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Deputies Capture Two Men in Stolen Vehicle (Photo) - 10/17/14
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 - 10/13/14
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) - 10/12/14
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 - 10/01/14
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 kathy_bose@co.washington.or.us. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, October 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Attached Media Files: ESPD Application
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--UPDATE--Gaston Man Arrested after Crashing into Deputy's Vehicle (Photo) - 09/24/14

September 24, 2014--Today, about 4:00 p.m., Alexander Fastabend was released from the hospital and arrested for the crimes he is accused of committing on September 18, 2014 (booking photo attached).

Alexander Fastabend was lodged in the Washington County Jail and charged with First Degree Arson, Second Degree Assault, Attempted Second Degree Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and First Degree Criminal Mischief. He is held on $500,000 bail. Alexander Fastabend's arraignment will be on September 25, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Center.

The Washington County Deputy Sheriff injured in the crash is expected to make a full recovery in the coming weeks.

Original Release below:

Gaston Man Arrested after Crashing into Deputy's Vehicle

September 18, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies attempted to assist a man that had overdosed on medication in an attempt to harm himself. The man refused care and drove a vehicle at a high rate of speed into a deputy's patrol vehicle causing substantial damage and minor injuries prior to his arrest.

On September 18, 2014 at 3:02 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 47000 block of SW Fluke Drive in the community of Gaston concerning a man that reportedly overdosed. Family members called and reported Alexander Fastabend, 22, had intentionally ingested a large number of pills. The family members believed that Mr. Fastabend wanted to cause himself harm. It was reported Mr. Fastabend had armed himself with an unknown type of hand saw while in the residence.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and were assisted by the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Gaston Fire District. The deputies were able to safely get the family out of the residence to remove them from potential harm. Members of the Sheriff's Office Mental Health Response Team (MHRT) were arriving to open the lines of communication with Mr. Fastabend to provide him with assistance.

Prior to talking to MHRT, Mr. Fastabend quickly exited the house, jumped into a 2014 Honda Accord and sped down the long gravel road toward SW Old Highway 47. As Mr. Fastabend sped down the gravel road, an OSP Trooper had to leap out of the way to avoid being struck by the Accord.

At the intersection of Fluke Drive and SW Old Highway 47, the driver rapidly accelerated head-on into a deputy's patrol vehicle causing major damage to both vehicles. Both vehicles came to rest across SW Old Highway 47 into a farm field over 100 feet from the collision (photos attached).

After the crash, Mr. Fastabend bolted from the Accord and ran into a nearby corn field. The corn stalks were over six feet tall. As deputies and fire personnel tended to the injured deputy, additional deputies and OSP began their search for Mr. Fastabend. Within seven minutes, Mr. Fastabend emerged from the corn field holding a large butcher type knife in his hand. Deputies and OSP immediately converged on him and were able to quickly and successfully deploy their Tasers and take Mr. Fastabend into custody without further incident.

It was later discovered that Mr. Fastabend started a fire in the residence before fleeing in the Accord. The fire was mostly extinguished prior to its discovery due to the lack of combustible materials.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team and the Washington County Forensic Science Unit responded to assist with scene documentation, measurements, speed estimates and evidence processing. Washington County Detectives were called to assist with the investigation.

The Sheriff's Deputy in the crash had minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. He suffered minor head and upper body injuries.

Alexander Fastabend was taken to the hospital for medical attention. He is potentially facing First Degree Arson and Second Degree Assault charges when he is released from the hospital. There are additional charges possible as the investigation continues.
Attached Media Files: Crash photo , Crash photo , ARRESTED
Sheriff's Deputies Complete Scoggins Creek Fire Assistance - 09/23/14
September 23, 2014--The Washington County Sheriff's Office completed their assistance with the Scoggins Creek Fire incident. The Sheriff's Office worked in partnership to assist numerous local and state agencies as they combated the fire.

From September 19 through September 23, 2014, the Sheriff's Office maintained a command law enforcement presence near the fire. The long dry summer combined with hot temperatures, winds and a very dry fuel source made the fire very volatile and unpredictable.

On September 19, the Sheriff's Office was requested to begin preparing the local residents for possible evacuations and provide road closures. There was continuous access allowed for residents and fire personnel. The Sheriff's Office was requested to close Scoggins Valley Park and Henry Hagg Lake for fire fighting base camp operations and to ensure their was no interference to water retrieval efforts.

On September 19 at about 5:00 p.m., the fire was upgraded and the Washington County Sheriff's Office was requested to provide evacuation notices to residents on SW Stepien Road. There were 49 homes evacuated due to the fire spreading rapidly and the high potential for lose of property and life. Almost 70 other homes on surrounding roads were placed on alert for possible evacuation.

At 4:00 p.m., September 21, 2014, as the fire was being partially controlled, the Sheriff's Office was advised it was safe for residents to return home. Sheriff's Deputies began contacting all of the evacuated residents informing them it was deemed safe to return home.

Sheriff's Office personnel maintained an around the clock security presence to secure the area since the fire began. The Sheriff's Office set up their Mobile Command Vehicle for the first three days. As the fire was controlled, the Sheriff's Office security demands were reduced. The deputies presence was scaled back to meet the immediate needs.

Tonight, the fire is 100% contained and the last of the fire crews will be vacated from the park. Tomorrow morning, September 24, at 5:30 a.m., Scoggins Valley Park, the lake and both boat ramps will be open to the public with no restrictions.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank Scoggins Valley Park, Gaston Fire Department, Forest Grove Fire Department and the many additional regional and state agencies that contributed, seemingly tirelessly, to bringing this fire to a rapid and safe resolution.