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Southern Oregon Man Arrested for Sexually Abusing Disabled Teen (Photo) - 12/12/17

Media Release

Southern Oregon Man Arrested for Sexually Abusing Disabled Teen

December 12, 2017 -- A southern Oregon man was arrested for sexually abusing two teenagers in Washington County. One of the teenagers is developmentally disabled. Detectives believe there may be additional victims and are asking for the public's help.

In June 2017, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office received information that an adult male had sexual contact with a developmentally-disabled girl he met on social media.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit began investigating and located another teenage girl who also had sexual contact with the same male. During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify the male as Rusty Hendrickson, 38, of Sutherlin. Investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest.

On December 9, 2017, Mr. Hendrickson was arrested and lodged at the Douglas County Jail for three counts of sexual abuse in the second degree and three counts of sexual abuse in the third degree. He has since posted bail and has been released. Mr. Hendrickson will be prosecuted in Washington County.

Detectives believe there could be additional victims. If you have any information, please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2700.

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Aloha Man Steals Bait Package Two Blocks from His Residence (Photo) - 12/07/17

December 7, 2017 -- An Aloha man stole a Sheriff's Office bait package from a home less than two blocks from where he resides. Deputies later learned he had damaged the package in an attempt to destroy evidence.

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 2:43 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an alarm activation from a bait package at a residence near Southwest 170th Avenue and Southwest Jenkins Road in Aloha.

Deputies used GPS technology to track and isolate the location of the package to inside a residence less than two blocks from where it had been stolen. Deputies made several announcements into the home for an extended period of time but the suspect refused to come out.

While deputies were writing a search warrant to enter the residence to apprehend the suspect, a homeowner arrived and the suspect surrendered shorty after. Deputies detained 27-year-old Gary Medeiros, who lives at the residence.

During the investigation, deputies learned that Mr. Medeiros had stolen the package and later damaged it in an attempt to destroy the evidence.

Mr. Medeiros was arrested for mail theft, theft in the second degree, tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief in the third degree, and a parole violation. He is being held at the Washington County Jail.

The Sheriff's Office would like the public to know that numerous bait packages have been proactively deployed throughout Washington County to deter theft and catch those who steal during the season of giving. This is the third year the Sheriff's Office has conducted this program.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo
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Booking Photo
Deputies Track Down Burglar After Couple Awakes to Find Stranger in Their Bedroom (Photo) - 11/29/17

November 29, 2017 -- A couple awoke to find a stranger asleep on their bedroom floor. He was later located by deputies who were tracking his location on the couple's cell phones he had stolen.

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 4:40 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a residential burglary in the 100 block of Northwest 107th Avenue in Portland. A woman reported that her husband and she had awoken to find a male asleep on the floor of their bedroom.

As the couple was escorting the man out of the residence and calling 9-1-1, they realized that items were missing from their home, including their cell phones, tablet computer, and wallets.

Deputies, assisted by Beaverton Police officers and a K-9 team, began searching the area for the suspect. Meanwhile, deputies interviewing the victims learned that the GPS tracking app "Find My iPhone" was enabled on their stolen phones and began tracking their location.

Responders coordinated closely, and when deputies were in position near where the GPS showed the phones were, set off an audible tone on the stolen phones. A deputy heard the tone sounding from outside a nearby residence on Southwest Celeste Lane and located the suspect hiding under the porch. At 5:20 a.m., he was taken into custody with assistance from the Beaverton Police K-9 team.

Ervin Solomon, 64-years-old of Portland, was arrested for burglary in the first degree, theft in the first degree, felon in possession of restricted weapon, and a probation violation. He is being held at the Washington County Jail on $50,000 bail.

In addition to the couple's recovered property, Mr. Solomon was found in possession of jewelry and other items believed to be stolen. Deputies will be working to identify the owners of that property and returning it to victims in the coming days.

The Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the Beaverton Police Department for their assistance on this search.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo
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Community Meeting Regarding North Bethany New Construction Home Fires (Photo) - 11/28/17

November 28, 2017 - The Washington County Sheriff's Office and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue will be holding a community meeting on Wednesday, November 29 at 7 p.m., taking place at Springville K-8 School (6655 NW Joss Ave, Portland, OR 97229). Investigators will provide a summary of the recent fires and investigation in the Highlands and North Bethany neighborhood, steps being taken to keep the community safe, and what community members can do to help. A representative from Noyes Development will also be on hand to provide remarks.

Community members can RSVP and invite their neighbors to this community meeting by visiting the Facebook event page:
www.facebook.com/events/1143413402456867/

The media is also invited to this community meeting.

The two fires in August at empty, new construction homes have been classified by investigators as arson. The cause of the November 21 fire remains under investigation.

Attached Media Files: Graphic
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Warrant Phone Scam Targeting Washington County (Photo) - 11/27/17

November 27, 2017 -- Deputies are fielding several reports of the public receiving scam phone calls claiming to be from the Washington County Sheriff's Office and demanding money.

Over the weekend, dozens of members from the public reported receiving suspicious phone calls. During the calls, an unknown suspect who claims to be a Washington County Sheriff's Office sergeant tells the person they have a warrant and must pay cash or pre-paid "Green Dot" cards or they will be arrested.

