Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Update-Homicide investigation - investigative summary


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: May 10th, 2017 9:59 AM
May 10th, 2017
The following is a brief summary of events in the death investigation of Raymond Brandon.

Sheriff's Detectives with the Major Crimes unit have determined that on the morning of Thursday, April 20th, 2017 Neil Alway, Ashley Barry, John West and Ashley Wideman arrived at a residence; 15208 NE 172nd Ave. in Brush Prairie, WA. Detectives believe the four hid inside the residence and awaited the arrival of Raymond Brandon and Allison Fields. When Raymond Brandon and Allison Fields entered the home they were confronted at gunpoint by Neil Alway. Neil Alway ordered Raymond Brandon into the backyard of the residence. Alway, accompanied by John West, marched Raymond Brandon out to the back yard where Raymond Brandon was assaulted and shot. Raymond Brandon was not seen alive again.

Following the shooting, Alway, West, Barry, Wideman and Allison Fields immediately left the residence. Fields was held captive and feared for her personal safety. She remained with the four most of that day and managed to slip away from them that evening.

A Subaru Forrester which had been driven by Raymond Brandon to the NE 172nd Ave. address was taken by Alway following the incident. The Subaru was later recovered at a 3rd party residence. Based on information received so far, the motive for the assault and murder was related to the Subaru which may have been taken from the 3rd party by Brandon.

During the arrest of Alway and Barry by Vancouver Police on 4/25/17, Alway was found in possession of a handgun which may have been used in this incident.

Following the arrest of John West, detectives were able to recover a 2nd handgun which was believed to have been taken from Raymond Brandon during the incident.

Detectives are continuing to conduct interviews and analyze the large amount of evidence collected during this investigation. No further information is available at this time.

May 8th, 2017
On May 8th 2017 members of the Clark County Tactical Detective Unit located the below listed individuals in relation to the murder of Raymond Brandon. Both subjects were taken int custody without incident and booked into the Clark County Jail. Both subjects should make first appearances on Tuesday morning.

John Michael West , 8/22/73, arrested for Superior Court Warrant for Murder 1, Kidnapping 1, Robbery 1.

Ashley L Wideman, 2/12/94, arrested for Kidnapping 1

There is no further information to be released this evening.

May 5th, 2017
On Thursday April 27th Raymond Brandon a 34 year old male was found deceased in a shed on some property in Brush Prairie Washington. Detectives determined that Raymond had been shot in the shed about a week earlier. During the investigation detectives developed probable cause to arrest the listed people on the described crimes. Both were already being housed in the Clark County Jail on unrelated charges.

Neil Allen Alway 39
Clark County resident
Booked: Murder in the first degree, Robbery in the first degree, Kidnapping in the first degree

Ashley Lorraine Barry 31
Clark County resident
Booked: Kidnapping in the first degree, Robbery in the first degree

This investigation is continuing. We will be releasing additional information as it develops. There is no one available for comment today.

April 28th, 2017
On April 27th 2017 at about 10:30 Clark County 911 received a report that a body had been found in a shed on a property at 15208 NE 172nd Ave. Responding deputies arrived and located the body of a white male in his 30s. Deputies suspected that the victim's death was likely a homicide and notified Clark County Major Crimes Detectives. At this point it appears the male, who did not live at the location was in fact the victim of a homicide. Detectives are still investigating and following leads. The body of the victim was turned over to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

There is very little information to release at this time. Detectives will be working through the weekend and hope to have more information to release on Monday.
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