Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Registrations now being accepted for the April Crime Resistant Community Living Class

     The Richland Police Department is now accepting registrations for the Spring Crime Resistant Community Living Course sponsored by KPD, PPD and RPD. The class is being held at the Richland Library located at 955 Northgate Drive, Richland, WA on April 13th from 8 AM to 5 PM. Pre-registration is required. 

     This informative and very popular training for landlords, realtors and property managers is an 8-hour course involving topics such as crime resistant community living, gang & drug recognition, property tenant screening, tenant law and more!  Open to all landlords, realtors and commercial/residential property managers.

Registrations may be mailed to:

Ofc. Rick Kane
Richland Police Department
PO BOX 190, MS-17
Richland, WA 99354

or emailed to rkane@ci.richland.wa.us

Richland Police encourage citizens to be aware of a scam


On 02/02/16, Richland officers received complaints of a scam designed to defraud citizens by threatening to have them arrested.  Officers learned the scammers are calling citizens and telling them they represent a Texas-based law firm who has been contracted with “The local law enforcement agency” to collect outstanding debts.  The scammers pressure the citizen by telling them to make a payment to another vendor or they will be arrested within a couple of hours.  The scam is reported to seem more credible because some of the citizen’s information is known by the scammer.
The Richland Police, Kennewick Police, or the Benton County Sheriff’s Office do not contract with any law firms or third party agencies to collect warrant fines in lieu of arrest.
Posted by:
Sgt. Darryl Judge

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Richland Police arrest another escaped felon in a stolen vehicle

Arrested:  Brian C. Mares   10/28/79   Seattle area resident

Charges:  Felony warrant for escape (original charge-violation of a court order), auto theft, and resisting arrest

Synopsis:  This morning at about 0645 hours, RPD units were dispatched to an auto theft in the 400 block of Smith.  RPD officers learned the suspect had prowled several vehicles in the area before stealing the vehicle.  The same vehicle was used in different crimes throughout the day in the Tri-Cities Area.

At about 1455 hours, RPD officers located the stolen vehicle in the 2100 block of Trippe Street.  When officers attempted to arrest the male he took off running.  Officers caught the male who physically resisted arrest. 

The male was treated at Kadlec and was eventually booked into the Benton County Jail on the above listed charges.

Other charges will follow once those investigations are complete.

Posted by:  Sgt. Darryl Judge

Richland police arrest two wanted subjects after a disturbance

Arrested: Joshua M. Chavez  09/02/87   &  Kayla M. Monk  05/24/88

Charges:  Chavez-Felony warrant for escape (original charge of robbery)
Monk-Felony warrant for escape (original charge of possession of a controlled substance)

Outstanding suspect male: Casey T. Mallone  08/01/91-Felony warrant for escape (original charge of possession of a stolen vehicle and bail jumping)


On 01/19/16, at about 0610 hours, Richland Police officers were dispatched to a disturbance at 2550 Duportail #B209.  The caller advised there were three people trying to come back to her residence after they had left earlier.  The caller had socialized with the group earlier in the night.  The caller reported being concerned the trio may try to rob her.

Officers arrived in the area and learned the trio had fled prior to their arrival.  Officers learned the identity of the trio and learned all three were escaped cons who were wanted for felony crimes.  Officers also learned the trio were trying to flee the area.

Officers set up containment of the area and requested assistance from the Kennewick Police Department's K-9 unit and the Benton County Sheriff's deputies.

As the K-9 was arriving, one of the trio, Kayla Monk, surrendered to officers and was arrested without incident.  As the K-9 unit tracked west of the apartment complex, another one of the trio jumped over a fence and surrendered to containment units to avoid being captured by the K-9.  With the assistance of the K-9, officers completed searching the area and were unable to locate the final suspect, Casey T. Mallone. 