Often times the caller is able to provide private information about the person answering the call, such as their date of birth and address. This may cause some people, particularly the elderly who might not know such information is readily accessible on the internet, to believe the call is credible.

Please remember, the Sheriff's Office does not accept any type of money or payment over the phone. Similar phone scams include someone impersonating a Sheriff's Office representative calling and claiming you've missed jury duty or a loved one need to be bailed out of jail.

Deputies ask the public to educate friends, family, and neighbors, particularly our elderly community members, about such phone scams. If a phone call seems suspicious, the public is encouraged to hang up and call the agency back on a known phone number to verify its authenticity.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Graphic
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Booking Photo
Man Arrested After Pursuit, Attempt to Run Over Police Sergeant (Photo) - 11/25/17

Media Release

Man Arrested After Pursuit, Attempt to Run Over Police Sergeant

November 25, 2017 -- A man was arrested early this morning on multiple charges after he attempted to elude multiple law enforcement officers and tried to run over a Forest Grove Police sergeant. No one was seriously injured.

On Friday, November 24, 2017 at 11:26 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a hit and run crash at NW Banks Road and NW Sellers Road in the city of Banks. It was reported that a vehicle crashed into a power pole and then drove away from the location.

A few minutes later, a Forest Grove Police sergeant spotted the vehicle, a 1994 Jeep Cherokee, as it entered the city of Forest Grove. The driver refused to stop and deputies and officers from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Forest Grove Police Department and Cornelius Police Department pursued it.

At one point, the suspect vehicle turned onto a dead-end road near Cedar Street and 24th Avenue. The vehicle turned around and faced the Forest Grove Police sergeant head-on. The sergeant got out of his patrol car and gave commands for the driver to exit the Jeep. Instead of complying, the driver of the Jeep drove straight at the sergeant. Fortunately, the sergeant was not struck. After another short pursuit, the driver crashed into a yard and fled on foot. He was captured by officers.

Joseph E. Eison, 20, of Hillsboro, was arrested for attempted assault in the first degree, assault in the fourth degree, felony fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, misdemeanor fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, driving under the influence of intoxicants, unlawful use of weapon, two counts of misdemeanor hit and run, criminal mischief in the second degree, escape in the third degree, resisting arrest and a misdemeanor warrant from Yamhill County.

Mr. Eison sustained minor injuries and was medically cleared at a local hospital before being lodged at the Washington County Jail. No officers or deputies were injured.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the Forest Grove Police Department and deputies assigned to the Cornelius Police Department for their valuable assistance.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Booking Photo
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Arson Photo
Detectives Seeking Public's Assistance in Arson Investigation (Photo) - 11/17/17

11/17/17 -- Detectives are investigating a suspicious house fire and are requesting assistance from anyone who may have information.

On Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:51 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 16000 block of SW Nora Rd in Beaverton to assist Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) with investigating a suspicious fire at an abandoned house. Fire investigators and detectives have determined that the fire was set by an unknown person (s) but are still working to determine if it was intentionally caused.

The sheriff's office investigated a fire at this house in June of this year, but the incidents are not believed to be related. Investigators believe that there were witnesses in the area who may have seen the individuals responsible for setting the fire.

The sheriff's office is requesting anyone with information about the fire to contact non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Arson Photo
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Booking Photos
Sheriff and Law Enforcement Partners Combat Human Trafficking (Photo) - 11/17/17

Media Release

Sheriff and Law Enforcement Partners Combat Human Trafficking

November 17, 2017 -- During the past three months, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and law enforcement partners have arrested 22 men during two missions intended to proactively combat human trafficking in Washington County.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit, the Forest Grove Police Department and the Washington County District Attorney's Office, announces the arrest of 22 men during two separate missions the past three months.

The stated goal of these missions is to break a link in the chain of human trafficking by enforcing state and federal laws and developing intelligence on those trafficking victims in Washington County.

Sheriff Pat Garrett reminds us that "human trafficking is a terrible reality in our community. Joined by our wonderful public safety partners, we are committed to continue interdiction efforts to rescue victims and hold accountable all those who perpetuate these crimes."

Those arrested during missions in September and November include:
* Majid L. Abdulla, 36, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Nicholas R. Arntsen, 21, of Portland, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Roy P. Carino, 51, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Javies Chavez, 24, of Cornelius, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Jesus Cruz-Arreguin, 33, of Gervais, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation and Theft III;
* Richard Derby, 19, of Forest Grove, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Lazaro Echevarria-Martinez, 46, of Forest Grove, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Pedro Escalona-Varela, 31, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Rigoberto Figueroa-Gutierrez, 35, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Charles F. Giaquinto, 48, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Shubham Gilda, 32, of Hillsboro for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Abhishek Kumar, 31, of Hillsboro, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Galo M. Legarda, 39, of Gladstone, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Joseph T. Martinez, 24, of Aurora, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* John W. Miller, 44, of Seabec, Washington, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Domenico A. Opiela, 46, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* John M. Pearson, 73, of Cornelius, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Daniel N. Radtke, 39, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Isagani C. Rausa, 33, of Tigard, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Rene Rodriguez-Abarca, 37, of Forest Grove, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Gaspar Silva-Zavala, 43, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Apurva H. Thakkar, 27, of Salem, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;

The Washington County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank local hotels who have provided resources and assistance for these missions.

