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Local man arrested after stabbing incident - 01/30/15
On January 29th, 2015, at approximately 8:00 pm McMinnville Police Officers responded to the First Baptist Church at 125 SE Cowls Street regarding a stabbing that just occurred. Upon arrival the victim was located and identified as a 59 year old local resident.

According to the victim, he had parked at the church parking lot and was walking toward the building to attend a meeting. The suspect, who was an acquaintance of the victim, reportedly walked up and said "Gotcha" and apparently stabbed him in the arm with a knife or some other sharp object. The victim received medical treatment on scene for a small cut to his arm. He declined further medical assistance.

The suspect reportedly fled the scene in a grey Toyota or Subaru passenger vehicle. The suspect was identified as Thomas Allan Greenslade (age 45) of Carlton. Thomas Greenslade has been taken into custody as of this afternoon at about 2:30 pm. he will be lodged in YCCF for a probation violation detainer. Charges in this incident will be determined after further investigation and interviews.
Garcia Booking Photo
Garcia Booking Photo
Traffic stop leads to drug arrest and seizure (Photo) - 01/30/15
On January 29thm, 2015 at approximately 9:30 pm, a McMinnville Police Officer initiated a traffic stop in the 300 block of N Hwy 99 in McMinnville. The stop involved a red 1990 Nissan 300ZX that had committed a traffic violation. During the stop, a narcotics canine alerted on the vehicle for the presence of drugs and the vehicle was searched. During the search officers located over $6000.00 in cash and a half ounce of crystal methamphetamine.

Prior to being taken into custody, the male driver fled the scene on foot. The driver ran from the scene and was eventually captured a dew blocks away with the assistance of a Newberg Police Department tracking canine. The driver was identified as Elias Garcia-Abel (38 years old) of McMinnville.

Elias Abel-Garcia was lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court on the following charges:
Attempt to Elude (on foot) SRA - $ 5,000.00
Possession of a Controlled Substance(meth) SRA - $ 7,500.00
Delivery of a Controlled Substance(meth) SRA - $50,000.00.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-7307
Attached Media Files: Garcia Booking Photo , Seized Narcotics
Attempt to locate no longer needed - investigation to continue - 01/19/15
Potential Robbery/Coercion Update:

At about 12:30 pm Renee Barnard and David Farnsworth came into the police department and gave statements to our detectives. Based on the interviews we have obtained, we are not making any immediate arrests and are conducting further investigative steps before any action is taken.

We are no longer looking for any assistance in locating the individuals or vehicle involved in this incident.

Anyone with further information in this case is asked to call Sergeant Fessler at 503-435-5616