Man armed with brass knuckles arrested for meth, warrants

RICHLAND POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- On January 25, 2013 at approximately 9:20 PM officers responded to a call of a suspicious person in the 1600 block of Davison St. A subject, later identified as Vela, was going door to door asking for fuel and directions to the nearest gas station. Since the subject was going to multiple houses and speaking with various residents it appeared as if he were “casing” the area.

Officers made contact with Vela and asked if he had any weapons. He replied that he did and two sets of brass knuckles were removed from his coat pockets. Vela refused to tell investigating officers why he had armed himself with the brass knuckles.

A check on Vela also showed him to have two warrants for his arrest. After being taken into custody two baggies of meth were found in his pocket as well.

Vela was transported to the Benton County jail where he was booked on the above charges.