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Samuel D. Mason, 40, charged with attempted murder in connection with SE Portland shooting - 10/19/18

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OCTOBER 19, 2018

Samuel D. Mason, 40, charged with attempted murder in connection with SE Portland shooting

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a six-count indictment accusing a 40-year-old man of attempted murder was unsealed.

The secret indictment was filed on August 8, 2018 and charges Samuel D. Mason with one count each of attempted murder with a firearm, attempted assault in the first degree with a firearm, assault in the second degree with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm with a firearm enhancement. Mason is also charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm enhancement.

According to an affidavit filed in this case, on May 18, 2018, Portland Police officers responded to Rachel’s Bar and Grill, located at 12510 Southeast Division Street on reports of a shooting. Officers contacted the manager who reported that the shooting resulted after an argument ensued inside the establishment. Law enforcement collected video from the bar and identified Mason as the shooter. Furthermore, law enforcement later learned that a male victim arrived at Portland Adventist Medical Center with a single gunshot wound. The individual told police that he had been shot at Rachel’s Bar and Grill. Detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s Tactical Operations Division learned the people involved in the argument were rival gang members. The weapon used in this offense was a .38 revolver, according to court documents. After the shooting, the defendant fled to Arkansas, according to the affidavit.  

Mason appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Melvin Oden-Orr on October 19, 2018 where he was arraigned on the indictment. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. His next court date is scheduled for November 30, 2018.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office works closely with the City of Portland’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention and attends the bi-weekly Community Peace Collaborative meeting, which is a coalition of law enforcement, service providers and community members who are focused on encouraging people to take a stand against gun violence.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

 

Attached Media Files: PR-18-117-Samuel_D._Mason.pdf
Grand jury hands down murder indictment following October 5th homicide in North Portland - 10/16/18

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OCTOBER 16, 2018

Grand jury hands down murder indictment following October 5th homicide in North Portland

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 35-year-old Robert James, Jr. was arraigned on an eight count indictment.

According to previously filed court documents, on October 5, 2018, the defendant was at the corner of Northeast Wheeler Street and Northeast Multnomah Avenue when he killed 44-year-old Markell Jones and injured two other people using a firearm during the same criminal episode. An officer assigned to the Portland Police Bureau was at the Moda Center working an event when he heard gunshots. The officer saw an individual, later identified as James, shooting a firearm. The officer chased the defendant for about a block before taking James into custody. Law enforcement recovered a firearm from the scene, which has been seized for evidence. Video from the Moda Center shows James shooting into a vehicle around 11 p.m. on October 5, 2018. Mr. Jones, the passenger inside the vehicle, died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. The driver of the vehicle sustained a gunshot injury. The third victim, who was standing on a nearby TriMet platform was also struck by gunfire from the defendant’s firearm.

The indictment charges James with one count each of murder with a firearm, attempted aggravated murder with a firearm, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. James is also charged with two counts of assault in the second degree with a firearm and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm.

James appeared in court on October 16, 2018 where a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

A copy of the PC statement and indictment filed in this case can be obtained using case number 18CR66906 in the Oregon eCourt Case Information (OECI) system.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

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Grand Jury transcript released in Jason Washington death investigation - 10/09/18

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OCTOBER 9, 2018

Grand Jury transcript released in Jason Washington death investigation

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a transcript of the grand jury proceedings in the death investigation of Jason Washington was posted on the Multnomah County District Attorney’s website.

Two Portland State University Campus Public Safety officers directed deadly force at Mr. Washington on June 29, 2018.

The grand jury proceedings were recorded in accordance with ORS 132.260.

Upon return of a “not true bill” (see press release) in this matter by the grand jury, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion with the presiding court to create and disclose a transcript of the recorded proceedings.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

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Micah Sierra "Katt" Williams charged with a single count of assault in the fourth degree - 10/08/18

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OCTOBER 8, 2018

Micah Sierra “Katt” Williams charged with a single count of assault in the fourth degree

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 47-year-old Micah Sierra “Katt” Williams was charged with a single count of assault in the fourth degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

Williams made his first court appearance before Judicial Officer Bernadette H. Bignon on October 8, 2018 at the Multnomah County Justice Center. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. The court appointed Williams a criminal defense attorney. Judge Bignon also ordered Williams not have any contact with the named victim in this case.

