Vancouver Police Dept.
Vancouver Police Investigate Series of Early Morning Residential Burglaries
Vancouver Police are investigating a series of residential burglaries that have been occurring primarily in the Carter Park and Arnada neighborhoods during early morning hours over the past few weeks. Three additional burglaries were reported today.
The suspect in today's burglaries is possibly a black male, approximately 5'6" to 5'9", wearing 2-3 layers of clothes; a hoody, possibly another sweatshirt with the number "12" on it and an outer jacket unbuttoned or unzipped. The suspect is possibly riding in a car. A photo of the suspect from today's burglaries was captured and is attached.
The suspect walks down the streets checking for unlocked gates, back doors and windows on the back or sides of houses/garages and likes to access the backyard through the gate on the side of the house.
Police are asking citizens to make sure all windows and doors are secured and to lock gates as well. Citizens should keep an eye out for suspicious activity in neighborhoods and contact 911 immediately if you see anyone suspicious or any suspicious activity, especially in the early morning hours.
Vancouver Police request assistance in identifying burglary suspects
Vancouver Police are seeking the publics assistance in identifying two possible burglary suspects from a residential burglary on 12/7/13 that occurred at approximately 0850 A.M. The two subjects on this video were captured by the victims home camera system while victim was away. The residence is in the 1400 block of S.E. Columbia Way. If you know who either of these subjects you are encouraged to contact the Vancouver Police Dept. Officer Taylor Smarr at 360-77-2177 or Cpl. Duane Boynton at 360-772-2366. Refer to case number V13-18499.
Vancouver Police Seek Assistance to Locate Endangered Infant (Update 5 McKernan arrested)
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On December 9, 2013, Vancouver Police were notified that suspect Kasey R. McKernan, DOB 5/17/82, was located on December 8, 2013 at approximately 3:46 a.m. by Portland Police in the area of NE Sandy Blvd./112th Avenue and was taken into custody on his outstanding Clark County warrant. He is currently being lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center, pending extradition to Clark County.
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On December 7, 2013 Vancouver Police located Jaxon Smith and Summer Smith at a residence on W. 19th Street in Vancouver. Both appeared to be unharmed. Jaxon Smith will be taken into the custody of CPS.
Summer Smith, DOB 7/9/77), was arrested on outstanding warrants and will be booked into the Clark County Jail after an interview with detectives.
John N. Maxwell, DOB 12/5/64, was at the residence where Jaxon was originally taken from and was arrested on outstanding warrants.
Suspect, Kasey McKernan, is still outstanding.
Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes unit are continuing the investigation and also anticipate additional arrests related to suspects who assisted in hiding Jaxon from law enforcement.
This investigation is a cooperative effort between the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit, the Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team, Missing Persons, Clark County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.
No additional information related to this investigation is available at this time.
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The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit, Missing Persons and Neighborhood Response Team detectives, in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Corrections, have made the following arrests as a result of contacts during the investigation of this case. These arrests were based on outstanding warrants and drug charges. The search for the missing infant and the suspects is continuing.
Ashlynd Delaplaine 7/17/92
Eric L. Gross 2/23/70
Russell Majerus 11/3/88
Timothy Duke 6/22/70
Michael Gloyd 11/7/69
Ryan Bean 10/18/86
Richard W. Countryman 8/21/80
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On December 5, 2013, Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit arrested Michael Grant Fuller, DOB 5/30/1980, for Kidnap 1 and Rendering Criminal Assistance in connection with the case involving Jaxon Smith. Fuller is being booked into the Clark County Jail. Detectives are continuing to follow up on leads related to individuals who are assisting Summer B. Smith and Kasey McKernan in eluding the police and continuing to place Jaxon Smith in danger and anticipate making additional arrests of individuals who are rendering assistance to the suspects in this case.
The Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit has located and recovered the black 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup that Smith and McKernan were last seen driving. The FBI is also rendering assistance to the Major Crimes Team in this investigation.
Anyone with information on the current location of Summer B. Smith, Kasey McKernan or Jaxon Smith should call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360)487-7399.
The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is seeking assistance from the public to locate a missing, endangered 5 month old infant, Jaxon Smith (7/2/13). Detectives are investigating a criminal case involving, Jaxon who is believed to be with one or both of his parents:
Summer B. Smith 7/9/77
Kasey McKernan 5/17/82
Washington Child Protective Services had taken custody of Jaxon pursuant to a court order on 11/27/2013. During the custody transfer, Kasey McKernan snatched the child and fled in a vehicle driven by Summer Smith. McKernan assaulted a CPS worker during this incident and criminal charges are pending against both McKernan and Smith. The vehicle was identified as a black 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck bearing Washington License Plate # A11272U.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Summer Smith, Kasey McKernan, or Jaxon Smith are asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360)487-7399.
