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Vancouver Police West precinct public access update - 07/29/16

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Department West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd.) has been temporarily closed to public access since July 1, 2016 due to a construction project at that facility. Due to an unexpected construction delay, the West precinct is remaining closed to public access until the construction project is completed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this temporary closure has caused.

All front counter services, are available at the Vancouver Police Department East Precinct (520 SE 155th Avenue) during normal office hours, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. In addition, unwanted medications may also be dropped off at the East precinct location.


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Vancouver Police investigate car fire - 07/29/16

Vancouver, Wash. --On July 29, 2016 at approximately 4:10 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the Sir James Apartments located at 11022 NE 18th Street after several callers to 911 reported hearing sounds of an explosion. When officers arrived they located an unoccupied car on fire in the parking lot. Vancouver Police Arson detectives and the Vancouver Fire Marshal are investigating.

There is no further information at this time.


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Vancouver Police substitute PIO, July 25 - 07/24/16

Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Police PIO Kim Kapp will unavailable on Monday, July 25, 2016. Taking media calls during office hours that day will be Lt. Kathy McNicholas who can be reached at (360) 487-7442.

As always, for after-hour 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 and on duty personnel will not release investigative updates.


Vancouver homicide suspect arrested - 07/22/16

Vancouver, Wash. --On Thursday, July 12, 2016 detectives with the Vancouver Police Department's Major Crime Unit obtained an arrest warrant for the arrest of David Johnathan Salgado, 19, formerly of Vancouver, for the crime of Murder in the First Degree. Salgado is the suspect in the murder investigation of Fernando Cendejas that occurred on May 9, 2016 at 4500 Nicholson Road. The Vancouver Police Department investigators requested the assistance of the US Marshals Pacific NW Violent Offenders Taskforce to help locate and apprehend Salgado.

On Saturday, July 16, 2016 members of the US Marshals Pacific Southwest Fugitive Taskforce in Southern California located and apprehended Salgado in Venice Beach, California. Salgado attempted to evade arrest by jumping into the ocean but was apprehended by the Taskforce Officers.

Salgado is currently being held in San Bernardino pending the extradition process.

No further information is available at this time.


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Vancouver Man Arrested after Throwing Bricks at Home and Cars - 07/19/16

On July 19, 2016 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Vancouver Police were dispatched to the 8300 block of McArthur Blvd to investigate a disturbance. Initial information received through 911 reported a male was throwing bricks through a residential window and at cars in this area. Initial reports also indicated a child was injured.

Officers arrived and located the suspect, later identified as 18 year old Dadakis Sharry of Vancouver, in the area. Sharry was very agitated and belligerent towards officers, but was taken into custody without further incident.

Initial investigation revealed that Sharry, for reasons still unknown at this time, picked up some landscaping bricks from in front of the victim's residence and threw them through a large glass window, causing it to shatter. Several adults and two small children were inside at the time, but no one reported any injuries other then minor scratches and cuts. Several bricks were also thrown through car windows that were parked near the victim's residence as well.

After collecting evidence, interviewing the victim and witnesses, Sharry was arrested for Attempted Felony Assault, Felony Malicious Mischief and an un-related warrant. Sharry was transported and booked into the Clark County Jail.

The investigation is still on-going, any new information that is relevant will be made available through follow up releases.

Vancouver Police seeking the Public's help (update) - 07/19/16

*** update ***

The male has been identified as Lawrence P. Lairopi, 32, of Vancouver.

The circumstances surrounding this incident are still under investigation and there is no further information at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department.


On 7-18-16, at around 8:10pm, Vancouver Police were called to the 4600 block of NW Harney for a 'man down' in the roadway. Upon arrival officers located an unresponsive adult male laying face down in the road. Medics arrived and quickly transported the subject to an area hospital for treatment. Neighbors near the scene reported hearing a vehicle engine rev away around the time that the subject was discovered. The subject's name is being withheld, pending family notification. The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is leading the investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Vancouver Police Department.

Update to:. Vancouver Police Seek Assistance Finding Missing Teenage Girl (Photo) - 07/17/16

The Vancouver Police Department requests the public's assistance in locating 13-year-old Patience Nicole Freimuth. Patience lives in east Vancouver, and was last seen on the evening of 7/12/2016 after going out with friends. Patience is 5 ft tall, 110 lbs, has blue eyes, and red-brown hair. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Patience Freimuth is requested to call 911.

Update info: Patience Freimuth was located Sunday evening after an alert citizen recognized her and made a report. Patience was returned directly to her family. The Vancouver Police Department thanks the many people who helped find her.

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Vancouver Police advisory regarding traffic congestion and street closures in west Vancouver on Saturday - 07/15/16

Vancouver, Wash. --On Saturday, July 16, 2016, multiple streets on the west side of Vancouver will be experiencing significant traffic congestion and street closures due to an event on Main Street. The street closures and traffic congestion are anticipated from 6:00 a.m. -- 11:00 p.m.

