Vancouver Police Dept.
Vancouver Man Arrested After Pepper Spray Incident at Medical Clinic - 03/06/14
On March 6, 2014 at approximately 1:40 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the PeaceHealth Medical Group at 16811 SE McGillivray Blvd. for the report of a disturbance involving a male that sprayed pepper spray inside the clinic lobby. When officers arrived they discovered several patients and staff complaining of respiratory irritation. The can of spray was located and was determined to be blue pepper spray. No series injuries occurred as a result of this incident.
Christopher J. Briggs, DOB 6/13/1985, of Vancouver was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on four counts of Assault IV.
Vancouver Fatal Hit and Run Suspect Arrested - 02/27/14
On February 26, 2014 Vancouver Police were notified by Camas Police that they located and arrested Jessica B. Van Wechel, 30, of Camas. Van Wechel is the suspect in the fatal hit and run collision that occurred on October 28, 2013 at Mill Plain Blvd./105th Avenue. Stephen D. Dewey, 65, of Vancouver, was using a walker to cross Mill Plain Blvd. when he was struck by a vehicle that left the scene. Mr. Dewey later died of his injuries.
Vancouver Police developed probable cause for Van Wechel as the suspect in that crime and notified area law enforcement. At approximately 9:50 p.m., Camas Police conducted a traffic stop on Van Wechel and booked her into the Clark County Jail on Driving While License Suspended III and Hit and Run Injury or Fatality.
The investigation is continuing and no further information is available at this time.
Vancouver Police Locate Missing Girl (Photo)
Hannah Turkington, a missing 12 year old in Vancouver, WA was located by Vancouver Police Detectives at approximately 0840 hours in Vancouver and was safe and unharmed. Vancouver Police wish to thank those citizens who called in to offer tips as to her possible location.
Vancouver Bank Robbed - 02/11/14
On February 11, 2014 at approximately 2:55 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a bank robbery at Sterling Bank (6501 E. Mill Plain Blvd.). The suspect entered the bank, demanded cash and fled the bank on foot. No weapon seen or implied.
Both Marshall Elementary School and McLoughlin Middle School were locked down briefly while police were in the area. Vancouver Police responded to the surrounding area and a K9 track was conducted however, the suspect was not located.
The suspect is described as a white male, slim build, 5'10", late 30s/early 40s, wearing a wig, dark blue or black athletic pants, dark blue or black jacket with 'rubbery' material and construction style shoes/boots.
Anyone with information on the possible identity of the robber is asked to call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.
Vancouver Police Make Three Arrests in Homicide Investigation - 02/06/14
On February 4, 2014, at about 2:58 AM, the body of Craig Moritz was found in a field in the 7700 block of NE Vancouver Mall Drive. He had sustained a fatal gunshot wound.
Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes team were called to investigate.
On February 4, 2014, Jonathan Hensley, 21, and Shawn Fortner, 19, were arrested in Vancouver on Murder I charges with regard to their alleged involvement in the shooting death of Craig Moritz. A third suspect was being sought following the arrest of Hensley and Fortner.
On February 5, 2014, Zacheriah A. Douglas was located and arrested in Forest Grove, Oregon. He was arrested on an outstanding Washington DOC warrant and was also being sought as the alleged shooting suspect in the homicide investigation. Douglas is presently being held in the Washington County Jail pending extradition to Clark County to be charged for Murder I in the death of Craig Moritz.
The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.