Vancouver Police Partner with Nautilus Inc. to Help Kids in Need - 12/06/13
On Sunday, December 8, 2013, the Vancouver Police Department and Nautilus Inc. are partnering for the 10th Annual Nautilus Holiday Helpers event to make this holiday season a lot brighter for needy kids in our community. The event will be held at the Target store at 16200 NE Mill Plain Blvd. from 5:30a.m.-7:00a.m.
The event focuses around pairing Nautilus Inc. staff and Vancouver Police Department staff with a needy child in the community as they go on a shopping spree. The Vancouver Police Department works with several social service agencies in the community to identify and select children in need to participate in this program. (all children have already been pre-selected and this event is not open to the general public).
Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend this event and should arrive at 5:30a.m., with the kids arriving approximately 5:45a.m.
This is the 10th year for this event and the Vancouver Police Department is excited to be partnering once again with Nautilus Inc. for such a great charitable event. The need in the community is at a very high level and this year 60 kids expected to participate.
"This annual event is something all of our employees look forward to each year. Throughout the ten years we've been partnering with the Vancouver Police Department, we've seen so many children in our community receive the help they need," said Wayne Bolio, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Law. "This is just one way we can give back to the community and seeing these children smile truly embraces the meaning of the holiday season."
Missing Autistic / Endangered Adult male in Vancouver (Update 2: located)
Vancouver Police were notified that Mr. Jenkins was located safe in Corvallis. No further details are available at this time.
The Vancouver Police department would like to thank the media and members of the public for putting out information related to this missing person and for assistance in searching for him.
The Vancouver Police are asking members of the public as they are waking up or arriving at work to check areas such as dumpsters, alley ways or out buildings and call 911 if Mr. Jenkins is located.
Vancouver Police are continuing their search this morning.There is no additional information at this time and Mr. Jenkins has not yet been located.
During late evening hours on 12-3-13, family members called "911" to report John Jenkins as a missing person.
John was last seen at his residence on 12-3-13 at approximately 6:00 pm. John is a White male with salt / pepper hair, short haircut, short mustacche, and of medium build. John's left leg is prosthetic from knee down, causing John to walk with a limp. John has been diagnozed with a mental illness and is also autistic. John's medical condition causes him to be gullible when in contact with strangers.
John is currently wearing either a dark brown or a bright blue colored jacket, dark blue jeans, and dark brown tennis shoes. John also wears suspenders and may have unkept appearance.
John likes to ride buses and hang out in public places, such as convenience stores.
Vancouver Police Department's investigators are requesting public to immediately call "911" if anyone fitting John's description is spotted in the area.
Vancouver Police Train NOW Volunteers on Skywatch
On December 4, 2013 the Vancouver Police Department will be training new Neighbors On Watch (NOW) volunteers on the use of the department's Skywatch observation tower and members of the media are invited to join the NOW group and the Neighborhood Police Officer who is providing the training to learn more about this resource and how it's used.
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Westfield Vancouver Mall (8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., SE lot)
The Skywatch training will provide NOW volunteers important information on the deployment and safe operation of Skywatch and will offer members of the media some great visuals, opportunities to learn more about the Vancouver Police Department's efforts to increase crime prevention and citizen partnerships through the NOW program and how Skywatch plays a role. A ride up in Skywatch is also likely to be part of the experience!
The Vancouver Police Department purchased the Skywatch tower in 2008 for just over $14,000, which included the total cost plus shipping. At that time the tower was US Military surplus from England. Since 2008, Skywatch has been used consistently as part of the Vancouver Police Department's auto prowl and auto theft prevention efforts as well as during large scale events, such as the Fourth of July, to offer a bird's eye view of a large area.
Vancouver Police Investigate Attempted Robbery (Update 1: Photos)
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Attached are photos from the attempted robbery from November 25, 2013.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Vancouver Police Det. Shipp at (360) 487-7513
On November 25, 2013 at approximately 8:51 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to Taboo Video (4811 NE 94th Avenue) for an attempted robbery. According to the clerk, a white male wearing dark clothing entered the store and handed the clerk a note demanding money and implying he had a bomb. The clerk did not hand over money and the suspect fled on foot.
A K9 track and search of the area by Vancouver Police did not result in locating the suspect. Vancouver Police are investigating two similar robberies that occurred within the past few weeks and are looking into a possible connection between those robberies and tonight's incident.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or with any information that might be useful in this investigation is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department.
