Vancouver man sentenced in burglary

Judge find suspect guilty of unlawfully entering Firstenburg Community Center

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter

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A 19-year-old man who police initially thought yanked a towel off a woman changing in a locker room at Firstenburg Community Center was sentenced Friday to 70 days in jail for unlawfully entering the center.

Although police referred a charge of voyeurism, Johnathan R. Hollis, was never charged with that crime. Instead, the Vancouver man pleaded guilty last month during arraignment to second-degree burglary in connection with the April 22 incident at the center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, surveillance cameras captured a man, later identified as Hollis, repeatedly entering the women’s locker room at the center within a 40-minute span. The center’s director viewed the footage and said the same man entered the facility without paying.

A woman who went into the locker room at about 3:30 p.m. said she noticed a man lurking near the doors. When she returned to the locker room about a half hour later, she said she was bent over with a towel draped around her waist and felt it be tugged away. She saw the same man running away with a cellphone in his hand, the affidavit states.

Surveillance cameras captured him running out the back, side door of the center, police said. The alleged incident was not immediately reported.

Hollis came forward after police released the suspect’s description to the public.

He told police he went to the center to steal items from the locker rooms and denied taking any photos or videos. Hollis said he went to the men’s locker room first, but there were people in there so he decided to check the women’s locker room. He went in and out several times, he said, checking to make sure no one was in there while he went through occupied, unlocked lockers, according to court documents.

However, the last time he entered, he turned the corner of the middle locker area and said he was surprised to see a girl in there. He turned and ran, the affidavit states. He gave his phone to police to review, court records show.

In addition to his sentence, Hollis was given credit for 31 days in custody.