A press release released from KPD last night indicates that The Kennewick Police Department responded to a report of an assault in progress involving a hatchet in the 200 block of N. Washington St. on 09/27/2017 at 6:37 pm.

According to the press release, officers arrived on scene in less than one minute after the initial dispatch.

Officers immediately contacted the 49 year old victim who had been struck in the face with the hatchet.

The suspect fled on foot but was quickly located and detained at the entrance to Clover Island.

The suspect, identified as Rafael Mejia Virrueta (age 26), was arrested and booked into the Benton County Jail for assault 1st degree.

The hatchet used in the attack was recovered.  The victim received non- life threatening  injuries.


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