The charging instrument filed in this case alleges that Williams intentionally, knowingly or recklessly caused physical injury to another individual.

The defendant signed a waiver of probable cause hearing at the time of his arrest. As such, no probable cause affidavit was generated. Copies of both the waiver and the charging instrument in this matter are available for review using the Oregon eCourt Case Information (OECI) system.

The defendant’s next court date is set for November 16, 2018 for a trial readiness hearing.  

According to information previously released by the Port of Portland, law enforcement began investigating an alleged assault that occurred on Friday October 5, 2018 at approximately 11:15 p.m. at Atlantic Aviation, located in the 8000 block of Northeast Airport Way in Portland, Oregon. During the investigation, law enforcement learned Mr. Williams allegedly assaulted the driver of a private, for hire transportation vehicle following an argument. The argument was allegedly over transporting Williams and his dog to a performance at the Moda Center. The driver suffered minor facial injuries that included swelling and cuts. The victim was treated and released by medical professionals at a local hospital. Williams left the scene of the alleged assault in a separate vehicle before law enforcement arrived. At 11:15 a.m. on Saturday October 6, 2018, Williams was taken into custody in the 1100 block of Southwest 2nd Avenue in Portland, Oregon.

Williams was lodged into the Multnomah County Detention Center. His bail was set at $2,500. Upon arrest, law enforcement determined Williams had an active warrant out of Georgia. Subsequently, a fugitive hold was placed on Williams.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has learned the victim in this case is represented by private counsel. At this time, because the investigation into this matter remains ongoing, no additional comments will be made by this office.  

A charging instrument is only an accusation of a crime, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

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Ajon Webster receives 20 year prison sentence following the homicide of Adrian Berg (Photo) - 10/05/18

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OCTOBER 5, 2018

Ajon Webster receives 20 year prison sentence following the homicide of Adrian Berg

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 28-year-old Ajon Webster received a 20 year prison sentence for the homicide of Adrian Berg.

On August 31, 2018, Webster appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric J. Bergstrom and pleaded guilty to one count each of manslaughter in the first degree and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Ernastine Rutherford, Mr. Berg’s mother, who participated in Friday’s sentencing hearing via phone described the pain of losing her son. Ms. Rutherford told the Court her entire family “misses him so much.”

This investigation began when officers with the Gresham Police Department responded to Pat Pfeifer Park on August 6, 2017 on reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located Berg, 32, suffering from critical injuries. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital but died during transport. An autopsy determined his death to be homicide.

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that Mr. Berg was at the park attending a picnic when Webster showed up. There was a verbal altercation between the two men. Mr. Berg asked the defendant to leave the park due to the fact that there were numerous children present and because he didn’t want Webster to disrupt those who had gathered. The verbal altercation between Mr. Berg and Webster continued. Shortly thereafter, law enforcement learned Webster obtained a .45 caliber handgun from a nearby parked vehicle and returned to the park and shot Mr. Berg multiple times at close range.

Webster fled the scene, and eventually the state, but was apprehended by the United States Marshals Service.

Senior Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Brian Davidson, who prosecuted this case, said at Friday hearing that Mr. Berg was “someone who had a lot of loved ones” and that he was “truly an innocent victim.” Davidson said that while at the park Mr. Berg was protecting a female from Webster who was being aggressive towards her and others.

Webster apologized to the Berg family and said he was prepared to face the consequences of his actions.

This case was investigated by the Gresham Police Department and the Multnomah County East Major Crimes Team.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

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Grand jury indicts Pavel Mikhay, 26, for the attempted murder of a Multnomah County resident - 10/04/18

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OCTOBER 4, 2018

Grand jury indicts Pavel Mikhay, 26, for the attempted murder of a Multnomah County resident

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced a grand jury returned a nine count indictment against a man who is now accused of attempting to kill a woman living in East Multnomah County.

Pavel Mikhay, 26, is scheduled to appear before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Angel Lopez on October 5, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. to be arraigned on the indictment.

The indictment, which was filed on October 4, alleges that the defendant unlawfully entered and remained in a residence on September 25, 2018 near the intersection of East Historic Columbia River Highway and Southeast Hurlburt Road in Corbett, Oregon.

According to a previously filed probable cause affidavit, the victim woke up to find the defendant standing over her in her bedroom. A struggle between the victim and defendant ensued. During the struggle, the defendant grabbed the victim’s neck and face and tried to smother her with a pillow.

The indictment also alleges that during the burglary, the defendant used a knife to assault the victim and attempted to kill her. The victim and Mikhay did not know each other. Mikhay fled the residence and was captured by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on September 26 in the 2900 block of Thousand Acres Road in East Multnomah County.

The victim in this case has requested privacy and does not want to be contacted by media.

The indictment charges Mikhay with one count of attempted murder, four counts of burglary in the first degree, and one count each of assault in the first degree, strangulation, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.

The probable cause affidavit and indictment in this matter have been filed under case number 18CR64615. Copies of all publically available documents in this case can be accessed using the Oregon eCourt Case Information (OECI) system.

This case is being investigated by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: PR-18-108-Pavel_Mikhay.pdf
Timothy Mackley indicted with the aggravated murder of Marcine Herinck - 10/03/18

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OCTOBER 3, 2018

Timothy Mackley indicted with the aggravated murder of Marcine Herinck

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced a grand jury returned a 23 count indictment against 58-year-old Timothy Joseph Mackley for his alleged involvement in the homicide of 89-year-old Marcine Herinck.

The indictment, which was filed on October 3, 2018, charges Mackley with 13 counts of aggravated murder, one count of intentional murder, four counts of burglary in the first degree, two counts of kidnapping in the second degree, two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and one count of abuse of a corpse.

According to the indictment, on or between September 18 and September 24, 2018, Mackley did unlawfully and intentionally cause the death of Ms. Herinck in the course of, and as a result of, intentional torture and intentional maiming.

Additionally, it is alleged in the indictment that the defendant unlawfully entered Ms. Herinck’s residence in the 1500 block of Northeast 150th Avenue in Portland, Oregon on or between September 18 and September 19, 2018 where he kidnapped her and took her from one place to another without consent and with the purpose of terrorizing Ms. Herinck and/or with the purpose of causing physical injury. Furthermore, it is alleged that Mackley sexually abused Ms. Herinck during the six day period when she was missing. Finally, the indictment alleges that upon killing Ms. Herinck, the defendant intentionally removed and transported her remains.  

On September 24, 2018, officers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that was being driven by Mackley in the 9200 block of Southeast Holgate Boulevard. During the investigation, the body of Ms. Herinck was discovered inside the vehicle’s trunk, according to information previously released by the Portland Police Bureau. Mackley was taken into custody and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Ms. Herinck was reported missing on September 19, 2018.

Mackley is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment at 9:30 a.m. on October 4, 2018 at the Multnomah County Justice Center before Judge Angel Lopez. Mackley remains in custody at the Multnomah County Detention Center on a no bail hold.

There is no probable cause affidavit filed in this case. A waiver of probable cause hearing was filed with the court on September 26, 2018 and is available for review using the Oregon eCourt Case Information (OECI) system. The indictment in this matter was filed under case number 18CR64205.

This case is being prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Amity Girt and Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero. No additional comment can be made due to the pending litigation.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone with information about the suspect or this homicide should contact Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762 or ik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov">Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

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Thomas William Johnson receives five year prison sentence for attempting to sexually abuse teen - 10/02/18

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OCTOBER 2, 2018

Thomas William Johnson receives five year prison sentence for attempting to sexually abuse teen

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 51-year-old Thomas William Johnson received a five year prison sentence after he broke into a Multnomah County residence and attempted to sexually abuse an 18 year old female as she was sleeping.  

On October 2, 2018, Johnson appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Christopher J. Marshall and pleaded guilty to one count each of burglary in the first degree and attempted sexual abuse in the first degree. The two charges stem from an incident that occurred on August 31, 2017 in the 2900 block of Northeast 49th Avenue in Portland, Oregon.

The defendant broke into the residence after a male, 18, left to drive his friends home. While the male was away from the residence, his girlfriend was in a bedroom sleeping. She woke up to Johnson on top of her with his hands around her throat. When the victim attempted to scream, Johnson squeezed her neck so she could not. During the assault, the victim’s boyfriend returned to the residence and confronted the intruder. The two men struggled and Johnson fled but was eventually captured.

“We have to live with this for the rest of our lives,” the 18 year old male said in court on Tuesday. “I used to think of my home as a safe and secure place but I can’t sleep at my home without having nightmares about his face. What he did will always forever impact me for the rest of my life.”

The female victim did not attend Tuesday’s change of plea and sentencing hearing. Her boyfriend’s mother, however, told the court Johnson’s attack destroyed the family’s peace of mind.

“You hid in our backyard and when our son left to take his friends home you broke in and did your best to ruin an 18 year old girl’s life,” she said. “You shoved your fingers down her throat, you told her you've never had sex with a teenager. You told her you would kill her. Thank God my son came home and stopped you.”

Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Todd Jackson, who prosecuted this case, told the court the victim and her boyfriend exhibited tremendous bravery after experiencing something that no one should ever have to go through.

The resolution of this case was the result of a carefully negotiated settlement that took into consideration mitigating factors that were presented to this office. The victim, her family, her boyfriend and his family all participated in the discussions surrounding pre-trial resolution, and with their support the State agreed to resolve this case for the five year prison sentence.

Prior to this offense, the defendant had no violent criminal record. Johnson stated in court his behavior that night was fueled by a multi-day drug binge. 

Judge Marshall imposed a five year prison sentence. Based on the serious nature of the crime and the impact it had on the victim and her boyfriend, Judge Marshall made a specific finding and denied Johnson any credit for good time, meaning he will have to serve all five years in prison.

Johnson also pleaded guilty to one count of criminal mischief in the first degree for conduct that happened on August 31, 2017 shortly after to the attempted sexual abuse.

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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Gresham man receives 18 year prison sentence for sexually abusing two girls in 2013 - 10/02/18

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OCTOBER 2, 2018

Gresham man receives 18 year prison sentence for sexually abusing two girls in 2013

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 31-year old Tyler Wilkerson received an 18 year prison sentence following a sex crimes investigation conducted by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

Wilkerson pleaded no contest and was found guilty on July 23, 2018 of all 16 counts listed in the indictment. The charges include nine counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, six counts of sexual abuse in the second degree and one count of attempted rape in the second degree.

"This isn't something that he has to live with,” said one of Wilkerson’s victims upon hearing his allocution. “This is something we have to live with. This didn’t happen to him. It happened because of him."

"I think about how many nights I cried myself to sleep because of this, how many nights I sat in my room scared that he was going to come into it, how many nights that me and my sister cried to each other about what happened and how it happened and how much it has affected us. What he did defines him. It’s not some mistake that he made. It didn’t happen just one time. It happened several times to both of us."

She told the Court she does not forgive Wilkerson for his actions.

At the time of these offenses, Wilkerson was a friend of the victims’ mother and was allowed to stay with the family at their Troutdale residence.

“This was an egregious case,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney BJ Park, who prosecuted the case. “Over a two month period in 2013, Tyler Wilkerson victimized two sisters, both of whom were minors, multiple times. The trauma and damage he has inflicted will be long lasting and this sentence holds him accountable for this betrayal and abuse.”

Wilkerson "violated the trust of two little girls,” their mother said in court. "They have to live with this for the rest of their lives."

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office started its criminal investigation in April 2017 after one of the victims disclosed being sexually abused. Following the initial investigation, the case was presented to a grand jury in August 2017 and a true bill was returned.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office would like to provide resources to the community when it comes to protecting children. If you know of a child who is in immediate danger of being abuse or neglected, please call 9-1-1. Additional tips can be submitted to the Oregon Department of Human Services at any time by calling 1-800-509-5439 or by calling 503-823-3333.


Resources:
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office – Investigations Division

Portland Police Bureau – Sex Crimes Unit


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Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: PR-18-105-Tyler_Wilkerson.pdf