Richland A 32-year-old Richland man was arrested Saturday morning after reportedly holding a woman hostage at a West Richland market.
Richland police officers responded to a report of a disturbance at 7:52 a.m. in the 1600 block of Goethals Drive, according to a Richland Police Department news release.
A man reportedly was distraught over losing his job and allegedly breaking windows at his home, police said.
When officers arrived, the man was gone but police were told he had left with two rifles and a pistol.
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While officers searched for the man, a West Richland police officer saw a man matching the suspect’s description pull up to Lee’s Market at 5720 W. Van Giesen St.
The man reportedly was carrying a tote bag, so officers began to surround the store as they feared he had firearms.
A short time later, a woman ran out of the market and told officers the suspect had a gun and had told her to stay in the back of the store, police said. She reportedly escaped through a back door.
The suspect then reportedly got in his vehicle and left, leading police on a pursuit west of West Richland.
The suspect, Jonathan P. Smith, was stopped and arrested when he pulled into the yard of a private home.
Police say they found Smith had the three reported firearms. He was booked into Benton County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, felony assault and eluding police.