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Vancouver Police Department looking for Bank Robbery Suspect - 10/23/14
Vancouver Police need assistance in identifying a bank robbery suspect. On 10-22-14 at 1528 hours a white male adult, entered the US Bank located at 8700 E Mill Plain Blvd. The male stood in line for a few minutes, then contacts a bank teller. Suspect advises the teller she is being robbed.

Suspect leaves with an undisclosed amount of cash and leaves on foot. K9 track of suspect has negative results. No weapon or suspect vehicle seen.

Anyone with suspect information may contact Vancouver Police Department, Detective W. Stefan at (360) 487-7425.
Attached Media Files: Bank Robbery Suspect
Bus collision with pedestrian - 10/22/14
On 10-20-14 the Vancouver Police responded to a school bus collision with a pedestrian who was a student walking to the local area High School. The Vancouver Traffic Unit arrived on scene and took over the investigation.
The pedestrian was walking in the crosswalk when the bus making a left turn from E McLoughlin Blvd to North bound Grand Blvd struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian was rush to the hospital and transferred to Randall Children's' Hospital for further treatment. The pedestrian was 15 years old and is expected to survive their significant injuries. There were no other occupants on the school bus.
The investigation is still on going and the driver who remained on scene has cooperated with the investigators.
The driver is identified as Virginia Sharpe and according to the school district has had an excellent driving record.
Low light and inclement weather can complicate road conditions for drivers and pedestrians alike. It is important to be vigilant and alert while driving or walking. Wear bright or reflective clothing and be as visible as possible to vehicles. Operators of vehicles should refrain from using cellular devices or limit distractions in the vehicle. Pedestrians and cyclists should have attention towards road conditions and limit sound devices from distracting their attention. Be Alert Be Vigilant Be Safe.
Attempted Robbery - 10/20/14
At 848PM, Vancouver Police responded to a robbery that had just occurred at the Suns Up Tanning on SE 164Th Ave. The suspect, described as a white male in his early 20's, entered the business and demanded money. No weapon was seen or implied. When the clerk refused to comply with the suspects demands, he ran from the business. A perimeter was set and a K9 track conducted. Police received a call a short time later from employees at Big Al's reporting a suspicious male that matched the suspect description. The subject was contacted by Police and determined to be the suspect. The suspect was booked into Clark County Jail on suspicion of robbery. At this time, the investigation is still ongoing.
Man barricaded inside Vancouver home (Update 2: Name) - 10/18/14
*** UPDATE 2 ***

The suspect, Michael D. Wright, DOB 8/6/69, was booked into the Clark County Jail for Assault I DV, Assault IV DV, Interfering with Reporting a Domestic Violence Crime (x2), Unlawful Imprisonment (x4).

Officers from the SW Washington Regional SWAT Team assisted Vancouver Police patrol officers in response to this incident. The desired outcome of getting the juvenile hostage, the suspect, and the animals out safely was achieved the through professionalism and patience of all the law enforcement personnel who responded.


*** UPDATE 1 ***

Minutes ago the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The suspect, the other resident, and the dogs that were all in the garage were all uninjured.

The identity of the suspect will be released once he is booked into jail.

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Vancouver, Wash. - On October 17, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Vancouver Police were contacted in person at the precinct by a female who reported one of the male family members of her residence had threatened and assaulted family members earlier in the day and was not allowing them to leave. Patrol officers responded to a residence in the 3700 block of NE 143rd Avenue and were able to make verbal contact with the male suspect who refused to come out.

The suspect is believed to be barricaded in the garage of the residence with the last remaining resident, who the suspect is not allowing to leave. The SW Washington Regional SWAT Team is at the residence and is keeping in verbal contact with the suspect in an effort to get him to peacefully surrender.

The suspect is facing multiple charges including Domestic Violence Assault and Unlawful Imprisonment.

The suspect is not being identified at this time. Additional details will be released as they become available.



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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.
Vancouver Police substitute PIO, Oct 20-26 - 10/17/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Vancouver Police PIO Kim Kapp will unavailable October 20-26. Taking media calls during office hours October 20-24, will be Cmdr. Dave King who can be reached at (360) 487-7512.

As always, for after-hour or weekend inquiries, members of the media should contact dispatch on the media line and request a return call from on-duty personnel.

All investigative updates are always sent out in the form of a media release.

