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Vancouver Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in finding a missing woman who has not been seen since 6/14/2020. Darla Jean Pardo is 60 years old. She is Caucasian with dark brown hair, and hazel eyes. Darla is about 5'7" tall and weighs about 160 lbs. She wears glasses. She is not known to have been driving a vehicle.
Darla rents a room from a couple in Vancouver and works for a property management company in Portland. She told her landlord and her employer she was leaving for a one week vacation around 6/12/2020 and left on 6/14/2020. Her destination was not disclosed. Darla never returned from her absence and did not respond to attempts to contact her. Darla does not have any known family or close friends in the Clark County area.
Anyone with information on where Darla Pardo may be is asked to call 911.
************ Missing juvenile located. Thank you for your assistance. *********************
The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing juvenile. Twelve year old, Kaya Isham, was last seen in the area of the 9300 block of NE 6th Street, Vancouver WA, around 10:30-11:00 pm on July 3rd. She is possibly headed to the area of SE 1st Street and 164th Ave.
Kaya is described as an Asian female, 5’2” tall, 125lbs, long brown hair, brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket and grey sweat pants. If you see Kaya or have any information on her whereabouts please call 911.
Vancouver, Wash. –On July 1, 2020, the Kalama, Washington Police Department began a child sexual exploitation investigation involving a 14 year old victim who was being groomed for sex by a 39 year old male in Florida. The male had been communicating with the girl for several months over a variety of social media platforms and was posing online as a 20 year old. As the primary Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) affiliate in SW Washington, the Vancouver Police Department’s Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit (DECU) was requested to provide assistance in the case.
DECU detectives and Kalama Police met with the victim and her family, then assumed her online persona and began an undercover operation to identify and expose the suspect. During online chats with the man, detectives learned the he was currently somewhere in Vancouver, Washington and was making plans to meet the victim.
Because the suspect knew the location of the victim’s residence, the victim and her family were notified and a safety plan was set up with Kalama Police Department. DECU detectives immediately wrote warrants and emergency orders to several electronic and online service providers in an attempt to locate the suspect.
After finding the suspect in the downtown area of Vancouver, detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Neighborhood Response Teams set up surveillance, while DECU detectives continued chatting with him. The suspect advised he was on his way to the victim’s house to bring her a cell phone and was observed leaving his hotel on a bicycle. He arrived shortly thereafter at the victim’s house where he was seen by detectives hiding a plastic bag in the victim’s backyard. He was arrested without incident by surveillance teams. The bag was later found to contain a cell phone hidden in a box of gum packets, some chocolate bars and a love letter to the victim.
A subsequent search warrant on the three phones the suspect possessed revealed the sexually exploitive chats with the victim and DECU undercover officers, thousands of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit activity and a Google map used to located the victim’s residence. The love letter found in the bag detailed the man’s obsession for the girl and how he had immediately gone to her house after arriving in Washington on a bus. He also explained that he purchased her the cell phone so they could communicate secretly. The letter went further to detail that he even watched the victim’s younger brother playing in the yard.
Detectives executed a search warrant at the suspect’s hotel room and located what appears to be a kidnappers kit which included heavy duty flex cuffs, handcuffs, duct tape, rubber gloves, face wrap/blindfold, lubricant, a sex toy, several large knives, a hatchet, and a .45 caliber handgun and ammunition. An additional cell phone, laptop computer and a thumb drive were also seized and are being forensically examined.
Samuel Aaron Leonard, 04/18/81, of New Port Richey, Florida, was arrested and booked on the following charges:
-Communication with a minor for immoral purposes
-Possession of child pornography in the 1st degree
-Dealing of child pornography in the 1st degree
-Sexual exploitation of a minor
Significant follow up will be conducted by DECU in the coming weeks, including computer forensics on numerous cell phones, the laptop and the thumb drive that all appear to have depictions from hundreds of other minors the suspect was communicating with across the United States. DECU is currently working with Florida ICAC teams in the Pasco, County Florida area to serve warrants on the suspect’s residence.
The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent assigned to DECU will be referring this case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District for consideration of federal charges related to his travel across state lines to facilitate these crimes.
