Four escaped juveniles from King County arrested in Clark County

Four escaped juveniles, wanted for charges including escape, kidnap, carjacking, assault, murder, and robbery, were apprehended by the Clark County Sheriff's Office and Vancouver Police Department with the assistance of unmanned aircraft systems and the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team.

Outstanding warrants were for multiple crimes including murder

On Sunday (May 29) at about 7:42 p.m., the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to a wanted person call near Walnut Grove Park in the 6900 block of NE 58th Street in Vancouver.  

A family member of one of the four outstanding juveniles, who had escaped from the Echo Glen Children’s Center,  called 9-1-1 to report all four of them were in their residence when they returned from the store. The family member told them to leave and then called 9-1-1. 

CCSO officers confirmed, based on the information provided by the family member, that they were the four escaped juveniles. The family member suspected they were still in the area on foot. 

All four subjects had arrest warrants out of King County. Informational flyers previously posted by the King County Sheriff’s Office indicated they were wanted for Escape, Kidnap, Carjacking, and Assault charges from the escape incident and had criminal histories that included Murder, Assault, Robbery, and Firearms related charges. 

Deputies used unmarked vehicles to canvas the area and spotted the four subjects near NE 76th Avenue and NE 61st Way. They observed the subjects walk into the open field at Walnut Grove Elementary School. 

Two Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) platforms were deployed to keep observation of the subjects from above. An aircraft from the Air Support Unit was requested to respond as well. The Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team was paged to respond to assist with the apprehension.

CCSO deputies and officers from Vancouver Police Department set containment around the area. Before the arrival of the SWAT team, the four juveniles became alerted to police presence and attempted to flee the area on foot. Three subjects ran southbound and were met by several CCSO deputies and VPD officers. The three were taken into custody without incident. 

During the apprehension of the other three, one of the juveniles was able to make it back to the area of the family member’s residence. Containment units spotted the juvenile and were able to take him into custody as well without incident.

All four subjects were booked into Juvenile Detention Hall on their outstanding warrants, and detectives with the King County Sheriff’s Office were notified. 

Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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