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Originally published Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:35 PM

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Barricaded felon found in clothes dryer

Police searching a house for a felon who’d failed to appear in court found him hiding in a clothes dryer.

Columbia Basin Herald

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MOSES LAKE — A felon found hiding in a clothes dryer after a four-hour standoff in Moses Lake last week told police he hid because he didn’t want to return to jail.

The Grant County Gang Unit went to arrest Sergio Herrera Jiron, 23, about 9 p.m. Thursday on a warrant for failing to appear for sentencing on a drug charge.

When police arrived at the Harvest Manor mobile-home park on Thursday night, Jiron refused to come out and barricaded himself inside a home.

After negotiations failed, multiple flash bangs and tear gas were used. Police also tore off skirting from the home and checked underneath for Jiron before deciding to enter about 1 a.m. Friday.

During the search inside, a Tactical Response Team member attempted to move a clothes dryer to check behind it and noticed the appliance was unusually heavy. Jiron was found hiding inside.

He wouldn’t comply with police instructions, refusing to show his hands to officers. He eventually was subdued, after police fired a nonlethal, projectile at his hand, the sheriff’s office said.

Jiron was booked into Grant County Jail to await another sentencing hearing.

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