Portland man accused of attempted murder in Vancouver

Police: Suspect used girlfriend’s car to shoot at his other girlfriend

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Updated: June 2, 2014, 4:01 PM

 

A Portland man is accused of shooting at his girlfriend of 11 years and her two friends at a Vancouver apartment Saturday because he suspected she was cheating on him. Court records show he drove his other girlfriend’s car to the crime scene.

McQuay Postol, 31, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of three counts of first-degree attempted murder. Judge Suzan Clark held him in lieu of $500,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Bob Yoseph to defend him. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges June 13.

Postol and his 31-year-old girlfriend, who lives in Portland, argued throughout Saturday about accusations that she was cheating on him, according to a court affidavit by Vancouver police Officer Sandra Aldridge.

He dropped her off at a friend’s apartment at an apartment complex along Mill Plain Boulevard near downtown, but then returned Saturday night, shouting at her from the apartment’s parking lot to come outside, the affidavit says.

In addition to Postol’s girlfriend, the apartment was occupied by another woman, her boyfriend, and the couple’s toddler son.

The man inside the apartment went to the door and attempted to calm Postol, but Postol pulled out a firearm, according to court records.

Afraid he would be shot, the man ran inside the apartment where the two women and the toddler were. They heard the sound of two gunshots and dropped to the floor, Aldridge wrote. They then heard Postol drive away in what investigators believe was a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria belonging to Postol’s other girlfriend.

The victims called 911 at about 11:50 p.m.

Vancouver police investigators found that a bullet had traveled through an exterior wall and into a spare bedroom in the apartment. Investigators haven’t located the second bullet.

Aldridge said that video surveillance at the apartment complex captured images of an individual matching Postol’s description.

Police apprehended Postol at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a unit at Cougar Creek Apartments in Hazel Dell, according to court records.

Deputy Prosecutor Julie Carmena said that Postol was already wanted in a third-degree theft case from 2012 but has no other criminal history.

Court records indicate that Postol and his girlfriend have a child together, but Postol is prohibited from contacting her and the other two victims while his case is pending.

Detectives asked that the names of the victims not be published, for fear that Postol’s associates may seek revenge, said Kim Kapp, a Vancouver police spokeswoman.