Chase, search in Fort Walla Walla Park end with arrest

Law enforcement officers caught a teen sought after he allegedly fled a traffic stop on foot.

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WALLA WALLA -- A tense search through Fort Walla Walla Park for a reported armed teenager ended this morning with an arrest.

According to radio dispatches, the incident began shortly before 10 a.m. when a College Place Police officer reported a suspect ran away from a traffic stop on Myra Road into the park.

The officer radioed dispatch that as the suspect ran away he pulled something, possibly a gun, from his waistband. The suspect was described as a 15-year-old Latino male wearing a blue polo shirt that he stripped off as he ran, leaving him clad in a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

At 11:04 a.m. an officer reported spotting the suspect on the park's west side standing in the middle of Garrison Creek and hiding in blackberry bushes. The suspect was reported captured at 11:10 a.m. as he attempted to move out of the area.

During the search, officers from College Place, Walla Walla and the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office ringed the park to prevent the suspect from getting away. Blue Ridge Elementary School and a local assisted care living facility were locked down during the search.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

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