Homeowner in Washougal fire investigated for sex crimes

Homeowner in Washougal fire investigated for sex crimes

Homeowner in Washougal fire investigated for sex crimes

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Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

Posted on December 9, 2011 at 6:19 PM

WASHOUGAL, Wash. -- The man listed as the owner of a Washougal home that burned to the ground Wednesday was under investigation for sex crimes, police said.

Steven D. Stanbary, 47, was being investigated for multiple sexual crimes and on December 6 told detectives he would turn himself in December 8, according to Sgt. Kevin Allais with the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

On Wednesday, December 7, shots were reportedly fired from inside the burning Washougal home over a 90-minute period, forcing police and firefighters back as the house burned down. Washougal police did not name the suspect. But Stanbary was listed as the homeowner.

"At least two sets of human remains are being examined and conclusive identification of the remains will involving DNA analysis and comparison," Allais said. "This will be complicated due to the fact that Stanbary's wife and her identical twin sister, also lived at the residence."

During the shootout, investigators said at least five bullets hit an arriving patrol car. The bullet did not hit the officer, but shattered glass did hit him and caused minor injuries, according to Scott Schanaker with the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

SWAT crews swarmed the scene and helped police and neighbors get out safely. Schanaker said the suspect fired shots directly toward at least one neighbor.

Anyone who has had contact with the Stanbary, Leona M. Bolton, or Mona K. Daugherty was asked to call Detective Todd Barsness at (360) 921-0403.


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