This case could easily have had a tragic ending had alert parents and siblings of the victim not been paying close attention and alerted authorities. The Vancouver and Kalama Police departments are very grateful for the cooperation and assistance given by this family and the numerous law enforcement agencies involved in this case.
The Vancouver Police Department and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force encourages anyone who believes a child is being exploited online to call 9-1-1 to report their concerns to law enforcement immediately.
Vancouver, Wash. –On July 2, 2020, at approximately 10:24 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a vehicle fire in a parking lot at 2901 NE St. Johns Blvd. When officers arrived they also located a 63 year old male suffering from burns. According to witnesses, the victim was sitting inside his vehicle and an unknown male approached the vehicle and poured gasoline on both the vehicle and the victim. The victim gets out of his vehicle and the suspect lights the vehicle on fire, which engulfs the victim in flames. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment for his burns.
The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is investigating. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at 360) 487-7399.
The investigation is ongoing and nothing further is releasable at this time.
Vancouver, Wash. – Vancouver Police Public Information Coordinator Kim Kapp will be out of the office Monday, July 6, 2020.
Lt. Kathy McNicholas will handle PIO duties that day, during office hours (8am-5pm), and can be reached at (360) 487-7442 or at email@example.com.
As always for inquiries outside of business hours or on weekends or holidays, please call dispatch on the media line and request a call back from on duty personnel.
*** Correction ***
The home where the party was allegedly occurring was rented through VRBO, not Airbnb.
We apologize for the error.
Vancouver, Wash. –On June 28, 2020, at approximately 2:47 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to multiple shots fired calls in the 1000 block of NE 151st Ave. An additional 9-1-1 call came in from a victim who reported that her vehicle was shot at while she was delivering newspapers. The victim, who was driving her vehicle at the time, sustained multiple gunshots through the front windshield of her vehicle, with the bullets barely missing her. She was evaluated by on-scene emergency medical personnel and was determined to be uninjured. An occupied home in the area was also shot multiple times during this incident, with no injuries to occupants reported.
This incident appears to be associated with a home rented through Airbnb in the 1100 block of NE 151st Ave. where a large party was allegedly occurring. Police recovered over 25 bullet casings in the street near that residence.
Vancouver Police are looking for any additional witnesses or leads in this case. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.
Any victims who have not reported property damage should call 3-1-1.
Vancouver, Wash. –On June 25, 2020, at approximately 8:13 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the intersection of E Fourth Plain Blvd. and General Anderson Avenue for a vehicle collision. The investigation showed that a white Chevrolet Cobalt and a black Acura Integra were traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on E Fourth Plain Blvd. approaching General Anderson Avenue. According to witnesses, the westbound light at General Anderson was red and the Acura failed to stop and was struck by an eastbound motorist in a Toyota Camry who was making a left hand turn onto northbound General Anderson Avenue at a green light. This impact sent the Acura into a light pole, splitting the vehicle completely in half. The white Chevy proceeded past the collision, fleeing the scene. Both drivers were transported to an area hospital for injuries, which were later determined to be minor.
Traffic in both directions of E Fourth Plain Blvd. at General Anderson was shut down for several hours while investigators were on scene.
The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation and speed and impairment appear to be factors in the collision on the part of the driver of the Acura.
Anyone with information on the white Chevy Cobalt is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit.
Vancouver, Wash. – On Wednesday, June 24th members of our community visited the East and West precincts to show support by bringing by signs, posters and thank you cards. These were hung outside on the buildings of both precincts and our staff were there to gratefully receive them. What followed has drawn much criticism, directed primarily at me, and I want to clarify what actually occurred, especially in light of an online article that is circulating that has many inaccuracies. The article states that I “ordered everything that was put up by our families and community to be taken down because it was divisive.” This is blatantly untrue. Let me be clear, I said nothing to anyone ordering items to be removed, and I do not believe that community members bringing posters and cards to our personnel or precincts is divisive, quite the opposite, it is much appreciated. I was not aware that someone took the initiative to remove the items of appreciation until later, and was surprised to learn that the removal was attributed to me.
