Vancouver, WA Woman Hospitalized after Antifa Attack; Police Delayed in Response Due to Overload of 911 Calls
Vancouver, WA – Antifa has been moving north from Portland, Oregon just over the border into Vancouver, Washington a few times per week since the November officer involved shooting of Kevin Peterson Jr.
On Sunday, November 29, Antifa protestors were back in downtown Vancouver, in what is believed to be a response to the most recent officer involved shooting that occurred on Thanksgiving day.
During the protest activity in Vancouver, Antifa members elected to carry firearms with them, which, in an open-carry state, is not an issue by state law. However, police began receiving several 911 calls of people being “threatening” with firearms and “brandishing weapons,” calls that were deemed meritless by authorities as, again, Washington is an open-carry state, and protestors were within their rights.
As with many previous protests in Portland and other cities, counter-protestors arrived to confront the Antifa group. Their goal, reportedly, was to ensure Antifa knows that Vancouver will not put up with the same violence that’s plagued the City of Portland for over six months. Sunday was no different.
During a confrontation, a member of Antifa was allegedly witnessed brandishing a firearm at the group of counter-protesters. The group was seen blocking the suspect’s car in after calling the police, preventing the protestor who allegedly brandished the weapon from escaping the scene until police arrived.
Police were, at the time, reportedly waiting to receive confirmation that the crime actually occurred and wasn’t another false alarm. During this time, one woman, Monica Noble, took out her phone and attempted to take a photo of the VIN number of the suspect’s vehicle.
The suspect grabbed Noble in a headlock and attempted to take her phone, eventually letting her go. The suspect then gave his firearm to a fellow Antifa member and turned himself in to police without incident.
Noble was taken to the hospital for heart issues due to the incident. A source tells LENN that as of Tuesday evening, she remains in the hospital continuing to receive unspecified treatment related to her heart. At this time, there is no update on the suspect or the charges he may face as a result of the incident.
The protest activity was believed to be in response to a call for service to police on Thanksgiving evening around 7 p.m. Police responded to the area of Southeast 23rd St and 177th Ave after family members called 911 on a man who was alleged to be threatening family and was reportedly “out of control.” Vancouver Police Department’s newly formed Mobile Crisis Team, which includes mental health professionals, responded to the incident, and were unable to deescalate the situation. The subject armed himself with a baseball bat.
Police attempted to subdue the subject, a 23-year-old male, with a less-lethal 40mm impact round, which was unsuccessful. A press release by VPD said, “The male refused multiple police commands to drop the bat. He advanced toward officers outside the residence from a recently opened garage door in an apparent attempt to assault them.” An officer shot the suspect one time in the chest. As of Monday afternoon, the subject was still in the hospital with no further information released on his condition.