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Police arrest five suspects in downtown Vancouver shooting and robbery

Victim was shot at close range, had serious but not life-threatening injuries

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: April 2, 2024, 2:53pm

Update: Jowakim J. Fonuk, Arnod Mensior, Raminus Peter, Akino Sarapin were acquitted June 11 after a bench trial. The prosecutor dismissed the charges against Dearson Suzuki at the start of the trial.

Vancouver police arrested five men Sunday night in connection with a robbery and shooting near Turtle Place in downtown Vancouver earlier in the evening.

Police responded at 9:53 p.m. to the C-Tran bus stop at West Seventh and Washington streets for reports of a disturbance. When officers arrived at Turtle Place, everyone had left and they couldn’t find a victim, according to a police news release.

About 20 minutes later, a man called 911 to request an ambulance near East Broadway and 12th Street — about six blocks away.

There, officers found a man, whom they later determined suffered a close contact gunshot wound. He reportedly was not forthcoming about how he was wounded, according to police.

He was taken to an area hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, police said.

Surveillance video from C-Tran captured the five men assaulting the victim. Officers determined that during the assault, one of the suspects produced a handgun and shot the victim, the news release states. The suspects then boarded a C-Tran bus with the victim’s property.

Officers stopped the bus, and all five men were arrested without incident, police said. The suspects were found with a handgun, suspected drugs, the victim’s shoes and other evidence, according to the news release.

Police identified the suspects as Jowakim J. Fonuk, Arnod Mensior, Raminus Peter, Akino Sarapin and Dearson Suzuki. Each was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery, according to the news release.