Vancouver police make arrest in officer impersonation, attempted kidnapping case

VANCOUVER Vancouver police have arrested a man connected to a Nov. 27 attempted kidnapping case involving a police officer impersonation.

On Sun., Dec. 3, Vancouver police conducted a search warrant at a Vancouver residence in the 14600 block of Southeast 8th Street, and found evidence connected to a Nov. 27 report that a man impersonating a police officer had tried to kidnap a woman in east Vancouver. Police say they also found evidence connected to an unreported incident that occurred on Nov. 26.

Police arrested Shannon W. Stover, 46, for an outstanding felony warrant and charged him with two counts of rape, one count of kidnapping and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Police booked Stover into the Clark County Jail.

The victim in the Nov. 27 attempted kidnapping case told police she had arranged to meet in-person with a man she met online at a site near Maxon Road and Southeast 19th Street in Vancouver. She told police that she caught a ride to the site with a male friend and that, when they arrived, she and her friend saw a vehicle with flashing lights approaching from behind. They stopped, believing it was a police officer, and reported that a man dressed in what appeared to be a police uniform got out of his vehicle and approached their car.

According to Vancouver Police, the man impersonating an officer “pulled the female out of the vehicle, handcuffed her and put her inside his vehicle.”

Police say the victim immediately realized the male was not a police officer and fled the area on foot.

Police believe there may be additional victims and urge anyone who may have had an incident involving Stover to call the Vancouver Police Department at (360) 487-7355.

Anyone who may have additional information related to this investigation is asked to call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.

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Kelly Moyer has been reporting for community newspapers since the mid-1990s, including the Newport News-Times on the Oregon Coast; the Lewistown Sentinel, a daily newspaper in central Pennsylvania; the Gresham Outlook, Wilsonville Spokesman, Sherwood Gazette and South County Spotlight newspapers in the Portland metro area; and The Reflector newspaper in Battle Ground, Wash. She also is the former managing editor of Midwifery Today, an international magazine for birth professionals. Kelly, a University of Oregon alumnus and Pennsylvania native, lives with her family in Northeast Portland.

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