Hermiston police arrest juvenile suspect for robbery, firearm charges

By on Friday, February 23rd, 2024 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

HERMISTON – The Hermiston Police Department announced Friday they arrested an armed robbery suspect. Chief Jason Edmiston said the suspect, an intoxicated 16-year-old boy from Umatilla, has been very active in the last six months in several shootings investigated by his agency, as well as surrounding agencies.

At 5:50 a.m., HPD officers were dispatched to a reported armed robbery at the Sinclair gas station at West Hermiston Avenue and Southwest Seventh Street. Upon arrival, they were redirected to the Metro Mart gas station at Southwest 11th Avenue and West Highland Avenue.

According to Edmiston, officers immediately located male matching the description of the suspect that was reported to have just attempted to rob another male in the parking lot. Officers quickly began giving commands to the suspect and took him into custody. The victim was unharmed.

β€œThe 16-year-old was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm that returned as stolen,” Edmiston said.

The 16-year-old suspect was transported to the Umatilla County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of first-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, pointing a firearm at another and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

Edmiston said both parents of the juvenile were cited for failure to supervise.