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Armed Robbery - 02/18/19

Vancouver, Wash. - On February 17, 2019, at approximately 2131 hours, Vancouver Police responded to the Plaid Pantry at 1002 W. Fourth Plain Boulevard, for an armed robbery that had just occurred.  Information received was a male entered the store, pointed a small semi-automatic handgun at the clerk, and demanded cash and cigarettes.  The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and several packs of cigarettes.  Initial reports were the suspect left on foot westbound away from the store, but it was later learned the suspect actually fled eastbound.  A K9 track was attempted, but the suspect was not located.  

The suspect is described as a black male, late teens or early twenties, 5'8" to 6'-0" tall, thin build.

Investigation is continuing, and no further information available at this time.  

Vancouver Safe Streets Task Force arrests violent fugitive (Photo) - 02/15/19

Vancouver, Wash. –On February 13, 2019, Detectives from the Safe Streets Task Force and Neighborhood Response Team East arrested Washington State Department Of Corrections fugitive, and Norteno gang member, Mario Barasa, 35, of Vancouver.  When located by police, Barasa was found in possession of a loaded handgun along with methamphetamine and heroin for distribution.  Inside Barasa’s residence another handgun, methamphetamine along with scales and packaging were located. 

Barasa was booked into the Clark County Jail on his fugitive warrant and the following charges:

  • 2 counts Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of the Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver Heroin
  • Possession of the Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine
  • Possession of the Controlled Substance Heroin
  • Possession of the Controlled Substance Methamphetamine
  • Escape Community Custody

The investigation is ongoing and nothing further is releasable at this time.


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Vancouver Police Officer who discharged weapon during pursuit identified - 02/07/19

Vancouver, Wash. – On February 5, 2019, Vancouver Police were assisting the Kelso Police Department with the apprehension of a homicide suspect. A Vancouver Police Officer located the suspect vehicle in Vancouver and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle fled and a pursuit ensued, which continued into Portland, Oregon. During the pursuit, the officer discharged his firearm. The officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries and has since been released from medical care. 

The involved officer is Officer James Porter, 28.

Officer Porter was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in March 2016. He is assigned to West Precinct Patrol.

Following standard department protocol, he is on critical incident leave.

The officer involved shooting investigation will be handled by the Portland Police Bureau.





Super Bowl Sunday DUI emphasis results (Photo) - 02/04/19

Vancouver, Wash. –On February 3, 2019, law enforcement officers from the Vancouver and Battle Ground Police Departments and Clark County Sheriff’s Office conducted a DUI emphasis in SW Washington. Here are the results of that Super Bowl Sunday emphasis:

  • Contacts                     71
  • DUI Arrests                   1
  • Citations/Infractions    37
  • Warnings                     44
  • Other Arrests                 6

This additional enforcement was made possible thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

For more information on this grant, please visit the Vancouver Police Department DUI Enforcement page: .




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Missing Child - 01/31/19

****************** UPDATE*****************************

Missing child (Olga Trejo-Soltero) found safe and returned home.


The Vancouver Police is requesting help, to locate thirteen year old Hispanic female, Olga Trejo-Soltero; who was reported missing by her family today. It is believe she may be in the company of an 18-19 year old Hispanic male whom she meet through social media and/or friends. Checks of residences of both subjects have met with negative results.

Olga is 5'2" to 5'3" tall and 150 to 160 lbs with Brown hair and eyes . She was last seen wearing Black leggings, Black and Gray hoody.  No photo is available at this time.

If found please call your local police agency or Columbia Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) through 3-1-1.

Missing Woman Update - Found (Photo) - 01/23/19

Vancouver, WA - On Jaunuary 23, 2019, missing person, Katheryn Miller was located by another motorist near Frenchman's Bar off of Lower River Rd in Vancouver.  Vancouver Police were contacted by the motorist at which time they responded to the scene.  Ms. Miller was found to be in good health at the time of contact and was transported home.



Vancouver, WA – On January 22, 2019 at approximately 9:50 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 5500 blk of Evergreen Blvd in regards to a missing, endangered person.  A family member reported that Katheryn Miller (73) had not returned home after going to the store several hours earlier.  Ms. Miller has early onset of Alzheimer’s and tends to have memory issues.  Ms. Miller was last seen at around 5:00 pm.  She is described as a white female, 4’10” 120 lbs.  She was last seen wearing a white baseball cap, white Nike jacket, and blue jeans.  Ms. Miller was also driving a blue Kia Forte bearing Washington License # BMM2290.                                                                                                                             

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Katheryn Miller is asked to call 911.

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Vancouver Police Department launches Community Camera Registration Program - 01/22/19

Vancouver, Wash. –The Vancouver Police Department is excited to launch our Community Camera Registration Program. Residents and business owners throughout Vancouver who have surveillance cameras are asked to register their privately owned camera systems with the Vancouver Police Department. As officers investigate criminal incidents, they may be able to use footage gathered from community cameras to help solve crimes.

The Community Camera Registration Program allows residents and business owners to register locations and capabilities of their security camera systems with the Vancouver Police Department.  Through this registration program, officers conducting investigations can quickly identify cameras that may have captured criminal activity for the cases they are working. After registering a camera, the registrant would only be contacted if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of the registered camera. If that occurs, the Vancouver Police Department would contact the registrant at the email or phone number they included on their registration form to ask to view the camera footage.  The Vancouver Police Department will not be able to access video footage directly.

Registration only takes a minute and it can be done online. Visit our Community Camera Registration page for more information:

“The goal of this program is to empower residents by taking a community wide approach to policing. We are excited to take our community partnership efforts to the next level with the Community Camera Registration Program”, says Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.





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