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Vancouver Police working with FBI to locate missing child - 01/23/23

Vancouver, Wash. – On June 17, 2022, Vancouver Police conducted a welfare check to substantiate information related to a criminal investigation and account for the whereabouts and welfare of Breadson John, 8 years of age. Since June 2022, Vancouver Police Detectives have attempted to contact multiple family members to determine if Breadson is with family or is truly missing. To date, the family members that have been contacted have not provided investigators information related to the whereabouts of Breadson and he has not been located. In December 2022, charges of Custodial Interference were filed against Breadson’s Grandparents, who were his last known guardians and persons of interest regarding the initial criminal allegation.  

The Vancouver Police Department has also partnered with the FBI to assist with locating Breadson John. 

Anyone with information concerning Breadson John is asked to contact Vancouver Police Detective James Dewey;; (360) 487-7446 or 9-1-1.

Vancouver Police pursuit ends in Clackamas (update: detention center info added) - 01/21/23

Vancouver, Wash. – On January 21, 2023, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a robbery/carjacking at the Vancouver Mall (8900 NE Vancouver Mall Dr.). The victim had just parked her car and was walking toward the mall, when two males approached, demanded her keys and one of the suspects displayed a knife and threatened the victim. Out of fear for her safety, she handed over her keys and the two males got into her car and drove off. The victim was not injured. 

Shortly after the robbery, Vancouver Police Department units spotted the victim’s vehicle in the area and attempted a traffic stop. The suspects continued to drive off and Vancouver Police continued to pursue the suspects. The pursuit ended in Clackamas County, Oregon. Both suspects, a 13-year-old male and a 14-year-old male, were taken into custody and lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. 

An emergency warrant has been entered for extradition into Washington for the charges of Robbery/ Carjacking, Felony Harassment, Elude, and Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle.

Nothing further is releasable at this time. 



Vancouver Police arrest teacher - 01/05/23

Vancouver, Wash. – On January 3, 2023, Vancouver Police were contacted by a staff member at the Evergreen School District after a 17-year-old student had reported that a teacher had engaged in a text conversation that was of a sexual nature and had also sent the student a nude photo.

On January 5, 2023, Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit arrested Shelley R. Leatherwood for Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes (Felony). Leatherwood was booked into the Clark County Jail. (Leatherwood’s booking charge indicates a previous conviction; this is due to technical requirements with the jail booking software to trigger the felony level of the crime due to Leatherwood’s position of authority at the time the crime was committed). 

Vancouver Police are continuing the investigation and are asking any victims who may not have come forward to contact Detective Robert Givens at or Sergeant Julie Ballou at

Nothing further is releasable.