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Police make arrest in Vancouver Mall gun threat

Suspect allegedly pulled a gun on another parent trying to break up a fight in the food court

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: April 5, 2024, 12:04pm

Police arrested a man Friday morning who they say pointed a gun at a parent trying to break up a March 22 fight between teenagers at Vancouver Mall.

Detectives from Vancouver police’s Crime Reduction Unit, with help from SWAT, served a search warrant at a house in the 10600 block of Northeast 44th Street. They found Georgio C. Stevens inside and arrested him without incident, according to a police news release.

Stevens was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of felony harassment. He is scheduled to make a first court appearance on the allegation Monday, the jail roster shows.

About 8 p.m. March 22, Stevens pointed a gun and threatened another parent who was attempting to break up a physical fight between several teenagers in the mall food court, a previous police statement said.

Accounts posted to social media described customers running from the food court and hiding in stores and restrooms.

“While we do not discuss our specific security measures because doing so would compromise our public safety efforts, it is important to note that security responded rapidly to the incident,” Tracy Peters, senior general manager for Vancouver Mall, previously said in a statement.

Police did not locate the suspect that day. He reportedly left the food court with his children and left the mall before police arrived, according to the police statement.

No one was reportedly injured.

Firearms and other objects that can be used as weapons are prohibited in Vancouver Mall, according to the mall’s code of conduct on the website.

The police department is continuing to investigate.