VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — Police are looking for witnesses after a man was accused of yelling racial slurs and threatening a woman and her baby.
The alleged incident happened August 18 near Main Street and 39th Street in Vancouver. Officers said a woman told them she walk walking and pushing her baby in a stroller when a stranger approached and started yelling at her. At one point, the alleged victim said the man grabbed part of the stroller, keeping her from being able to walk away. She said a passing driver stopped and asked if she needed help, and the suspect let go of the stroller and left. When the driver left, the victim said the suspect ran toward her again, but she was able to cross the street where she called 911.
Detectives reviewed surveillance video from nearby cameras and identified the suspect, who was wearing a distinctive backpack in the photos. On Monday, a patrol officer located a man matching the description, down to the backpack. He has now been identified as Austin James Lansdon. He faces two counts of malicious harassment and two counts of unlawful imprisonment.
Detectives want to speak with the driver who offered to help, as well as any other possible witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Vancouver Police Detective Dustin Goudschaal at (360) 487-7436.