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The Vancouver Police Department, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in arresting a car thief who has used the car to steal other cars and to commit dozens of car prowls.
On October 23, 2012, Vancouver (WA) Police East and West Neighborhood Response Teams (NRT) were conducting surveillance at a Vancouver apartment complex in at attempt to locate a white 2010 Ford Fusion four-door, Oregon plate WVN807 (plate stolen from a different vehicle). This stolen vehicle is suspected in numerous vehicle prowls including theft of a firearm, frauds that were committed from credit/debit card theft, hit and run, Assault in the First Degree, and fleeing from marked police vehicles on multiple occasions.
While conducting surveillance, two subjects approached the Fusion, entered both the driver and passenger doors and started the vehicle. Surveillance units in undercover cars drove into the lot and "pinned" (made physical contact with the rear bumper of the suspect vehicle) the Fusion against a curb it was parked against.
Detectives wearing clothing clearly identifying them as "police", and identifying themselves verbally to the suspects as "police" numerous times, ordered the occupants of the vehicle to comply. Instead, the driver of the Fusion punched the gas, went over the curbing and up onto a grass embankment and against a utility box. The driver then put the Fusion in reverse, accelerated at a very high rate and slammed backward into the undercover car hitting it hard enough to move it approximately 10 feet backwards and spin it 90 degrees.
As this occurred, one Sergeant jumped away from the Fusion and undercover car to avoid being struck. The suspect driver then accelerated at a high rate forward directly toward a second undercover vehicle and another Detective who jumped out of the way as the Fusion accelerated past and fled the parking lot.
The Fusion fled north from the area running stop signs at a high rate of speed.
Vancouver Police units in the area observed the Fusion eastbound on Southeast 29th Street at SE 164th Avenue but lost it at that location.
This vehicle was located abandoned in Camas, Washington on October 28, 2012.
Surveillance photos of the suspect and the recovered vehicle have been released to assist the public with identification.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.
Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.
Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.
Public Information Coordinator
Vancouver Police Department
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Sgt. Pete Simpson