What is true is we find ourselves in the middle of the recent public discourse regarding the "Thin Blue Line" symbol, which is viewed as divisive and fearful by many in our community. Although I appreciate those who embrace the “Thin Blue Line” for all its honorable intentions, today, it has disrupted trust in policing for some members of our community. As law enforcement professionals, we must always put at the forefront assurance to the community that our buildings feel safe for anyone that enters and that our officers are here to serve everyone equally and without bias.
Those of us in the vocation of Law Enforcement have a long held belief that the “Thin Blue Line” symbol, whether stand alone or embedded on the US Flag, represented solidarity and professional pride within a dangerous, difficult profession and symbolizes a solemn tribute to fallen police officers. Unfortunately, others have misappropriated this symbol to perpetuate racism and division from our community. It is disheartening to know this symbol has been "co-opted" by certain groups and individuals to propagate hate. Underrepresented communities are associating this symbol with oppression and hate and therefore, I did make the decision to direct VPD staff that no “Thin Blue Line” symbol or icons will be allowed to be worn by employees, or displayed in or on City of Vancouver property (buildings, uniforms, vehicles).This had nothing to do with the yesterday’s community appreciation event yet it is being inaccurately tied to this directive.
I want to start by clarifying what actually occurred yesterday, and assure everyone that none of the posters or cards from yesterday’s support event were ‘ripped down’, everything was brought inside and is intact. I also want to explain why the posters and cards were removed after the event concluded, and emphasize how much I truly appreciate the community bringing notes and posters of thanks especially during this time when police officers feel underappreciated. We receive these types of cards, posters and notes frequently and our staff greatly appreciate them. However, we must always be cognizant of how long notes and posters hang on the exterior of our buildings, regardless of the lobby closures which are currently still in place. Notes and cards can get destroyed by weather, blow off the walls and create other issues for our neighbors so we must balance how long these memorials of thanks stay outside. This has been our practice for many years and the same thing occurred yesterday. The group took photos, gathered with officers and after the event concluded, the materials were taken down and brought inside. We also make it a practice to take photos of notes and posters, whether they are left outside or delivered to our staff, and post them on our social media for others to see and share indefinitely.
In an effort to mend any hurt feelings which yesterday’s removal unintentionally caused, we will be displaying the notes and letters, minus any “thin blue line” items, in our East and West precinct lobbies, which are scheduled to re-open to the public on Monday, June 29.
I truly appreciate the community’s support and understanding, not just in times of turbulence, but all the time. Moreover, I appreciate the opportunity to clarify the facts and provide context to this situation.
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Pandora has been located and is safe.
The Vancouver Police Department is requesting the public's help in locating a missing sixteen year old female who left home approximately 2 A.M. on 06/20/2020.
Missing is Pandora (P.J.) Hertel. She is a White female; 5'3" tall, 200 lbs with Black hair and Brown eyes. It is unknown what clothing she was wearing when she departed. She has mental health concerns and has been located in Portland, OR and Camas, WA previously.
If located please call 9-1-1 or your local Law Enforcement Agency.
Vancouver Police Department investigators are requesting the public's assistance in locating Jorge Hernandez, a thirty five year old Hispanic male. Jorge is approximately 5'5" tall and weighing approximately 220 lbs. Jorge has short brown hair and brown eyes. Jorge was last seen wearing a gray baseball cap, a green t-shirt, blue jeans, and blue tennis/hiking style shoes. Jorge does not have any obvious distinguishing marks such as tattoos or wear any specific jewelry. Jorge did have a photo ID card on his person as of yesterday (issued in Mexico).
Jorge was with a family member at a job site in the area of NE Meadows Drive and North of NE 63rd Street in Vancouver. Jorge walked away at approximately 1:00 pm and has not yet returned. It should be noted that Jorge was diagnozed with a mental disability disorder, as a result of which his communication with others is very limited. Jorge does not speak English but is fluent in Spanish. Jorge is known to walk for long distances during a prior incident with similar circumstances. Jorge is not familiar with the Vancouver area and normally resides in Portland, Oregon.
Jorge's photograph is attached. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call "911" and report any information to the local police dispatch center.
VPD Case #20-9801
Vancouver, Washington – In early 2019, officers from the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) were involved in four officer-involved shootings in early 2019. The unusual number of incidents within a short timeframe drew significant public attention, community concerns and questions regarding use of force by the VPD.
