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Vancouver Police investigate strong-armed robbery - 09/29/22

On 09/28/2022 at approximately 10:50 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a strong-armed robbery that occurred at the Vancouver Mall located at 8700 Vancouver Mall Drive. 

The victim was walking through the parking lot on her way to work, when she noticed a maroon-colored vehicle (resembling a Kia Optima) drive past her and park. Shortly thereafter, a male exited the vehicle, attacked the victim from behind, grabbed her purse knocked her to the ground during the struggle and fled with her purse in the maroon vehicle.  

Video of the incident is posted on the VPD Twitter feed:@VancouverPDUSA

The suspect is described as a black male wearing black hoodie pulled tight around his face.  Witnesses state there were a total of three males inside the suspect vehicle. 

Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit at (360) 487-7440.  

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Vancouver Police investigate shooting and attempt to identify suspect (Photo) - 09/29/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On September 29, 2022, at approximately 2:21 a.m., a white colored sedan (possibly a BMW) with a black roof pulled up to the McDonald’s drive-through window at 2814 NE Andresen Rd. The driver attempted to order food through the window, however the McDonald’s was closed at the time. The suspect was advised by staff that the business was closed. He then pulled out a gun and fired a shot through the drive-through window (photo attached of bullet hole through window). No one was injured. 

Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect (photos attached).

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit at (360) 487-7440.  

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Vancouver Police arrest male who approached kids at school bus stops - 09/27/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On September 16, 2022, Vancouver Police were notified of a suspicious male who was reportedly talking with middle school aged kids at a school bus stop in the area of NE 144th Avenue/Hearthwood Blvd. The male was offering the kids candy, inviting them to come over to his house and put his mouth on one child’s ear. A Vancouver Police Detective from the Children’s Justice Center was assigned to investigate. 

On September 22, the detective parked near the bus stop and witnessed the male approach kids and begin talking with them. The detective contacted the male and subsequently conducted an interview. Following the interview, the male was released, pending further investigation. On September 26, shortly after obtaining additional witness statements regarding the male’s behavior at the bus stop, Vancouver Police Patrol responded to an incident in which a male was seen standing near a school in the area of NE Hearthwood Blvd. with his hands down his pants touching himself. That individual was the same male that was being investigated for the incidents at the bus stop. 

Later that afternoon, on September 26, 2022, Vancouver Police arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail, Jacques D. Lesuer, 60 years of age, for one count of Stalking, one count of Luring, and one count of Assault IV with sexual motivation. 

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

 

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Vancouver Police investigate shooting - 09/19/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On September 18, 2022, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 4800 block of Hazel Dell Avenue for a disturbance with weapons call. When police arrived, they located a male with a gunshot wound. Responding officers began emergency medical treatment of the victim, to include applying chest seals to the wound until he could be transported to an area hospital. 

According to witnesses, two males were sitting inside a vehicle and were involved in some type of physical altercation. The suspect excited the passenger side of the vehicle, reached back inside, and shot the victim while he was sitting in the driver’s seat before fleeing the area. The suspect is described as a black male, 5’7”-5’10”. 

A K9 track was conducted, however the suspect was not located. 

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation. 

Nothing further is releasable at this time. 

 

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Vancouver Police investigating arson   (Update: Arrest) - 09/14/22

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On September 14, 2022, at approximately 12:03 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a business located at 808 Harney Street for the report of a male who was observed on a security camera burglarizing the business.  The male was located inside the business and was arrested without incident. This male was also determined to be the suspect in the arson investigation on September 12, 2022 referenced below. 

Aidan Michael Murray was booked into the Clark County Jail for Burglary II, Theft III, Malicious Mischief II and Arson I. 

The arson investigation is continuing. 

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Vancouver, Wash. – On September 12, 2022, at approximately 9:37 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the report of an arson in progress at a residence in the 3500 block of F Street. The homeowner confronted an individual who was setting a fire near the garage of the home and the suspect fled on foot. The homeowner was able to extinguish the fire. Vancouver Police set up containment and conducted a K9 track. The suspect was not located. 

Vancouver Police Department arson investigators and the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office are continuing the investigation. Nothing further is releasable at this time. 

 

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Vancouver missing person located deceased - 09/06/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On July 7, 2022, the body of a male was recovered from the Columbia River by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO Case # 2022-27847). Vancouver Police Department (VPD) personnel were notified of the recovery on August 5, 2022, by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s (ME) Office and were advised that the recovered body was possibly Brandon Majors, who has been missing from Vancouver since May 12, 2021. Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit provided the Multnomah County ME’s Office with medical and dental records and photographs from Brandon Major’s missing person file. 

On September 1, 2022, the Multnomah County ME’s Office positively identified the body as Brandon Majors. His family has been notified. 

Multiple agencies have assisted the Vancouver Police Department with the Brandon Major’s missing person investigation including the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, the US Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and the Portland Police Bureau.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Vancouver Police Detective Zachary Ripp at (360) 487-7391 or zachary.ripp@cityofvancouver.us.

 

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