Vancouver Police retail theft emphases result in eleven arrests

Vancouver Police retail theft emphases result in eleven arrests07/26/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On June 28 and July 20, Vancouver Police partnered with multiple retailers in east Vancouver, and their respective loss prevention teams, to focus on retail theft. 

 The June 28 emphasis involved four retailers, lasted four hours and resulted in three arrests. The July 20 emphasis involved eight retailers, lasted eight hours and resulted in eight arrests, the seizure of two vehicles for search warrants and the recovery of stolen property. 

Although both emphases focused on retail theft, in which those arrested were charged with Theft II and/or Theft III, additional charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, forgery, violation of a protection order and the apprehension of multiple wanted individuals were also a result of this focused enforcement. 

The Vancouver Police Department continues to work with retailers throughout Vancouver to conduct retail theft enforcement emphases to address and deter this type of criminal activity. 

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Vancouver Police continue shooting investigation (Update: Witness information) (Photo)07/25/22

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Detectives have now identified and contacted two of the four witnesses. The individuals in the attached photos have yet to be identified. 

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The Vancouver Police Department is continuing the investigation into this shooting and is seeking to interview additional witnesses and to identify and interview the individuals in the attached photos. 

Tips or information related to this crime can be sent to Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit Detective Corporal Neil Martin, (360) 487-7423 or the Vancouver Police Tip Line, (360) 487-7399.

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Vancouver, Wash. – The Vancouver Police Department is continuing the investigation into a shooting that occurred on July 17, 2022, in which an 18-year-old male and a 19-year-old male were killed, and a 17-year-old male and a 19-year-old male were injured. All four victims are out of Portland. The two injured victims remain hospitalized in stable condition and their identities are not being released at this time. The identities of the two deceased victims will be released by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, pending completion of their investigation. 

The incident began as a party at a residence in the 3600 block of E 11th Street that started at approximately 10:00 p.m., with 15-20 invited guests, and quickly grew to over 70 people by midnight. At approximately 1:20 a.m., a verbal altercation between attendees at the party escalated, and four individuals were shot, each sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. 

There is no suspect information currently and the investigation by the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit and Safe Streets Task Force is continuing. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Vancouver Police Corporal Neil Martin at (360) 487-7423 or the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360) 487-7399. 

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Vancouver Police looking for missing man (Photo)07/22/22

The Vancouver Police Department seeks the public’s help in locating Kevin Osterkamp, a 44-year-old Vancouver man missing since late June. Based on a conversation with a close friend, the last time he spoke with anyone was June 22nd. Osterkamp’s Nissan Frontier pickup truck was towed from the parking lot of Lacamas Regional Park on July 18th, but had reportedly been in the lot for over a week before being removed. Osterkamp is a white male with brown hair and eyes. He is about 6’1″ tall and about 160 lbs. Anyone with information about Kevin Osterkamp is asked to call 911 or to email Detective David Jensen at [email protected].

Accidental Drowning at Frenchman’s Bar Park07/18/22

On 7/18/2022 at 4pm, Vancouver Fire Department and Vancouver Police Department responded to a swimmer in distress at Frenchman’s Bar Park.  A 30-year-old male from Hillsboro Oregon had fallen off a paddle board and was struggling to swim to shore.  VFD deployed rescue swimmers, but he had been underwater for several minutes and they were unable to locate him. 

Members of the Clark County Sherriff’s Office Search and Rescue dive team responded to assist in locating and recovering the body.  He was located by divers and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Clark County Sherriff’s Officer Marine Unit, Portland Fire Marine Unit and the US Coast Guard also responded, providing resources and a tremendous effort trying to locate the swimmer.

No further information is available at this time.

Vancouver Police investigate shooting at house party07/17/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On July 17, 2022, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the report of a shooting at a residence in the 3600 block of E 11th Street where a large party involving 50+ people was occurring. When police arrived at the residence, they located three individuals with gunshot wounds, one was deceased at the scene, two were transported to an area hospital, where one died. Shortly thereafter, a fourth gunshot victim, associated with this incident, arrived at the hospital via private vehicle. The two surviving victims are in serious condition. Witnesses have provided limited information to police regarding the suspects(s). 

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit and Safe Streets Task Force are continuing the investigation. Nothing further is releasable at this time.

