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Police arrest Vancouver man accused of assaulting women on the street

Police suspect he wore mask, carried gun in 2 incidents

By , Columbian Local News Editor

Vancouver police arrested a man Tuesday suspected in two recent assaults in which an armed, masked man tried to grab women on the street.

Police responded Saturday to 102nd Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard for a reported assault after a man wearing a skeleton face mask approached a woman waiting for a bus and pointed a gun at her. A struggle ensued, and the victim got the gun away from the man, who fled in a black Nissan Cube. Police determined the weapon was a realistic-looking airsoft gun, according to a police department news release.

Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit began investigating and found surveillance footage that showed the Nissan, which had specific characteristics, as well as a partial license plate, the police department said.

Then, on Tuesday, detectives followed up after a motel employee reported a man had unlawfully entered an empty room and performed lewd acts inside. The man was seen driving a black Nissan Cube. The motel captured a photo of the suspect, his vehicle and the vehicle’s full license plate, according to the news release. Police said the vehicle matched the one from the Sept. 30 incident.

Police identified the suspect as 19-year-old Alexander Jose Conchas. They said they saw Conchas leaving his residence later Tuesday in a 2011 black Nissan Cube and arrested him. Conchas was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault and residential burglary.

Detectives searched the Nissan and found a skeleton face mask, duct tape, a large zip tie and a realistic-looking airsoft gun, the news release states.

The police department said additional charges are pending for Conchas. He is also a suspect in a Sept. 26 assault investigation; a woman reported a man in a similar mask grabbed her while she was walking in the area of Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and Olympia Drive, pointed a gun and zip-tied her before releasing her, according to the news release.

The investigation is continuing.