Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Woman Allegedly Befriends People then Steals their Money (Photo)
October 29, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Property Crime Unit Detectives are
searching for additional theft victims following the indictment of a Salem woman. There
are several victims identified in multiple jurisdictions. Detectives fear there may be
additional victims as the suspect befriends people then apparently steals from them.
Last August, Sheriff's Deputies were contacted by a woman who was claiming that
Vicheka Ly, 23, from Salem had stolen her credit cards and cash. Sheriff's Deputies investigated the complaint and the
Sheriff's Property Crimes Unit Detectives were contacted to assist with the case.
Preliminary information was that Ms. Ly had befriended the victim earlier this year then
moved in to the victim's residence. The victim began noticing suspicious behavior by Ms.
Ly who apparently was unemployed but would routinely go on shopping sprees purchasing
expensive items. Prior to calling the Sheriff's Office on August 28, 2014, the victim found
her credit card was used on an apparent shopping spree. The victim also found several
thousand dollars in cash was stolen.
Property Crime Unit Detectives began processing evidence and interviewed anyone who
may have knowledge of the case. There was surveillance video obtained that detectives
confirmed was Ms. Ly using a stolen credit. During a search warrant, detectives
discovered several credit cards in Ms. Ly's possession that belonged to other victims.
Detectives discovered there were similar cases in Hillsboro, Portland and Clackamas
County where Ms. Ly is suspected of similar criminal behavior. The Hillsboro case
reported Ms. Ly as using a stolen friend's credit card and charging over $7,500 in one day.
The details are not available on the Portland and Clackamas County cases.
On October 24, 2014, the case was presented to a Washington County Grand Jury.
Vicheka Ly was indicted and charged with 1st Degree Aggravated Theft, 1st degree Theft
and three counts of Identity Theft. There is also a Clackamas County warrant for Forgery
Vicheka Ly's location is unknown, she could be anywhere in the metropolitan area.
Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case or possible additional
unreported crimes committed by Ms Ly. If you have any information, please call the
Washington County Sheriff's Office Detective Division at (503) 846-2500.
Pedestrian Safety Enhancement in Cornelius (Photo)
October 28, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Traffic Team Deputies assisted deputies serving the City of Cornelius enforce pedestrian safety in the city.
Pedestrians struck by vehicles are one of the most hazardous crash types for potentially serious or fatal injuries. In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes. Crashes that occurred exclusively on private property, including parking lots and driveways, were excluded from the statistics.
Sheriff's Deputies respond to many traffic related incidents that could have been avoided if all drivers were safe and considerate. Deputies are reminding drivers to slow down, avoid distractions and pay extra attention for pedestrians and bicyclists as the daylight hours grow shorter. The rainy season also presents increased driving difficulties as driver vision is decreased.
Per ORS 811.028, Failure to stop and remain stopped for pedestrian, the driver of a vehicle commits the offense of failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian if the driver does not stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian. The pedestrian may be at a marked crosswalk or any intersection which are considered an unmarked crosswalk.
On October 27, 2014, advisory signs were placed at North Adair and North 13th Street in Cornelius warning drivers that there would be a pedestrian safety enforcement detail today (photo attached). There were four Traffic Safety Team motorcycles assigned to assist with the detail. From 11:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m., deputies issued 22 citations for Fail to Yield to a Pedestrian (photo attached). This violation carries a $260 fine. During this one hour detail, deputies observed hundreds of additional violations but could only stop a small percentage.
Please remember to be safe and extra cautious of pedestrians.
Deputies Capture Two Men in Stolen Vehicle (Photo)
October 17, 2014 - A Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a stolen vehicle that refused to yield to him. The vehicle eventually crashed into the ditch and both men were arrested.
On October 17, 2014, at 3:02 a.m., a Washington County Deputy Sheriff saw a 2013 Honda Civic with the license plate obscured. The deputy attempted to stop the Honda at NW Cornell Road and NW Trail Avenue in the community of Oak Hills. The Honda abruptly increased speed and headed westbound on Highway 26. The deputy was using his lights and siren to stop the Honda. The driver of the Honda refused to stop and was actively attempting to avoid law enforcement.
The deputy learned through dispatch that the Honda was reported stolen out of SE Portland on October 15, 2014. Additional deputies assisted in the apprehension of the fleeing Honda. The driver of the Honda lost control of the vehicle at mile post 44, west of Stafford Road on Highway 26, and drove into the ditch. The vehicle was sideways in the road with the front tires in the ditch. The driver continued to race the engine as he attempted to try to flee the deputies.
Deputies were able to take the driver, indentified as Thuy Nguyen, 39, from Portland, and the passenger, Josiah Kezelee Pierce, 22, from Portland, into custody without further incident. There were no injuries or damage to other vehicles during the incident.
Deputies found Heroin and Methamphetamine in the vehicle. Mr. Kezelee Pierce is on probation out of Washington County for a prior robbery conviction.
Josiah Kezelee Pierce was lodged in the Washington County Jail. He is charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unauthorized Entry into Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of Heroin and Methamphetamine and a Probation Violation. He is held on $20,000 bail.
Thuy Nguyen was lodged in the Washington County Jail. He is charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unauthorized Entry into Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of Heroin, Attempt to Elude Police Officer and Second Degree Criminal Mischief. He is held on $20,000 bail.
Deputy Suspended after Making Unprofessional Comments
October 13, 2014.
Deputy Chris Gilderson was acting in his official capacity as a Deputy Sheriff when he arrested Mr. Abdiwali Hussein on December 31, 2013, for Second Degree Theft and Supplying Alcohol to a Minor.
On February 11, 2014, Mr. Hussein met with a Sheriff's Office supervisor to make a complaint about his treatment during the arrest. Mr. Hussein reported that after his arrest on December 31, 2013, while being driven to the Washington County jail, Deputy Gilderson reportedly engaged in a verbal altercation and made unprofessional comments. He also alleged that Deputy Gilderson punched him in the face.
Due to allegations of criminal conduct, Sheriff Pat Garrett requested an outside law enforcement agency investigation. It is common practice in cases involving possible criminal complaints concerning employees to have another agency complete the investigation. Beaverton Police Department Detectives investigated the case.
Deputy Gilderson was placed on paid administrative leave until the external agency and internal investigations were complete, which is standard procedure.
Beaverton Police Detectives presented their findings to the Washington County District Attorney. The case was referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney for review since Deputy Gilderson has served the county for more than 13 years and is known to local prosecutors.
The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office spent about two weeks reviewing the criminal investigation. On April 2, 2014, Sheriff Garrett received a statement and letter from Clackamas County Sr. Deputy District Attorney Michael Regan stating the Beaverton Police report was "comprehensive and thorough." He also stated, "It is evident from my review of this investigation that Deputy Gilderson engaged in unprofessional conduct toward a citizen. I do not find sufficient proof that the officer's conduct caused either "offensive physical contact" or a "physical injury" to support a criminal charge of harassment or assault. I find no evidence of any other crimes."
Upon receiving the findings from the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office, Sheriff Garrett ordered an internal investigation. Supporting documents are attached. The Sheriff's Office encourages review of the documents and findings used to assist Sheriff Garrett with his decision.
Sheriff Garrett suspended Deputy Gilderson for several weeks without pay. Deputy Gilderson had no previous disciplinary history with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Following the investigation, Sheriff Garrett personally met with Mr. Hussein and apologized for Deputy Gilderson's behavior. We are grateful Mr. Hussein had the confidence to bring this complaint directly to us and know that we would ensure a thorough investigation.
Deputies Carry Victim and Suspect out of Ravine after Crash (Photo)
Early this morning, deputies responded to a roll-over crash on Highway 26 where at least one person was ejected and two others fled the scene. They were eventually found and the driver is facing charges.
On Sunday, October 12, 2014, at about 1:17 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a roll-over crash on Highway 26 near NW Fisher Road in the community of Manning. An ambulance came across the crash and reported that one person had been ejected and was being treated on scene. The driver and anther passenger fled the scene on foot.
Deputies arrived and started searching the wooded area adjacent to the road for the two missing occupants. They brought in a K9 team and eventually found the other passenger and the driver, 25-year-old Mario Morquecho of Seaside, at the bottom of a steep ravine. They were both injured and unable to walk out on their own.
It took deputies and firefighters several hours to carry both parties about a half mile out of the woods to a waiting ambulance. Both had non-life-threatening injuries. Mr. Morquecho will face multiple charges when he is released from the hospital, including DUII, Felony Hit and Run, Assault, and Reckless Driving.
ESPD Advisory Committee Recruitment
October 1, 2014 --The Sheriff's Office of Washington County is accepting applications for citizens to serve on the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) Citizens' Advisory Committee. The Committee works with the Sheriff and other officials from the Sheriff's Office to review and offer recommendations regarding the level and type of police service in ESPD. The Committee advises the Sheriff on strategic goals and direction for the law enforcement district. Future considerations of the Committee will be to review other long-range opportunities for enhanced law enforcement and community collaboration.
ESPD provides enhanced patrol response to over 200,000 residents of the urban areas outside the cities. There are 110 Sheriff's Deputies serving the citizens in the district. The Sheriff's Office has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) continuously since 2004.
Committee members serve a three-year term. Applicants must pass a criminal background check and must live in the district. Applications can be obtained online at http://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/GetInvolved/AdvisoryBoards/espd-advisory-boards.cfm,
in person at the Washington County Sheriff's Office Executive Administration Office, by phone by contacting Kathy Bose at (503) 846-2506, or by e-mail at email@example.com
. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, October 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.