Posted by: Sgt. Darryl Judge

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Assault with sexual motivation arrest

Arrested: Tho P. Tran a 44 year old male

Charges: Assault with sexual motivation and resisting arrest

Synopsis:  This afternoon, Richland Police Department officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of George Washington Way for a report of an assault which just occurred.  The suspect lured an employee out of a store by asking for help and grabbed her chest when she exited.

Officers recognized the description given of the suspect from a similar report they investigated earlier in the week.

Officers located the suspect walking southbound in the 1700 block of Jadwin.  After completing their investigation, officers placed the suspect under arrest.  The suspect resisted arrest.  After gaining control of the suspect, officers booked the male into the Benton County Jail.

Posted by: Sgt. Darryl Judge

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Attempted Buglary--Man with a Sword

On 01-05-2016 at about 2:48 p.m., Richland Police responded to the area of Williams Blvd. and Stevens Dr. for a 911-reported suspicious male with a sword call.  Updated information placed the male at the CUP Church and in the area of a daycare.  The male, later identified as twenty-nine-year-old Steven L. Houtrouw, was attempting to force entry into the building by pounding on the exterior windows and doors of the daycare with the sword.  The daycare was placed into a Critical Lockdown and Houtrouw walked from the area.

RPD officers began searching the area and located Houtrouw in the 1100 block of Long Ave. at Christ the King School.  The male was still wielding the katana-style sword and appeared to be an emotionally disturbed person (EDP).  Christ the King School was placed into a Critical Lockdown.

Officers attempted to calm Houtrouw down and gain control of him, but he refused to put the sword down.  Houtrouw expressed thoughts of suicidal ideation and yelled at the officers to shoot him.  Unable to de-escalate the emotionally charged Houtrouw, Officers deployed ECW’s (AKA Taser’s) on Houtrouw.  Houtrouw dropped the sword and was taken to the ground by Officers, where he continued to resist efforts to control him.  Additional Officers arrived and Houtrouw was taken into custody without further incident.

Once Houtrouw is medically cleared at Kadlec, he will be booked into the Benton County Jail on multiple charges for the attempted Burglary and Weapons violations.  The case will be forwarded for evaluation by Designated Mental Health Professionals.

Questions or comments can be directed to Lt. Curtis Smith at csmith@ci.richland.wa.us. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Administrator Arrested for Custodial Sexual Misconduct

Arrested:  Stoker, Mindi M; 38 year of age female, Pasco resident
Charges:  Custodial Sexual Misconduct 1st Degree, Custodial Sexual Misconduct 2nd Degree

On December 7, 2015 Richland Police were notified of a possible incident involving a staff member at the Twin River’s Community Facility, 605 McMurray Street.  Twin Rivers is a juvenile rehabilitation administration facility staffed by employees of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).  It houses minors who have been convicted of felony crimes throughout Washington State.  Mindi Stoker is the acting Community Facility Administrator for Twin Rivers.

The complaint alleged that a staff member, Mindi Stoker, had sexual contact with an 18 year old resident.  Complaints of this nature are typically processed through Child Protective Services (CPS) since the facilities are licensed to house juveniles.  CPS referred the incident to Richland PD for a criminal investigation. A detective from the Washington State Patrol is also involved in investigating part of the case.
The investigation revealed that Stoker had communicated in several different formats with a client housed at Twin Rivers.  Messages contained information of a sexually explicit nature. It appears that the contact had been going on since at least October, 2015. 

The two had sexual contact on a number of different outings and trips taken together.  On some of the excursions other individuals were present and observed inappropriate contact.  The two had sex at least once in the facility located at 605 McMurray St.
A search warrant was served and a phone and computer seized.  Evidence found on the cellular phone supported the initial allegation.  A number of interviews have been conducted with staff and clients of Twin Rivers.

On December 8, 2015 RPD Detective Jansen contacted the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office.  After being briefed on the case, they authorized a 72 hour hold for Stoker.
Stoker was contacted at her residence in Pasco and taken into custody without incident.  She was booked into the Benton County jail on the above listed charges.  The investigation into this incident is continuing.

Media contacts are encouraged to call Cpt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362, with any questions.