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Dangerous Suspect Caught

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick Police said a dangerous man is behind bars after a stand off.

The SWAT team was called out early Saturday morning to arrest 39-year-old Michael Pourier.

Pourier was wanted in connection with a violent burglary and assault that happened in early January.  The victim was assaulted with a beer bottle and was taken to the hospital.

Police said Pourier was one of three men that broke into a home on South Gerard Road in Finley.  Kennewick Police were tipped off that he might be at a Kennewick apartment located on West 1st Place.

Kennewick Sergeant Brian Swartswalter said, "They called the SWAT team out because this guy has a violent history and they wanted to keep everyone safe."

About 30 police officers surrounded the apartment complex from one o'clock until four o'clock Saturday morning after the suspect barricaded himself inside.

Neighbor Chris Muradanes said, "I was scared I saw a lot of police.  I heard them say come out with your hands up.  It wasn't fun."

Another neighbor who lives in a apartment beneath where the stand off happened said he had to draw police a diagram of the inside of the complex.

Neighbor Andy Davis said he is not familar with Pourier, but knows the female that lives in the apartment complex where he was discovered, "It's kind of weird that it's at your home residence.  I know the girl that lives up stairs.  She just hangs out with the wrong crowd sometimes."

Swartswalter said, "The reason why we use the SWAT team is to keep everyone safe.  We took a dangerous guy into custody without anyone getting hurt or anything serious happening."

Police said Pourier had no set address and they do not know why he was in the Kennewick apartment.  Police arrested took him to Benton County Jail.