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Vancouver police apprehend drug suspect who climbed tree to elude officers

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Officers serving a warrant at an apartment complex in northeast Vancouver on Wednesday morning apprehended a suspect after an hours-long standoff. 

A spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department told FOX 12 that SWAT officers assisted the Safe Streets Task Force with serving the warrant connected to a drug trafficking investigation at the Springfield Meadows Apartments on the 4300 block of Northeast 66th Avenue around 5 a.m.

SWAT officers at the scene and tried to use a fire hose to get the suspect down from the top of the apartment building.

A FOX 12 viewer saw the suspect climb a tree to elude authorities. Just before 10 a.m., the suspect went down a fire ladder to officers. 

Photos from the scene show siding of the apartment building bashed out, making an opening to the roof. 

The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Fernando Magana. 

Investigators said Magana entered the attic of his apartment, broke into a neighboring apartment through the firewall and ultimately got on the roof of the third-story apartment before jumping to a nearby tree.

Police said $4,000 worth of stolen tools were found in Magana’s apartment. The tools belonged to maintenance workers at the complex.

A large duffel bag full of stolen mail was also recovered in the apartment, according to police. The mail is believed to be from a recent mail box theft involving 80 mailboxes at the apartment complex.

Police said the apartment complex has been involved in a gang-related attempted murder investigation, multiple gun-brandishing complaints and a recent robbery investigation involving the use of a firearm during a drug deal.

Four people were arrested Wednesday. 

Magana is facing charges including burglary, theft, possession of methamphetamine, obstruction and resisting arrest, with additional felony charge pending.

David S. Tovar, 19, Timothy Richards, 29, and Angelica M. Corrales, 30, were also arrested in connection with this investigation. 

Officers arrested five people Tuesday in the investigation. In addition, meth, heroin, cash, four guns and a vehicle were seized after officers served four different search warrants at homes across Clark County.

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