Hearing today for two accused in Port Angeles burglary; police search for third suspect

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Two Port Angeles residents accused of burglary and leading law enforcement agencies on a daylong dragnet near the Elwha River are scheduled to be in court today (Wednesday) to face charges.

Law enforcement continued to seek a third person — Steven Dean Goodman, 24, of Port Angeles — on Tuesday in connection with a burglary of several firearms at a Cherry Street residence that the property owner interrupted Sunday morning.

Matthew Tyler Charles, 27, will appear at 9 a.m. in Clallam County Superior Court in the county courthouse at 223 E. Fourth St. for formal charges of burglary in the first degree, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm.

He remained in Clallam County jail on $250,000 bond Tuesday.

Roxanne Rae Venske, 24, is set for a 1 p.m. court hearing for formal charges of accomplice to burglary in the first degree and eluding police.

On Tuesday, she remained in the Clallam County jail on $15,000 bond.

Charles and Venske were taken into custody Sunday night after a chase and multi-agency search involving helicopters and police dogs of the woods west of Port Angeles.

Authorities continue to investigate the burglary. The firearms have not been recovered, said Port Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith.

Police arrived within 30 seconds of the homeowner's call to 9-1-1, and the suspects led police west, then abandoned their vehicle near the end of Colville Road before taking to the woods in unincorporated area south of state Highway 112 and west of the Elwha River, police said.

Clallam County Undersheriff Ron Peregrin said Charles and Venske were arrested together at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, about a half-mile from a law enforcement command post at the corner of Colville and Dan Kelly roads.

Goodman is described as standing 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 195 pounds. He has blue eyes and light-colored hair.

If Goodman is seen, phone 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers or the Port Angeles Police Department at 360-452-4545.

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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

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