Vancouver Police investigate strong-arm robbery

The 29-year-old suspect was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Police Department is investigating a strong-arm burglary that took place Thursday evening in East Vancouver.

At 7:50 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 17), Vancouver Police responded to a robbery complaint at 3205 SE 192nd Ave, a T-Mobile outlet store, in which a firearm was alleged to have been brandished at employees.  The investigation, yielded through interviews and video surveillance, indicated the involved masked suspect entered the business and directed staff at gunpoint to a backroom where a storage safe was accessed and several Apple products (phones and watches) were stolen. 

The phones were initially electronically tracked to a residential area to the southwest of the T-Mobile business, which led to a house in the 4100 block of SE 187th Place.  As police moved in to set up containment, a vehicle left the target residence, giving off an active tracking signal, and was stopped a short distance away.  

The driver, 29-year-old Bilal Joiner, was arrested and an eventual search of his associated vehicle resulted in the recovery of the Apple products, a loaded firearm and clothing used in the commission of the crime.

Joiner was booked into the Clark County Jail on one count of Robbery 1st Degree, two counts of Assault 1st Degree, two counts of Kidnap 1st Degree and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Information provided by Vancouver Police Department.

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