A convicted felon with a history of violent run-ins with police, including stabbing an off-duty cop, prompted Wednesday's SWAT response to a mobile home west of Clatskanie, authorities said Thursday.
Clifton Carl Sadewasser, 50, is wanted on a Skamania County warrant for first-degree assault with a deadly weapon and taking a motor vehicle without permission. He should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, said Chief Deputy Pat Bond of the Skamania County Sheriff's Office.
Bond said Thursday that Sadewasser and Vanessa Vaughn, 34, are the suspects in a March 7 assault on a 70-year-old man in the Washougal area. The victim told Skamania deputies that they were his roommates. He said an argument turned physical, during which he was struck in the head with a flashlight and the butt of a rifle. He said they took two of his vehicles. Deputies recovered one; the other vehicle is the one spotted Wednesday in the Marshland area west of Clatskanie, Bond said.
Police stopped the vehicle on Schroeder Road and arrested Vaughn on Skamania warrants for second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, taking a motor vehicle without permission and criminal mischief. Police arrested the other occupant of the vehicle, Ricky Gene Smiley, 38, on a warrant for drug possession.
Lt. Duane Stanton of the Oregon State Police said OSP SWAT searched the mobile home on Hanhi Drive with Vaughn's permission and adjacent travel trailers with Smiley's permission. Sadewasser was not located.
"There is no evidence to confirm he was there," Stanton said.
The U.S. Marshals Service also is on the lookout for Sadewasser for the state Department of Corrections, which has a warrant for Sadewasser for violation of community custody, said Leland Rocos, a deputy in the service's Vancouver office. Sadewasser also is wanted on a Clark County warrant for failure to appear in court in connection with a January 2010 arrest, Rocos said.
Sadewasser originally is from Long Beach and is known to hang out in remote, rural locations around Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal. He has a long criminal history, including drug-related offenses.
In 1992 he escaped from a prison work camp and later slashed an off-duty Vancouver police officer across the back and chest, and in 1999 he was shot by a Clark County sheriff's deputy while trying to flee a traffic stop.
Sadewasser is about 5-feet-10, thin, with gray hair and green eyes. He may have a beard and mustache. Sadewasser also has several tattoos.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Skamania County Sheriff's Office at 509-427-9490. If you see him, call 911 immediately.