Vancouver Police and Neighbors On Watch Contributing to Holiday Shopping Safety
From November 25- December 26, 2013 the Vancouver Police Department will once again kickoff Operation Christmas Presence at various shopping centers throughout Vancouver. The Vancouver Police Skywatch observation tower will be stationed at Westfield Vancouver Mall (8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive) throughout the holiday shopping season and Neighbors On Watch (NOW) will partner with Westfield security to patrol the shopping center and parking lots to contribute to an enjoyable experience this holiday season.
NOW volunteers will also be patrolling other shopping areas throughout Vancouver to be extra eyes and ears to detect and report possible crime.
During the holidays, shoppers are reminded to safeguard themselves. Leaving valuables such as purses, wallets, tablet computers, cell phones, and recently purchased items exposed in a vehicle, can be an invitation for theft.
The Vancouver Police Department offers these tips to increase holiday safety:
* Never leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, better yet never leave valuables
in your vehicle at all. If you must store valuables in a vehicle, place them in the
trunk or hidden storage area prior to arriving at your destination. Thieves will
watch drivers in parking lots to see where they store a valuable, wait for the
vehicle to be unattended and break the window and steal the valuables. "Hiding"
items under the seat is not effective, it's the first place a thief looks.
* When shopping, don't get overloaded with too many packages. Keep at least one hand
free so you can easily keep track of how many packages you may have and easily
access your keys to enter your vehicle without delay.
* Stay alert in public spaces. Know where your purse, packages, wallet, cell phone and
other valuables are at all times and never leave valuables unattended. Take note of
anyone that may be following you and don't hesitate to contact a store employee or
security personnel if someone is acting suspicious.
* Check mail daily and make sure all packages left at the doorstep are retrieved
immediately or arrange to pick up packages if possible if you will be gone during
times when they are likely to be delivered. Work with your neighbors to keep an eye
out for suspicious vehicles or people who may in the area to steal mail or packages.
Report all suspicious activity and record license plate numbers and descriptions of
* Since the holidays occur during winter months, please do not leave your vehicle
unattended while warming it up in your driveway or in the street. Thieves look for
exhaust in the cold morning air and take the opportunity that presents itself.
For more holiday safety information visit the Vancouver Police Department at www.vanpolice.org
and click on the Crime Prevention section. There is also down loadable Holiday Safety flyer available to share with friends and family too!
Vancouver Police Arrest Battle Ground Man For Attempted Murder - 11/23/13
On November 23, 2013 at approximately 4:36 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to an assault at a residence in the 4300 block of NE 110th Avenue. When officers arrived they located a 35-year-old female and a 35-year-old male suffering from injuries to their head after a known subject entered the residence and assaulted them with a hammer and fled the scene. Both victims were transported to an area hospital for serious injuries. Information related to the victims is not being released at this time. Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Domestic Violence Unit are investigating.
The suspect, Marcus A. Morrison, 30, of Battle Ground, was located several hours later by the Clark County Sheriff's Office and was booked into the Clark County Jail on two counts of Attempted Murder.
The investigation is continuing and no further information is expected to be released today.
15 Men Arrested in Prostitution Sting
En route to jail
On 11-22-13, detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit (DECU) organized a vice sting targeting the "johns." They were assisted by the Neighborhood Response Team detectives.
It is recognized that at the core of prostitution and commercial sexual exploitation of minors is the issue of "Demand." That is, the purchasing of sex by men. One of the strategies to combat sex trafficking is to impact demand by arresting men who pay to engage in sexual conduct with women or girls. Contact was made with the "johns" who perused the website "Backpage.com" in the "escort" section. The escort section solicits those who are willing to compensate someone for providing sexual services. Detectives placed an undercover advertisement on the website.
After the "john" made contact with the undercover officer, they were directed to a local hotel near the Vancouver Mall. When the "john" arrived at the room, they were taken into custody. A total of fifteen males were arrested in the sting. Detectives began the sting around noon and ended at 9:00 PM. At many points during the time period, the detectives were unable to keep up with the high number of calls. The fifteen males ranged in age from 22 to 57 years old. The following men were arrested for Attempt to Patronize a Prostitute and transported to the Clark County Jail where they were cited and released: David R. Coley, 39; Shani U. Asberry, 38; Wayne E. Hennerty, 47; Daniel C. Quattlebaum, 25; James R. Boal, 57; Charles J. Crider, 36; Alvin N. Chand, 33; Doyle C. Jones, 42; Oleksandr V. Dmytryshyn, 22; Jean M. Fouriquie, 44; David E. Waldow, 52; Derrick S. Girlchrist, 29; Hakeem A. Shinaba, 34; Michael A. Anderson, 32; and Devin R. Parks, 35.
Update: Another "Mary Jane's Glass" robbery in Vancouver.
Images may not have been transferred during the last update. Attempting again and in a different format.
UPDATE: Attached are surveillance images from incident described below. Vancouver Police Department's investigators are requesting for anyone with information to this string of robberies to contact the authorities as soon as possible.
On 11-11-13, at approximately 8:30 pm, Vancouver Police units were dispatched to a "Robbery Just Occurred" radio call at "Mary Jane's House of Glass" specialty store, located at 8300 of E Mill Plain Blvd. Upon arrival at scene, officers confirmed that the suspect was no longer at scene.
Suspect was described as a White male in his twenties, with a small build, and long blond hair. Suspect was wearing a blue jacket, black pants, and unknown shoes. Suspect had what appeared to be an explosive device strapped to his body.
As of time of this news release, noone has been placed into custody and noone has been injured in relation to this incident.
Investigation on this robbery is active and no further information is available for release at this time.
Citizens with any possible information to this robbery are asked to call Vancouver Police Dispatch and request to speak with Detective M. Shipp or an on-duty patrol supervisor. Detective Shipp's desk phone # is 360-487-7513.
Vancouver Police Investigate Fatal Traffic Collision (Update 3) - 11/19/13
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The Vancouver Police Department was notified today that a second occupant of the vehicle, who was initially transported from the scene with life-threatening juries, has died, Benjamin F. Folk, 25, of Vancouver.
The driver of the vehicle, Ian J. Cole, 20, of Ridgefield is currently in the Clark County Jail on the following charges: Vehicular Homicide, Hit and Run-Death and Hit and Run-Injury.
The fourth occupant of the vehicle, Maxwell K. Borders, 19, of Vancouver was treated and released.
The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation.
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The occupant that was located deceased at the scene has been identified as Jesse E. Orellano-Leister, 20, of Vancouver.
The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation.
On November 17, 2013 at approximately 8:42 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a single vehicle collision at 101 SE Columbia Way. Indications are that the vehicle was traveling westbound on Columbia Way when it left the roadway and hit a power pole and transformer box. When police arrived they located one of the occupants of the vehicle deceased, two other occupants were transported to an area hospital for evaluation of injuries and a fourth occupant who did not require medical attention is being interviewed.
Excessive speed and drugs appear to be factors in this collision.
Power appears to be back on for most of the area with only a small outage in the area of the crash. SE Columbia Way, in the area near the collision will be closed in both directions for several hours while the investigation by the Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is being conducted.
No additional information is anticipated to be released tonight.
Vancouver Police Investigation Continuing - 11/13/13
The male that was located at the scene has been identified as Sidney, P. Delaney. Mr. Delaney remains hospitalized.
The investigation is continuing and no additional information is available at this time.
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The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Team is continuing this investigation and indications are the 39 year old male that was located at the scene was not driving the vehicle that hit the fence and it also does not appear that he was hit by the vehicle. He did however, suffer a significant head injury during the incident. The exact nature of that injury has not yet been determined. He remains hospitalized and his identity is not being released at this time.
The investigation also indicates that this incident was not gang related but that the parties involved likely are known to one another.
The Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation and additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
On November 11, 2013 at approximately 11:56 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 1700 block of Norris Rd. for the report of someone shot. When officers arrived they located an adult male in the street near a vehicle that had crashed into a fence. The male was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.
Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Team and the Safe Streets Task Force (gang unit) are investigating. At this time no suspect has been located and the identity of the victim is not being released.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Robbery Investigation in Vancouver
UPDATE: Surveillance footage from this particulare incident is now being released to the media. Vancouver Police Department's investigators are asking the public to contact us with information on any leads to suspect's identity.
For citizens with any information, please call Vancouver Police dispatch and ask to speak to Detective M. Shipp or on-duty patrol supervisor. Detective Shipp's desk phone number is 360-487-7513.
News release update prepared by Officer Ilia Botvinnik, Vancouver Police Department.
On 11-01-13, at approximately 9:00 pm, several Vancouver Police units were dispatched to a radio call of "Robbery Just Occurred" at "Mary Jane's House of Glass" located at 200 block of NE 164th Ave ( East Vancouver neighborhood ).
Per call comments, suspect had threatened employees with an explosive device during the robbery.
Upon arrival, officers confirmed that the suspect had left the location with an undiclosed amount of money. Suspect was described as an adult White male, wearing a grey hooded sweater and dark pants. Suspect was also wearing a mask at time of the robbery.
Initial search of the area was negative. This investigation is still active and no further details are available for release at this time.
It should be noted that Vancouver Police investigators were not able to confirm if the suspect was in control of an actual explosive device during the robbery. Noone was injured in this incident.