News & Events

Yakima Buffet Restaurant Vandalized

According to Yakima police, Minado Buffet, a Yakima restaurant located at 501 North 1st Street in the former Black Angus building, was vandalized early Saturday morning. Based on security camera footage, at about 3:30 am on Saturday, March 28th, a suspect wearing a hood and gloves used black spray paint to write a message on … Read More

Reports of Stay-at-Home Violations Go to the Health District, Not Police

Recently, the Yakima Police Department (YPD) has received questions regarding enforcement of Stay-at-Home orders that have been issued by local public health officials and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee in response to the COVID-19 emergency. The Yakima Health District is the agency with the authority to issue and enforce public health orders in Yakima and … Read More

Man Arrested After Standoff That Lasted More Than Three Hours

At about 8:40 pm on Thursday, March 26th, Yakima Police Department (YPD) officers responded to a report of man having shot a rifle at a power transformer and a neighbor’s house in the 2200 block of Summitview Avenue. The man alleged to have fired at the transformer and a neighbor’s house, 60-year-old Charles Hoffert, refused … Read More

Oregon Man Arrested After Taking 3-year-old and Faces Multiple Charges

At about 11:20 am on Wednesday, March 25th, Yakima Police Department (YPD) officers responded to a report of an attempted child abduction in the 1400 block of West Chestnut Avenue.  The suspect in the incident had left the scene before YPD officers arrived. Union Gap police officers and Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to … Read More

Yakima Police Encourages Community to Report Incidents Online

“The Yakima Police Department will shift to taking most police reports online to limit contact that could spread the novel coronavirus,” Chief Murray said.  “We are working with city officials to determine what other public services may be impacted and will communicate them to the public as they occur.  We ask for the community’s patience … Read More

Kidnapping Calls Appear to be Attempted Fraud

Officers from the Yakima Police Department spent much of Friday, March 13th investigating multiple fraudulent calls to Yakima residents claiming their children had been kidnapped.  The Spanish-speaking callers told the recipients that they had kidnapped their child and they instructed the parent to collect money for a ransom.  The calls were generated from international phone … Read More

Saturday Evening Shooting Leaves Two Injured

Two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries when they were shot Saturday evening in the vicinity of Lincoln Avenue and Oregon Avenue. Just after 10:00 pm Saturday, Yakima Police Department (YPD) officers responded to a report of shots fired near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Oregon Avenue.  When officers arrived on scene, they discovered 20-year-old Mario … Read More

Police Investigating Saturday Morning Homicide

Yakima Police Department (YPD) detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred this morning, Saturday, March 7th. At about 9:30 am today, YPD officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 1100 block of Folsom Avenue.  Once on scene, officers discovered a 31-year-old female in an alley in the vicinity of the shots fired … Read More

Suspects in Child Sex Trafficking Case Arrested

On Saturday, February 29th, Yakima Police Department (YPD) detectives and officers arrested two suspects in a child sex trafficking case.  The suspects were apprehended at a residence where an incident involving a juvenile female victim occurred. The two suspects are scheduled to make preliminary appearances in Yakima County Superior Court this afternoon. In January of … Read More

Community Invited to Join in Yakima Police Awards Ceremony

The Yakima Police Department (YPD) is inviting community members to be part of its annual awards ceremony that will honor outstanding service by current YPD staff and recent retirees. The YPD Annual Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 18th beginning at 2:00 pm at Yakima Foursquare Church, located at 700 North 40th Avenue.  … Read More