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Threat made - 09/19/19

Date and Time: September 19, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.

Location: 230 NE 6th St, Bend Senior High

Arrested: William Wight, 21-year-old, Bend resident

On September 19, 2019 at about 8:15 a.m. the Bend Police Department was notified that a threat was made to Bend Senior High through a social media website.  The caller reported that an adult male had threatened harm of students and staff at Bend Senior High School via a social media platform.

Threats like these are taken very seriously by the Bend Police Department and the Bend-La Pine Schools.  Out of an abundance of caution, several Bend police officers staged at the school this morning while Bend Police Detectives located the male responsible.

Police contacted William Wight at his home and took him into custody.  A shotgun was located and seized.  It was determined William Wight acted alone when he made the social media post. He is not a student at Bend-La Pine Schools, and has no affiliation with the school district, nor is he believed to have ever been present at Bend Senior High School.

William Wight is in custody for Disorderly Conduct I, Unlawful Use of Weapon and Menacing.  William Wight will be transported to St. Charles Bend for evaluation.


Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey

Arrest made for prostitution and purchasing sex with a minor - 09/17/19

Suspect: Daniel Vance Packman, 55 year old, Bend resident

On September 16, 2019 the Bend Police Department was made aware of a situation where a suspect had made arrangements to meet two females at a local hotel. The initial contact was made through a website designed to facilitate human trafficking. We were made aware of details that included conversations regarding the suspect meeting the females for sexual purposes. One of the females was purported to be 17 years old. We learned that the ad was put onto the website by Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Trafficking Unit along with Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Sergeant during a Human Trafficking awareness training that was held on Monday in Central Oregon.

Bend Police Officers followed up on the information and contacted Daniel Packman at the location agreed upon between the undercover officer running the operation and Packman. During the investigation, evidence was located that corroborated Packman’s involvement regarding this incident. Packman was taken into custody on two counts of prostitution and one count of purchasing sex with a minor. Packman was transported to the Deschutes County Jail, where he was lodged.


Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey

Weapon Offense - 09/16/19

Suspect: Ebel, Jeffrey J.  23 year old transient

Charges:  Menacing, Disorderly Conduct II, Unlawful use of a weapon


On 9-16-19 at about 1835 hours, Bend Police Officers were dispatched to a weapons offense in the area of the Cascade Village Shopping Center that led to a brief lock down of JC Penny and the eventual arrest of Ebel.  

A Security Officer with the shopping center was contacted by employees of Trader Joe’s for a male subject who was yelling at customers and causing a disturbance. This subject was later identified as Ebel. When the Security Officer arrived in the area, he located Ebel in Food 4 Less and asked him to not go back to Trader Joe’s.  During the interaction, Ebel indicated he was waiting for the bus. Security gave Ebel directions to the bus stop and followed Ebel from a distance as he walked towards the stop location.

While Ebel was walking to the north, he turned around and saw the Security Officer following him from a distance. Ebel unlatched a hatchet he had on his person and displayed it over his head and began yelling at the Security Officer and threatening to harm him.

The Security Officer contacted 911 and kept eyes on Ebel and provided updates as he walked to the northwest, just west of JC Penny. While the Security Officer was on 911, Ebel suddenly turned back around and charged the Security Officer with the hatchet over his head. The Security Officer was able to flee into the store and hide as Ebel entered the store looking for him.

When Ebel could not locate the Security Officer, Ebel then fled the store and was last seen running to the northwest and JC Penny was put on lockdown for a short time. 

Bend Police arrived in the area and located Ebel behind a business in the area of Hunnel Rd and Robal Rd.  He was detained without incident and the hatchet was seized.  Ebel was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on the above listed charges.

*Update* Double Fatal Motorcycle Crash - 09/15/19


At this time the next of kin have been notified of this fatal crash.  The motorcycle riders were identified as a married Bend couple:

Deceased Motorcycle Operator:  James Robert Graham 43 year-old Bend Resident 

Deceased Motorcycle Passenger:  Shannon Elizabeth Lewis 33 year-old Bend Resident 



Date and Time: Saturday, September 14, 2019 6:34 PM

Case number: 2019-302408


Motorcycle:  1976 Honda Motorcycle

Deceased Motorcycle Operator:  Male 43 year-old Bend Resident (pending notification of next of kin)

Deceased Motorcycle Passenger:  Female 33 year-old Bend Resident (pending notification of next of kin)


Vehicle: 2013 Jeep Wrangler

Driver: Julie Kathleen Lezotte, 50-year-old female, Bend Resident


On Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 6:34 PM a serious motor vehicle crash was reported at a curve on NW Mt. Washington Drive west of NW Archie Briggs Road.  Bend Police, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies, Oregon State Police and Bend Fire personnel responded to the scene.  Two riders from a crashed motorcycle were located at the scene and were not conscious.  Bystanders were performing CPR and first responders continued those efforts.  A Jeep Wrangler was also at the scene of the crash.

The motorcycle operator died at the scene, despite lifesaving efforts.  The motorcycle passenger was transported to St. Charles Medical Center.  She eventually died from injuries sustained in the crash while at the hospital.

Crash Reconstruction Officers and Detectives from the Bend Police Department responded to the incident.  Bend Public Works responded and closed the roadway.

A preliminary investigation showed that the male motorcycle operator, with the female as his passenger, was riding westbound on Mt. Washington Drive west of Archie Briggs Road.  The motorcycle operator lost control in a curve and crashed in the westbound lane of travel.  The motorcycle, the male operator and the female passenger, slid into the oncoming eastbound lane of travel.  Julie Lezotte was driving a Jeep Wrangler eastbound in the oncoming lane of travel.  The motorcycle riders struck the Jeep Wrangler. 

Lezotte remained at the scene of the crash.  Investigation at the scene indicated Lezotte had been driving in the eastbound lane of travel at or under the speed limit.  Based on available evidence, Lezotte is not suspected of wrongdoing related to this crash.

The investigation is ongoing and any witnesses to this crash, or the events leading up to the crash, are asked to contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911.  At the time of this release, the roadway has been re-opened.

Brian Beekman


Increased foot patrols have helped decrease problems in our Downtown and Drake Park areas - 09/10/19

In 2016, the Bend Police Department working with the Downtown association identified an increase in crimes and associated disruptive behavior that was significantly impacting the livability and overall family atmosphere in our Downtown area to include Drake Park and Mirror Pond parking lots.

The Police Department, The City of Bend City Council, City of Bend staff and the Downtowners Association, the Bend Parks and Recreation District collaborated to help make our downtown area more family friendly. The use of crime data correlation and mapping, the use of the City ordinance allowing for the exclusion of those committing crimes from downtown area, the Problem Oriented Policing Team working with City Staff to reengineer the Mirror Pond parking lots, and the Community Enhancement Program focusing on problem areas we have now seen the results in the form of significant reductions in crime and police calls in our key summer period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The Police Department was given permission to increase staffing and then used that staff to help targeted areas of high police calls and crimes, increased foot patrols, and worked closely with downtown merchants as a team to improve the downtown area. This proactive policing model approached increased traffic stops by 14.4% and increased Community Enhancement Program downtown time by 7.8%.

Between 2017 and 2019 reported calls for service reflect the following decreases in crime and calls:

  • Calls for unwanted subjects decreased 20.9%
  • Trespassing calls decreased by 53%
  • Intoxicated subjects calls for service decreased 45.7%,
  • Animal control complaints decreased 19%,
  • Assault and dispute calls combined decreased 40%.
  • Theft calls decreased by 59.6%
  • Mental health calls decreased by 38%

The Bend Police Department is very appreciative of the support we receive from our community members and partners to help in the success of making our downtown area family friendly and a place that continues to be visited by many.


Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey

BB Gun used to menace
BB Gun used to menace
Juvenile arrested after menacing with a BB gun (Photo) - 09/06/19

Date and time: Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

On September 1, 2019 and Septemeber 2, 2019 Bend Police Officers learned of a threat made over social media by a juvenile male who is a  Bend resident.  This was stemming from an ongoing dispute between two groups.  The threat involved the juvenile male threatening a person or persons with a firearm.  Bend Police Officers continued to investigate the incident and prepared a search warrant for the suspect’s social media accounts and residence. 

On the morning of September 5, 2019 the juvenile male suspect was taken into custody.  Officers and detectives from the Bend Police Department executed the warrant at the juvenile’s residence and recovered the mentioned firearm, which was discovered to be a BB gun.  The juvenile male suspect was taken to the Deschutes County Juvenile Detention Center where he was lodged.


Charges: Menacing (x3), Disorderly Conduct II

Arrested: 16 year old juvenile male, Bend resident

Victim: 16 year old juvenile male, Bend resident

Victim: 16 year old juvenile male, Bend resident

Victim: Omar Hernandez-Delgado,18 year old Bend resident


Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey

Attached Media Files: BB Gun used to menace
Suspect fled during a domestic disturbance investigation. - 09/05/19

Date: 09/05/2019

Case #: 2019-00290862

Type of Incident: Domestic Disturbance

Location: 1707 SE Tempest Drive

Arrested: Feliciti Mullins / 19 year old Bend resident

Charges: Interfering with a Peace Officer, Misdemeanor Warrant for Theft

Suspect Information: Shawn Kennedy / 21 year old Bend resident

Charges: Interfering with a Peace Officer, Felony Warrant for Probation Violation


On 09/05/19 at 1214am, Bend Police officers responded to 1707 SE Tempest Drive for a domestic dispute. Officers located Feliciti Mullins and Shawn Kennedy sitting inside a vehicle in the parking lot. The interior of the vehicle as well as both occupants were covered in a significant amount of blood.

As officers attempted to investigate, the vehicle started to drive away. Officers told Mullins and Kennedy that they were not free to leave. Mullins ignored the lawful order to stop driving and drove off with Kennedy in the passenger seat.

A short time late the vehicle was located at SE Cessna Drive and SE Craven Way. Kennedy fled on foot from the vehicle. Officers had probable cause for the crime of Interfering with a Peace Officer and Kennedy had a felony Probation Violation warrant with an original charge of Assault.

Officers attempted to locate Kennedy using a K9 team and UAV, but were unsuccessful. It was reported the blood was from a self-inflicted knife wound to Kennedy’s leg. 

Mullins was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for Interfering with a Peace Officer and a misdemeanor warrant for theft. 

The Bend Police Department was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police during this investigation.

Neighborhood dispute leads to arrest - 08/31/19

Date and time: Friday, August 30, 2019 at 10:07 pm

Type of Incident: Arrest after multiple citizen reports of a fight involving multiple people.

Location of Incident: NE Elk Court City of Bend

Arrested: Stephonie Eileen Smith 30 year old Bend resident

On 08/30/2019 at about 2207 hours, multiple Officers from the City of Bend Police Department responded to citizen reports of people fighting in the middle of the street in the area of NE Elk Court within the City of Bend. Multiple 911 callers reported arguing, screaming and fighting in the street. The citizens reported the fighting was occurring between adults, but there were juveniles on scene.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted multiple adults and juveniles. Statements obtained from citizens combined with officer’s observations identified Stephonie Eileen Smith as the primary aggressor in the reported fight. Officers determined no one was injured during the reported fight.

Officers determined that Stephonie Eileen Smith had engaged in violent, tumultuous and threatening behavior and continued to engage in this type of behavior after Officers arrived on scene. Officers determined Smith had engaged in this behavior in the presence of one of her juvenile children. Smith refused multiple orders from law enforcement to stop her behavior and was taken into custody. Smith was treated for non-life threatening injuries after being taken into custody. A Bend Police officer suffered minor injuries while taking Smith into custody. The Officer did not require medical attention for the injury. Stephonie Smith was transported to the Deschutes County Adult jail upon release from the hospital.

At the conclusion of the investigation Officers determined that the dispute was over messages posted on social media.

Stephonie Smith is charged with:

Disorderly Conduct II

Interfering with a peace officer

Criminal Trespass II



****Updated Information**** - 08/29/19

*******Updated Information*******

Date and Time: August 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Arrest Location: Burgess Road and Huntington Road in La Pine


Arrested: Rusty Allen Pugh, 47 year old male, La Pine resident

Victim: 6 year old female, Deschutes County resident

Victim: 19 year old female, Yamhill County resident

Victim: 22 year old female, Yamhill County resident


The Bend Police arrested Rusty Allen Pugh on August 22 at 9:47 a.m. on five counts of rape after a two-month long investigation. The Bend Police asked others with information regarding suspicious contact with Rusty Pugh to call in.  Since that release detectives have received numerous follow up calls for investigation. 

Rusty Pugh was released, with a GPS monitor, from the Deschutes County Jail on August 27th at 2:50 p.m. with $25,000.00 bail.

During the six days since the media release, three more victims reported Rusty Pugh as a suspect in various sex crimes that had not been previously reported. 

The crimes occurred from 2004 to August 2019.

On Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Bend Police detectives in conjunction with Deschutes County deputies made a traffic stop at Burgess Road and Huntington Road in La Pine on a vehicle that was Rusty Pugh was a passenger in.  He was arrested at 5:00 p.m. and transported back to the Deschutes County Jail where his is being held.

Bend Police detectives are actively investigating multiple cases regarding Rusty Pugh.  We are encouraging anyone with more information to call the non-emergency dispatch number at 541-693-6911.


New Charges:

Ten counts of sexual abuse in the first degree

Five counts of sodomy in the first degree



Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey


****Updated Information*****


Date and time: Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 9:47 hours

Suspect: Rusty Allen Pugh, 47 year old Lapine resident

Victim: 23 year old female

Charges: Five counts of rape in the first degree


On Thursday, August 22nd 2019 at 0947 hours, following a two month investigation into several rapes that occurred in the early 2000's, officers with the Bend Police Department contacted and arrested Rusty Allen Pugh during a traffic stop at Empire Avenue and Northbound Parkway in Bend.

Through the course of this investigation, detectives with the Bend Police Department have developed several possible additional victims who Rusty Pugh has been in contact with. The Bend Police Department would like anyone with information regarding any contact with Rusty Pugh to please contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911.  

Rusty Pugh was taken into custody and transported to the Deschutes County Jail and charged with five counts of rape in the first degree.


Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey

Update on fatal motor vehicle crash on 8/27/19 - 08/28/19

Date and Time: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 8:07pm

Case number: 2019-281054


Vehicle: 2014 Subaru Impreza, silver

Driver: Marshall Sarabia, 19-year-old male, Bend resident

Passenger: Brooklyn Klaus, 18-year-old female, Bend resident

Passenger (deceased): Connor Hunt, 18-year-old male, Redmond resident


Vehicle: 1996 Ford F250, blue

Driver: Chase Turnbull, 18-year-old male, Bend resident


On Tuesday, August 27, 2019 around 8:07 p.m., Chase Turnbull was in his blue Ford pickup driving eastbound on SE Reed Market Road approaching SE American Lane when he collided with a Subaru Impreza driven by Marshall Sarabia, which was turning southbound on SE American Lane from westbound on SE Reed Market Road.

Chase Turnbull was the only person in his Ford pickup. Marshall Sarabia had two passengers, Brooklyn Klaus who was sitting in the rear passenger side and Connor Hunt, who was in the front passenger side of the Subaru. Chase Turnbull’s pickup struck the Subaru Impreza on the passenger side. Connor Hunt did not survive the collision.

SE Reed Market Road and SE American Lane were closed for investigation until 2:15 a.m.  Bend Public Works and Oregon Department of Transportation assisted in closing the streets for the investigation.

While the investigation continues, early indicators suggest both cars entered the intersection on a yellow light. 

Any witnesses to the crash are asked to contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911.


Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey

Unfounded call on a suspected destructive device - 08/28/19

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 12:10pm


On August 28, 2019 at 12:10pm the Bend Police Department received a third party report of a person with a suspected destructive device in the area of South Side Pub.  Officers shut down the roadway as a precautionary measure and businesses were evacuated. It was determined to be unfounded with no danger to the public. The roadway was shut down for less than an hour.


Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash-Road Closure - 08/27/19

The Bend Police Department is currently on scene of a two vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash at the intersection of SE Reed Market Rd @ SE American Lane in Bend.  The accident occurred at approximately 2000 hours.  This is an on-going and active investigation.  This intersection is expected to be closed for an extended period of time for the investigation.

Additional information will be released at a later time.



Juvenile Party Leads to Arrests - 08/24/19

Date: 08/23/19

Case #: 2019-00276810

Type of Incident: Juvenile Party Leads to Arrests

Location: 490 NE Bellevue Drive #206; Bellevue Crossing Apartments

Suspect Information:

Allison Lou Lea/18 year-old Bend Resident

Charges:  Allowing Consumption by Minor on Property, Interfering with a Police Officer

Juvenile Female/16 year-old Bend Resident

Charges:  Arrest Warrant for Failure to Appear/Resisting Arrest, Interfering with a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest


On 08-23-19, at 10:29 PM, a citizen called 911 dispatch to report yelling and possible fighting at an apartment at Bellevue Crossing.  The citizen said people associated with a second floor apartment were being extremely loud and throwing beer cans.  They requested law enforcement check the area.

A Bend Police Officer was dispatched to the scene.  The officer observed a teenage male outside apartment #206 vomiting on the stairway.  Two teenage males were on the balcony of apartment #206 yelling.  The officer knocked on the apartment door in an attempt to contact the numerous occupants inside the apartment.  The occupants turned off the lights and did not answer the door.  A second officer arrived and saw a male pushing a female inside the apartment.  The officer saw this through an apartment window while standing outside the apartment.  The officers pushed the unlocked front door open in an attempt to check the welfare of the female involved in the altercation. 

