Vancouver Police Dept.
Detectives Arrest Vancouver Man for Rape of a Child - 05/22/13
On May 22, 2013, at approximately 3:20 p.m., Detectives from the Children's Justice Center (CJC) utilized the SW Washington Regional SWAT team to serve a search warrant at a residence in the 9200 block of NE 14th Way. Detectives from CJC are conducting an investigation into the rape of a 5 year old child, a relative of the suspect. The SWAT team located the suspect, Christopher R. Warren, DOB 2/14/80, of Vancouver at the residence. Warren was arrested for Rape of a Child I and will be booked into the Clark County Jail.
The investigation is still ongoing and no further information will be released related to this case at this time.
Vancouver Police Arrest Two Men After SWAT Search Warrant - 05/16/13
On May 16, 2013 the SW Washington Regional SWAT Team executed a search warrant at 3116 NE 78th Avenue in Vancouver. The search warrant and subsequent arrest of Sergio J. Leon, DOB 12/9/91, and Aaron-Blair C. Davey, DOB 7/31/88, are related to a rape investigation by the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Team. Both Leon and Davey were arrested for Rape I and Unlawful Imprisonment and were booked into the Clark County Jail.
Evidence recovered from the scene also included a handgun and large quantity of marijuana. Charges stemming from the drugs are pending.
The investigation is ongoing and no additional details are available at this time.
Multiple Search Warrants Served Today by Regional SWAT Teams - 05/16/13
On May 16, 2013, members of the Southwest Regional SWAT Team, Gresham SWAT Team and Lower Columbia SWAT team executed 3 search warrants for evidence of Felony Assault II and racially motivated Malicious Harassment for an incident that occurred on March 18, 2013 at the Quarter Deck Bar (4300 E Fourth Plain Blvd) in Vancouver.
In the March 18th incident, it was reported that a disturbance was occurring at the bar and a gun was brandished, causing the patrons of the bar to be in fear for their safety. The suspects departed prior to police arrival.
Members from the SW Washington Interagency Gang Enforcement Team followed up with the investigation and as a result established probable cause for the arrest of:
Brent Luyster, 8/19/1980, 15802 NE 9th Circle Vancouver
Robert Luyster, 12/07/1981, 2111 E Mill PL Blvd Vancouver
Donald McElfish, 7/23/1950, 2801 Lewis River Road, Woodland
Search warrants were conducted at each of the listed subject's residence and they were taken into custody and booked into the Clark County Jail.
This case is still under investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.
Vancouver Police Investigate Pedestrian Hit by Vehicle - 05/15/13
On May 14, 2013 at approximately 5:44am, Vancouver Police responded to the 3100 block of Falk Road for a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian collision. Initial information called in to 9-1-1 indicated that the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene. While Officers were responding, the driver, Brian Ashard, 28, of Vancouver called 9-1-1 from a nearby business complex. Mr. Ashard returned to the collision scene on his own and cooperated with the investigation.
The pedestrian, a 17 year old female, was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Her name is not being released.
Falk Road was closed for approximately an hour and a half while the on scene investigation was completed.
At this time the investigation is continuing and no citations have been issued.
Pedestrian Hit by Semi-Truck, Vancouver Police Investigate - 05/15/13
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The pedestrian has been identified as Kevin J. Hoskins. He remains in critical condition at SW Peace Health Hospital. The driver is Jay A. Grow, 41, of Vancouver.
The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is continuing their investigation and is asking anyone who witnessed the collision that has not yet spoken to police to contact Ofc. Jeff Olson at (360) 487-7478.
On May 13, 2013 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a collision involving a pedestrian that was hit by a semi-truck in the area of E 15th Street/D Street. Early indications are the pedestrian stepped into the lane of traffic and was hit by a semi-truck that was unable to stop. Witnesses provided first aid to the pedestrian prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. The driver and witnesses remained on scene and are cooperating with the investigation. The pedestrian, a 25 year old male, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating. Traffic westbound on E 15th Street from the I-5 south off ramp to C Street will be closed while emergency personnel are on scene.
Vancouver Police Arrest Vancouver Woman for Sex Trafficking of a Minor
On May 13, 2013, Detectives from the Vancouver Police Digital Evidence and Cybercrime Unit (DECU) arrested Kelsey L. Vestal, 26, for promoting the commercial sexual abuse of a minor (sex trafficking). Her arrest follows an arrest on April 28, 2013 of co-defendant Ricky D. Horn, 18, for the same charge. Vestal and Horn are allegedly responsible for the sexual exploitation and prostitution of a 14 year old girl in the City of Vancouver. The arrests culminate over seven months of investigation for the detectives with the Digital Evidence and Cybercrime Unit.
For information on the DECU unit or the prevention of sex trafficking, visit the Vancouver Police Department at www.vanpolice.org.
Vancouver Police Locate and Arrest Assault Suspect (UPDATE: CORRECTED DOB) - 05/11/13
On May 11, 2013 at approximately 4: 30 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the Grand Central Fred Meyer at 2500 Columbia House Blvd. for a robbery and assault. A male suspect committed a theft at the store and when confronted by store security he stabbed the security guard and fled the store. The suspect, Ryan C. Shook, DOB 8/26/74, was located by Vancouver Police a short distance away and arrested for Robbery I and Assault I and booked into the Clark County Jail.
The security guard was transported to an area hospital with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries.
Vancouver Police Investigate Shooting - 05/11/13
The individual that was shot and was deceased when officers arrived is Thomas L Miller, 45.
The SW Washington Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing the investigation and no arrests have been made related to this case.
Anyone with information that may be pertinent to this case is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.
No further information on this investigation is available at this time.
On May 9, 2013 at approximately 5:24 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a call of a disturbance with weapons in the 2700 block of Fruit Valley Rd. When Officers arrived they located an adult male who had been shot and was deceased. An adult male resident of the home is believed to be the individual that fired at the other male. Information indicates the two males knew each other and Detectives do not believe there are any outstanding suspects.
Police have detained the resident and are continuing to conduct interviews with witnesses. A short portion of Fruit Valley Road from Fourth Plain-28th Street is closed while investigators are on scene. It is unknown how long the road closure will be in place but side streets are accessible to local traffic.
No information related to any of the individuals involved is being released at this time.
Vancouver Police Remind Drivers About Sun Glare Safety - 05/09/13
The Vancouver Police Department is reminding drivers that each year sun glare is a factor in traffic collisions. With sunny spring weather upon us and summer just around the corner, here are a few sun glare safety tips:
* Use sunglasses and the vehicle's visor, especially when driving toward the sun.
* Keep your vehicle's windshield clean on the outside and inside.
* Keep items off the dash that may glare into the windshield.
* Reduce speed in areas where there may be increased numbers of pedestrians or
bicyclists (parks, play grounds, schools, neighborhoods).
* Don't drive distracted
o Hands free cell phone only or better yet no cell phone usage while driving
o No texting and driving
o Keep other distractions such as adjusting the radio or talking to passengers
to a minimum.
Sun glare collisions can be deadly, but by implementing these tips you increase your chances of having a sunny and safe summer!
Vancouver Police Investigate Single Vehicle Collision (UPDATE: ID'S) - 05/07/13
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Vancouver Police have been notified that Molly Mayo, did not survive her injuries.
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The driver in this morning's crash is Molly Mayo, 19, of Vancouver. She remains in critical condition at Peace Health SW. The passenger, Caylie Nelson, 19, of Vancouver was treated and released.
On May 6, 2013 at approximately 1:40 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a single vehicle collision at SE 123rd Ave and SE Mill Plain Blvd. Indications are that a VW Jetta with two female occupants, both 19, was traveling eastbound on Mill Plain when the driver, lost control of the vehicle and hit a light pole at SE 123rd Avenue. The impact split the vehicle into two pieces and the driver was ejected. She was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The passsenger was also transported and appears to have non-life threatening injuries.
The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is conducting the investigation and at this time no further information is available.
Vancouver Police Investigate Sexual Assault on a Child - 05/05/13
On May 4th, 2013, Vancouver Police responded to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for a reported sexual assault involving a 14 year-old female. As a result of the investigation, on May 5th, 2013, detectives from the Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit served a search warrant on a residence in the 3100 Block of Kauffman Avenue in Vancouver, taking several items of evidence.
The accused in this case, 32 year-old Dustin M. Armstrong of Vancouver, was interviewed, was cooperative with detectives, and was arrested and booked into Clark County Jail for Third Degree Rape of a Child, Third Degree Child Molestation, First Degree Incest and Second Degree Incest.
The identity of the reported victim (a relative)will not be released due to the nature of these offenses. Detectives have no information at this time to suggest there are other possible victims. No further information is available at this time.
Vancouver Police Investigate Fatal Traffic Collision (Update: ID's-correction to last name) - 04/29/13
Vancouver Police have been notified that the passenger in the collision, Brittney K. Deter, 21, of Vancouver, did not survive her injuries. The driver in the collision, who was deceased when emergency personnel arrived, was Julie E. Deming, 32, of Vancouver.
On April 27, 2013 at approximately 1:58 a.m., Vancouver Police were called to the area of SE McGillivray Blvd./SE Olympia Dr. for a single vehicle traffic collision. When officers arrived, they located a Ford F150 pickup wrapped around a tree and light pole. Two females were inside the truck, one was deceased and the other has life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital.
The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is investigating and at this time excessive speed and possibly alcohol were factors in the collision. The identities of the two females are not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin and the ongoing investigation.
McGillivray Blvd. is closed in both directions from Olympia Dr.-140th Ave. and will remain closed while investigators are on scene.
Police respond to suspicious circumstance involving small child - 04/26/13
On April 25, 2013 at approximately Vancouver Police were dispatched to 2900 General Anderson (Marketplace apartments) regarding a suspicious circumstance in which a white male was observed holding the hand of a small Hispanic female who was screaming. The witness, as well as all parties involved were gone upon the officers arrival.
VPD officer was able to contact the witness via phone. The witness, who was at the Post Office, observed a small Hispanic female, approximately 2-3 years old across the street on Caples directly behind the Marketplace Apartments. A tan complected white male, approximately 5 ft 7 inches tall, wearing jean coveralls with a hole in the left knee and a buttoned up jean shirt, with dirty blonde hair and a scruffy face, was holding the girls hand. The witness approached the two of them and asked the male subject if he was the child's father and he said, "No." He asked if he was related to the child and the subject responded "What does it matter?" The witness said that male identified himself as "Jim." He did not have an accent. The male walked away north on Caples. The child ran back into the apartment complex and into the arms of a subject believed to be her father. An area check was made by the investigating officer who was unable to locate the suspicious male. In addition, the officer worked with the manager of the apartment complex to locate the child and father without success.
No further information is available. Reminder to parents to keep close eye on children and be aware of suspicious subjects