A wanted fugitive from California is in custody after law enforcement acted on tips from children that the suspect was hiding in dense vegetation.
According to Lincoln City Police, Richard Hanson, 28, of Turlock Calif., jumped out of a two-story window when officers tried to contact him at apartments in the 900 block of SE 32nd Street around 9 p.m. Monday, July 26. Officers lost sight of Hanson and began a search of the area.
Children at a nearby playground pointed which way Hanson ran, with one child leading officers to bushes along SE 32nd Street, where they found a jacket Hanson had been wearing.
Lincoln County Sheriff Deputy Zack Akin and K9 Ghost arrived to assist LCPD and went searching in the area the child had indicated. With Akin giving warnings and K9 Ghost barking, Hanson gave up allowing officers to take him into custody.
Hanson was arrested for two felony warrants out of California for parole violation and obstruction. An escape charge was added by LCPD. Hanson was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail where his bail is set at $200,000.
From LCPD’s Lt. Jeffrey Winn:
The Lincoln City Police Department would like to express our thanks to Deputy Akin and K9 Ghost. K9 teams provide law enforcement an essential tool in locating wanted persons and deescalating situations. We would also like to thank the young citizens who assisted the police with information regarding the suspects’ direction of travel and general location which helped bring this incident to a safe conclusion. The partnership we have with our citizens greatly assists us in solving crimes and making Lincoln City a safer place to live.