Mental Health Suspect Tries Stealing Semi-Truck at BB Gunpoint
Early Monday morning a potential crisis was averted with a man who tried to steal a semi-truck in Kennewick.
WHAT DID THE SUSPECT TELL THE DRIVER OF BIG RIG?
Around 12:45 AM a 9-1-1 call came from a trucker, who said somebody was trying to break into his truck and pointing a gun at him. The suspect told the driver he wanted to steal his truck. The location of the incident was not released by Police.
Police arrived in a matter of minutes and found the suspect there. But when he was ordered to drop the weapon and freeze, he did the first part. He threw away the gun but fled on foot. He was quickly run down and apprehended.
THE GUN WASN'T REALLY A GUN?
Turns out the weapon was a very realistic-looking BB gun, the suspect was lucky the semi-driver didn't take defensive measures. A lot of long-haul drivers legally carry weapons for protection.
Police say the suspect, whose name was not released, is well known to Police due to a number of mental health issues. Kennewick Police released this statement which read in part: