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Major Crash Team Investigating a Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on NE Columbia Boulevard (Photo) - 04/19/15
On Sunday April 19, 2015, at 2:54 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to Northeast Columbia Boulevard at 33rd Avenue on the report of a traffic crash where one person was ejected from the vehicle.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the crashed vehicle and two patients. The driver was transported to a Portland hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive. The passenger was ejected and died at the scene. The vehicle struck one of the large concrete pillars for the 33rd Avenue overpass.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the crash.

Northeast Columbia Boulevard will be shut down in both directions at 33rd for several hours as officers investigate the crash.

No additional updates are expected until late Sunday morning.

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Friday April 17 - 04/16/15
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) until Friday April 17, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

Sgt. Stewart will be available by email or media-only pager to answer questions or respond to incidents with a clear need for immediate public notification due to community safety concerns. Examples include: shootings, stabbings, robberies, endangered missing/abductions, major incidents, and traffic crashes with a substantial traffic impact (Major Crash Team Activation).

All other research-type requests should be routed to Sgt. Simpson via email for follow-up.

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UPDATE - Residential Burglary Suspect Arrested in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood - 04/16/15
The suspect in this case, 23-year-old, Ryan J. Kracke has been booked at the Multnomah County Jail. He is being charged with Burglary I, Theft II x 2, Possession of Methamphetamine and Criminal Mischief II.

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On Thursday April 16, 2015, at 7:21 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a residential burglary in the 5200 block of Southeast 113th Avenue. As officers were responding, additional information was received that the homeowner confronted the suspect and the suspect ran away into the neighborhood.

Several officers, including a Police K-9, began searching the neighborhood and eventually located the suspect on Southeast 117th Avenue, just South of Reedway Street. The suspect, an adult male, was taken into custody and positively identified by the victim.

Burglary detectives are continuing the investigation and the suspect's name and charges will be released upon his booking into the Multnomah County Jail.

Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.

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UPDATE: Major Crash Team Responding to Investigate a Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Airport Way (Photo) - 04/16/15
The driver in this incident has been identified as 22-year-old Brady Jackson of Gresham, Oregon.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Northeast Airport Way has been reopened to all traffic. The deceased driver has been tentatively identified as a 22-year-male. Family has not yet been notified so no name will be released.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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On Wednesday April 15, 2015, at 4:53 a.m., North Precinct officers on patrol located a single vehicle crash in the 14900 block of Northeast Airport Way. Officers and medical personnel attended to the lone occupant, who was deceased.

The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree in front of the Portland Police Bureau's Training Complex.

Eastbound Airport Way is closed just past Northeast 148th Avenue and will remain so for several hours. Alternate routes include Marine Drive or Sandy Boulevard.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation in to the crash.

Updates are not expected until later this morning.

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Suspect Armed with Gun and Pepper Spray Robs Argay Neighborhood Tavern - 04/16/15
On Thursday April 16, 2015, at 2:16 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Venture Inn, located at 13900 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, on the report of an armed robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that just before closing time, the suspect entered the bar and sprayed pepper spray with one hand, while holding a handgun in the other hand.

The suspect demanded money and after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, left the bar without further incident.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as an African American male in his 40s, wearing a black hoody and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Robbery Detectives at (503) 823-0405.

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UPDATE: Central Precinct Officers Talking with Woman Threatening to Jump from SW Portland Bridge - 04/15/15
Officers were able to talk the 36-year-old woman out of jumping off the bridge and she has been taken into protective custody and will taken to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Barbur Boulevard will be reopened to all traffic.

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On Wednesday April 15, 2015, at 6:24 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Parkhill Drive on the report of the report of a woman standing on a bridge overpass railing.

Officers arrived in the area and made contact with the woman and have been talking with her for approximately an hour. The Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) is responding to assist Central Precinct Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) officers as they work to diffuse the situation.

Southwest Barbur Boulevard is closed in both directions from approximately Brier Place to Capitol Highway/Beaverton Hillsdale Highway ramp.

Updates will be provided as they come available.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu

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Double Homicide Suspect Colby Robinson Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in Texas (Photo) - 04/15/15
In the late evening hours of Tuesday April 14, Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives learned that 26-year-old Colby James Robinson, the suspect in the shooting on Friday evening that killed two people and critically injured a third, was shot and killed by Desoto (TX) Police in Dallas, Texas.

According to the Dallas Police Department, on Tuesday April 14, at approximately 9:29 p.m. (Dallas time), Desoto Police Department officers were involved in a vehicle pursuit involving Colby Robinson.

Desoto officers followed Robinson to Camp Wisdom and I-35 in Dallas, where he fled on foot to the 7000 block of Altaire Avenue. At this location, Desoto Police officers confronted Robinson and an officer-involved shooting occurred. Robinson was shot and pronounced deceased at the scene.

There was a female unrelated to this incident in a vehicle approximately one block South of the shooting, who appeared to have been injured as a result of the gunfire. She was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

The officer-involved shooting incident is being investigated by the Dallas Police Department Special Investigations Unit (SIU). All inquiries regarding the shooting in Dallas are directed to the Dallas Police Department.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, an arrest warrant for two counts of Aggravated Murder was been issued in Portland for Robinson's arrest. Homicide detectives in Portland previously learned that Robinson was from the Dallas area and that he'd evaded capture by police earlier Tuesday morning in Desoto.

According to Portland Police Homicide detectives, there are no outstanding suspects in the Portland homicide investigation. Additional details about the homicide investigation are expected to be released within a few days.

This investigation started on April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., when East Precinct officers responded to a residence on Southeast 85th Avenue, just North of Southeast Division Street on the report of a shooting.

Several officers arrived at the location and located three gunshot victims inside a residence. Two adult victims, 33-year-old Gary Dat Pham and 41-year-old Susie Pham (Sut-Leng Chang) were deceased. A third victim, 35-year-old Andrew Toan Pham, was transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers located a 13-week-old baby girl in the residence and were able to take the child to safety. The infant was not harmed in the shooting and was placed in the care of her grandparents.

Andrew Pham remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies on Sunday April 12 and determined that Gary Pham and Susie Pham died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Andrew Pham and Gary Pham, are brothers. The baby girl removed from the home is the child of Andrew and Susie Pham.

Detectives have learned that all three victims were involved in the medical marijuana industry but it has not been determined if this played a role in the shootings.

The family of shooting victims have offered the following statement regarding the shooting deaths of Susie and Gary, and the critical injuries suffered by Andrew:

"We would like to thank everyone for their sympathy and prayers. We ask that you pray for the third victim of this crime who is still fighting for life. While we are deeply grateful for the kind words we have received, we request that the family members' privacy be respected as we grieve for our loved ones and try to deal with this terrible event.

"Words cannot express the grief and shock that we feel at such a senseless crime. We fully support law enforcement's efforts to locate and arrest the perpetrator. We hope that he will be swiftly brought to justice so that he cannot inflict such pain on anyone else."

The photos released, courtesy of the family, feature (L-R), Andrew Pham, Susie Pham (holding infant daughter) and Gary Pham.

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Suspect Wanted for Aggravated Murder in Portland Double Homicide (Photo) - 04/14/15
Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives have identified 26-year-old Colby Robinson as the suspect in the shooting on Friday evening that killed two people and critically injured a third.

An arrest warrant for two counts of Aggravated Murder has been issued for Robinson's arrest. The warrants are extraditable nationwide. Robinson is from the Dallas, Texas area and evaded capture on Tuesday morning in DeSoto, Texas, a suburb just South of Dallas.

Robinson is described as 6'2" tall, 180 pounds, with multiple tattoos on his neck. Robinson should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone seeing Robinson should immediately call 9-1-1 or their local law enforcement agency.

No additional details on the investigation will be released at this time.

Anyone with non-emegency information about this suspect or investigation is asked to contact Detective Chris Traynor at (503) 823-0449, christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Rico Beniga at (503) 823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov.

Interested media should not contact the investigators; rather, they should contact Sergeant Pete Simpson, Public Information Officer (PIO).

The family of shooting victims Andrew Pham, Susie Pham (Sut-Leng Chang), and Gary Pham (Dat Pham) have offered the following statement regarding the shooting deaths of Susie and Gary, and the critical injuries suffered by Andrew:

"We would like to thank everyone for their sympathy and prayers. We ask that you pray for the third victim of this crime who is still fighting for life. While we are deeply grateful for the kind words we have received, we request that the family members' privacy be respected as we grieve for our loved ones and try to deal with this terrible event.

"Words cannot express the grief and shock that we feel at such a senseless crime. We fully support law enforcement's efforts to locate and arrest the perpetrator. We hope that he will be swiftly brought to justice so that he cannot inflict such pain on anyone else."

The photos released, courtesy of the family, feature (L-R), Andrew Pham, Susie Pham (holding infant daughter) and Gary Pham.

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve this crime in Southeast Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood.

On April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence on Southeast 85th Avenue, just North of Southeast Division Street on the report of a shooting.

Several officers arrived at the location and located three gunshot victims inside a residence. Two adult victims, 33-year-old Gary Dat Pham and 41-year-old Susie Pham (Sut-Leng Chang) were deceased. A third victim, 35-year-old Andrew Toan Pham, was transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers located a 13-week-old baby girl in the residence and were able to take the child to safety. The infant was not harmed in the shooting and was placed in the care of her grandparents (not the Department of Human Services as previously released).

Andrew Pham remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies on Sunday April 12 and determined that Gary Pham and Susie Pham died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Andrew Pham and Gary Pham, are brothers. The baby girl removed from the home is the child of Andrew and Susie Pham.

At this point in the investigation, the only suspect information is an unknown race male.

Detectives have learned that all three victims were involved in the medical marijuana industry but it has not been determined if this played a role in the shootings.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-16 Woodlawn Neighborhood Homicide (Photo) - 04/14/15
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred in the Woodlawn Neighborhood of Northeast Portland.

On Tuesday April 14, 2015, at 12:18 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of gunshots heard in the area of Northeast Dekum Street and Claremont Avenue.

Arriving officers began checking the area, including Woodlawn Park, when a caller reported a person down in a residential parking lot in the 6800 block of Northeast Claremont Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 24-year-old D'Andre Dickerson, and determined he was deceased after having been shot by an unknown assailant.

At this point in the investigation, there is no suspect information that has been given to police.

Dickerson's last known address is in Seattle, Washington and it is not known why he was in Portland or where he may have been staying locally.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone with information about the shooting or Dickerson's ties to Portland.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Family Statement After Two Killed, One Critically Wounded in Montavilla Neighborhood Shooting (Photo) - 04/14/15
The family of shooting victims Andrew Pham, Susie Pham (Sut-Leng Chang), and Gary Pham (Dat Pham) have offered the following statement regarding the shooting deaths of Susie and Gary, and the critical injuries suffered by Andrew:

"We would like to thank everyone for their sympathy and prayers. We ask that you pray for the third victim of this crime who is still fighting for life. While we are deeply grateful for the kind words we have received, we request that the family members' privacy be respected as we grieve for our loved ones and try to deal with this terrible event.

"Words cannot express the grief and shock that we feel at such a senseless crime. We fully support law enforcement's efforts to locate and arrest the perpetrator. We hope that he will be swiftly brought to justice so that he cannot inflict such pain on anyone else."

The photos released, courtesy of the family, feature (L-R), Andrew Pham, Susie Pham (holding infant daughter) and Gary Pham.

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve this crime in Southeast Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood.

On April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence on Southeast 85th Avenue, just North of Southeast Division Street on the report of a shooting.

Several officers arrived at the location and located three gunshot victims inside a residence. Two adult victims, 33-year-old Gary Dat Pham and 41-year-old Susie Pham (Sut-Leng Chang) were deceased. A third victim, 35-year-old Andrew Toan Pham, was transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers located a 13-week-old baby girl in the residence and were able to take the child to safety. The infant was not harmed in the shooting and was placed in the care of her grandparents (not the Department of Human Services as previously released).

Andrew Pham remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies on Sunday April 12 and determined that Gary Pham and Susie Pham died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Andrew Pham and Gary Pham, are brothers. The baby girl removed from the home is the child of Andrew and Susie Pham.

At this point in the investigation, the only suspect information is an unknown race male.

Detectives have learned that all three victims were involved in the medical marijuana industry but it has not been determined if this played a role in the shootings.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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CORRECTION: Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-15 Double Homicide (Photo) - 04/14/15
The infant that was not injured in the shooting is 13 weeks old, not 13 months as previously released.

The Bureau regrets the error.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a double homicide that occurred in Southeast Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood.

On April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence on Southeast 85th Avenue, just North of Southeast Division Street on the report of a shooting.

Several officers arrived at the location and located three gunshot victims inside a residence. Two adult victims, 33-year-old Dat Pham (male) and 41-year-old Sut-Leng Chang (female) were deceased. A third victim, 35-year-old Andrew Toan Pham, was transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers located a 13-week-old baby girl in the residence and were able to take the child to safety. The infant was not harmed in the shooting and was placed in the care of her grandparents (not the Department of Human Services as previously released).

Andrew Pham remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies on Sunday April 12 and determined that Dat Pham and Sut-Leng Chang died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Andrew Pham and one of the deceased, Dat Pham, are brothers. The baby girl removed from the home is the child of Andrew Pham and the other deceased, Sut-Leng Chang.

At this point in the investigation, the only suspect information is an unknown race male.

Detectives have learned that all three victims were involved in the medical marijuana industry but it has not been determined if this played a role in the shootings.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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GREAT Graduation Scheduled for Tuesday Morning at Margaret Scott School (Photo) - 04/14/15
On Tuesday April 14, 2015, at 11:50 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau G.R.E.A.T. Program will be honoring students at Margaret Scott School, located at 14700 Northeast Sacramento Street.

Officer Amy Bruner-Dehnert and Sergeant Tim Sessions will be celebrating the graduation and honoring the students hard work and achievement in the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

Media is invited to attend this special event and is asked to check in with the office before attending the graduation.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, contact Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186 or Mike.Paresa@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Homicide Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Woodlawn Neighborhood - 04/14/15
On Tuesday April 14, 2015, at 12:18 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of gunshots heard in the area of Northeast Dekum Street and Claremont Avenue.

Arriving officers began checking the area, including Woodlawn Park, when a caller reported a person down in a residential parking lot in the 6800 block of Northeast Claremont Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the male adult victim and determined that he was deceased.

Homicide detectives, Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner are all responding to the scene to begin a homicide investigation.

At this point, there is no suspect information.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333; or, Detective Michele Michaels at (503) 823-0692.

No updates are expected in this case until Tuesday afternoon.

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Shooting Investigation Underway at SE 82nd and Division Street - No Known Injuries - 04/12/15
On Sunday April 12, 2015, at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street on the report of a fight and multiple gunshots heard in the area.

Officers arrived in the area and witnesses pointed them towards the the parking lot of the Canton Grill, 2610 Southeast 82nd Avenue, where evidence of gunfire was located by police.

A bystander was driving by when his car was hit by bullets. The driver was not injured.

At this point, officers have been told that a group of five African American males in their late teens were involved in an argument before the gunshots were fired, then several vehicles left the area.

The intersection of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street will be closed for a short time as investigators process the crime scene.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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UDPATE: Double Homicide Investigation in Southeast Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood - 04/12/15
Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate Friday night's double homicide in the Montavilla Neighborhood.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies today and determined that 33-year-old Dat Pham and 41-year-old Sut-Leng Chang died of gunshot wounds to the head.

35-year-old Andrew Toan Pham remains in a Portland hospital in critical condition. Andrew Pham and one of the deceased, Dat Pham, are brothers. The infant removed from the home is the child of Andrew Pham and the other deceased, Sut-Leng Chang.

Detectives have learned that all three victims were involved in the medical marijuana industry but it has not been determined if this played a role in the shootings.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Rico Beniga, (503) 823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Chris Traynor, (503) 823-0449, christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence on Southeast 85th Avenue, just North of Southeast Division Street on the report of a shooting.

Several officers arrived at the location and located three gunshot victims inside a residence. Two adult victims, one male and one female, were deceased and an additional adult male victim was transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries. He remains in critical condition. Officers located an infant in the residence and were able to take the child to safety. The infant was not harmed in the shooting.

Homicide detectives, Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner responded to the scene to begin a homicide investigation.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct autopsies on Sunday to determine the cause and manner of death, as well as confirm the identities of the victims.

No names will be released until family notifications can be made by investigators.

At this point in the investigation, the only suspect information is an unknown race male and there is no known motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Rico Beniga, (503) 823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov; or Detective Chris Traynor, (503) 823-0449, christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE-East Precinct officers respond to shooting - 04/10/15
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Homicide detectives have responded to the scene. Two individuals were shot and killed in the incident. An additional victim was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

The PIO will be available for interviews at S.E. 87th and S.E. Division Street in 15 minutes.

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Media can stage at S.E. 87th and Division.

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Officers have secured the scene and have located multiple gun shot victims. The condition of the victims has not been confirmed at this time. Detectives are responding and the investigation continues. The PIO is responding ETA 50 minutes.

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Today April 10, 2015 at 10:02 p.m., East Precinct officers received a call of a shooting in the 8500 block of S.E. Division Street. Officers are responding now to contain the area and get medical attention to any injured. It appears that there are injuries associated with the incident. The incident is ongoing and updates will follow.

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UPDATE - SERT responds to assist with another agency -SUSPECT IN CUSTODY - 04/10/15
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Officers onscene were able to take custody of the suspect. The PIO is still responding and will be available for interviews regarding the custody at SE 69th and Ogden. ETA is 30 minutes. Questions regarding the initial robbery are should be directed to the Milwaukie Police Department.

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This incident stems from a robbery which occurred in Milwaukie earlier today. The PIO is responding. The ETA is 45 minutes.

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Today, April 10, 2015 at 6:25 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 7000 block of S.E 69th avenue to assist the Milwaukie Police Department with the custody of a possibly armed individual. The individual went into an area house, which may be his own.

Officers have blocked area streets and have evacuated some area residents. The Special Emergency Reaction Team is responding as well the Crisis Negotiation Team.

The situation is still evolving and updates will follow.

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Prank call leads to large police response in Southwest Portland - 04/10/15
On Friday April 10, 2015, at 3:15 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to an apartment in the 4100 block of Southwest Garden Home Road on the report that an individual had shot their girlfriend.

Several officers responded and set up containment in the area and worked to determine the validity of the report. Officer were able to contact the home owners and check the residence. The call appears to be a hoax.

Officers are continuing to check the area to ensure that no one was injured.

Prank calls can occupy police resources that might otherwise be needed to respond to other, actual emergencies. Improper Use of an Emergency Reporting System is a crime in Oregon and investigators will follow-up to work to determine the identity of the caller and make an arrest.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to provide it via email to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov


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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-14 Downtown Homicide (Photo) - 04/10/15
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a Downtown Portland homicide.

In the early evening hours of Wednesday April 8, 2015, Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Naito Parkway under the Morrison Bridge to check a man down on the ground.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the male who was deceased. Officers learned that the man was homeless and may have been involved in an altercation with another homeless male.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on the victim, 60-year-old Michael Harvey, and determined that he died of homicidal violence (blunt force trauma).

The only suspect description available to detectives is a male white, 30 to 40 years old, average height and weight, likely homeless.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Saturday April 11 - 04/10/15
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) until Saturday April 11, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

Sgt. Stewart will be available by email or media-only pager to answer questions or respond to incidents with a clear need for immediate public notification due to community safety concerns. Examples include: shootings, stabbings, robberies, endangered missing/abductions, major incidents, and traffic crashes with a substantial traffic impact (Major Crash Team Activation).

All other research-type requests should be routed to Sgt. Simpson via email for follow-up.

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UPDATE - HOMICIDE: Death Investigation Underway on Naito Parkway Under Morrison Bridge - 04/09/15
Today, Thursday April 9, 2015, the Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on the 60-year-old male found dead under the Morrison Bridge and determined that he died of homicidal violence (blunt force trauma).

The only suspect description available to detectives is a male white, 30 to 40 years old, average height and weight, likely homeless.

The victim's name is not being released yet as family has not been located and notified of his death.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Erik Kammerer at (503) 823-0762, erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Mark Slater at (503) 823-9319, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov.

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Early this evening, Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Naito Parkway under the Morrison Bridge to check a man down on the ground.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the male who was deceased. Preliminary information indicates the man is homeless and may have been involved in an altercation with another homeless male.

The cause of death is not known and Homicide detectives, Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and the Medical Examiner are responding to conduct a death investigation.

All northbound traffic on Naito Parkway is closed and only one lane of southbound traffic is open.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Man Commits Suicide in Front of Officers on Steel Bridge - 04/09/15
On Thursday April 9, 2015, at 7:00 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Steel Bridge after a caller to 9-1-1 reported that a man was on the North side walkway, tying a rope to the bridge as he appeared to be swallowing pills and drinking whiskey.

As officers arrived in the area to talk with the man, he put the rope around his neck and jumped off the bridge. Officers requested Portland Fire & Rescue and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office immediately respond by water as officers could see that the rope broke and them man went into the water.

Firefighters located the man in the river and transported him to Station 21 (on the river) where attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. The deceased appears to be a 40-50 year old male.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death and will work to identify him and notify family.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu

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Z-Man Scholarship Foundation Awarding Nine New Student Scholarships Tonight (Photo) - 04/09/15
On Thursday April 9, 2015, at 6:15 p.m., the Z-Man Scholarship Foundation will award nine new students with scholarships, bringing the total number of students awarded to 44 since 2009.

The ceremony will be held at North Precinct, located at 449 Northeast Emerson Street.

Media is invited to attend and interview scholarship recipients, parents and Police Bureau mentors.

For six years the Z-Man Scholarship Foundation has awarded scholarships to dedicated students from low-income families with limited educational opportunities.

The students who are selected to receive Z-Man scholarships have demonstrated a commitment to public service and leadership in their communities.

To further these qualities, each of these students is matched with a mentor from the Portland Police Bureau or other law enforcement agency. This relationship flourishes through regular one on one interaction and group activities.

Since 2009, 44 deserving students have been awarded scholarships and matched with mentors. Many of these relationships with police officer mentors continue past high school and into college.

Background

The Z-Man Scholarship Foundation was established in honor of Officer Mark "Z-Man" Zylawy and his dedication to duty as a police officer while striving to improve the organization and the community where he worked. The core mission of the Foundation is to provide students with access to additional educational opportunities and to instill in them a lifelong commitment to learning and community service so that each is prepared to live and serve as a responsible citizen.

For more information, contact Jenelle Clinton at (503) 572-1187, http://www.zmanscholarship.org

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Chief Responds to Matrix Staffing Study at City Council - 04/08/15
The Portland City Council discussed recommendations today from the Matrix Group regarding the Police Bureau's staffing and organizational structure. The project was directed by City Council following the 2013/14 budget process and span of control review. The report, which studied the Portland Police Bureau from the fall of 2013 through August 2014, can be found here. http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=50265&a=525383

"In general, the Staffing Study supports what most of us have felt since the loss of another 55 positions in the 2012/13 fiscal budget. With the loss of those positions, after several years of cuts, we became very lean. This has seriously limited our ability to address new issues or continue support for some needed specialized functions to the degree needed," said Chief Lawrence P. O'Dea, III.

"We have become very practiced at moving resources around temporarily and being as nimble as possible; however, we still have gaps in service. Some of our gaps in service cannot be addressed by moving resources. I think that the Staffing Study offers us the opportunity to help us continue the conversation about 'right sizing' the Police Bureau," he said.

A complete copy of the Chief's remarks can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/525660


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Portland Police Hiring and Promotion Ceremony Scheduled for Thursday CORRECTION - 04/08/15
****The correct time for the ceremony is 9:30 a.m. We apologize for this error.*****

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau will be holding a hiring and promotion ceremony. The ceremony will be held on the 14th floor of the Justice Center.

At the ceremony, the Police Bureau will be welcoming four nonsworn Bureau members and two police officers as well as promoting six Lieutenants. Media and members of the community are invited to attend.

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Man Armed with Two Axes Taken Into Custody at Division Street MAX Platform - Taken to Hospital - 04/06/15
On Monday April 6, 2015, at 3:06 p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to the Mall 205 Home Depot, located at 10120 Southeast Washington Street, on the report that a man stole two small axes from Home Depot and was swinging them at people as he ran through the parking lot.

Several officers arrived in the area as additional information was received that the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs, was wearing a blue handkerchief over his face and that he boarded as southbound MAX at the Main Street platform.

East Precinct and Transit Police Division officers coordinated with TriMet to get the train to hold at the Division Street MAX platform.

Officers arrived at the platform and contacted the subject who complied with officers and was taken into custody without incident.

The man was transported to a Portland hospital for a mental health and drug evaluation. Charges relating to the incident are pending his release from the hospital.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu

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Bank Robbery Investigation Underway in North Portland's St. John's Neighborhood - 04/06/15
On Monday April 6, 2015, at 1:33 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Key Bank branch, located at 6815 North Lombard Street, on the report of a robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted bank employees who told police that the suspect walked up to a teller and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank and was last seen walking northbound on North Heppner Avenue.

Several officers checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his late-30s, 6'2" tall, medium build, wearing a white baseball cap, red sweater and unknown-colored pants.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at (503) 823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov; or, the Portland office of the F.B.I. at (503) 224-4181.

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Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives - 04/06/15
The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all its directives. At the beginning of every month, the Bureau will post directives for public review and ask for comments.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following directives:

* 850.20, Police Response to Mental Health Crisis
* 850.21, Peace Officer Custody (Civil)
* 850.22, Police Response to Requests for Mental Health Custody
* 850.25, Police Response to Mental Health Facilities

Please note these directives were posted for Universal Review in January 2015. Based on comments received at that time, Directive 850.20 was broken down into three directives (850.20, 850.21, and 850.22). These directives are being posted for public comment once again to ensure they work for Portland Police Bureau practices and community purposes alike, before they are enacted as official Bureau policy.

Community members are encouraged to read the directives and provide drafting comments at:
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new directives are posted.

These directives will remain posted and comments collected from Monday April 6, 2015, through Saturday, May 2, 2015.

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Burglary Suspect Arrested After Breaking into the Rheinlander Restaurant in Northeast Portland (Photo) - 04/06/15
On Monday April 6, 2015, at 2:42 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary alarm at the Rheinlander Restaurant, located at 5035 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

As officers arrived in the area and established a perimeter around the building, the suspect emerged from the backdoor of the restaurant, where officers contacted him and took him into custody without incident.

Additional officers, and a Police K-9 Unit, check the interior of the restaurant for any additional suspects but did not locate anyone.

Officers recovered bottles of alcohol stolen from the restaurant from the suspect, 46-year-old Thomas Michael McPhillips.

McPhillips was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Theft in the Second Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #15-13 - Wanted Bellevue Homicide Suspect (Photo) - 04/05/15
The Bellevue (WA) Police Department, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to locate a wanted homicide suspect, possibly in the Portland area.

The homicide occurred on March 31, 2015, in Bellevue, Washington, and investigators have identified 30-year-old Song Wang as the suspect.

Wang has a felony warrant for homicide and is described as an Asian male, 5'8" tall and 160 pounds.

Wang is considered armed and dangerous and was last reported to be in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday April 4, 2015.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Media Contact:
Officer Seth Tyler
Bellevue (WA) Police Department
(425) 452-4129
styler@bellevuewa.gov

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UPDATE: Traffic Pursuit Ends at SE 92nd and Holgate - Suspect and Two Officers Injured (Photo) - 04/05/15
Early Sunday morning, Portland Police Bureau detectives booked 25-year-old Brandon Jacob Gooding into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle and a Parole Violation. He will be arraigned on Monday. Gooding was treated and released at a Portland hospital.

The investigation into the kidnapping and pursuit is continuing and Gooding is expected to face multiple additional charges.

Both injured officers were treated and released from a Portland hospital.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

In the evening hours of Saturday April 4, 2015, Portland Police officers from East Precinct, North Precinct and the Canine Unit responded to I-205 southbound to assist Clark County (WA) law enforcement officers who were in pursuit of a possibly armed kidnapping suspect.

The suspect vehicle exited the freeway and the pursuit ended at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard with damage to several police cars and the suspect vehicle.

The suspect has been taken into custody and was transported to a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Two Portland Police officers with non-life-threatening injuries are being taken to a Portland hospital by fellow officers.

Investigators have learned that the suspect kidnapped his girlfriend in Portland and drove her to Vancouver, Washington, where she was able to escape and call 9-1-1.

Detectives are responding to the scene to investigate the kidnapping and related pursuit.

Traffic in the area will be affected for several hours due to the damaged vehicles.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Two Shot in Northeast Portland's Concordia Neighborhood - Possibly Gang-Related (Photo) - 04/05/15
On Sunday April 5, 2015, at 2:33 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at Northeast 28th Avenue and Alberta Street.

Officers arrived and located two gunshot victims, a male and a female. Both were transported to Portland hospitals for treatment to non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Officers located evidence of gunfire on Northeast 27th Avenue, and a crashed vehicle at Northeast 28th Avenue and Alberta Street.

Preliminary information to police indicates that the two victims, along with a third person, left a neighborhood bar and got in their car to leave when an unknown suspect fired several rounds into the vehicle as it started to drive away. The vehicle crashed and all three occupants got out to run, two of them with gunshot wounds. The third occupant left the area and has not been located nor has called the police.

At this point, there is no available suspect information.

The Gang Enforcement Team is responding to investigate the shooting as possibly being gang-related.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com , text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Woman Waving a Butcher Knife in Traffic on Friday Night Taken to Hospital on a Police Hold - 04/04/15
On Friday April 3, 2015, at 9:33 p.m., an East Precinct officer was driving in the area of Southeast 142nd Avenue and Stark Street when he saw a woman in the middle of the street waving around a large butcher knife.

The officer watched the woman walking westbound in the eastbound lanes of traffic on Stark Street, forcing vehicles to stop in her path. The officer saw the woman approach the driver's side of one of the stopped vehicles while swinging the knife violently.

The officer called for additional cover and began to verbally address the woman and gain her attention. The woman ignored the officer, continued to swing the knife and walked away westbound towards a TriMet bus. The officer maintained distance from the woman and continued to ask her to drop the knife.

At Southeast 141st Avenue, the woman turned towards the officer, who again asked her to drop the knife. The woman tossed the knife on the ground then started to run away westbound again. The officer picked up the knife and followed the woman until a cover unit arrived and she was taken into custody without incident.

The woman, later identified as 36-year-old woman with a significant history of mental health crisis, was taken to a Portland hospital on a Police Officer Hold for a mental health evaluation.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu

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Teen Girls Report Man Fondling and Exposing Himself in the Sunnyside Neighborhood - 04/04/15
On Saturday April 4, 2015, at 12:28 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 49th Avenue and Taylor Court on the report that two teenage girls were walking home when they saw a man with his pants around his ankles, exposing and fondling himself, in the driveway of a home. The victims told police that the man said, "Hey babe," to them and they screamed and ran home.

The victims described the man as a white male in his late-50s, 5'11" tall, 210 pounds, medium build, sandy shoulder length messy hair, partial beard, wearing a tan shirt, pants around the ankles, socks, not wearing shoes. The victims told police the man appeared to be homeless.

The father of one of the girls went to the house where the man was last seen but the family at the home did not know who the man was and didn't see anything.

Officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the man's description.

Anyone observing similar behavior should immediately call 9-1-1.

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Wanted Sex Offender Arrested After Shoplifting at Pearl District Grocery Store (Photo) - 04/03/15
On Friday April 3, 2015, at 2:07 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Safeway, located at 1303 Northwest Lovejoy Street on the report of a shoplifter in custody.

Officers responded to the store and took custody of 26-year-old Robert Edward Foster from Safeway Loss Prevention, who told police that Foster was caught stealing food. A warrant check revealed that Foster had an outstanding parole violation warrant related to a violent sex crime.

Foster was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Theft in the Third Degree and a parole violation.

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Hash Oil Explosion Injures Two People in Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood - 04/03/15
On Friday April 3, 2015, at 4:03 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to assist Portland Fire & Rescue on an explosion at a camper in the 13100 block of Southeast Center Street.

Officers, firefighters and medical personnel arrived and located two people who were suffering burns as a result of the explosion. An adult female was transported to a Portland hospital, where she was treated and released. An adult male refused medical treatment.

Arson Investigators and officers assigned to the Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) responded to investigate and learned that the male and female were inside the explosion occurred as a result of a butane stove explosion during the manufacture of hash oil.

No structures were damaged as a result of this explosion and the case remains under investigation.

Community members concerned about drug activity in their neighborhood should report the information on line at http://www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm?c=30740 or call the Drugs and Vice Division Drug Complaint Hotline at (503) 823-3784.

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PPB to Host 3rd Annual Summer Camp for Kids - 04/02/15
The Portland Police Bureau, with the assistance of the Camp Rosenbaum Fund and other local partners, will host its 3rd annual summer camp June 15 to 19 for local youth. The camp is open to kids 8 to 14, who live in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark Counties. The Police Bureau will serve more than 500 youth each day during the week-long, all-day camp at Centennial High School.

Each camper receives mentor time with an officer, free lunch and quality sports training, including: football/rugby, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, boxing, wrestling, archery, fishing, bowling, golf, martial arts, baseball, hiking, journalism/photography and crazy science instruction.. The last day of camp features a celebration with Portland Fire and Rescue, Oregon National Guard, Gresham Fire and Rescue, Mounted Patrol Unit, Mountain Wave Rescue and other agencies.

The cost is $35 per child. A reduced rate of $20 is available for families who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program during the school year. Some bus transportation will be available from local schools.

The application can be found at: www.portlandoregon.gov/police/summercamp
The camp is filled on a first come, first serve basis. The last day to register is June 11, 2015.

For more information, contact Deborah Monk, Youth Services Division, at
503-823-2095 or deborah.monk@portlandoregon.gov


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UPDATE - TRAILER FOUND: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Stolen Trailer Containing Dental and Medical Equipment for Non-Profit Organization (Photo) - 04/01/15
East Precinct officers, acting on a tip from the public, located the stolen trailer abandoned in the 700 block of Southeast 111th Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.

Most items appear to be in the trailer but Compassion Connect will be doing a full inventory. The trailer was towed to the Rivergate Vehicle Storage facility for evidence processing.

No arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Tuesday afternoon, March 31, 2015, East Precinct officers responded to the report of a stolen trailer at Portland Adventist Medical Center.

Officers contacted the reporting party who told police that the trailer belongs to the Portland-based non-profit Compassion Connect, and that the trailer contained a significant amount of medical and dental equipment used to treat about 4,000 people-in-need in the Portland area.

The trailer was parked in the employee parking lot of Portland Adventist Medical Center and was stolen sometime between March 25, at 1:00 p.m. and March 31, at 3:00 p.m.

Photos of the trailer are being released publicly to assist in this investigation.

Anyone seeing this trailer being towed by a vehicle should immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone seeing the trailer abandoned or with any other information should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333, reference Portland Police Bureau Case #15-25059. Tips can be emailed to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.

Information about Compassion Connect can be found at http://www.compassionconnect.com

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Commercial Burglary Suspect Arrested in South Tabor Neighborhood (Photo) - 04/01/15
On Wednesday April 1, 2015, at 3:15 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Berry's Southeast Coin & Jewelry, located at 8115 Southeast Powell Boulevard, on the report of a burglar alarm.

Multiple officers arrived in the area and located the suspect at Southeast 81st Avenue and Powell Boulevard, where he was taken into custody without incident. Officers discovered that entry was made to the business through a rooftop opening.

The suspect, 30-year-old Cruz Ortiz Jr., was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Burglary in the Second Degree. He will be arraigned on Thursday.

Burglary detectives are investigating numerous other commercial burglaries that have been reported along Southeast 82nd Avenue and other parts of Southeast Portland to determine if Ortiz may have been involved in other cases. Most of these burglaries have been occurring in the middle of the night.

Anyone witnessing a crime in progress should immediately call 9-1-1. Non-emergency information can be reported to (503) 823-3333.

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) has a security assessment tool for businesses, available for download by visiting: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/320552

Additional crime prevention information can be found by visiting ONI's Crime Prevention page: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp

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Man Armed with Machete Safely Contacted by Police - Taken on Mental Health Hold (Photo) - 04/01/15
On Wednesday April 1, 2015, at 8:41 a.m., North and Central Precinct officers responded to the 7200 block of Northwest Front Avenue on the report of a man acting erratically standing in the roadway, swinging a machete.

Several officers from both precincts responded to the area as well as a Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) officer. Officers were able to get containment in the area and maintain visual contact with the 42-year-old man going in and out of his truck and camper, armed with the machete, yelling, and talking to his cat.

Officers maintained visual contact of the man until they could see that he was no longer armed with the machete, which was left in the truck or trailer. Officers approached him, kept distance and used a police car loudspeaker to call out to him and provide instructions for him to walk towards police.

The man was taken into custody without incident and has been transported to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation. The man's cat was taken into protective custody by Multnomah County Animal Control.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu

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27 Pounds of Meth, 2 Pounds of Heroin Seized in Traffic Stop - Two Arrested (Photo) - 04/01/15
On March 30, 2015, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Portland Police officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction at Southeast 93rd Avenue and Sunnybrook Boulevard.

Officers contacted the driver, 29-year-old Juan Hernandez-Sanchez, and the passenger, 36-year-old Jorge Luis Canela-Perez. A nine-year-old girl was also in the vehicle and officers learned that it was the daughter of the driver.

Based on the officers' observations, they requested a narcotics-sniffing K-9 to respond to the location.

A Portland Police Drugs and Vice Division K-9 Officer and his canine partner "Nikko" responded to the stop and Nikko alerted officers to the presence of narcotics in a full-size aluminum too box in the bed of the truck.

Officers searched the tool box and found a hidden compartment, which contained approximately 27 pounds of methamphetamine (2.45 million individual doses) and two pounds of heroin (181,000 individual doses).

The estimated wholesale street value of this seizure is more than $1.3 million dollars.

Drugs and Vice Division investigators responded to assist in the investigation. Investigators arrested the driver and passenger and placed the child into protective custody.

Both men were booked into the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office on charges of Distribution and Possession of Methamphetamine and Heroin.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Clackamas County Interagency Task Force assisted with this investigation.

Photos include Nikko with the seized narcotics and the inside of the tool box.

Community members concerned about drug activity in their neighborhood should report the information on line at http://www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm?c=30740 or call the Drugs and Vice Division Drug Complaint Hotline at (503) 823-3784.

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2014 Report: Police Use-of-Force Remains Very Low in Portland - 04/01/15
The Portland Police Bureau tracks all use of force incidents by Portland Police officers and posts reports on its website, http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/62708

The 2014 Force Data Summary Report and quarterly reports have been posted and highlight the following:

* 99.8 % of all public contacts by police officers do not result in any use-of-force.

* Out of the 33,159 arrests and protective custody holds made in 2014 by Portland Police officers, only 2.4% resulted in any type of use-of-force by a police officer (removing incidents where the only use-of force is an officer pointing a firearm, the percentage drops to 1.9%)

"Understandably, there is great public interest surrounding the use of force by police officers," said Chief Lawrence P. O'Dea, III. "By being transparent and releasing these numbers, community members will have a greater perspective about this issue. It's also imperative that people understand every single use of physical force is reviewed in our organization."

Bureau policy mandates that every use of force by a police officer is reviewed for adherence to policy and law. The Bureau requires that all uses of physical force (or complaints of use of physical force) by members of the Bureau be documented and investigated by a supervisor at the time of their occurrence. This investigation is reviewed by the involved member(s) Lieutenant, Captain, Commander, and the member(s) performance against training received prior to the incident.

To learn more about the Portland Police Bureau, please visit http://www.portlandpolice.com

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Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives - 04/01/15
The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all its directives.

At the beginning of every month, the Bureau will post directives for public review and ask for comments.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following directives:

* 215.00, Sworn Represented Member Performance Evaluations
* 345.00, Employee Information System
* 330.00, Internal Affairs, Complaint Intake and Processing
* 331.00, Service Improvement Opportunities
* 332.00, Administrative Investigations
* 333.00, Criminal Investigations of Police Bureau Employees
* 334.00, Performance Deficiencies
* 335.00, Discipline Process
* 336.00, Police Review Board
* 337.00, Police Review Board Personnel Selection
* 338.00, Discipline Guide

Community members are encouraged to read the directives and provide drafting comments at:
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757

This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new directives are posted.

These directives will remain posted and comments collected from Wednesday, April 1, 2015, through Thursday, April 30, 2015.

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UPDATE: Police Responding to Burglary Alarm Pursue Suspicious Vehicle Leaving Scene - Two Detained (Photo) - 03/31/15
The driver arrested after this morning's vehicle and foot pursuit has been identified as 26-year-old Jarid Dean Easton. Easton was transported from the scene to a Portland hospital for treatment for a drug-related medical issue. Easton will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail on several charges upon his release from the hospital.

The passenger, 24-year-old Karissa Rose Wetzel, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Escape in the Third Degree, and Interfering with a Peace Officer.

Investigating officers discovered that the pick-up truck was stolen overnight from a business in Tigard, Oregon and the trailer was stolen from a U-Haul lot near the scene of the burglary alarm on Johnson Creek Boulevard.

Burglary detectives are continuing to investigate any connection to commercial burglaries related to this pursuit and arrest.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Tuesday March 31, 2015, at 6:00 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary alarm at Maids by Trade, located at 4439 Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard.

A Portland officer arrived in the area, along with a cover unit from the Milwaukie Police Department, as a pick-up truck pulling a flat bed trailer pulled out of the business lot. Concerned the occupants of the vehicle may be related to the burglar alarm, officers initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle.

The driver did not stop for officers and led them on a pursuit throughout Southeast Portland. An officer was able to deploy Spike Strips to deflate tires during the pursuit.

At Southeast Grand Avenue and Couch Street, the driver crashed into a Broadway Cab, and both vehicles came to a stop. The driver, a male adult, and his passenger, a female adult, got out of the truck and attempted to flee on foot but were quickly captured. Neither they or the cab driver were injured in the crash.

Traffic Division officers are investigating the crash and Burglary detectives are responding to investigate the burglary.

Northbound Grand Avenue, near Couch, will be affected for a short time as investigators process the crash scene. One lane remains open.

Updates will be provided later Tuesday morning.

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Bike Theft Task Force: A Community Partnership to Reduce Bike Theft in Portland (Photo) - 03/31/15
On Tuesday March 31, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. the Portland Police Bureau announced a new initiative to address the growing problem of bike theft in Portland.

The Bicycle Theft Task Force (BTTF) is community/police partnership, involving Jonathan Maus (BikePortland.org), J. Allard (Project529.com), Bryan Hance (BikeIndex.org), Danielle Booth (Portland Bureau of Transportation), and Central Precinct Officers David Sanders and David Bryant.

"We're here because we have seen an alarming rise in the number of bikes being stolen in Portland," said Chief Larry O'Dea. "Our data shows that we had over 2,700 reported bike thefts in 2014 and bike theft is costing Portlanders an estimated $2 million every year. We're also here today because the crime of bike theft is often tied to drug use, home burglaries, and other criminal behaviors."

The Portland Police Bureau has established a new webpage for this partnership, called the Bicycle Theft Task Force (BTTF): http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/66825

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has established a new webpage to provide bike theft prevention advice and helpful tips, www.endbiketheft.org

"People should be able ride their bikes to where they need to go, whether that is a school, store or work, and feel confident that their bike will be there when they return," said Transportation Director Leah Treat. "If people don't feel confident about the safety of their bicycles, they will not ride them. We want to help people understand how to prevent bike theft and how we all can help police recover stolen bikes."

Additionally, the Bureau has created a Twitter handle specifically for BTTF (@PPBBikeTheft) to enhance community engagement around bicycle theft.

Victims of bike theft or a bike prowl (items of value stolen from your bike) are encouraged to file a police report online by visiting http://www.portlandpolice.com

The goal of this effort is to increase awareness about bike theft issues, share important information to help prevent bike theft and to provide resources for reporting bike theft and related issues.

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UPDATE: Crisis Negotiators and SERT Responding to Lloyd Center on Armed Subject in Mental Health Crisis (Photo) - 03/30/15
The 33-year-old man in crisis has surrendered to North Precinct officers and has been taken into custody without incident. He will be transported to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation. The man's knives were taken for safekeeping. He was not armed with a gun.

CNT and SERT are cancelling their response to the scene.

PIO will not be responding but media on-site may request Sgt. Phil Blanchard for an interview.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The Portland Police Bureau Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) are responding to the Lloyd Center Mall to assist North Precinct officers in safely contacting an armed man in a mental health crisis.

North Precinct officers have been talking with the man for for nearly two hours outside the mall on the East side. The man is armed with knives and claims to have a gun.

The area is contained by police and there is no apparent risk to the public at this time.

Interested media should stage at Northeast 9th Avenue and Halsey Street.

PIO is responding to the scene, ETA 30 minutes.

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Police Bureau to Announce Community Partnership to Address Bike Theft in Portland on Tuesday (Photo) - 03/30/15
On Tuesday March 31, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. the Portland Police Bureau will be hosting a news conference to announce a new partnership to address the growing problem of bike theft in Portland.

The news conference will be held on the 4th Avenue steps of City Hall, 1021 Southwest 4th Avenue.

Speakers will include members of the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation and the community-based Bicycle Theft Task Force (BTTF).

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UPDATE: Suspect in Custody After Jumping into Willamette River to Elude Capture by Police (Photo) - 03/30/15
39-year-old Randall Hartwell was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on Sunday evening after being released from the hospital.

Hartwell was charged with Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Escape in the Third Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer, Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, Offensive Littering, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, and Illegally Jumping from the Seawall.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Sunday March 29, 2015, at 2:39 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 2300 block of Southeast Water Avenue, near the Tillikum Crossing bridgehead, on the report of a suspicious subject possibly stealing wire from an electrical box.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the adult male suspect, who provided a fake name to police that came back with a warrant. Officers told the man he was under arrest and he ran away towards the Willamette River, jumping in from the riverbank. The man appeared to be attempting to swim away but did not appear to be a good swimmer and came back to shore and hid along the riverbank in bushes.

Additional officers, a Police K-9 Unit, and boats from Portland Fire & Rescue and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responded to assist in locating the suspect. He was located a short time later and taken into custody without incident. Medical personnel transported him to a Portland hospital for treatment after exposure to the cold river water.

After his release from the hospital, he will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail, charges to be determined.

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17-Year-Old Stabbed at New Columbia Apartments - Gang Enforcement Team Investigating (Photo) - 03/28/15
On Saturday March 28, 2015, at 8:46 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the 8900 block of North Newman Avenue on the report of a a stabbing.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the 17-year-old male victim who was suffering from a stab wound. Medical personnel transported the victim by ambulance to a Portland hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Officers talked to several witnesses who told police that a group of 7-10 African American males wearing red clothing were involved in the stabbing.

GET officers are at the scene and will be leading the investigation.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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Suspect Charged with Murder After Overnight Shooting in Eliot Neighborhood (Photo) - 03/28/15
On Saturday March 28, 2015, at 1:09 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at a residence on Northeast Morris Street, between Williams and Rodney Avenues.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and found 46-year-old Arthur James Palmer III deceased from a gunshot wound to the head. Mr. Palmer was found in the front yard of a residence.

Officers began talking with several witnesses and learned that Palmer and his cousin, 51-year-old William Palmer Heyser, were involved in an argument and Heyser shot Palmer with a shotgun, killing him.

Heyser remained at the scene with other family members and was arrested without incident. A shogun was seized from the scene.

Heyser and Palmer lived next door to each other.

Heyser was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Murder and will be arraigned on Monday.

Anyone with additional information about the shooting should contact Detective Rico Beniga at (503) 823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov.

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Deadly Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Eliot Neighborhood - 03/28/15
On Saturday March 28, 2015, at 1:09 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at a residence on Northeast Morris Street, between Williams and Rodney Avenues.

Officers arrived and medical personnel arrived and found an adult male in the front yard, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers began talking with several people at the residence, including another adult male who was involved in the shooting.

At this point in the investigation, there are no suspects outstanding and there does not appear to be any risk to the community.

Homicide detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are responding to begin a death investigation.

The next update on this investigation is not expected until late-Saturday morning.

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Shooting Investigation Underway at Northeast 162nd and Halsey - No Victim Located Yet - 03/26/15
On Thursday March 26, 2015, at 5:03 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting.

Multiple officers arrived in the area and have located evidence of gunfire but have not yet located any gunshot victims.

Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers are responding to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Gang-Related Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's King Neighborhood - No Injuries (Photo) - 03/25/15
On Wednesday March 25, 2015, at 8:29 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the report of gunshots into a home in the 4000 block of Northeast Mallory Street.

As officers were responding to the call, they heard gunshots in the area of Northeast Grand Avenue and Alberta Street (related to injury shooting of 38-year-old man). Officers arrived in the area of Northeast Mallory Avenue and Shaver Street and located a home in the 4000 block of Mallory Avenue with a gunshot through a window.

The occupant of the home was not injured by the gunshots.

GET officers are familiar with the residence but have not yet determined if this shooting is related to the shooting that happened minutes later a few blocks away.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com , text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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UPDATE: Central Precinct Investigating Possible Attempted Child Abduction - Child Safe, Suspect in Custody (Photo) - 03/25/15
The suspect in today's attempted child abduction has been identified as 23-year-old Matthew Lee Edwards. Edwards was booked into the Multnomah County Jail this evening on a charge of Attempted Kidnapping in the First Degree. He will be arraigned on Thursday.

Detectives spoke to several witnesses and the child's mother this afternoon and learned that the child, a two-year-old boy, was walking with his mother when Edwards walked up to them, pushed the mother to the ground and tried to grab the child away from her as he claimed the child belonged to a family member.

Several passersby stopped to help the mother and child and force the suspect away from them before calling 9-1-1. The suspect fled the area but was later located by officers checking the neighborhood.

The child was not physically harmed by Edwards, due in large part to the bystanders who stopped to help and call 9-1-1.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Wednesday March 25, 2015, at 4:17 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Northwest 23rd Avenue and Lovejoy Street on the report of three adults arguing and a child crying.

Officers arrived at the scene and learned that the incident was actually an attempted child abduction by a stranger. The child was accompanied by two adults at the time of the incident.

The suspect left the area and officers checking the area located the suspect and took him into custody without incident.

The child was not injured and detectives will be responding to assist in the investigation.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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UPDATE #2: Major Crash Team Responding to SE 68th and Division to Investigate Pedestrian and Vehicle-Involved Crash (Photo) - 03/25/15
49-year-old Patrick Miller has been booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Driving and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). Miller will be arraigned on Thursday.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Traffic Division officers are continuing to investigate the crash at Southeast 68th Avenue and Division Street and expect all traffic to be reopened by approximately 5:00 p.m.

Investigators have learned that the the involved vehicle was westbound on Division, weaving in and out of the traffic lane, as it approached 68th. There is an ongoing Water Bureau construction project in the roadway.

The victim was a traffic safety flagger, wearing an orange safety vest, hard hat and holding a "SLOW" sign for traffic. The vehicle swerved towards her as it continued westbound and struck her at 68th. The vehicle then continued to travel westbound, over a curb and through a grassy area before coming to a stop. The victim was standing on the sidewalk when she was struck by the driver.

The victim, 47-year-old Margot Davis is reported to be in serious condition with multiple injuries but she is expected to survive.

The driver, a 49-year-old male, was taken into custody after investigators located evidence that he was "huffing" nitrous oxide or "whippets" and possibly using controlled substances.

The driver's name and charges will be released after he is booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Wednesday March 25, 2015, East Precinct officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at Southeast 68th Avenue and Division Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the injured adult female pedestrian suffering from life-threatening injuries. She has been transported to a Portland hospital by ambulance.

The driver has remained at the scene.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the crash. No cause is known at this time.

Southeast Division Street is closed in both directions at 68th Avenue and will likely remain so for several hours.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Gang-Related Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's King Neighborhood - One Injured (Photo) - 03/25/15
On Wednesday March 25, 2015, at 8:33 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the area of Northeast Grand Avenue and Alberta Street on the report of multiple gunshots heard in the area and one man injured.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the 38-year-old male suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Preliminary information indicates that the suspect may have been a passenger in a car that fled the area. The victim is known to GET investigators with a history of gang-related incidents.

GET investigators have responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com , text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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UPDATE: Northbound I-5 Bridge Closed as Police Check on Possibly Armed, Suicidal Man (Photo) - 03/25/15
Portland Police have safely taken the man into custody and he'll be going to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation. Crisis Negotiators talked to the man on the telephone and convinced him to seek treatment.

Freeway traffic will be open momentarily.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Northbound I-5 traffic at the Interstate Bridge is closed to all traffic as North Precinct officers and Crisis Negotiators work to contact a suicidal, possibly armed man on the bridge.

All northbound I-5 traffic is being diverted off the freeway and drivers are being encouraged to use I-205 as an alternate route.

Updates will be provided as they are made available.

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Drug Investigators Arrest Two Men, Seize Nearly 14 Pounds of Heroin and $90,000 Cash (Photo) - 03/25/15
On March 19, 2015, Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) investigators assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Interdiction Task Force (HIT) concluded a three month investigation into a local drug trafficking organization operating in the Portland metropolitan area.

Investigators were conducting surveillance and observed the occupants of two vehicles meet up in Vancouver Washington. Investigators observed the occupants carry items into a garage and close the door. A short time later the parties exited the garage and went in different directions.

Investigators, with the assistance of officers with the Vancouver (WA) Police Department, eventually contacted both vehicles and detained the occupants at Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and 160th Avenue.

Approximately $90,000 was seized from one vehicle and 13.8 pounds of heroin was seized from the frame rails of the other vehicle. Four individuals were detained and two were eventually lodged in the Clark County (WA) Jail on drug-related charges.

Investigators later served search warrants on two residences in Oregon associated to the suspects.

The 13.8 pounds of heroin is estimated to be worth $650,000 (wholesale) and translates to approximately 1,251,914 individual doses.

Those arrested have been identified as:

42-year-old Jose Luis Mariscal Gonzalez

19-year-old Jesus Alejandro Vega-Cazarez

Photos being released by the investigators include the seized heroin (wrapped in black plastic) and the cash.

Community members concerned about drug activity in their neighborhood should report the information on line at http://www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm?c=30740 or call the Drugs and Vice Division Drug Complaint Hotline at (503) 823-3784.

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Suspect Who Sexually Assaulted Grandmother and Uncle Pleads Guilty (Photo) - 03/24/15
On Monday March 23, 2015, 35-year-old Willie Andre Johnson pled guilty to several charges connected to the 2014 sexual assault of his grandmother and uncle at a residence in North Portland's Piedmont Neighborhood.

Johnson will be formally sentenced on April 13 to an expected 15 years in prison.

This investigation started on July 1, 2014, at 10:10 p.m., when North Precinct officers responded to the residence on the report of a sexual assault.

Officers arrived and learned that Johnson sexually assaulted his 82-year-old grandmother and his 49-year-old uncle then ran out of the home.

The 82-year-old victim was treated at a Portland area hospital.

The victims identified the suspect as Johnson (also known as Aundre Willie Johnson).

Officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, searched the neighborhood after the incident but did not locate the suspect.

Early the next morning, family called 9-1-1 again to report that Johnson was at McDonald's, located at Northeast Grand Avenue and Weidler Street. Officers responded and took Johnson into custody without incident.

Johnson was booked on charges of Attempt Rape in the First Degree, Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the First Degree (two counts), Kidnapping in the First Degree, and Assault in the Fourth Degree (Domestic Violence).

Johnson is a Registered Sex Offender on an original charge of Rape in the First Degree.

This investigation was a collaborative effort by Portland Police Sex Crimes Unit detectives and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

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Suspect Arrested on Saturday After Assaulting a Police Officer in Downtown Portland (Photo) - 03/24/15
On Saturday March 21, 2015, at 3:58 p.m., Central Precinct officers contacted a subject after previously responding to reports of disturbances at O'Bryant Square, located at Southwest Park Avenue and Washington Street.

The subject, later identified as 22-year-old JJ Lee Purcell, appeared to have been in a fight and was identified to the officer by a witness as the "main aggressor" at the O'Bryant Square disturbances.

Officers determined that Purcell was going to be arrested in connection with the earlier disturbances. An officer began to take Purcell into custody when Purcell became physically aggressive with the officer, hitting the officer in the face once with a towel then taking a second swing at the officer, causing an abrasion to the officer's head.

Purcell continued to struggle with the officer and an arriving second officer until he was taken into custody. Purcell continued to kick and spit at the officers, who placed a "spit hood" over Purcell's head to keep him from spitting blood at the officers. Once inside the police car, Purcell thrashed about, banging his head on the barrier causing himself facial injuries.

Purcell was transported away from the scene by police, due to a growing and hostile crowd of Purcell's associates. Once away from the scene, Purcell was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries. Purcell remained uncooperative and combative with medical staff but was treated and released later in the evening.

Officers spoke with a 21-year-old homeless man who reported that Purcell had assaulted him multiple times that day and he was afraid to be on the streets with Purcell out of custody. Purcell is also homeless.

The officer suffered minor injuries, not requiring immediate medical attention.

Purcell was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Resist Arrest, Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Harassment (two counts).

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UPDATE: Subject Who Attacked Officers With Knife Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting (Photo) - 03/23/15
The Oregon State Medical Examiner and Homicide detectives have positively identified the deceased suspect from Sunday's shooting as 36-year-old Christopher Ryan Healy from Erie, Pennsylvania. Healy's family was notified of his death this afternoon.

Detectives have authorized the release of the knife used by Healy to attack the officers.

The officer that shot Healy is Thomas Clark, a six year veteran of the Bureau, assigned to East Precinct Afternoon Shift. The officer that deployed a Taser is Officer Royce Curtiss, a nine year veteran of the Bureau, also assigned to East Precinct Afternoon Shift.

Detectives are still actively investigating the shooting and are asking that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Kristina Coffey at (503) 823-0696 or Detective Mark Sponhauer (503) 823-0416.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 5:26 p.m., two East Precinct officers, a 9-year veteran and a 6-year-veteran, responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding a burglary in process in the area of S.E. 130th Avenue and S.E. Sherman Street. Officers arrived at 5:31 p.m. and found the caller attempting to restrain the subject.

As the officers approached the subject, he advanced toward them with a double-bladed knife, 10 inches in length, in a weaving, figure eight motion. The subject got very close to one of the officers, a 6-year veteran, who fired two rounds, striking the suspect. The subject remained on his feet and the other officer, a 9-year veteran, re-holstered his weapon and deployed a Taser. The subject then dropped to the ground and an ambulance immediately responded and transported him to a local hospital where he later died. The subject is a 36-year-old white male.

Detectives have learned the incident began as a neighborhood dispute over the weekend between the occupants of two residences.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy today and will notify the subject's next of kin. The subject is from out of state; detectives are still determining information regarding his criminal history and what his involvement was with the residents of both houses involved.

The identity of the officers will be released later this afternoon. They will remain on paid administrative leave, per Bureau policy, until the completion of the Grand Jury.

Following the Grand Jury, the Bureau will release additional information as is standard practice. Additionally, as part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, PPB members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

Detectives are still actively interviewing those involved and are asking that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Kristina Coffey at 503-823-0696 or Detective Mark Sponhauer 503-823-0416.

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Suspect in 2014 Homicide Pleads Guilty to Killing of Uncle in North Tabor Neighborhood (Photo) - 03/23/15
On March 18, 2015, 23-year-old Matthew Galen Bigboy pled guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree in connection with the homicide of his uncle in March 2014. Bigboy was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

61-year-old Eugene Bigboy was found dead on Monday March 10, 2014, after East Precinct officers were called to check his welfare at a residence in the 5800 block of Northeast Center Commons Way.

Officers received information that Eugene Bigboy was in poor health with several medical issues. Inside the home, officers located the deceased, Eugene Bigboy, and did not see any indications of a crime.

Eugene Bigboy's body was transported to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, where it was determined his death was from homicidal violence.

Homicide investigators developed probable cause to arrest Matthew Bigboy and he was taken into custody on March 16, 2014 at his North Fowler Avenue residence.

This investigation was a collaborative effort by Portland Police Homicide detectives, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

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UPDATE: Officer-involved shooting - Officers respond to burglary-in-progress call - 03/22/15
###UPDATE###
The Portland Police Bureau Detective Division is asking that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Kristina Coffey at 503-823-0696 or Detective Mark Sponhauer 503-823-0416.

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###UPDATE #3###
Today, March 22, 2015, at 5:26 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a burglary in progress call in the area of S.E. 130th Avenue and S.E. Sherman Street. Officers arrived and found the caller attempting to restrain the suspect.

Officers attempted to take custody of the suspect, who attacked them. The suspect attempted to stab one of the officers with a knife. The officer fired two rounds, striking the suspect.

Officers were able to take custody of the suspect and get him medical attention. The suspect was transported to an area hospital but did not survive.

Detectives have responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation. Representatives from the Mayor's office as well as the Independent Police Review responded to the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this event is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division at 503-823-0400.

Additional updates will be provided tomorrow.

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###UPDATE #2###
The PIO will be providing additional information on this incident in 15 minutes. The staging area will be at the police tape near the 2100 block of S.E. 130th.

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###UPDATE###

The staging area has been moved to the 2100 block of S.E. 130th ave. Access is south on 130th from S.E. Mill Street. The PIO will be speaking with the media in 30 minutes.

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, March 22, 2015, at 5:26 p.m., East Precinct officers received a call of a burglary in progress in the 2300 block of S.E. Sherman Street. Officer arrived and confronted a subject involved in the incident. During the confrontation an officer shot the subject.

A custody team was able to quickly provide medical assistance to the subject. The subject is now enroute to a local hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

The PIO is responding; ETA is 45 minutes. An initial staging area for the media is 130th North of S.E. Division.

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Vandalism to Grant High School - 03/22/15
This morning, March 22nd, 2015, at 7:01 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to Grant High School on a report of a break-in to a storage shed and graffiti. Officers arrived on-scene and located the shed. They observed a racial epithet, a swastika and other in appropriate images painted on both the shed and a nearby trailer. The shed had also been broken into.

Officers are investigating the incident. Anyone with information about the possible suspects in this case are asked to call the Portland Police Bureau Youth Services Division at 503-823-4849.
CORRECTION - Vehicle attempts to elude police and crashes - 03/21/15
###CORRECTION###
The individual arrested was 34-year-old Joshua Reinhold. The original release was incorrect. Again, we apologize for the error.

###CORRECTION###
The officer first observed the suspect vehicle in this pursuit near S.E. Woodstock Street and 78th Avenue. The original message was incorrect. We apologize for the error.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Early this morning, March 21, 2015, at 12:45 a.m., an East Precinct officer observed an older model Acura traveling at approximately 70 to 80 miles per hour in the area S.E. Woodstock Street near S.E. 18th Avenue. The officer attempted to catch up to vehicle, which ran a red light at S.E. 72nd Avenue. At this point the officer attempted to stop the vehicle.

The vehicle attempted to flee from the officer but almost immediately crashed into the yard of a house at S.E. 69th Avenue and S.E. Woodstock Street. The driver of the vehicle quickly surrendered to police. The passenger of the vehicle was injured in the vehicle and had to be extracted by medical personnel.

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Both the driver and passenger were ultimately transported to an area hospital. The driver was treated and released. The passenger, suffering serious injuries, was admitted to the hospital.

The driver, Justin Raphael, a 34-year-old male, was arrested on a Parole Violation, Attempt to Elude - Felony level, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering. The extent of the injuries to the passenger are not know at this time.