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Kennewick Police Apprehend Suspects in Armed Robbery Spree – 5 In Two Nights!

Armed robbery suspects in custody
(City of Kennewick photo)

Three suspects are in custody after a two-night crime spree that included five armed robberies.

18-year-olds Austin L. Johnson and Cameron D. Reeves plus an unnamed 17-year-old juvenile were apprehended Wednesday evening.

It began near Fruitland Park at about 8:30 p.m. The suspects confronted a 19-year-old man, pointed a gun at him and demanded he empty his pockets. The victim didn’t have any valuables, and the suspects drove away. Then in the span of about less than 50 minutes, the suspects attempted to rob the Tacos Jalisco taco truck parked at 1215 West 4th, the City Market on Ranier,and then the Tesoro gas station at 1st and Gum Street.

There, the clerk was able to get a distinct description of the suspects and their vehicle and called police.

Kennewick officers chased a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse near Kennewick Ave. and Lyle Streets.

The suspects’ car hit the curb, blowing out a tire, and spike strips took out two others.  However, the suspects kept driving, even though they couldn’t go more than about 20 m.p.h.! They threw evidence, including the gun, out the window of the car, but it was later recovered.

Finally, after turning into a dead-end at 38 South Waverly Place, the suspects tried to ditch the car and flee, but were quickly apprehended by K-9 units and officers.

They are facing a slew of charges and are believed to have been involved in the attempted robbery Tuesday of the Mr. E’s store at 4th and Union, for a total of five incidents.

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