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Vancouver Police substitute PIO July 1807/15/22

Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Police Public Affairs Manager Kim Kapp will be unavailable July 18. 

Lt. Kathy McNicholas will be covering PIO duties on July 18 during office hours (8am-5pm), and can be reached at (360) 487-7442 or at [email protected].

As always for inquiries outside of the above listed hours, or on weekends, please call dispatch on the media line and request a call back from on duty personnel. 

Please do not email or contact other personnel who have covered PIO duties in the past. Lt. McNicholas is the substitute for the above-listed date. 

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Lluvia Gonzalez

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High Risk Missing Persons (Photo)07/11/22

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Update 7/11/2022 8:45 PM

The children were located safe and returned home. Much thanks to the community for tips.

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The Vancouver Police is seeking assistance from the public in locating two missing juveniles. Anthony Gonzalez, 12 years of age and Lluvia Gonzalez, 11 years of age, are siblings. They left their family home in the Vancouver Rose Village neighborhood around 1200 am on 07/11/2022. Anthony is described as an Hispanic male, 5’01”, 140lbs, black hair and black eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, red sweat pants, and black and white shoes. Lluvia is described as an Hispanic female, 5’01”, 150lbs, black hair and black eyes. It is unknown what she was last wearing. These children are considered high risk missing persons due to their age. Anyone with information regarding their location is urged to call 911.  

Vancouver Police launch second camera platform testing and evaluation pilot07/07/22

Vancouver, Wash. – On July 11, the Vancouver Police Department will begin the second testing and evaluation (T&E) pilot for a body and in-car camera platform. Five officers will be equipped with body worn cameras and five vehicles will be equipped with front-facing and rear-passenger compartment cameras. The T&E process for this platform is expected to last 30-60 days.

In December 2021, the Vancouver Police Department concluded the first T&E of a camera platform. Based on that T&E, a revised request for proposal (RFP) was developed, which included additional operational needs and federal grant terms and conditions. The City is anticipating a $1.5M federal grant award this fall.

Once the current T&E pilot is completed, the RFP committee, which includes two community representatives and representatives from the City Attorney’s Office, Vancouver Police Department, and the City’s Information Technology Department, will meet to complete the RFP process.

More information on the Vancouver Police Department camera can be found at: Vancouver Police Camera Study | City of Vancouver, Washington, USA. 

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Vancouver Police investigate fire and suspicious deaths (Update)07/07/22

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Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Team are investigating this incident as a murder/suicide. There are no outstanding suspects. 

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the final cause and manner of death and will release identity of both deceased subjects once positive identification has been confirmed. 

Nothing further is releasable at this time. 

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Vancouver, Wash. –On June 25, 2022, at approximately 12:28 a.m., 9-1-1 received multiple calls regarding gunshots coming from a residence (4 plex) in the 2900 block of E 16th Street. As officers were enroute, callers reported smoke and flames coming from one of the units. Officers arrived and evacuated the neighboring units and assisted with road closure and scene protection as the Vancouver Fire Department extinguished the fire. This was a 2-alarm fire which involved 25 firefighters including an engine from Clark County Fire District 6. It took approximately 30 minutes to control the fire. Upon entering, emergency personnel located two deceased males inside the unit where the fire occurred. There were no additional reported injuries as a result of the fire. All residents of the 4 plex were displaced and are being assisted by Red Cross. 

Investigators from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Team and Vancouver Police Arson Team are continuing the investigation. Investigators from the Washington State Patrol and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting to process the scene. 

Nothing further is releasable at this time. 

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Vancouver Police investigate fatality related to plane crash at Pearson Field06/28/22

Vancouver, Wash. –On June 28, 2022, at approximately 7:39 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to Pearson Field (101 E Reserve) for the report of a plane crash. When emergency personnel from the Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Fire Department arrived, they located an aircraft on the runway on fire. Vancouver Fire personnel extinguished the fire and confirmed one person inside the aircraft was deceased. The Vancouver Police Department is conducting the death investigation. The identity of the deceased and cause and manner of death will be released from the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office pending notification of next of kin. 

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be conducting the investigation related to the crash. 

Nothing further is releasable at this time. 

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Article Source: Vancouver Police Department