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Increased DUI enforcements May 3 (Photo) - 05/01/19

Vancouver, Wash. – On May 3, 2019, the Vancouver and Battle Ground Police Departments and Clark County Sheriff’s Office 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 those conducting these increased DUI patrols. In addition Officers from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board will also be participating in this emphasis.

Alcohol and drug impaired driving is the leading contributing factor in Washington fatal crashes, with alcohol and cannabis being the most common combination of intoxicants. Getting behind the wheel intoxicated can mean a DUI, if you don’t plan ahead for sober transportation. As a reminder, Uber offers 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 throughout the year to help keep our roadways safer.

If you are driving and see a suspected impaired driver, call 911.

The Vancouver Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Cinco de Mayo weekend!




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 substitute PIO - 05/01/19

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Police Public Information Coordinator Kim Kapp will unavailable May 2 and 3. Taking media calls during office hours those dates will be Lt. Kathy McNicholas who can be reached at (360) 487-7442.

As always for afterhours inquiries please call dispatch on the media line and request a call back from on duty personnel.



Vancouver Police utilize cutting edge DNA and genetic genealogy to solve 25 year old homicide case (Photo) - 04/30/19

Vancouver, Wash. – On July 17, 1994, at 7:45 p .m. Vancouver police were dispatched to the 8000 block of E. Fourth Plain Blvd. The caller reported concern over the welfare of their neighbor, Audrey Hoellein (Frasier). Police made entry into Ms. Hoellein’s (pronounced Hay-Line) apartment and discovered her deceased.  The investigation revealed that Ms. Hoellein was brutally raped and murdered. At the time of her murder, physical evidence including DNA was collected but no matching information was in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), the national database that contains DNA profiles of individuals convicted of certain crimes.  The DNA samples were thereby listed as unknown person; "Individual A". During the course of the initial investigation, several suspects were developed but were eliminated as being the source of the DNA evidence. Over the course of several years, numerous persons of interest were developed and tested against “Individual A” with negative results, as well as the sample being uploaded into CODIS with negative net results. For the past 25 years the case remained assigned to detectives in the Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit but remained unsolved.

In 2018, Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit contacted Parabon NanoLabs and started the process to submit original crime scene DNA to Parabon in June 2018.  The first Phenotype/Snapshot report was delivered to the Vancouver Police Department in August 2018 and the Genealogy report was provided in October 2018.  Law enforcement agencies across the country use the Parabon’s Snapshot ® DNA Analysis Service (Snapshot) to advance investigations when traditional DNA methods fail to produce a match. The newest Snapshot service offering, genetic genealogy , uses advanced DNA testing in combination with innovative genetic analysis, sophisticated identification techniques and traditional genealogical methods to establish the relationship between an individual and his/her ancestors. For forensic investigations, it is used to generate highly informative leads as to the possible identity of an unknown victim or offender.

In the investigation of the rape and murder of Audrey Hoellein (Frasier), Parabon submitted a genetic data profile created from the unknown crime scene DNA sample to a public genetic genealogy database for comparison in hopes of finding individuals who share significant amounts of DNA with the unknown subject. These genetic matches served as clues to inform traditional genealogy research: first, family trees of the matches were constructed back to the set of possible common ancestors using online genealogy databases, newspaper archives, public family trees, obituaries, and other public records, after which descendancy research was employed to enumerate the possible identities of the unknown subject. Other information, such as age, location, triangulation between matches, and/or ancestry and phenotype (trait) predictions, were used to narrow down the possibilities before a final list of leads was produced.

The Vancouver Police Department then used the information on leads produced through the Parabon process to continue the investigation. Abandoned DNA was obtained from one of the leads and that sample was sent to the Washington State Crime Lab for testing. That testing revealed that the DNA from the abandoned DNA matched the DNA located at the original crime scene for “Individual A”.

On April 28, 2019, Vancouver Police conducted a traffic stop on Richard E. Knapp, 57, of Fairview OR. Knapp was interviewed and subsequently arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Knapp has been extradited to Clark County and was booked for Murder I. He is anticipated to make first appearance in Clark County Court on May 1, 2019.

The following is a statement from the Hoellein family:

“This crime not only took away a sister from her two brothers, it left a mother and father without a daughter, and a young child without a mother. Since then the family has grown with nephews that will never meet their aunt, and a grandchild that can only see grandma in pictures, only knowing her from shared memories.

