Busy night for Yakima PolicePosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash.-- It was a busy night for Yakima Police. Officers handled two armed robberies and an attempted home invasion, all in the span of about 5 hours.
The busy night puts a strain on YPD's already limited resources.
The first armed robbery happened just after 11pm last night, a 22-year-old school custodian was kicked, punched, and hit with a baton after being approached by 2 men outside West Valley Middle School.
His wallet and cell phone were stolen, and he had to go to a hospital for his injuries.
Another armed robbery suspect is still on the loose after sticking up the Manila Wok Filipino Restaurant on the 1500 block of Summitview Avenue.
Police say a man went in with a sawed off shotgun, taking money from employees and the register.
The robbery suspect is similar to that of another armed robbery almost 2 weeks ago on the 1300 block of 40th Avenue.
YPD Captain Rod Light says there are enough similarities for detectives to take another look at it.
"The descriptions are somewhat similar, the M.O. is somewhat the same. As they entered the back door armed with a shotgun," said Capt. Light.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man with a medium build. He was wearing a dark jacket and had a blue or green bandana over his face.
And at around 11:30pm last night, officers responded to an attempted burglary in progress.
Police say 3 suspects tried to force their way into a home on the 700 block of 45th Avenue.
One of the suspects fired 2 or 3 gunshots at the door, one, grazing the 30-year-old home owner.
The suspects were not able to get into the home and ended up getting away in an unknown vehicle.
A neighbor who heard the commotion asked not to be shown on camera, but describes a scary scene.
"It didn't sound like gunshots but it was like, like impact, like "whoosh whoosh," kind of thing. Three figures ran past me. Black, all black, that's all I saw. Didn't see faces or anything," said "Bruce."
The victim received minor first aid at the scene.
Yakima Police say home burglaries usually go up this time of year so they remind folks to be safe and always remember to lock doors and windows.