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Vancouver PAL participates in Rip City Relay (Photo) - 10/17/14
Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) is getting ready for the Portland Trail Blazers Rip City Relay in Vancouver on Tuesday, October 28.

The day begins at 10:30 a.m. with an assembly for 3rd-5th graders at Orchards Elementary School (11405 NE 69th St.) featuring representatives and alumni from the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland Trail Blazer alumni Jerome Kersey will be hosting a PAL Youth Basketball Clinic for pre-selected 3rd-5th graders at Roosevelt Elementary School (2921 Falk Rd.) from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Rip City Relay Vancouver wraps up with the Rip City Fair at Bi-Mart (2601 Falk Road) from 4:00 - 6:00p.m. This event includes Trail Blazer broadcasters, alumni player ambassadors, Blazer dancers, and the team mascot Blaze the Trail Cat. The Rip City Fair will include games, food, music, prizes and a whole lot of basketball fun!

Members of the media are always invited to attend any Vancouver PAL event (during the Rip City Relay, only the Rip City Fair is open to the general public, the school assembly and basketball clinic are not open to the general public but media are welcome to attend all activities).

For more information on Vancouver PAL please visit www.vancouverpal.org.

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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.
Amber alert issued for Vancouver boy (Update 3) - 10/15/14
*** UPDATE ***

At this time no charges are being filed against Alexey Voronenko in relation to this case.Vancouver Police detectives are continuing their investigation. No additional information is available.


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*** Update ***

Early this morning, Deputies from the Hood County Sheriff's Office spotted Alexey's vehicle and located both Andrey and Alexey in a campground outside of Hood River. Both are safe.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department are in Hood River and are continuing the investigation.

Nothing further is available at this time and additional information will be released once it becomes available.


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Child located and is safe.
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Vancouver, Wash. - On October 14, 2014, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Vancouver Police issued an Amber Alert in an attempt to locate Andrey Voronenko, 10. Andrey's father, Alexey Voronenko, 38, picked him up from Mill Plain Elementary School in Vancouver, Wa around 2:30 p.m., Alexey Voronenko had previously been in jail in Texas for domestic violence and Andrey's mother fled with Andrey to Vancouver while Alexey was in jail.

Alexey has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and it is unknown if he uses drugs. Vancouver Police have concern for Andrey's welfare and safety.

Andrey Voronenko is 4'10", 70 lbs., brown hair, green eyes, last seen wearing a navy polo with pink stripes, grey pants and blue and grey tennis shoes, and a dark navy raincoat.

Alexey Voronenko is 6'2", 300 lbs., brown greying hair, blue eyes and has a mustache.

Alexey is believed to be driving a dark grey, four door, 2007 Honda Accord with tinted windows a sunroof, and Texas plates CKK3638

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Alexey or Andrey Voroneko should call 360-696-4461 or 911.
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Amber alert issued for Vancouver boy (Photo) - 10/14/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On October 14, 2014, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Vancouver Police issued an Amber Alert in an attempt to locate Andrey Voronenko, 10. Andrey's father, Alexey Voronenko, 38, picked him up from Mill Plain Elementary School in Vancouver, Wa around 2:30 p.m., Alexey Voronenko had previously been in jail in Texas for domestic violence and Andrey's mother fled with Andrey to Vancouver while Alexey was in jail.

Alexey has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and it is unknown if he uses drugs. Vancouver Police have concern for Andrey's welfare and safety.

Andrey Voronenko is 4'10", 70 lbs., brown hair, green eyes, last seen wearing a navy polo with pink stripes, grey pants, blue and grey tennis shoes, and a dark navy raincoat.

Alexey Voronenko is 6'2", 300 lbs., brown greying hair, blue eyes and has a mustache.

Alexey is believed to be driving a dark grey, four door, 2007 Honda Accord with tinted windows a sunroof, and Texas plates CKK3638

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Alexey or Andrey Voroneko should call 360-696-4461 or 911.
Vancouver Police conduct warrant sweep - 10/11/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On Friday October 10, 2014, three teams consisting of officers from the Vancouver Police East and West Neighborhood Response Teams (NRT), Neighborhood Police Officers (NPO), Vancouver K-9, and the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) conducted a citywide warrant sweep. The focus of the sweep was to locate and arrest individuals with with "no bail" warrants with the following parameters: felony property crimes, misdemeanor property crimes ( if the subject had multiple warrants), and DOC Warrants (regardless of the original charge). During the sweep, multiple additional individuals were located with misdemeanor warrants, No Contact Order Violations, those being held by DOC for other violations, and individuals in possession of controlled substances.

