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Bingen-White Salmon Police, multiple entities involved in Thursday manhunt

A manhunt that spanned most of Thursday morning and afternoon resulted in the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department and other law enforcement entities apprehending a man wanted for multiple warrants in Klickitat and Skamania counties.

Charles Kuneki, 33, was staying at the access site and was wanted by the Intertribe Police on two warrants, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office on a drug-related warrant, and Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office on a domestic assault charge. Kuneki is also suspected in a motor vehicle theft near the access site and of stealing a gun out of a car in Bingen, according to Bingen-White Salmon Police Officer Tony Warren.

The search for Kuneki began around 8:30 a.m. Thursday after multiple previous attempts by law enforcement to apprehend him.

According to Warren, when Bingen-White Salmon and Intertribe officers initially pulled up to Kuneki’s campsite he ran into the brush and was later spotted by BridgeMart in Bingen. At that point the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit was called in, along with the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, Hood River Police Department, Washington State Patrol, and an official from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The search continued east toward SDS Lumber Company until around 11:45 a.m. when it was briefly called off, but employees at SDS and Underwood Fruit Company were told to call 911 if they spotted Kuneki.

Around 1 p.m., an employee at SDS reported seeing Kuneki and the search resumed. Officers cornered him near the Hood River Bridge where a Taser gun was used to disable him. According to Warren, when Kuneki fell, the Taser became disconnected and he was able to run again, this time through the woods near Dock Grade Road.

Officers pursued Kuneki up the hill and apprehended him half way up at around 3:30 p.m. As of Friday he was being held at the Skamania County Jail in Stevenson and on top of the outstanding warrant he is now being charged by the Bingen-White Salmon Police with escape II, trespassing, and resisting arrest. Warren said due to the felony and misdemeanor charges against him, Kuneki will eventually be moved to the Klickitat County Jail.


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