Convenience store robbery suspects appear in court

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Three teens appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of a Saturday-night armed robbery of a Washougal convenience store.

Jordan J. Hysmith, 17, Dakota L. Krecklow, 17, and Dalton S. Krecklow, 19, face charges at a Friday arraignment of first-degree robbery of the E Street Market, 1414 E St. The two 17-year-olds were automatically remanded to adult court based on the violent nature of the alleged crime.

Judge Robert Lewis held Dalton Krecklow on $50,000 bail at the Clark County Jail and appointed Vancouver attorney Chris Ramsey to defend him. Hysmith and Dakota Krecklow were each held on $25,000 bail at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center. Vancouver attorneys Sean Downs and Susan Stauffer were appointed to defend them, respectively.

Washougal police responded at 10:48 p.m. Saturday to the report of a robbery at the store, said Washougal police Sgt. Geoff Reijonen.

A surveillance camera captured the robbery as it unfolded, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court. The video shows that Dakota L. Krecklow went into the store and did a walk-through of the premises, the affidavit says.

Meanwhile, his older brother, Dalton Krecklow, entered the store wearing a multicolored mask and carrying a silver-colored handgun, court documents say. He allegedly pointed the gun at a clerk and demanded money and cigarettes. The clerk filled a duffle bag with about $200 cash and four cartons of cigarettes and gave it to the suspect. Court documents indicate Hysmith was waiting outside, possibly serving as a lookout.

Overnight search

Officers from the Camas Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and a Vancouver police K-9 team helped Washougal police in an overnight manhunt for the trio, Reijonen said. The suspects were arrested around 6 a.m., he said.

When apprehended by police, Dalton Krecklow confessed to the robbery and led police to where he had discarded the mask, gun and bag, court documents say.

Dalton Krecklow has a criminal history of two counts of fourth-degree assault, third-degree theft and being a minor in possession of alcohol. His brother has no criminal history. Hysmith was in a diversion program for third-degree theft and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.