KENNEWICK, WA - Three male teenagers are in custody suspected of committing five armed robberies over two nights in Kennewick.
According to Kennewick Police, one of the suspects wearing a red bandana approached 19-year-old Daniel Furness at Fuitland Park with a gun around 8:30 Wednesday night. After making the 19-year-old empty his pockets (which contained nothing to steal) the three suspects drove away.
About 20 minutes later, a man wearing a red bandana flashed a gun to a clerk at the Tacos Jalisco taco truck on 4th Avenue and demanded money. Once again, no money was taken and the teenager ran away.
After 20 minutes at 9:10, a teenager wearing a red bandana with a gun entered the City Market on South Rainier Street with another teenager, took money from a clerk and ran away.
Police say two teens then went to the Tesoro gas station on 1st Avenue & Gum Street, flashed a gun and took money from a clerk and drove away. Only this time, the clerk was able to get a good description of the car the teens were driving and called 911.
Police spotted the silver, 2-door Mitsubishi Eclipse on Kennewick Avenue near Lyle Street and attempted to stop it. While driving away from police, the car hit a curb and blew out a front tire, causing the vehicle to only reach a top speed of 20 mph.
Despite the damage to the car, the suspects continued the chase for about 20 minutes. Metal spike stripes were used multiple times and eventually deflated two more tires on the car. During the chase, the teens threw evidence from the car; including the gun used in the robberies. Officers recovered all the items.
Finally, the teens turned down a dead end street on South Waverly Street. The driver tried to run away but was caught by the KPD K-9. The other two suspects surrendered.
Kennewick Police believe that the three teens were also in involved in the armed robbery at Mr. E's Mart Tuesday night.