phone calls made to citizens of the City of Richland informing customers that their electrical utility bill is overdue and that they must pay at least 1/2 of the balance immediately or have their service shut off.  The caller states that they will accept a Western Union transfer, a credit/debit card, or a pre-paid Green Dot card number.

No calls of this type are being made by the City of Richland.  If their is a delinquency on an account, an automated system will be used to make a notification via telephone but payment will not be demanded at the time of the call.

Citizens are warned that this is a scam and no interruption of their electrical service will occur if they are not delinquent on their utility bill.  Do not provide any credit/debit card information to a solicitor on the phone. 

If there is any doubt about the status of an individual utility bill you may check on line (link is on the City web site, by visiting the finance office at 505 Swift Blvd., or by calling 509-942-1104.

If you have suffered a monetary loss, please call 628-0333 to request an officer contact you to make a report. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

National Night Out and City Fair. Aug 5th from 5 PM to 8 PM

National Night Out and Richland City Fair

A fun family event, that combines two of Richland’s former events into one, will be held on Tuesday, August 5, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in John Dam Plaza.

     City Fair, an exhibition of city services that include big rigs, displays and demonstrations, and National Night Out, which focuses on crime prevention and safety, offer residents a bigger and better community event all rolled up in one.

     The event will include food vendors, live music with the Java Tones, information on all city services and more. You can find out about conservation, city events and activities, speak to a staff or council member, or sit in a police, fire or garbage truck. There will also be a dunk tank, raffle drawing for two children’s bicycles, and free ice cream while it lasts.

     The south parking lot at John Dam Park will be closed for the big rigs, but parking will be available at Richland City Hall or the Federal Building.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Level 3 Sex Offender Notification

Eldhardt, Danny Ray

43 year of age male, 6'02", 230 lbs., Brown Hair and Eyes 
Address:            Kittitas County – KNOWN TO FREQUENT 2021 MAHAN AVENUE, M COURT RICHLAND, WA
Convictions:      Child Molestation 3rd degree – Kittitas Co, WA – 1999
                           Rape of a Child 3rd degree – Kittitas Co, WA - 1992
                           Indecent Liberties – Kittitas Co, WA – 1988
                           Indecent Exposure – Kittitas Co, WA - 1988
                           Indecent  Liberties – Kittitas Co, WA -1986     
NOTES:                 Eldhardt resides in Ronald, WA in Kittitas County, WA however has been frequenting 2021 Mahan M Court in Richland and Kennewick for extended periods of time.  Eldhardt has a significant and persistent sexual history involving minor female’s ages 5-15 years of age.   Eldhardt is considered to have a HIGH RISK to reoffend.  Eldhardt is NOT currently on Department of Corrections supervision. 
·         The treatment of sexual offenders does not guarantee they will or will not commit another offense. 
·         This information is provided in accordance with RCW 4.24.550.  The Richland Police Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live.  Unless court ordered restrictions exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he chooses.
·         Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.  Such abuse could end our ability to do community notifications.
·         The Sexual Assault Response Center is available 24 hours a day to provide advocacy, information, referrals, and crisis intervention for victims of sexual violence.  Please give them a call for support or information pertaining to sexual assault at 374-5391.
For additional information and safety tips regarding registered sex offenders in your area log into the Benton County Web site at or contact Richland Police Department Detective Athena Clark at 509-942-7354 or by email at


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Richland Police Arrest Burglar Exiting Victim's Home

Arrested:  Venegas, Juan P.; 18 year of age male, Yakima address
Charge:  Residential Burglary


At about 8:45 AM today Richland police officers were advised of a 911 call involving a subject beating on the front door of a residence in the 1000 block of Pattyton Lane.  As officers were responding, the call was upgraded to a burglary in progress.  The 18 year old son of the homeowner was inside the house and said that a subject had now broken in and was in the process of stealing their possessions.

The first officer to arrive saw an SUV in the driveway that belonged to the suspect.  As he approached the front door a male, later identified as Venegas, came outside.  In his arms he was holding an X Box, a camera and several game controllers.  The suspect was confronted, dropped what he had been holding and fled back into the residence.  The officer chased the suspect through the house and out of the back door.

The suspect went through a number of back yards.  Officers set up containment and called for the assistance of a Benton County SO K-9 Unit.  The K-9 began tracking the suspect.  As he approached where the suspect was hiding, Venegas put his hands into the air and surrendered.  He was taken into custody without further incident.

The items Venegas had stolen were photographed and returned to the victim.  It appears as if Venegas may have observed the female homeowner leave and decided to burglarize the residence.  Entry was made by prying off a dog door on the exterior of the home.

Venegas was reportedly arrested for a similar crime in Chicago in March of this year.  Chicago PD has been contacted and we are awaiting information on any charges regarding their case.

Venegas was booked into the Benton County jail on charges of Residential Burglary.

Contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362, for additional information.