Vancouver Police make arrest in explosives investigation

VANCOUVER — Vancouver Police have arrested a Vancouver man they believe is responsible for two incidents involving explosives.

On July 29, and again on Oct. 2, Vancouver Police responded to two incidents where improvised explosive devices were detonated in the parking lot at the St. James Apartments at 11022 NE 18th Street.

Through an extensive investigation, a Vancouver Police Arson Investigator developed probable cause to arrest Pedro Franco-Gonzalez and to search his residence. With assistance from the SW Washington SWAT team, the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit, the Domestic Violence Unit and the Metro Explosive Disposal Unit, a search warrant was served at Franco-Gonzalez’ apartment. Numerous pounds of explosive material, several Improved Explosive Devices, guns and drugs were recovered from the residence.

On Nov. 18, Franco-Gonzalez was booked into the jail for Arson 1, Possessing Prohibited Explosive Devices and Possession with Intent to Deliver. Additional search warrants are yet to be served and additional charges are expected.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.

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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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