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Vancouver Police arrest bank robber - 03/23/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On March 23, 2017, Vancouver Police arrested Howard O. Johnson Jr., DOB: 1/8/88 for three counts of Robbery I and booked him into the Clark County Jail.

Johnson is the suspect in the March 7, 2017 bank robbery at the IQ Credit Union and the March 14, 2017 robbery of the US Bank and Columbia Credit Union.

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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 PAL hosts literacy event today - 03/23/17

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 throughout the county. These events provide free books to kids, encourage reading, and create positive connections between kids and cops. Vancouver PAL will host the next literacy event:

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Location: Mill Plain Elementary (460 SE 164th Avenue)

This school year, Vancouver PAL literacy events will focus on youth in the second and third grades. Each literacy event includes a safety presentation from the Vancouver Police Department, or Clark County Sheriff's Office, (depending on the location of the school), time for kids to pick out a free book, reading time with police officers, and a tour of specialty police vehicles. These literacy events are fun for both the officers and the kids. Literacy is one of the key educational 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.



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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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St. Patrick's Day enforcement results in 11 DUI arrests in SW Washington (Photo) - 03/20/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On Friday, March 17, 2017, law enforcement officers from the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments, as well as the Washington State Patrol conducted increased DUI enforcement in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off our roadways.

The St. Patrick's Day enforcement resulted in a total of 173 officer contacts, with 11 individuals arrested for DUI. Officers also wrote 28 citations, gave 10 warnings and arrested 10 others for non-DUI related charges.

This DUI emphasis was made possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission as part of Target Zero, Washington's strategic road map for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.


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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 investigate shooting (Update 2) - 03/20/17

*** Update 2***

Vancouver Police have recovered a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle seen leaving the area of the shooting. The vehicle is currently being processed by the Major Crime Unit.

There is no additional information available at this time.


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**** Update 1 ***

Detectives have continued the investigation overnight and believe that the victims and the suspect were known to one another.

Detectives have also identified a person of interest related to this case.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

The identities of the victims are not being released at this time.


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Vancouver, Wash. -- On March 19, 2017 at approximately 5:15 p.m. Vancouver Police responded to reports of shots fired at a residence in the 1500 block of NE 140th Avenue. When police arrived, they located two males deceased.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit will be continuing the investigation and there is no additional information available at this time.



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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 Bank robbed, suspect arrested - 03/17/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On March 17, 2017 at approximately 12:29 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a robbery at the Bank of America located at 805 Broadway Street. A male entered the bank, presented a note to a teller and fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. Vancouver Police were not able to locate the suspect during the immediate canvass of the area, however a detailed description and surveillance photo from the robbery was sent out to law enforcement. A short time later, a Vancouver Police administrator saw a male matching the suspect description walking in the 600 block of E. Evergreen Blvd. Vancouver Police took the male into custody and positively identified him as the robbery suspect.

Alejandro Velasquez Mendoza, 05/17/91, was booked into the Clark County Jail for an outstanding warrant and Robbery I.


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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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Increased DUI enforcement on St. Patrick's Day (Photo) - 03/16/17

Vancouver, Wash. --On March 17, 2017, thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal Police Departments as well as the Washington State Patrol will have additional officers out on St. Patrick's Day 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. So whether it's green beer, or another type of green, getting behind the wheel impaired could mean a DUI.

Part of any St. Patrick's Day plan should include selecting a sober designated driver, or using mass transit, taxis or a ride share service to get around town. As a reminder, 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 driving and see a suspected impaired driver, call 911.

The Vancouver Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day!



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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 investigate bank robberies (Photo) - 03/15/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On March 14, 2017 at approximately 4:38 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a robbery alarm at the US Bank located at 16415 SE McGillivray Blvd. A male suspect entered the bank, presented a note to a teller but fled the bank before obtaining any money. At approximately 4:55 p.m. Vancouver Police responded to a bank robbery call at the Columbia Credit Union at 108 Grand Blvd. In this incident, a male entered the bank, handed the teller a note and fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect was described as a white male, mid or late 20s, 6'3", thin build, wearing a dark colored baseball cap, and dark colored jacket. Surveillance cameras also captured an image of the suspect. The same suspect is believed to be responsible for both crimes.

Anyone with information on the identity of the robbery suspect is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.



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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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Deceased Man Discovered at the Scene of Police Investigation - 03/10/17

At about 1225 am, Officers were called to a residence in the 2900 block of General Anderson Avenue for reports of a 'Burglary in Progress'. Upon arrival Officers located a subject face down on the apartment floor. The subject was observed to be unconscious and not breathing. Officers immediately began CPR and applied an AED. Fire and Medical units arrived to take over life-saving efforts. The subject was ultimately called deceased at the scene. Major Crimes Detectives were contacted and responded to investigate. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification to next of kin.

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Vancouver Police hiring entry and lateral police officers (Photo) - 03/09/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Police Department has current police officer vacancies and is actively hiring both entry and lateral level police officers. The department will have opportunities on March 11 and March 18 for prospective candidates to learn more about how to apply and test to become a Vancouver Police Officer.

This weekend the Vancouver Police Department will have a recruitment booth at the International Women's Festival NW:

Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Locations: Clark College, Gaiser Hall (1933 Fort Vancouver Way)

The following weekend, the Vancouver Police Department will be hosting an informational meeting designed to offer prospective candidates information on the testing and background process and to answer questions.

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Vancouver Police West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd.)

Both events are open to the public.

Additional information on Entry and Lateral Police Officers is always available on the Vancouver Police Department Careers page: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.

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Vancouver Police arrest two in stolen property case - 03/07/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 21, 2017 Vancouver Police responded to the report of an auto theft in which the victim reported his construction company vehicle had been stolen which contained numerous tools and pieces of construction equipment. On February 26, 2017, the victim reported that they saw several of their stolen tools listed for sale online.

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team West and East were assigned to the case and a meeting was arranged with the seller to purchase tools that were listed in the online ads. Detectives were at the meeting location when two males arrived with multiple stolen tools in their vehicle, many which were positively identified as belonging to the victim. As the transaction was taking place, Detectives moved in and took the two males into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Jason E Newkirk, 44, of Lake Oswego, was arrested for three counts of Trafficking Stolen Property I, Possession of Stolen Property I, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Meth, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing, and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. David R. McCune, 39, of Vancouver was arrested for Trafficking Stolen Property, Possession of Stolen Property I, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Meth and Resisting Arrest. Both were booked into the Clark County Jail.

The investigation also led to the location of a storage unit associated with one of the suspects. The storage unit contained a large quantity of tools and construction equipment.

In total for the investigation, Detectives recovered 261 stolen items and have been able to return just over 100 items to the rightful owners, with an estimated value of $26,000. Detectives located six companies that were victims, with five of them having had their company vans stolen only to be located a short distance away with all the tools removed.

There are approximately 160 items whose owners have yet to be identified and that have not been claimed. These items are posted on the Vancouver Police Department website: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/stolen-recovered-property-page-1-4. None of the property listed will be available for public viewing. The Vancouver Police Department will not accommodate walk-in traffic for individuals wishing to reclaim property who have not completed the proof of ownership steps below and been contacted by the Vancouver Police Department.


Here are the required steps:

1. You must provide a police report number, insurance claim, or other documentation of
where the item(s) were reported stolen as well as a description of the item(s).
2. You must have identifying numbers / serial numbers / markings / etc. and a valid way to identify the property. Property will not be released without adequate proof of ownership.
3. Each item is marked with a tag and an Item Number. Please have this Item Number available when leaving your phone message.

If you believe your property is posted on the Vancouver Police Department website, please contact Vancouver Police Detective Clesson Werner at (360) 487-7541. Please provide detailed information in your message and be prepared to provide proof of ownership as described above in points 1 and 2 and the Item Number as described in point 3.


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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 make arrest in shooting - 03/01/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 28, 2017 at approximately 1:40 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the report of a shooting at a convenience store parking lot at 13707 NE 28th Street. When officers arrived, they were unable to locate any victims or a suspect but did locate shell casings in the parking lot. Based on witness information, officers were able to locate the victims who relayed that they were at the store when another vehicle drove into the parking lot, a male exited that vehicle, approached the driver's side of their vehicle, got into some type of verbal altercation with the driver, and then displayed a handgun and began firing at their vehicle before fleeing the area. Officers located the victim vehicle which had multiple bullet holes in it. There were no injuries related to this incident.

Detectives from the Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF) continued the investigation and identified Edgar Thomas Quezada-Macias, 3-23-91, as the shooter. Quezada-Macias was arrested on February 28, 2017 by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), based on a joint case by PPB and SSTF. During the contact by PPB, Quezada-Macias was found in possession of a firearm and the suspect vehicle from the Vancouver shooting. Quezada-Macias was interviewed by detectives and subsequently booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a temporary felony warrant out of Clark County for Attempted Murder I while armed with a firearm, Assault I while armed with a firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm I, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm II.

The investigation is continuing and there is no further information available at this time.



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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 shooting (Update: Suspect booking info) - 02/28/17

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On February 28, 2017, the suspect in this case, Dominic T Tovar, 8/15/1993, was released from the hospital and booked into the Clark County Jail on the following charges:

1. Assault in the First Degree, RCW 9A.36.011
2. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree, RCW 9.41.040
3. Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, RCW 69.50.401
4. Attempting to Elude Police, RCW 46.61.024
5. Hit and Run Resulting in Personal Injury, RCW 46.52.020

The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.

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Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 25, 2017 at approximately 11:12 a.m., Vancouver Police were assisted a Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) officer contact and apprehend a wanted subject in the 2500 block of Main Street. When officers contacted the male subject, he attempted to hit a responding Vancouver Police officer with his vehicle, the Vancouver officer fired at the suspect, who then fled the scene in his vehicle. The suspect vehicle hit a vehicle, with two occupants inside, in the area of E 16th/Broadway and crashed into a building in the same vicinity. The suspect fled on foot and was taken into custody by responding officers in the area E 15th/C Street. The suspect was transported to an area hospital for evaluation of injuries, which appear to be non-life threatening. The two occupants of the vehicle who were hit by the suspect vehicle were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. A female passenger in the suspect vehicle was evaluated for injuries and is currently being detained. No law enforcement officers were injured.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating the traffic collisions and the Regional Major Crimes Unit is investigating the officer involved shooting.

Several streets will be closed while the investigation is continuing. Broadway-C Street is closed on E 16th and C Street is closed from E 16th- E 15th.

The involved officer is on critical incident leave, per standard procedure.

No further information is available at this time.




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Suspect shoots self during service of search warrant - 02/28/17

Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 28, 2017, an Elder Justice Center detective, with assistance from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit served a search warrant related to an elder abuse case at an apartment in the 5100 block of NE 72nd Avenue. When detectives arrived at the location, they received no response from anyone inside the apartment and entered under the search warrant. Detectives entered a bathroom and the suspect associated with the investigation brandished a handgun at the detectives. Detectives retreated and began a dialogue with the suspect. Several minutes later a single gunshot was heard inside the bathroom. The suspect was located with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On-duty SWAT personnel initially responded to the call when information that the suspect inside was armed and were staged outside the complex. After hearing the gunshot, SWAT personnel attempted a tactical rescue of the suspect but the individual was deceased.

Detectives from the Clark County Sheriff's office will be investigating the incident and no further information is available at this time.


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