Main Street will be closed in both directions from Fourth Plain Blvd. to Evergreen Blvd. Drivers attempting to access to Main Street from Broadway or Washington will also experience multiple side street closures or limited access and should be prepared to take alternate routes.

Drivers traveling through the area are asked to obey all traffic control personnel, practice attentive driving and obey all pedestrian right of way laws as there will be large numbers of pedestrians in the area. Pedestrians should follow all pedestrian laws which include using marked or signaled crosswalks when crossing any street.

For attendees of the event who may be parking in any of the surrounding neighborhoods, do not block driveways or mailboxes.


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Vancouver Police warn public of firearm that may have been tossed by suspect during pursuit - 07/14/16

Vancouver, Wash. --On Sunday, July 10, 2016, the Clark County Sheriff's Office located an occupied stolen vehicle in a parking lot in the 14500 block of NE Fourth Plain Blvd. The suspect fled from the area and into the city limits of Vancouver where Vancouver Police began to pursue the fleeing suspect vehicle, which was eventually stopped in the area of SE 104th Ave. /St. Helens St. and the suspect was arrested.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit served a search warrant on the vehicle and located a .40 magazine and several .40 rounds. Detectives are warning the public that the suspect may have thrown a .40 semi-automatic pistol out of the vehicle window during the incident, which stretched across parts of Clark County near the northeast edge of the city of Vancouver limits and through sections of northeast Vancouver. The exact route of travel of the suspect is unknown as the suspect was able to pull away from pursuing law enforcement several times during the incident.

Anyone locating a firearm is asked to call 911 immediately.


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Increased DUI enforcement planned this weekend (Photo) - 07/14/16

Vancouver, Wash. -- On July 15 and 16, 2016, Officers from the Vancouver, Battle Ground, Ridgefield and Washougal Police Departments will have additional officers enforcing the 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 the officers conducting these increased DUI patrols. In addition, the Washington State Patrol will have extra troopers out enforcing distracted driving laws throughout the weekend.

The Vancouver Police Department encourages anyone who may be attending summer parties or events and will be consuming intoxicants to select a designated sober driver in advance, call a sober friend, or use a car service instead of getting behind the wheel impaired. 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

Thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, law enforcement agencies in SW Washington have extra officers conducting DUI enforcement on strategic dates throughout the year to help keep our roadways safer.

The Vancouver Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe summer!


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Vancouver Police Neighbors On Watch recruiting new volunteers (Photo) - 07/12/16

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Department Neighbors On Watch (NOW) program is recruiting our next group of volunteers and are accepting applications for our next training academy until July 21. Are you observant? Do you want to learn more about your local police department? Could you find four hours a month to help the community? If so, the Vancouver Police Department's Neighbors On Watch (NOW) citizen patrol program may be a great fit for you. NOW is growing and additional volunteers are encouraged to join this wildly successful program.

Citizens interested in training to help the police with crime prevention are welcome to apply for the NOW volunteer team. NOW is a high-visibility, non-confrontational, observe and report program. Trained volunteers patrol in pairs throughout the city of Vancouver, including neighborhoods, trails, parks, special events, and other areas that need attention. NOW volunteers work in partnership with Vancouver Police by being extra "eyes and ears" and reporting suspicious or criminal behavior.

Patrols are done on foot, bike and in vehicles. Applicants must be at least 21-years old, live in the city of Vancouver, pass a background investigation, and complete 40 hours of training before becoming part of the NOW citizen patrol team.

Training includes observation skills, radio communications, patrol procedures, rules of conduct, personal safety, incident reporting, CPR, First Aid and search techniques.

Applications for the next training academy are due by July 21. For more information, visit or contact Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Cheney at 360-487-7467 or


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Vancouver Police seek help to locate owner of abandoned wheelchair (Photo) - 07/11/16

Vancouver, Wash. -- On July 6, 2016, Vancouver Police responded to the Walmart located at 7809 Van Plaza Drive for the report that wheelchair had been left in the lobby of the store approximately one week prior and no one had come back to retrieve it. Other than missing cushions, the chair appears to be in good condition.

Anyone with information on the possible owner of the wheelchair is asked to contact Vancouver Police Sgt. Patrick Johns at (360) 487-7517.


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Vancouver police are asking for help finding a missing, "possibly endangered" teen girl. (Photo) - 07/08/16

Natalya Charles, a 15 year old female, was last seen entering a building in the 1600 blk of E Fourth Plain Blvd at approximately 1700 hours.

She's about 5-foot-2, wears glasses and has a diamond-shaped scar on her right hand. She was last seen wearing her hair in braids and up in a "bun".

Natalya was last seen wearing a peach colored tank top jersey with the number 24 printed in black, blue jeans and pink converse shoes.

Police ask anyone who has information about Natalya's location to call 911.

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