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Police Catch Felony Suspect On The Run

YAKIMA, Wash. - What started out as just a stroll around a problem-area for Yakima Police, turned into an arrest of 25-year-old James Samuels, who police say has a history of carrying dangerous weapons.

At around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, police spotted samuels fixing a bike in the east alley on the 800 block of South 16th Avenue.

That's where officer Ileanna Salinas grabbed Samuels, who pushed her off and ran away. After a failed attempt to tase Samuels, police finally arrested him.

Sergeant Joe Salinas says people can play a big role in helping police catch suspects.

"Citizens that see suspicious people hanging in their neighborhoods or hanging out in the alleys, shouldn't hesitate to call the police department as is shown here, we're out here looking for people on a regular basis," he said.

Besides the outstanding felony warrant, Samuels is now facing a charge of running from the police.

Salinas says the area where they found Samuels is known for car theft.

Now earlier on Wednesday, Yakima Police started handing out 200 free steering wheel locks.

And that's on a first come first served basis for people who live within the city limits of Yakima.

Just bring in your valid driver's license to the police department. And you can do that Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.