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CCSO Warns of Prolific Identity Thief - 06/11/21

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office wants local businesses to be aware of a prolific, wanted identity thief.  Anatoly V. Kutsar, age 38.  Kutsar has been the subject of several investigations by the Sheriff’s Office Tactical Detective Unit since February.  In a March search warrant at Kutsar’s residence, detectives located nearly twenty identification cards from Washington, Oregon, Texas and Florida, all bearing Kutsar’s image and various names of victims of identity theft. 

On June 11, 2021, Kutsar purchased a $36,000 dollar Dodge Charger from a local car dealership using a stolen identity.  The vehicle has been recovered.  When detectives attempted to apprehend him, Kutsar fled the scene in a gold 2002 Nissan Maxima (WA) BWC5287.

Kutsar is wanted on several felony crimes and has an active felony warrant for his arrest.  Anyone with knowledge of his location is asked to call 911. 

 

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Update:  SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIVE TEAM RESPONDS TO OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING - 06/11/21

On June 3, 2021, two Washington State Troopers and on Cowlitz Tribal Police officer were involved in an officer involved shooting.  The two involved Troopers are identified as Trooper Josh Bacheller a 6 year veteran of Washington State Patrol and is currently assigned to WSP District 5, Kelso detachment and Trooper Evan Tippets a 5.5 year veteran of the Washington State Patrol and is currently assigned to the WSP District 5, Kelso detachment.  The Cowlitz Tribal Police Officer is identified as Officer Austin Moore a 2.5-year veteran of the Cowlitz Tribal Police.  The two Troopers and the Cowlitz Tribal Officer were placed on critical incident leave at the time of the incident per protocol. 

 

The suspect, 47-year-old Vencine Hadley was struck by gunfire and transported to an area hospital to receive treatment.  He was subsequently released from the hospital and booked into the Clark County Jail for outstanding warrants and new charges of Attempt to Elude and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.   This continued investigation is ongoing and will be conducted by the Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIR Team) and additional charges are anticipated. 

The SWIIR Team is comprised of agencies in Clark County, including the Battle Ground Police Department, Camas Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and Vancouver Police Department.  In compliance with WAC 139-12, the involved agency personnel will not be involved in this investigation.

 

This press release is in compliance with weekly updates to the ongoing investigation to the media in accordance with Washington State Law I-940. 

 

No further information at this time.

Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Team responds to Officer Involved Shooting - 06/04/21

At 7:15 pm on Thursday June 3, 2021, Clark County Dispatchers were notified of a pursuit that was entering Clark County from Cowlitz County.  Information provided indicated that the Washington State Patrol was in pursuit of a vehicle that was originally stopped by Kelso Police Department for equipment violations but that the vehicle had fled the traffic stop at high speeds. 

Attempts were made to end the pursuit with the use of spike strips as the vehicle passed Woodland but the attempt was unsuccessful. 

The vehicle exited the freeway at exit 16, the La Center exit, and collided with an uninvolved vehicle at the top of the off ramp.  The involved vehicle was disabled due to the collision and came to a stop in the round-a-bout adjacent to the off ramp.  The pursuing WSP Troopers were then joined by an officer from the Cowlitz Tribal Police Department as they attempted to gain compliance with the male driver and a female passenger.  During this process, the WSP Troopers and the Cowlitz Police Officer discharged their firearms striking the driver.

The female passenger exited the vehicle and was taken into custody.  The driver, who was conscious and alert, refused to exit the vehicle.  In communicating with the troopers and officer, the driver told them that he had a firearm and that he was ready to die.  The driver was then seen multiple times using a meth pipe to ingest a substance believed to be methamphetamine. 

After approximately 20 minutes of negotiations the driver exited the vehicle and was taken into custody.  The driver was given emergency first aid by law enforcement before being transferred to medical personnel for continued treatment and transport to an area hospital.  The subject is in serious but stable condition. 

During the initial processing of the vehicle a firearm was recovered. 

This investigation is ongoing and will be conducted by the Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIR Team). 

The SWIIR Team is comprised of agencies in Clark County, including the Battle Ground Police Department, Camas Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and Vancouver Police Department.  In compliance with WAC 139-12, the involved agency personnel will not be involved in this investigation.

 

  • The Clark County Sheriffs Office is the case managing agency for this incident.  All future communications will be sent via the SWIIR Team.
  • The SWIIR Team will release the name of the involved officer and troopers at a later time.
  • Once the SWIIR Team investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Attached Media Files: media release
Clark County Inmate Dies After Apparent Suicide Attempt in Jail - 06/03/21

On June 1, 2021, corrections deputies at the Clark County Jail found an inmate unresponsive in his cell.  Corrections deputies and nursing staff began life saving procedures as emergency medical services was summoned.  The inmate, identified as Jesse M. White, was transported to a local hospital where today he succumbed to his injuries.

 

Mr. White had been in the Clark County Jail since May 11, 2021.  He was being held on suspicion of Assault 2-Domestic Violence with a Firearm; Assault 2 – Domestic Violence, Harassment and Theft of a Firearm.  His death is under active investigation of the Clark County Major Crimes Unit. 

Clark County Deputies respond to a homicide and juvenile male is taken into custody. - 05/24/21

On 05/24/21 at approx. 1215 am, Clark County deputies responded to an address in northern Clark County on the report of a disturbance where a victim had been stabbed.  Deputies arrived at the residence and found an adult male deceased.  A juvenile male was taken into custody and booked into the Clark County juvenile detention on Murder II charges.  The victim and suspect are not being identified at this time.

Clark County Major Crimes Unit is investigating.