The sweep was initially focused on 60 specific individuals who met the criteria listed above, were likely to re-offend while on their warrant status, and are persons of interest for on-going crime issues (both felony and misdemeanor).

The warrant sweep resulted in:

* 25 individuals arrested
* 29 warrants (both Felony and Misdemeanor) cleared
* 8 new charges on individuals arrested
* 2 Department of Corrections holds on DOC violations
* 1 vehicle seized, pending a search warrant for Controlled Substances

The individuals arrested and charges (in no particular order):

1. Zachary L Skoblov, 07-01-80: District Court Warrant; ID Theft (new charge)
2. Tony R Bryden, 05/23/58, : DOC Felony warrant
3. Taylor A Flick, 02/24/94 : 2 District Court Warrants
4. Tyler J Wheatley, 01/04/84 : DOC Probation Violation
5. Ashton B Livendale, 08/24/84: District Court Warrant
6. Angela L Duston, 07/04/87: Possession Controlled Substance (new charge);
Possession Stolen Property II (new charge)
7. Donavon R Cruze, 07/24/71: DOC Felony Warrant;
Possession Controlled Substance (new charge)
8. Glenn G Goodin, 04/22/71: DOC Felony Warrant
9. JN N Tosi, 01/21/95: DOC Probation Violation
10. Nicholas M Dreitlein, 02/12/86: DOC Felony Warrant
11. Christopher J Monek, 03/26/89 DOC Felony Warrant
12. Heidi L Freeman,06/ 15/73: 1 Superior Court Felony Warrant; 4 District Court Warrants
13. Gregg S Whitley, 09/18/68: DOC Felony Warrant
14. Byron D Potter, 05, /01/68: District Court Warrant
15. Undisclosed Juvenile: Superior Court Felony Warrant
16. Aaron R Farmer, 05/14/86: DOC Felony Warrant
17. Daniel T Ryerson, 06/24/95: District Court Warrant
18. Timothy L Davison, 06/23/92: DOC Felony Warrant
19. Jeffrey T Cossart, 03/28/68: DOC Felony Warrant
20. Jacob E Brown, 05, /19/90: Superior Court Felony Warrant
21. Lindsay M Ross, 07/15/91: DOC Felony Warrant; District Court Warrant
22. Patricia Huckins, 02/27/81: District Court Warrant;
Possession Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine (new charge);
Possession Controlled Substance - Heroin (new charge); Forgery (new charge)
23. Jeffrey D Brown, 10/17/74: District Court Warrant
24. Kathy N Davis, 12, /19/66: DOC Felony Warrant
25. Igor V Didenko, 02/27/83: 2 Superior Court Warrants;
Violation DV No Contact Order (new charge)


Warrant sweeps which focus on repeat offenders, are an important component to improve community safety and increase community livability in Vancouver.

For more information on the law enforcement teams that participated in this effort, please visit the Specialty Unit section of Vancouver Police Department website at www.vanpolice.org.

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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.
Vancouver Police seek help locating missing teen (Update 1: Located safe) - 10/10/14
*** UPDATE***

Sierra Surgeon has been located and is safe.


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Vancouver Police are asking for assistance in locating 14 year-old Sierra Rene Surgeon. She was last seen Monday, October 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm in the 4600 block of Plomondon St near Bagley Park. Sierra is a white female, 5'3", 100 lbs. with brown hair (burgundy tint) and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. Sierra is considered endangered due to a severe medical condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call Vancouver Police Department and/or 911.
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Vancouver Police seeking information on gems (Photo) - 10/08/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Vancouver Police East Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) Detectives recently made a field contact with a male subject in the area of Motel 6 located at 221 NE 104th Avenue. During the contact, the male was arrested after he provided a false name and after officers learned he had a warrant for his arrest. The male was in possession of several loose gemstones including Opals and Tanzanite. He was unable to provide a good explanation of where he obtained the gems, which appeared to be packaged for sale by a gemologist or jeweler. No information regarding the male that was arrested is being released at this time.

The Vancouver Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the owner of the gems. Anyone calling to claim ownership will be required to describe 'specifically' how the gems were packaged, any specific labels on the packaging, how many gems were stolen, the karat/size of the gems, and their value, as well as any other identifying characteristics of the gems or packaging.

Anyone with information on a recent theft of such gems, or to claim ownership, should contact Vancouver Police Detective Erik Jennings, East Precinct NRT Team at (360) 487-7505 or Vancouver Police Detective Dustin Nicholson, East Precinct NRT Team at (360) 487-7533.
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Vancouver PAL hosts first literacy event of the school year (Photo) - 10/06/14
Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver Police Activities League hosts literacy events each month during the school year in elementary schools in both the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts. These events provide free books to kids, encourage reading, and create positive connections between kids and cops. Vancouver PAL will host the first literacy event of the new school year at Harney Elementary School.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Harney Elementary School, 3212 E Evergreen Blvd. Vancouver, WA.

This school year, Vancouver PAL literacy events will focus on youth in the third and fourth grades. Each literacy event includes a safety presentation from the Vancouver Police Department, time for kids to pick out a free book, reading time with police officers and a tour of specialty police vehicles. These events are fun for the officers and the kids and are one of the education programs the Vancouver Police Activities League focuses on.

Members of the media are always invited to attend any PAL events to see first-hand the positive impact that programs such as PAL can have on a community. Members of the media who want to attend a literacy event should check in at the school office to receive a visitor badge. Be prepared for great visuals and high energy!

For more information on the Vancouver Police Activities League visit www.vancouverpal.org.
Vancouver Police seek assistance in locating stolen commercial vehicle - 09/30/14
The Vancouver Police are investigating the theft of two commercial truck cabs from industrial yards along the Columbia River waterfront. One of the trucks was recovered in the area where the second was taken during the evening hours of Saturday, September 27th. The outstanding truck is a bright red, 2012 Peterbilt Model 386, with a sleeper cab and no markings on the sides. This truck is seen in the attached photo, though it currently has the top aerodynamic cover removed. This vehicle has reportedly been seen in both Portland and Vancouver. If located, contact local police for recovery.
Attached Media Files: Stolen 2012 Peterbilt
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40 NOW patrollers saturate Vancouver (Photo) - 09/29/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Volunteers with the Vancouver Police Department's Neighbors On Watch (NOW) program will participate in a "saturation patrol" on Sept. 30, to look for, and report, suspicious activity. While VPD NOW has conducted this type of large-scale group patrol in the past, 40 volunteers have signed up to help tomorrow - the most in the program's six year history.

"Recognizing the police cannot be everywhere, and in the spirit of community-oriented policing, our NOW volunteers receive specialized training and learn to serve as a force multiplier by being our "eyes and ears" and reporting suspicious activity," says Vancouver Police Chief James P. McElvain.

The 40 volunteers will be divided into 16 patrol teams. From 6 - 8:30 p.m., the teams will patrol on foot, bike and in vehicles across the city. One squad will also patrol in a specially equipped truck, looking for stolen vehicles. The citizen patrol teams will be supervised by Neighborhood Police Officers and the patrol routes will be directed based on areas that need special attention or increased police presence.

NOW volunteers are non-confrontational, highly visible, and do not take any law enforcement action. Each member of NOW had completed the NOW training academy and commits to a minimum of four hours of volunteer patrol time each month. NOW volunteers wear issued uniforms, place a NOW magnet on their vehicle while on patrol, and report anything out of the ordinary to police while on their patrols in the community.

VPD is accepting applications from residents who would like to join this active, engaged, public safety program. All training is free and includes CPR and AED. Citizens who apply will undergo a thorough background investigation. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and live in the city limits of Vancouver. To apply, contact Kelly Cheney at (360) 487-7467 or Kelly.Cheney@cityofvancouver.us. For more information and a printable application, visit http://tinyurl.com/m8j528k.
Officer involved in shooting identified - 09/29/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On September 25, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to an armed robbery at a convenience store located at 2714 NE 112th Ave. The suspect, Thomas J. Keys, was seen fleeing the area in a stolen vehicle. Vancouver Police located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. As officers attempted to stop Keys, he rammed a police vehicle with his vehicle and continued to flee the area. As Keys was fleeing, Vancouver Police Officer Jamie Haske, 34, discharged her firearm at Keys' vehicle. Keys later crashed the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. He was located and arrested the following day and is currently lodged in the Clark County Jail.

Officer Haske was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in August 2011 as an entry level officer. After completing the Washington State Police academy, Officer Haske was sworn in by the Vancouver Police Department on March 21, 2012. She is assigned to the Patrol division.

Following standard department protocol, Officer Haske is currently on paid administrative leave.

The Regional Major Crimes Team is conducting the officer involved shooting investigation.

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Police Seek Help in Locating Theft Suspect (Photo) - 09/27/14
On September 27, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to Winco, located near 25th Street and Andresen Rd for a theft complaint. During the investigation, it was learned that around 0900 a vendor was stocking shelves in the store and put down his coat while working. He returned a short time later and discovered a wallet and other personal items were missing from his coat. Winco employees, working with Vancouver Police, located some in-store video surveillance that appears to capture the theft. The suspect is described as an adult male with a dark complexion, with dark hair, a light colored zip-up sweatshirt, and dark colored jeans. The suspect had his small child with him during the theft as well.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect, or anyone who may have seen this person in the store at the time noted above is urged to contact the Vancouver Police Department at (360) 487-7399.
Attached Media Files: Suspect Picture
Robbery suspect rams Vancouver Police car (Update2:Booking charges) - 09/26/14
*** UPDATE ***

Thomas J. Keys was booked into the Clark County Jail on the following charges:

Robbery I
Assault I (5 counts)
Possession of Stolen Property I
Attempt to Elude
Superior Court Arrest Warrant
Malicious Mischief I
Hit and Run (felony)
Theft of a Motor Vehicle

No further information is anticipated regarding this case.

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** UPDATE***
Vancouver Police have Thomas Keys in custody. He will be interviewed by detectives and then booked onto jail.

No additional information is available at this time.

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Vancouver, Wash. - On September 26, 2014, at approximately 10:20 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to an armed robbery call at an AM/PM located at 2714 NE 112th Ave. A male entered the store, displayed a weapon, and robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the store. A description of the suspect vehicle was obtained and police learned the vehicle was also stolen. Officers in the area spotted the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. The suspect rammed a police vehicle, occupied by an officer and a K9 and was fleeing the area. During the attempt to stop the suspect, a Vancouver Police officer fired at the suspect vehicle. The suspect continued to the 12400 block of NE 28th Street where he crashed the stolen vehicle and fled on foot.
Officers from the SW Washington Regional SWAT team responded and conducted a search of the area where the suspect was last seen but were unable to locate him.

The suspect has been identified as Thomas J. Keys, DOB 8/24/73. He is a black male, 6'1", 200 lbs.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Thomas J. Keys is asked to call 911.

Neither the clerk, the officer, nor the K9 were injured during this incident.


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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.
Vancouver Police investigate a Stabbing (Update 4: Arrest) - 09/25/14
*** Update ***


Vancouver Police Detectives conducted an interview with Jack R. Yancey. After the interview, Yancey was booked into the Clark County Jail on Murder I. A female that was arrested at the residence where Yancey was located was arrested on outstanding warrants not related to the homicide investigation.


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*** Update ***

Vancouver Police patrol officers have taken Jack R. Yancey into custody. Yancey will be interviewed shortly by Detectives from the Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit.

The identity of the victim is also available for release. Gary L. Adams, DOB 5/11/64.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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*** UPDATE ***

All streets that were closed during the extensive police search for Jack R. Yancey, DOB (11/27/56, have now been reopened and residents of the impacted neighborhoods may return to their homes.

During the search, Hough Elementary School, Fruit Valley Community Learning Center and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics were in a modified lockdown. As of 4:30 p.m., all affected students were picked up from school.

SWAT officers are still conducting to search for Yancey, who has not been located.

Residents are encouraged to keep all doors and windows locked and report any suspicious activity to 911.

Anyone with information on the location of Jack R. Yancey is asked to call 911.





*** UPDATE ***

Detectives have identified Jack R. Yancey as a suspect in the homicide investigation. Yancey is not in custody and police are attempting to locate him. Police are currently in the area of W Fourth Plain Blvd./Kauffman Ave. related to a possible sighting of Yancey. Schools in the area are on lockdown due to the police activity, which includes a K9 track.

Yancey is considered dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jack R. Yancey should call 911.

No further information is available.

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On 09-24-14, at approximately 10:00 pm, multiple Vancouver Police units were dispatched to a radio call of "Assault With a Weapon" at 900 block of W 16th St.

At time of this report, VPD Detectives are on scene and investigating a homicide. Victim was an adult male and resident of Vancouver.

Investigation of this incident is currently active and no further details are available at this point in time.