Police arrest 2, refer 38 for charges at underage party

Resident refused to let officers inside Battle Ground house

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Police arrested two teenagers and referred 38 more minors for allegations of underage intoxication after a loud party in Battle Ground early Sunday morning.

Around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Battle Ground police were called to a home in the 1500 block of Northwest 10th Circle after someone reported seeing minors carrying cases of beer and prevented an intoxicated minor from driving. When officers arrived at the property, they found beer bottles and smelled burning marijuana. They talked with someone outside who said no parents were home and many of the underaged people at the party had been drinking alcohol.

Officers knocked on the door and asked to talk with the resident responsible for the party. After the individual refused, police obtained a search warrant based on what they had seen and heard outside. They returned to the house, again knocked on the door, and told those inside that they had a search warrant and demanded entry. While at the door, officers heard a man — later identified as 19-year-old Anatoliy Rubanenko, 19 — threatening to physically harm anyone who opened the door. They also heard screaming and people who were asking to leave being prevented from doing so.

After another refusal to open the door, officers forced entry. Their investigation led to the arrest of Rubanenko on suspicion of unlawful imprisonment and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. He was booked into the Clark County Jail.

Brenden Miller, 19, of Battle Ground, was cited for being a minor with intoxicants and supplying them to other minors.

Additionally, 27 people under 21 were referred to the Battle Ground prosecuting attorney for consuming/possessing intoxicants. Eleven kids were referred to Clark County Juvenile Court.

Police seized marijuana and two digital scales as evidence.