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News Releases
Missing Girl Located - 05/18/18

Missing 12-year-old Jordance Willis has been located and is safe. Thanks to all that assisted in getting the word out.

Jordance Willis
Jordance Willis
Police Seek Help Locating Missing Juvenile (Photo) - 05/18/18

Gresham, Ore. – Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 12-year-old girl who was last seen in the area of NW Division St. and NW Birdsdale Ave. on May 17 around 8:30 p.m. Jordance Willis is approximately 5-feet-4 inches tall and 90 pounds. She has long black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt and black leggings.

Anyone who knows of Willis’ whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Attached Media Files: Jordance Willis
Police Shoot Man Threatening with a Weapon - 05/18/18

Gresham, Ore.— On May 18 at approximately 12:07 a.m., Officers were dispatched to the report of a suspicious vehicle in southwest Gresham. Officers located the vehicle which immediately fled. They did not pursue. The vehicle was located moments later crashed on SW Pleasant View Dr. north of SW Highland Dr. Officers contacted the driver who then threatened them with a weapon. Two officers fired their duty weapons at the male suspect who died at the scene.

The East Metro Major Crimes Team is investigating. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.

Wanda Gyles Howard
Wanda Gyles Howard
Gresham Police Looking for Witnesses (Photo) - 05/15/18

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating three witnesses related to the Apr. 30 officer involved shooting in the 17800 block of W. Powell Blvd. Detectives believe that 44-year-old Wanda Gyles Howard, 37-year-old Stephanie Beach White and 31-year-old James Davidson may have information in regard to the shooting and would like to talk to them.

Anyone who knows of their whereabouts is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.

Vasile Manta
Vasile Manta
Police ID Suspect from Officer Involved Shooting (Photo) - 05/12/18

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police have identified a suspect in the April 30 officer involved shooting and are asking for the public’s help. He is identified as 36-year-old Vasile Manta. Manta is described as a white male, 5-foot-10-inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. There is currently a warrant out for his arrest for attempted aggravated murder. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Please do not attempt to contact.

If you know of Manta’s whereabouts or have any information about the case, please call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719. If you see him call 911.

Attached Media Files: Vasile Manta
Gresham Police Are Doing Extra Patrols for DUII Drivers - 05/10/18

GRESHAM, Ore. – The Gresham Police Department has been actively participating in Oregon Impact’s DUII HVE 2017-2018 traffic grant. Over the past two months, Gresham Officers have conducted targeted enforcement to arrest DUII drivers in order to keep drivers and pedestrians safe throughout the city. The results of the enforcement efforts are detailed below.  

5   - DUII arrests

3   - DWS citations

28 - All other citations

12 - All warnings

The Gresham Police Department will be continuing to do targeted DUII enforcement throughout the month of May and over Memorial Day weekend. We would like to remind everyone that they play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications at 503.823.3333 or call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency.

Police Arrest Shooting Suspect - 05/09/18

Gresham, Ore.— James Bitz was arrested today for the May 4 shooting that occurred near the 100 block of S.E. Hogan Rd. He will be booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the charges of Attempt Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Gresham Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating him.

James Bitz
James Bitz
Police Seek Help Locating Shooting Suspect (Photo) - 05/08/18

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who they believe fired a gun at his neighbor after a dispute. On May 4 at approximately 10:30 p.m., police responded to the report of a fight near the 100 block of SE Hogan Rd. While still en route to the scene, dispatch provided an update that shots had been fired. Police arrived on scene and didn’t initially locate the victim. They later learned that 52-year-old James Bitz had gotten into a physical altercation with his neighbor. The adult male victim was driving away from the scene when Bitz shot at his vehicle. The victim was not hit and later called police.

If you know of Bitz’s whereabouts, please call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.

Attached Media Files: James Bitz
Linfoot No Longer of Interest - 05/04/18

Gresham Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in attempting to locate Jason Linfoot. As detectives continue to investigate, they no longer believe that he is involved in the April 30 officer involved shooting. More details and further suspect information will be provided when it becomes available.

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Linfoot.png
Police ID Suspect From Officer Involved Shooting (Photo) - 05/02/18

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police have identified the suspect in the April 30 officer involved shooting and are asking for the public’s help. He is identified as 26-year-old Jason Linfoot. Linfoot is described as a white male, 6-foot-1-inches tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Please do not attempt to contact.

If you know of Linfoot’s whereabouts, please call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719. If you see him call 911.

Attached Media Files: Linfoot.png
Armed Suspect Results in Officer Involved Shooting - 05/01/18

Gresham, Ore.— On April 30 around 10:40 p.m., an officer located an occupied stolen minivan in a parking lot near SW Highland Dr. and SW 11th St. The driver rammed the officer’s vehicle then fled westbound on W. Powell Blvd.

Near the 17800 block of Powell, the minivan got stuck on a median resulting in the suspect fleeing on foot while armed with a firearm. During the foot pursuit the officer fired his weapon. A perimeter was established and officers began searching the area. The suspect was not located. He is described as a white male in his 30s with a scruffy beard.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time. Anyone who has information about the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.