Port Angeles police arrest 'associate' of wanted man
Steven Dean Goodman, 24, is still at large, after he again slipped through a Port Angeles police dragnet Tuesday night.
By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News
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Two charged in Port Angeles burglaryPORT ANGELES — A 27-year-old Port Angeles man was charged Wednesday with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, two counts of theft of a firearm and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with a Sunday incident that triggered a daylong dragnet near the Elwha River.
Matthew Tyler Charles was charged in Clallam County Superior Court. He will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2.
Authorities said Charles and an accomplice, Steven Dean Goodman, 24, stole a .44-caliber magnum rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and about $150 in cash yfrom the renter of a Port Angeles residence Sunday morning.
Goodman remains at large.
Charles is being held in the Clallam County jail on $250,000 bond.
Meanwhile, Roxanne Rae Venske, 24, of Port Angeles was charged Wednesday with first-degree burglary as an accomplice for allegedly driving the getaway vehicle from the scene of the burglary.
Venske is being held in the Clallam County jail on $15,000 bond.
She will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Clallam County Superior Court.
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And Port Angeles police believe the wanted man — Steven Dean Goodman, 24, of Port Angeles — had left the house in the 2300 block of East Third Avenue in Gales Addition not long before officers arrived Tuesday night.
“We were in the right place. We simply were there after the subject had fled,” said Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith.
Officers arrested Cory Alexander Furford, 24, on an unrelated warrant at about
8 p.m. Tuesday after arriving at 4:30 p.m. to serve a search warrant on Goodman and Furford.
Smith said Furford, who remained in the Clallam County jail on $5,000 bail Wednesday, was interviewed as to the whereabouts of Goodman. Smith said he could not reveal what Furford told police because of the ongoing investigation.
The Cherry Street burglary for which Goodman is wanted triggered a daylong manhunt Sunday that resulted in the eventual arrests of Matthew Tyler Charles, 27, and Roxanne Rae Venske, 24, both of Port Angeles.
Two shotguns stolen from the house have not been recovered.
The property owner — Dean Langdon, 39, of Port Angeles — interrupted the burglary Sunday when he came home from a softball game at about 9:30 a.m. to find two men who he said looked to be about 20 to 25 years old and wearing hooded sweatshirts burglarizing rental property that he owned.
He confronted them, and the two ran south on Cherry Street and jumped into a red or burgundy Pontiac Grand Prix driven by a woman who came out of an alley between 11th and 12th streets, Langdon said.
They avoided a spike strip laid down by police and abandoned the car near the end of Colville Road before taking to the woods in an unincorporated area south of state Highway 112 and west of the Elwha River.
Charles and Venske, both of Port Angeles, were arrested after a dragnet at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Smith said Wednesday that police were still searching for Goodman as a third suspect in the burglary.
Officers also interviewed a woman who was a passenger in the car but decided Sunday there was no reason to arrest her, Smith added.
When Port Angeles officers and detectives arrived at the Gales Addition home Tuesday, they enlisted the help of Clallam County sheriff's deputies and Border Patrol agents in setting up a perimeter around the home.
Smith said neighbors were contacted about the police presence, and one home was evacuated as a precaution.
Officers spent two hours asking Furford from outside the home to come out, Smith said, before agents with the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team, or OPNET, forced entry into the home and arrested Furford after he was found in the house's garage.
Smith said officers did not find any firearms in the home.
Documents filed in Clallam County Superior Court show the warrant for which Furford was arrested Tuesday stems from his pleading guilty Aug. 2 last year to one count each of second-degree theft and second-degree vehicle prowling.
According to police reports, video surveillance footage from the Royal Victorian Motel on First Street in Port Angeles showed Furford reaching into a van in the motel's parking lot June 24 last year and taking a purse with money, credit cards and identification in it.
Furford was sentenced to serve 12 months of community custody with Friendship Diversion Services, according to court documents.
A warrant for Furford's arrest was issued July 19 after staff with Friendship Diversion Services told the court July 15 that Furford had not been in contact with diversion services, as required, since May 15, according to court documents.
Goodman is described as 6-foot-2 tall and 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.
Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at email@example.com.
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