Vigilante Justice Leaves One Man in Jail in KennewickPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A case of vigilante justice had police running around Kennewick on Tuesday.
It started around 2 a.m. at a mobile home park in Kennewick, where two men kidnapped a 16-year-old boy. They claim the victim had stolen a bike and a digital camera from them, but the items were not reported stolen to police. From there police say they went somewhere else.
"They go to another location which is 3204 West 4th., which is an apartment complex in Kennewick," said Sergeant Brian Swartswalter, with the Kennewick Police Department.
Inside apartment A 205 the suspects stripped the victim naked, and hit him in the head. Then they headed to a second location.
"Then they take him to his own home, because that's where they think the merchandise may be," said Swartswalter.
Inside the home on the 600 block of North Tweedt Street, was the victim's brother and mother.
"So the mother calls 911, so the police are finally introduced into this call, that's been probably been going over a couple hours," said Swartswalter.
A call that didn't come til around seven in the morning. Police tracked down the suspects, and arrested 27-year-old Laramie Swett, at 625 South Everett Street.
Police went back to the starting point and found the second suspect but he was able to run away. They also found a car, with items related to this case.
Police say people should not be taking matters into their own hands.
"It's not the right way to go because now several of them are in jail on kidnapping and assault," said Swartswalter.
Police say none of the people involved in this situation had weapons, otherwise someone could've been seriously hurt.
They also say all these people knew each other, and the victim claims he didn't steal anything, he says he just borrowed the items.