In June 2019, the City of Vancouver commissioned the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to perform a review of VPD's policies, training, documentation and data on use of force and officer-involved shooting incidents. This report is now complete and available to the public.
The PERF report includes a comprehensive set of 84 recommendations that will serve as a road map to reform the VPD's culture, policies and practices around use of force. Of the 84 recommendations, ten were identified for immediate action:
- Implement the Critical Decision-Making Model (CDM) throughout the agency
- Prohibit any type of neck restraint
- Prohibit shooting at or from a moving vehicle
- Restrict the use of canines to serious criminal offenses
- Implement ICAT (Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics) training agency-wide
- Ensure that sergeants respond immediately to difficult situations, such as calls involving persons with mental illness, in which a use of force might be necessary or when a well-managed response might result in compliance without use of force.
- Train and require lieutenants conducting reviews of critical incidents to consider the event in its entirety, looing for ways to improve communications, tactics, policy, training, and/or equipment.
- Ensure use-of-force reports be reviewed by each level of command up to the assistant chief level.
- Share information on the VPD website about the department's use of force.
- Meet with community to discuss plans to implement recommendations
"Cities all across America are hearing an unprecedented call for policing reform, including here in Vancouver,” said Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes. “We have listened to the concerns from our residents, recognize the need for change and are committed to serving the public safety needs of all of our communities in a more just and equitable manner.”
In support of implementing the PERF recommendations, a Community Task Force on Policing will be convened to serve as a forum to provide community input and to ensure transparency and accountability in this work. The task force will also review and advise on establishing a body-worn camera program for VPD in time for Vancouver City Council to consider it as part of the 2021-2022 biennial budget this fall.
The task force will include members representing:
- Vancouver City Council
- City Manager's Office
- Office of the Chief of Police
- Chief’s Diversity Advisory Team
- communities of different racial backgrounds
- communities affected by policing
- mental health resources
- labor organizations
The City has already begun inviting community members and organizations to join the task force.
"Implementation of the PERF recommendations will result in policing that can better serve the public safety needs of our community in a way that proactively counteracts the inequities that exist in policies and throughout the system as a whole," added Holmes. "We want to improve equity, accountability and transparency, promote higher standards, and increase public trust and confidence."
"We appreciate the opportunity to work together with City Council and the community to make sure that we not only accomplish implementation of the PERF recommendations, but also continue to find ways to listen to and bring new voices and perspectives into our work to help us better meet the needs of all the communities we serve,” said Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain. “We are embarking on a new era of American policing, one that is more responsive to what all communities expect from their police department”
Please go to www.cityofvancouver.us/cmo to read a joint statement from Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes and Police Chief James McElvain and to view the PERF report.
More information on the VPD can be found at:
Vancouver, Wash. –On June 19, 2020, there is a planned, unsanctioned event that will be occurring this afternoon from 3:30-7:30 p.m. which includes a gathering at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver, which is expected to draw a large crowd. Event organizers indicate they will march from the park location to the I-5 Bridge where they anticipate remaining for a period of time. Due to possible disruption to traffic on I-5 and the Interstate Bridge, the Vancouver Police Department is working with the Washington State Patrol and other regional partners to mitigate any safety issues that may arise. Our goal for the event is to protect the safety of the event participants as well as the general public.
Commuters in the area of downtown Vancouver and the I-5 area near the Interstate Bridge (both directions) may want to consider making alternate travel plans or prepare for possible detours or delays while this event is occurring.
We will be posting any relevant information on our Twitter account: https://twitter.com/VancouverPDUSA
************ Missing juvenile located. Thank you for your assistance. *********************
The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing Juvenile. 15 year old Benjamin MacDavid was last seen in the area of 600 NE 118th Avenue in Vancouver around 3:30pm. Benjamin is described as being 5'10", 200 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Benjamin was last seen wearing a yellow t-shirt with "parks and rec" written on it, gray sweatpants and carrying a neon yellow duffel bag. If you see Benjamin or have any information on his whereabouts please call 911.
The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing Juvenile. 13 year old Miriam Smith was last seen leaving her residence in east Vancouver on the evening of June 15, 2020. Miriam is described as a white female, 5’05” tall, 120 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information regarding Miriam’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.
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