Tuesday’s arrests of additional suspects in the Jan. 22 shooting death of Kayla Chapman caused massive traffic backups in the Vancouver/Portland area into Wednesday morning, and court paperwork filed Wednesday shed additional light on events that led up to the shooting.
According to court documents, the three Vancouver men suspected in the shooting had come up to Kelso to buy drugs and, being unsuccessful, decided to look for a store to rob because they “did not want to make the drive to Kelso for nothing.”
Cowlitz Superior Court Judge Anne Cruser on Wednesday found probable cause to hold Nenemeny Winter Ekiek, 21, on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Vancouver police arrested him on a felony warrant unrelated to the shooting, according to Kelso police records, and he admitted his involvement to Kelso police while in custody.
He is suspected to have been a passenger in the getaway car involved in Chapman’s shooting.
Several hours after Ekiek’s arrest, Vancouver police arrested Erkinson Kinisou Bossy, 23, after a chase that involved gunfire between Bossy’s vehicle and officers, according to a press release from the Portland Police Bureau. Bossy is suspected of being the driver of the getaway car in Chapman’s shooting.
Two individuals, including Bossy, were arrested, with one of them sustaining life- threatening injuries that required treatment at a local hospital, although they were not gunshot wounds, according to Portland police. The other individual sustained a minor injury. An officer also sustained minor injuries. Police have not released information on the vehicle’s other occupant.
The shootout and subsequent arrests caused police to close sections of Interstate 84 Tuesday night through Wednesday morning and caused significant traffic delays and several accidents across Vancouver and Portland, according to several sources. The Portland Police Bureau said the crime scene alone from the shootout spanned more than six miles.
Kelso police will seek to extradite Bossy from Oregon for charging in the Chapman shooting, the agency said in a release. The alleged gunman, 19-year-old D’Anthony Leslie Williams, was arrested the day after the shooting near his girlfriend’s home in Camas, Wash.
New details in Ekiek’s arresting documents paint a fuller picture of what police believe led the three men to rob Holt’s Quik Chek Market.
According to the court documents, Ekiek told investigators that Bossy drove him and Williams from Vancouver to Kelso to buy drugs early the morning of the shooting, but they were unable to contact Ekiek’s dealer. So Williams and Bossy decided to look for a place to rob because they “did not want to make the drive to Kelso for nothing.”
The three men passed four other stores before deciding on Holt’s Quik Chek, according to police interviews with Ekiek, because the store at the corner of Cowlitz Way and Pacific Avenue in Kelso “was not too crowded.” Bossy then gave Williams a semi-automatic handgun and Ekiek supplied him with a hat and red bandanna, according to Ekiek’s account.
Store surveillance footage shows that a hooded gunman, believed to be Williams, got out of the front passenger side of the Hyundai Sonata, entered the store at about 4:10 a.m. and robbed and shot Chapman.
Ekiek told police that after hearing a shot inside the store, Williams ran back out and the three drove straight to the freeway to leave Kelso. He said Williams gave him $100 and some Newport cigarettes as his ‘take’ from the robbery. Williams was arrested the next night near his girlfriend’s residence in Camas and is being held without bail at the Cowlitz County Jail. He has admitted to having the Sonata before the homicide-robbery occurred, but he has denied any involvement in the crimes and said he was with his girlfriend at the time, according to the court documents. (He previously went to his girlfriend and asked her to help him “come up with a story,” according to police.)Williams’ girlfriend, Bethany Collins of Camas, has told investigators that Williams revealed details about how he obtained the gun and bandanna that support Ekiek’s account, according to the court documents.
According to police, Collins said she also received a phone message from Ekiek that appeared to be intended for Williams saying they needed to “burn” the getaway car. Ekiek admitted saying as much to police, according to Kelso police.
Ekiek will appear in court again Thursday for a bail hearing. Cowlitz County deputy prosecutor Eric Bentson indicated he will seek to have Ekiek held without bail, the same as Williams.
The killing of Chapman, 30, led to an outpouring of community grief. Friends and family remembered her for her kind and upbeat personality, sense of humor, and love of animals.