A Clark County man was hospitalized Saturday after he was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of an east Vancouver sports bar, according to the Vancouver Police Department.
Monday night, the Vancouver Police Department announced that a suspect is in custody. Charles R. Holliday-Smith, 30, turned himself into Vancouver Police. He was booked into the Clark County Jail for Assault 1 and Felony Hit and Run.
Monday morning, a police statement said investigators could not confirm reports circulating that the suspect and victim were part of activist groups confronting each other after a memorial in downtown Vancouver for Aaron “Jay” Danielson, the man fatally shot one week earlier in downtown Portland after a rally in support of President Donald Trump.
But Vancouver Police on Monday evening said the suspect allegedly followed the victim and his friends from downtown Vancouver.
The incident occurred at about 7 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Charlie’s Sports Bar & Grill, 3315 N.E. 112th Ave., in Vancouver’s Image neighborhood.
A police statement said officers were told that the victim and his friends were inside the bar when a man began recording them with his phone, and the two parties got into a verbal altercation. The statement did not say why the person was recording or offer details into the nature of the altercation.
The suspect later left the bar, and the victim and several friends also went outside, the police statement said.
“As the suspect was leaving the parking lot, he hit the victim with his vehicle and fled the area,” the police statement said.
Police did not identify the man struck by the vehicle. A gofundme page, however, identified the man as Shane Moon. The page said that Moon was at a bar after leaving a celebration of life of a friend and was struck by a truck in the parking lot.
The gofundme page made no mention of the confrontation or whether Moon was affiliated with any activist group, though several donors left comments describing him as a “patriot” and criticizing antifa. Posts on social media said that Moon had been at the Saturday evening memorial in downtown Vancouver for Danielson.
An administrator for the page confirmed later via email that Moon had attended the memorial for Danielson. The email said Moon is from the Vancouver area.
As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, the gofundme page had raised $10,000 of its $25,000 goal.