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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
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 For more information and a printable application, visit
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.

Suspect Picture
Suspect Picture
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.


** 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.


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.


The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit
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.


*** 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.


*** 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.


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.
Vancouver Police Looking for Endangered Runaway - 09/20/14
Vancouver Police are asking for the public's help in finding 12 year old Liliana Badillo-Martinez. She was last seen yesterday riding the bus home from McLoughlin Middle School. Liliana is a Hispanic Female, 5 ft and 90 lbs. She was last seen wearing a black sweater, blue jeans and heart earrings.

Anyone with information is asked to call Vancouver Police and/or 911.

UPDATE: Liliana has been found safe and will be returned homely shortly. Thanks to all that assisted. (12:28 hours)
Attached Media Files: 2014-09/385/78040/2499_001.pdf
Specialized tricycle stolen from Vancouver residence (Update 1: Returned) (Photo) - 09/17/14
*** Update ***

On September 17, 2014, a citizen brought in a tricycle matching the description of the stolen property to the Vancouver Police West Precinct, stating they found it in the area of NE Stapleton Rd/SR-500. The owners of the tricycle were contacted and when they arrived they noted significant damage to the tricycle. According to their assessment, the tricycle is not able to be used by their son, based on the extent of the damage.


Vancouver, Wash. - On September 15, 2014, Vancouver Police were contacted regarding the theft of a specialized tricycle in the 5700 block of NE 85th Avenue. The Rifton Adaptive -Medium Tricycle belongs to the victim's ten year old son and was donated to the family by Shriner's Hospital based on the special needs of their son. (the image attached is a sample of the tricycle and not a photo of the actual tricycle).

Anyone with information on the theft, or the whereabouts of the tricycle is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department.


The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit
Attached Media Files: 2014-09/385/77843/V14-14224.jpg
Vancouver Police seek help in locating missing adult. (Update: Located) (Photo) - 09/17/14
*** UPDATE ***

Mr. Dillard was located today in Skamania County. He is safe and will be reunited with family.


On 9/16/14 at approximately 700 PM, 79-year-old Kinnard Dillard left his residence in the 500 block of Miami Way in Vancouver driving his white 4-door 1991 Buick Park Avenue with Washington plates AEN4830. He told his wife he was going shopping, but he did not return. Mr. Dillard is in the early stages of dementia and is sometimes forgetful. If located, please call 911 for a welfare check on Mr. Dillard. Mr. Dillard is described as a black male, 5'10'' tall and about 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, khaki pants and white shoes.
Attached Media Files: v14-14333
Vancouver Police warn of phone scam - 09/13/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On September 12, 2014, Vancouver Police were contacted by a man reporting that his relative had been the victim of a scam involving someone posing as a law enforcement officer requesting payment to avoid arrest. The victim, over the course of three days from Sept 9-12, purchased numerous pre-paid credit cards, totaling over $10,000 and provided the card information to the person claiming to be the law enforcement officer.

The Vancouver Police Department is currently investigating this incident and at this time has not confirmed any other similar cases.

The Vancouver Police Department reminds citizens to never provide personal or financial information over the telephone. If contacted by someone claiming to be from an organization requesting personal or financial information, citizens should hang up, locate the official organization phone number online or in the phone directory, and place a call to the official number to confirm any details. If you believe you have been the victim of this, or any other scam, please contact a law enforcement agency and make a report.


The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit
Vancouver Police Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Adult (Photo) UPDATE : Located this afternoon - 09/12/14
UPDATE: O'Rourke was located this afternoon, near downtown Vancouver.

The Vancouver Police Department is actively searching for Sondra O'Rourke, a 68 year old female. O'Rourke was discharged from an area hospital early this morning and was supposed to return to her home in the 7000 block of Carolina Ln in Vancouver, but she never arrived.

The investigation to this point has determined that O'Rourke appears to have boarded a C-TRAN bus from the Fisher's Landing Transit Center in East Vancouver to a bus stop in the Parkrose area of Portland OR and her whereabouts now are unknown.

O'Rourke is described as White female, about five feet tall and about 250 pounds. She has Brown hair and Brown eyes and wears prescription glasses. She was last seen wearing a long sleeve purple colored sweatshirt and blue jeans.

A photo of O'Rourke has been attached; it was taken after she was discharged and before she boarded the bus.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department or their local law enforcement agency so O'Rourke can be contacted and her welfare checked.
Attached Media Files: O'Rourke
Vancouver Police Seeking Assistance to Locate Missing Man (Update 1) (Photo) - 09/10/14
***Update 1***

Vancouver Police have received information that Mr. Elford may possibly be in possession of a firearm. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.


Vancouver, Wash. -On September 10, 2014 at approximately 1:45 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 9100 block of NE Vancouver Mall Drive for the report of a missing, endangered person. A family member reported that they were concerned about the immediate welfare of their relative, Victor Elford, 84. Mr. Elford's vehicle was in the parking lot and it appears he is on foot. Victor Elford is a white male, 5'7", 150 lbs., grey hair, blue eyes, unknown clothing.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Victor Elford is asked to call 911.


The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit
Attached Media Files: 2014-09/385/77685/Elford_1.jpg
Zach Dickie
Zach Dickie
Vancouver Police Seek help locating missing 8 year old (Photo) - 09/05/14
Child has been found and is back with his family. Thanks to all the help from the media and the public.

The Vancouver Police Department is actively working a missing child investigation and is seeking the public's help. 8 year old Zachary Dicke (pronounced decay), was last seen at Illahee Elementary School, near SE 192nd Ave and SE 1 St Street in Vancouver. Zachary is about 52" tall, with Brown Hair and Hazel Eyes. He was last seen wearing a black T shirt with a dragon design and unknown color pants and a back pack. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 911. Picture of Zach has been attached to this release.
Attached Media Files: Zach Dickie
Body Found at Recycling Center - 09/04/14
On 9/4/2014 at 8:36 PM Vancouver Police responded to the West Van Materials Recover Center located at 6601 NW Old Lower River Road. Workers at that location discovered a deceased male on the sorting conveyor built of one of the machines. It appeared he had been transported to the facility in a load of refuse. Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The deceased is described as an white, adult male between the ages of 45 and 55. He was transported from the scene to the Clark County Medical Examiner's office for autopsy. His identity has yet to be determined.

Persons with information regarding the identity of this male are asked to contact Vancouver Police Major Crime Detective Stefan at (360)487-7425

****UPDATE**** ****UPDATE****

The deceased male found at the Waste Connections Materials Recovery Center in Vancouver, Washington on 9/3/2014 has been identified as 51 year old Vancouver resident, Craig A. Mays. Identification was made after conducting a fingerprint examination.

Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit detectives have found no indication of foul play in the death of Mr. Mays. No suspects are being sought in connection with this investigation.

The post-mortem examination is scheduled to be conducted by the Clark County Medical Examiner on 9/5/2014. The Major Crime Unit does not anticipate further information releases regarding this investigation.
Vancouver Police seek help finding missing girl (Photo) - 09/02/14
Marissa Halbin has been located and is safe.

On September 1, 2014, Vancouver Police were advised a 20 year old female named Marissa L Halbin, was reported missing by her family. Marissa has some diminished capacity, and her failure to contact family has them concerned. Marissa was last seen in the area of NE 112th Ave and NE 49th Street in Vancouver.

Marissa is a white female about 5'6" tall with brown hair. Marissa was last seen wearing a black T shirt and black stretch pants with a silver belt.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call the Vancouver Police Department or their local law enforcement agency.