UPDATE SWAT arrests three local men on suspicion of felony assault

first_imgSWAT team members arrested three Clark County men on suspicion of second-degree felony assault and racially motivated malicious harassment in connection with a March 18 disturbance at a Vancouver bar. Clark County Superior Court documents say the three men — Brent W. Luyster, 32, of Vancouver, his brother Robert A. Luyster, 31, of Vancouver, and Donald H. Mcelfish — assaulted three men with a deadly weapon and threatened to kill one of them based on his race. The three suspects allegedly fled before police arrived.The alleged incident occurred at the Quarter Deck Bar, 4300 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.Members of the Southwest Washington Interagency Gang Enforcement Team investigated the incident and found probable cause for the arrest of the three men. The suspects were arrested at their residences by members of the Southwest Regional, Gresham and Lower Columbia SWAT teams. Brent W. Luyster was arrested at 15802 N.E. 9th Circle; Robert A. Luyster was arrested at 2111 E. Mill Plain Blvd.; and Mcelfish was arrested at 2801 Lewis River Road. All three were booked into the Clark County Jail. The case is still under investigation. In 2001, the Luyster brothers were involved in what police characterized as a racially motivated attack on a 45-year-old black man in Vancouver’s Rose Village neighborhood. Yelling threats and a racial slur, the trio punched, kicked and beat the victim with boards. They also smashed the windows of the man’s truck.last_img read more