The female who had been in the altercation walked out of the apartment.  She identified herself as the apartment resident, Allison Lea.  She was not injured from the altercation.  Lea was intoxicated and confirmed that alcohol was being consumed in the apartment.  There were seven or more people inside the apartment who she would not identify.

A juvenile female exited the apartment with Lea.  The juvenile female had an arrest warrant for Failure to Appear with an original charge of Resisting Arrest.  One of the officers attempted to arrest the female juvenile.  She resisted arrest by yelling and pulling away from the officer.  Two males from inside the apartment came to the door and verbally confronted the officers.  Then a third male, who had been seen pushing Lea, came out of the apartment and began yelling at the officers.  The male refused to back up and give the officers space.  As an officer safety precaution, the male was briefly detained in handcuffs.  Lea interfered with the officers by refusing to obey commands while the juvenile female was being arrested.  During this time, additional officers were arriving in the area to assist.  Two juveniles were seen jumping out of an apartment window in order to flee the area.  Lea and the juvenile female were taken to patrol cars.  Lea was transported to the Deschutes County Jail.  The juvenile female continued to resist and began kicking the inside of the patrol car.  She was transported to the Deschutes County Juvenile Department.  Once at the Juvenile Department, she began throwing bedding and spitting inside the cell.  Both individuals were lodged on the above-listed charges.

Gunshots damage Bend Broadband fiber optic line (Photo) - 08/24/19

Date: 08/24/19

Case #: 2019-00276964

Type of Incident: Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Criminal Mischief I

Location: NE Brinson Blvd and Daniel Duke Way

Suspect Information: Unknown

Victim Information: Bend Broadband



On 8/24/19, at about 0640 hours, Bend Broadband employees notified Bend Police Department of damage to their fiber optic line that was suspended between two power poles.  The damage was located close to the intersection of NE Brinson Blvd and Daniel Duke Way.  The employee, who had been investigating an outage in the area, located bullet casings near the damaged line.  Based on information learned in the investigation, the fiber optic line was believed to have been damaged from one of the rounds fired in that area.

Internet service to the Facebook Server in Prineville was interrupted at about 1:30 this morning as a result of the damage to the fiber optic line.  It is believed that service would be restored to the Facebook Server sometime later today. 

Bend Police Department is asking that anyone with damage to their property as a result of this incident or who may have suspect information call Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911.

Attached Media Files: IMG_2357.JPG , IMG_2353.JPG
DUII and Attempted Assault I - 08/23/19

Date: 08/22/19

Case #: 2019-00275407

Type of Incident: DUII and Attempted Assault I

Location: The Bend Box Factory and Downtown Bend

Suspect Information: Cameron Hall / 21 year old Bend resident

Victim Information: Carlee Richardson / 26 year old Bend resident



On 08/22/2019, at 9:30 PM, Officers responded to the area of The Bend Box Factory off of Industrial way for a report of an intoxicated driver.  According to witness statements the driver, 21 year old Cameron Hall, appeared to be making a deliberate attempt to hit pedestrians and was observed attempting to run over a female driving a motorcycle, 26 year old Carlee Richardson. 

Officers responded to the area and contacted witnesses who described the suspect vehicle, a 2015 Jeep Compass. Within minutes 911 dispatch received two additional calls of a DUII driver in the downtown area. The DUII vehicle matched the description of the previous suspect from The Bend Box Factory call.

The vehicle was located downtown near NW Bond and NW Minnesota Avenue and a traffic stop was conducted. Hall fled on foot from the traffic stop. After a short foot pursuit Hall was taken into custody at NW Bond and NW Franklin Avenue. Hall damaged a police vehicle after being taken into custody. Hall was lodged on the below listed charges.


Attempted Assault I


Reckless Driving

Reckless Endangering

Fleeing or attempt to Elude Misdemeanor

Escape III

Felony Arrest Warrant

Interfering with a Police Officer

Criminal Mischief II

DWS Misd


If anyone has additional information, please contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911

Update on joint focused traffic enforcement detail - 08/22/19

The Bend Police Department along with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Community Action Target Team (CATT) conducted a focused traffic enforcement detail on Highway 97 north of Bend today, August 22, 2019. There were five Bend Police officers and four Deschutes County deputies working on the detail. Combined, the officers and deputies made 65 traffic stops in four hours.  The majority of the traffic stops were for speeding violations. Other violations included no insurance and suspended license. One person was arrested on an outstanding warrant. 

This focused traffic enforcement detail was an effort in educating motorists to reduce their speeds and in turn it will reduce crashes in the area between Highway 97 from Deschutes Junction (milepost 130) and Cooley Road (milepost 134).  


Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey