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Vancouver Police investigate stabbing (Update: Victim ID and Charge Update) - 02/12/18

*** Update 1***

The stabbing victim, Lukas Pison, 27, did not survive his injuries.

The Attempted Murder I charge has been updated in the Probable Cause Statement to Murder I.

The assault victim has been identified as Kastro Pison, 19.

The investigation in continuing and there is nothing further at this time.


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Vancouver, Wash. --On February 11, 2018 at approximately 1:20 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a disturbance with a weapon call at the AM/PM located at 1800 NE Andresen Rd. Upon arrival, a male was observed lying in the parking lot with an obvious stab wound. Numerous subjects were still fighting in the parking lot. Officers were able to gain control of the situation and determined that the suspect responsible for the stabbing, and for assaulting a second victim, had fled on foot. A Vancouver Police K9 team responded and located the suspect hiding in some nearby bushes. The stabbing victim was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. He is not being identified at this time. The suspect, Charson Lotius, 24, was booked into the Clark County Jail for Attempted Murder I and Assault II.

The Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit is investigating and nothing further is available at this time. Anyone who may have witnessed the crime, or who may have additional information, is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.

Traffic Rollover Collision in Vancouver - 02/11/18

On 02-11-18 at approximately 8:00 am Vancouver Police units responded to radio call of "Traffic Collision" in area of Hwy 99 and Ross St.

Further investigation revealed that the collision involved one vehicle with two occupants. Involved vehicle ( Subaru "Forester" ) went off roadway due to unknown at this time reasons and rolled over at least once.

Two occupants were transported to a local hospital to be treated for potentially serious injuries. Extent of their injuries is unknown as of time of this release.

VPD Traffic Unit's investigators responded to the scene as well and took over the investigation.

Traffic conditions will be affected on Highway 99 and Ross St ( North of Main St ) for several hours today.

Vancouver Super Bowl Sunday enforcement results in 5 DUI arrests - 02/05/18

Vancouver, Wash. --On February 4, 2018, law enforcement officers from the Vancouver and Battle Ground Police Departments the Clark County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol conducted additional DUI enforcement, with dispatcher support from Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency and additional participation from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board.

Here are the results of that effort:

* Overtime Hours: 58.5
* Officer Contacts: 595
* DUI Arrests: 5
* Other Arrests: 1
* Citations: 45
* Warnings: 48


These efforts are made possible through a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission as part of the Target Zero Plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

For more information on the grant and DUI prevention please visit https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/dui-enforcement.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.

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Vancouver Police seek help finding missing teen (Photo) - 02/01/18

****UPDATE 2/1/2018****

Katie Moreno-Garcia returned home safe this afternoon. Vancouver PD wishes to thank the community for keeping a watchful eye.

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public's help in finding 16 year old Katie Moreno-Garcia. Katie was last seen leaving her residence in east Vancouver on January 31, 2018. Katie is a Hispanic female, 5'01" tall, 120lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. Katie was last seen wearing black jeans, a white t-shirt and a silver necklace with two (2) rings dangling from it. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call 911.

Attached Media Files: Katie Moreno-Garcia
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Increased DUI enforcement on Super Bowl Sunday (Photo) - 02/01/18

Vancouver, Wash. --On February 4, 2018, the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments the Clark County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol will have additional officers enforcing DUI laws in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off the road. Officers, who are also drug recognition experts, will be among those conducting these increased DUI patrols. Enforcement officers from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board will also be participating. These additional DUI enforcements are possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, which covers the overtime costs for the additional officers, as well as high visibility marketing in support of Target Zero, Washington's strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

The Vancouver Police Department reminds anyone attending a Super Bowl party, and who may also be consuming intoxicants, to designate a sober driver in advance, use mass transit, or hire a car service to get to and from any parties, but don't get behind the wheel.

Uber is offering first time users a special coupon code for $25 toward their first trip. Sign up for the Uber coupon code RIDEHOMEVANC at https://get.uber.com/go/ridehomevanc.

If you are hosting a party, keep an eye on all guests and if you see a guest who appears impaired, and they don't have a sober designated driver, call them a car service, have a sober friend pick them up, or offer them a place to stay for the night if necessary, but don't let them drive! During the party, make sure to serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks to all guests.

If you are driving and see a suspected impaired driver, call 911.

The Vancouver Police Department wishes everyone a safe Super Bowl Sunday.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.

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Vancouver Police seek assistance to identify burglary suspect (Photo) - 01/31/18

Vancouver, Wash. --On December 15, 2017, Vancouver Police responded to a commercial burglary at the Muchas Gracias located at 5207 E Mill Plain Blvd. The suspects in that incident pried open a door and stole several thousand dollars in cash. A similar incident was also reported at this location in October 2017.

As part of the ongoing investigation, detectives compared other similar crimes and believe these incidents are part of a series of burglaries of businesses along the I-5 corridor and Portland metropolitan area. The targeted businesses appear to primarily be Mexican restaurants, with the thief breaking a window, entering through the drive-through window or prying doors to gain access to the building.