For the integrity of future missions, we specifically request that the media not report the locations of these missions.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Booking Photos
Raymond Chavez booking photo
Raymond Chavez booking photo
Detectives Recover Stolen Property and Return it to Owner (Photo) - 11/16/17

Media Release

Detectives Recover Stolen Property and Return it to Owner

November 16, 2017 -- Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes Unit recovered property stolen from a vehicle over the weekend and have returned it to the rightful owner.

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 5:11 p.m., a man living in the 8800 block of SW Cashmur Drive in West Slope reported that someone had broken into his vehicle and stolen his work tools. The man provided a detailed list of the stolen tools to a patrol deputy and told the deputy that some of the tools had been marked with his initials.

The man later located one of his stolen items on OfferUp, an app-based sales platform. Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit followed up and made arrangements to meet with the seller. After confirming the seller had stolen items belonging to the victim, detectives recovered tools valued at $1,000.

Detectives cited Raymond A. Chavez, 30, of Portland, for unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and theft in the first degree. [A prior booking photo is included with this release.] This morning, detectives were able to return the stolen items to the grateful victim.

Detectives received valuable assistance from OfferUp during this investigation.
The victim is willing to speak with the media.

Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit recommend that owners record serial numbers for their property and/or apply distinct markings to make identification of items easier.

Update: Runaway 15-Year-Old Girl Returned Home Safe - 11/14/17

November 14, 2017 - 15-year-old runaway Ashley returned home on her own this afternoon upon seeing the media coverage. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public and media for their assistance. The original media released is below.

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Detectives Need Public's Help Finding At-Risk 15-Year-Old Girl

November 14, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help finding 15-year-old Ashley Jarrell, who ran away from her home in Aloha on October 18, 2017. Her family last spoke to her by phone on November 5.

Detectives believe Ashley is at risk of becoming a human trafficking victim and has a history of being lured by adults during past incidents.

In the past, Ashley has been known to stay in downtown Portland, Beaverton, Aloha, or Vancouver, and she has also taken trains to other states. At this point, detectives do not have specific information on where she may be.

Ashley is described as 5'1" tall, 110 pounds, with shoulder length hair and hazel eyes. Ashley's hair is naturally light brown but may be dyed another color. Ashley functions at the level of an 11-year-old child. Ashley may also give the name "Latoya Sanchez."

Anyone with information on Ashley's whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

The Portland metropolitan region remains an active area for human trafficking. The Sheriff's Office conducts regular missions to identify and arrest human trafficking suspects, as well as to find and rescue both underage and adult trafficking victims.

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Detectives Need Public's Help Finding At-Risk 15-Year-Old Girl (Photo) - 11/14/17

November 14, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help finding 15-year-old Ashley Jarrell, who ran away from her home in Aloha on October 18, 2017. Her family last spoke to her by phone on November 5.

Detectives believe Ashley is at risk of becoming a human trafficking victim and has a history of being lured by adults during past incidents.

In the past, Ashley has been known to stay in downtown Portland, Beaverton, Aloha, or Vancouver, and she has also taken trains to other states. At this point, detectives do not have specific information on where she may be.

Ashley is described as 5'1" tall, 110 pounds, with shoulder length hair and hazel eyes. Ashley's hair is naturally light brown but may be dyed another color. Ashley functions at the level of an 11-year-old child. Ashley may also give the name "Latoya Sanchez."

Anyone with information on Ashley's whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Ashley's father is willing to speak to the media, and news outlets are asked to contact the Public Information Officer to obtain his contact information.

The Portland metropolitan region remains an active area for human trafficking. The Sheriff's Office conducts regular missions to identify and arrest human trafficking suspects, as well as to find and rescue both underage and adult trafficking victims.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Photo 1 , Photo 2
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Gaston Woman Shoots Boyfriend in Leg During Argument (Photo) - 11/14/17

November 14, 2017 -- A Gaston woman was arrested for attempted homicide after she shot her boyfriend during an argument. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

On November 13, 2017, at 8:24 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a disturbance with a weapon in the 1200 block of SW Tanner Creek Road outside of Gaston. A male reported that his girlfriend had shot him in the leg.

Sheriff's Office deputies, assisted by City of Cornelius deputies, Forest Grove Police, and the Oregon State Police, responded and apprehended the suspect. A deputy serving the City of Cornelius applied a tourniquet to the victim's leg until medical personnel arrived.

The victim, a 57-year-old male, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for a single gunshot wound to his left leg and a laceration to his head. His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

The suspect, 57-year-old Shannon Main, was arrested for attempted homicide, assault in the first degree, and unlawful use of a weapon. She is being held at the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Sheriff's Office detectives responded and assisted in the investigation. Law enforcement were assisted by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Fire & Rescue, and Metro West Ambulance.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo