Crime spree suspect arrested by Vancouver Police

March 25, 2024

On March 23, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 600 block of W Evergreen Blvd. for the report of a vehicle prowl. The victim reported an unknown male (later identified as Romando. E. Stanley) was removing items (power tools) from his vehicle and fled the area prior to police arrival. The victim of the vehicle prowl told police he saw the suspect enter a yard in the 500 block of W Evergreen Blvd. and take a bike from in front of the residence. A neighbor of the bike theft victim chased after the suspect, who dumped the bike in the street and took off on foot. As police were responding to the previous crimes, an officer was dispatched to the 900 block of Main St. for the report that a male had entered the business, taken the cell phone one of the employees and when the employee tried to get the phone back, he punched the employee in the chest and fled on foot. While officers were doing an area check to locate the suspect, they were dispatched to 607 Washington St. for the report that a male was on the roof throwing bricks down onto the sidewalk, which caused property damage to several buildings. VPD crisis negotiators attempted to get the male to come down off the roof without success. The male then attempted to cross the street using telephone lines and held himself on the lines for approximately 45 minutes. Negotiators continued their attempts to get the male to come down safety and, in an effort, to help protect him from falling onto the street, a Vancouver Fire engine was parked underneath to lessen his fall. He eventually did lose his grip on the wires and fell onto the fire engine. He quickly jumped up and off the engine and was taken into custody by police without incident at approximately 7:02 p.m. 

Romando E. Stanley was identified as the suspect in the vehicle prowl, bike theft and robbery. After an evaluation at the hospital, he was booked into the Clark County Jail for Robbery II, Theft II, Theft III, and Malicious Mischief. 

These series of incidents utilized significant resources for an extended period of time and included multiple officers from Vancouver Police Patrol, a VPD UAS, Crisis Negotiators and K9 as well as Vancouver Fire and PUD personnel and caused significant disruption in the downtown area where streets were closed throughout the duration of the incident.