Surveillance cameras captured an image of one of the suspects. Police believe there are likely two individuals involved, with one being possibly a Hispanic male, 22-29 years of age, one suspect with a medium build the other with a heavy build. They may also be driving a silver unknown make sedan.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect(s), or with information about these burglaries, is asked to contact Vancouver Police Detective Zachary Ripp at (360) 487-7391.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.

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Police Investigate Hit and Run Traffic Collision (Photo) - 01/27/18

UPDATE: The suspect in this case has been identified as Christopher Nichols (54 years old). Nichols is a white male, 5'8" tall, 280 pounds, red hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants. Nichols has gray facial hair. Nichols was last seen driving a maroon 1988 Ford Thunderbird with WA license plate 927YZV. Possible front and rear damage to vehicle. Attached photo is of a similar vehicle, not actual suspect vehicle. Nichols has an outstanding Felony warrant for his arrest and he is wanted for Felony Hit and Run. If you know his whereabouts call 911.

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On 1/26/18 at about 6:15 pm Vancouver Police responded to a Hit and Run collision on an adult pedestrian who was crossing the street at E 13th St/Daniels St. The suspect fled the scene in a dark two door sedan. The victim suffered non-life threatening but serious injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Based on witness descriptions a possible suspect vehicle was later located by a VPD Officer. The Officer approached the suspect's vehicle and attempted contact but the suspect backed into the Patrol car causing minor damage and fled the scene. Officers attempted to catch the suspect but were unsuccessful. No Officers were injured during the incident. The investigation is ongoing at this time. Updates on the investigation will be released Saturday evening.

There will be no further information at this time.

Attached Media Files: Similar Vehicle , Christopher Nichols
Vancouver Police Department selected as one of six agencies nationally to receive federal grant to strengthen response to domestic and sexual violence - 01/24/18

Last year, the Vancouver Police Department applied for a federal grant through the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), supported by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and in partnership with the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), to address gender bias in responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Vancouver Police Department received notification from the IACP that it has been selected as one of only six law enforcement agencies in the country to be a demonstration site for the Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence Initiative.

The Vancouver Police Department's federal grant award of $450,000 requires no cash match or ongoing costs. The IACP will provide Vancouver with national experts to lead a community assessment, develop and implement a strategic plan, and provide training and technical assistance to improve responses to domestic and sexual violence. Vancouver Police will also participate in national-level programs and activities sponsored by IACP. "We are extremely honored to be selected as one of six law enforcement agencies in the country to partner with the IACP to put new research findings into practice and serve as a model for other communities", said Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain. The Vancouver Police Department is currently working with IACP to develop the budget, contract, scope of work and deliverables to guide the project, which will run through September 30, 2019.

IACP, OVC, and NCVLI, as well as a cadre of subject matter experts, will work with the Vancouver Police Department to assess agency efforts and strengthen response to and investigations of sexual assault, domestic/intimate partner violence, and stalking. In a collaborative approach, the Vancouver Police Department will engage in needs assessment, strategic planning, implementation, and partnership-building while receiving ongoing training and technical assistance. The Vancouver Police Department will help to create strategies, tools, and models of success to serve as a guide for law enforcement agencies nationwide.

This national demonstration initiative was created in response to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) document designed to provide guidance to law enforcement agencies in their efforts to address and prevent gender bias in response to sexual assault and domestic violence. The document, Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement's Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, focuses on the need for clear policies, comprehensive training, and responsive supervision protocols and accountability systems in order to effectively investigate these crimes and support victims.

"This demonstration initiative is a significant step in assessing agency practices and creating collaborative partnerships to effectively respond to domestic violence and sexual assault," said IACP President Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of the LaGrange, Georgia, Police Department. "By implementing victim-centered policies, procedures, and training efforts, agencies will be able to address and respond to the needs of individuals, families, officers, and citizens in a way that ensures safety and best supports victims."

IACP will work with the Vancouver Police Department to build the capacity of agency members in order to identify agency strengths, raise awareness of the existence of implicit and explicit gender bias, create sustainable strategies, develop partnerships and build community trust, and implement trauma-informed, victim-focused procedures agency-wide.

For more resources and additional details regarding available tools and training events to address violence against women, visit the IACP's Violence Against Women Projects page.

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Officer Assaulted During Theft Investigation - 01/22/18

On 1-21-18, at around 9:10pm, VPD Officers were called to investigate a theft at a grocery store near Mill Plain Bl and Andresen Rd. Additional information lead Officers to an apartment complex in the 2900 block of General Anderson Rd where the alleged suspects may have driven to. As Officers were approaching to begin an investigation, the suspect vehicle intentionally rammed an Officer's car and then fled at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle continued fleeing into Oregon, where local jurisdiction Officers and Deputies took over. The suspects were apprehended in Oregon. The Officer who was in the patrol car which was rammed was treated at an area hospital before being released.