We as a family are grateful for the many detectives that have worked on this case. But, we are extremely grateful for detectives Dustin Goudschaal and Neil Martin. The loss of a loved one is something very tragic for a family. When this loss was at the hands of someone else, the grief is impossible to bare. Many losses have closure at the funeral; in this case the funeral wasn’t enough. Our family was left with so many unknowns, the biggest of these being who did this awful crime. As this case is starting to unfold after almost 25 years, the wound is being re-opened, and our family is experiencing the pain all over again.  But, Thanks to detectives Dustin Goudschaal and Neil Martin our family may finally have the opportunity to find closure to our biggest unknown. We hope that the use of this technology can be used to bring closure to more families across the nation”.

About Parabon NanoLabs, Inc.

Parabon ® NanoLabs , which developed and operates the Snapshot ® DNA Analysis Service, is a vertically

integrated DNA technology company located in Reston, Virginia, that develops next-generation forensic and therapeutic products, which leverage the enormous power of DNA. Staffed by a uniquely qualified team of scientists, analysts, and technologists, with expertise ranging from bioinformatics and genetic genealogy to chemistry and computer science, Parabon is bringing to market revolutionary new products and services made possible by recent advances in DNA sequencing, analysis and manufacturing technologies.


Media Inquiries About the Snapshot Technology Can Be Directed To:

Parabon NanoLabs Contact

Paula Armentrout

P: 703.689.9689 x250


Public Relations Contact

Laura Burgess Marketing

P: 252.288.5805">


Vancouver Police host news conference to discuss arrest in 25 year old homicide case - 04/30/19

Vancouver, Wash. – On April 28, 2019, the Vancouver Police Department made an arrest of a suspect in a 25 year old homicide investigation. We will be holding a news conference to discuss details of the investigation and what led to the arrest.

          Date:             April 30, 2019

          Time:             1:00 p.m.

          Location:         Vancouver Police Headquarters (605 E Evergreen Blvd.)

No details regarding the arrest or the case will be discussed in advance of the news conference. Attendees of the news conference can pick up a detailed media release that will cover the information shared in the news conference along with other materials. For those that are unable to attend the news conference, the comprehensive media release and supplemental materials will be sent out after the news conference.



Hit and Run on a Police Vehicle (Update: suspect vehicle photo) (Photo) - 04/25/19

*** Update ***

On 4-25-19, at approximately 1815 hours, Detectives from the VPD Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) and the Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF) located the below suspect vehicle in the area of Salmon Creek Avenue and NE 127th Street. 

The suspect fled in the vehicle, nearly striking two VPD vehicles.  The suspect vehicle sustained flat tires after striking a curb, and short pursuit ended when the suspect tried to flee on foot from the vehicle.  The suspect was taken into custody a short distance away, and was identified as Jerry Sakkan, DOB 7/12/91, of Vancouver.  He was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail for several felony warrants, Attempt to Elude, Hit & Run Attended Vehicle, and Hit & Run Unattended Vehicle.     

*** Update***

Attached is a photo of the suspect vehicle. 


On 04-25-19 at approximately 08:30 AM, Vancouver Police Officers contacted an adult male subject who was sitting in the driver's seat of a parked Kia SUV.  This incident occurred in an apartment complex located at 3000 block of NE 109th Ave in Vancouver.

During the contact, the unidentified male subject fled the scene in his SUV, striking and damaging a stopped police vehicle in the process.  The suspect was last seen leaving the area at a high rate.

The suspect vehicle is a 2018 Kia SUV, silver in color, possibly the "Sportage" model.  California License plate number "7ZDS854."  The vehicle is a rental from a local car rental company.  There should be at least some minor collision damage to the vehicle's front driver's side corner.   

Suspect was an adult Asian or Pacific-Islander male in his mid to late twenties.  Suspect had a pony tail and several tattoos on both arms.

Vancouver Police investigators are requesting the public to be on the lookout for the described suspect vehicle.  If seen, please call "911" as soon as possible. 

Attached Media Files: Hit_and_Run_vehicle_1.jpg
Male arrested after kidnapping bus driver in Vancouver - 04/19/19

Update:  After further investigation it was learned that all passengers, other than the suspect, had left the bus prior to this incident occurring.


On April 19, 2019 at approximately 6:06 p.m. Vancouver Police were dispatched to an incident involving a male who boarded a C-Tran bus in the area of NE Covington Rd./NE Fourth Plain Blvd., implied that he had a gun and demanded to be transported to Portland. No gun was seen. The bus had passengers on board and at some point the driver was able to stop the bus and let the passengers off. The driver continued to drive the suspedt toward Portland and responding patrol officers were able to deploy spike strips in an attempt to stop the bus. The spike strips were not effective, however the bus entered heavy traffic on the I-205 bridge and officers were able to get in front of the bus and stop it.

The driver was safely removed from the bus and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The suspect, Anthony S. Lybeck, 31, was booked into the Clark County Jail on Kidnap I.

There were no injuries. The name of the driver and the passengers is not being released.