4 accused of robbing Vancouver cannabis store, leading police on chase
Tracker included with money led police to suspects
By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter Published: March 13, 2023, 6:09pm
Four people are accused of robbing a cannabis store at gunpoint Sunday night near Walnut Grove and leading police on a chase on Interstate 205. Vancouver police responded at about 11 p.m. to Craft Cannabis at 8603 N.E. Andresen Road for reports of a robbery. Three men entered the store, displayed guns, and demanded money and products, according to a police news release. The men then left the store in a black sedan. Some of the money the cashiers gave the robbers included a tracker, which police used to locate the vehicle on I-205 north, according to court records. Officers eventually stopped the sedan near Woodland and arrested two men and a 15-year-old boy who were inside the car, the news release states. Another man ran from the car. Police arrested him after a 40-minute search, which included the use of a police K-9 and drone.
One of the men was armed with a firearm when officers arrested him, according to Vancouver police. Investigators said they saw multiple other guns in the car. Court records indicate the suspects were evaluated at an area hospital following the chase. Malik Morant, 18, Samson Alem, 22, and Ahmed O. Abdi, 24, were booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery. Vancouver police did not identify the 15-year-old boy who was booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, but court records identify him as Nazaiha Wimpye; he also had an outstanding warrant out of Kitsap County. A Clark County Superior Court judge set bail Monday for Morant at $200,000, Alem at $100,000 and Abdi at $175,000. They are scheduled to be arraigned March 24. Wimpye was ordered to remain in custody, and he is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, court records show. Vancouver police were assisted by the Clark County and Cowlitz County sheriff’s offices; Ridgefield, Longview and Woodland police departments; Washington State Patrol; Cowlitz District 1 Fire Department; and Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency.
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