Man allegedly threatens public health employee with knife

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A Vancouver man was arrested after allegedly threatening a Clark County Public Health employee with a knife Friday morning.

Robert Irving Randolph, 58, was at the agency’s office, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., and approached the employee at her information window, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court.

Randolph asked the employee about a bus pass, and when she did not provide the information he wanted, he cursed and yelled at her, according to the affidavit. He then allegedly slammed his hand against the Plexiglas information window and threatened to kill her before pulling out a fixed-blade knife. Randolph then dragged the blade down the Plexiglas, leaving a 12-inch cut, according to court record.

Security officers approached Randolph and found the knife in his front jacket pocket with his hand still around the handle, according to the document.

Vancouver police responded and Randolph told the officer that he cut the window because he was “pissed off,” the affidavit states.

He was arrested on suspicion of criminal harassment, unlawful display of a weapon and unlawfully possessing a knife.

Randolph is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on Friday, and remains at the Clark County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.