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Vehicle crash into residence ends leads to DUII arrest - 07/18/21

Incident: Vehicle crash into residence/DUII arrest

Case Number: 2021-41184

Date and Time: Saturday, July 17th, 2021 at 9:38 p.m.

Location: Residence in the 400 block of SE Railroad Street

Arrested: Lela Britton 40-year-old Bend resident


49-year-old female Bend Resident

39-year-old female Bend Resident


On Saturday July 17, 2021 at 9:38 p.m. Officers from the City of Bend Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle crash into a residence in the 400 block of SE Railroad Street. Deschutes County 911 dispatch reported multiple callers reporting the vehicle was driving at a high rate of speed before it crashed into the residence. The 911 callers further reported after the initial crash the vehicle backed up and collided with a parked car in the driveway of the residence and then into the structure again.

The vehicle fled the area before officers arrived. Multiple witnesses described the vehicle as a silver or white Subaru Legacy or Outback. A witness provided Officers with a video of part of the incident. At about 9:55 p.m. a city of Bend Police Officer located a vehicle matching the description provided by witnesses on Hunnell Road north of the intersection of Empire Avenue. The vehicle is a Silver Subaru Outback. Officers located Lela Britton a short distance away from the vehicle. Britton was contacted and arrested for DUII and Hit and Run.

Officers requested and were authorized a warrant to seize the vehicle for further investigation.

Britton was taken to the Deschutes County Adult Jail where she was charged with the following crimes.


Criminal Mischief I


Hit and Run-Property Damage

Reckless Endangering

Reckless Driving

Submitted by: Sgt. R.C. Bigelow

Bend Police recover stolen vehicle that leads to arrest of two juveniles - 07/11/21

Date: Sunday, July 11th, 2021

Case # 2021-00039726

Date & Time of Incident: Sunday, July 11th, 2021 at 4:40 PM.

Type of Incident: Unlawful use of Motor Vehicle.

Location of Incident: Safeway / 642 NE 3rd. Street, Bend

Victim: 55-year-old female, Salt Lake City Utah resident.

Suspect 1:  16-year-old female / Utah resident.

Suspect 2:  16-year-old male / Utah resident.



On Sunday July 11, at 4:40 PM, Bend Police officers were dispatched to a traffic complaint near Juniper Swim and Fitness located at 800 NE 6th Street in Bend. The Reporting Party advised he was almost struck by a Red Nissan Rouge that pulled into the parking lot. The Reporting Party gave officers the Utah license plate which returned to a stolen vehicle out of Salt Lake City Utah. The Reporting Party also provided a description of the two occupants of the vehicle.

Officers searched the area of Juniper Swim and Fitness and were unable to locate the stolen Nissan Rogue. A short time later, Officers located the stolen vehicle in the parking lot of Safeway located at 642 NE 3rd. Street in Bend. The vehicle was unoccupied.

Officers with the Bend Police Department and Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter and began searching for the suspects.

At 5:47 PM, a Bend Police Officer located two juveniles near 4th Street and Hawthorne Avenue that matched the description of the suspects. The juveniles were identified as two runaway juveniles from Salt Lake City Utah. Evidence located on the juveniles linked them to the stolen Nissan Rogue and they were arrested and transported to the Deschutes County Juvenile Detention Center.


16-year-old juvenile male / Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle, Runaway-Out of State

16-year-old juvenile female / Runaway-Out of State

Cliff Fairchild
Cliff Fairchild
Missing person (Photo) - 07/09/21


Fairchild was located and no longer of interest.  


Missing:  Cliff Fairchild                59 year old Eugene resident

Bend Police is currently asking for the public's assistance in locating Fairchild. Fairchild was last seen around 0700 hours today when he went out for a run. Fairchild is an experienced runner, but not real familiar with the area. It is believed he was going to run in The Old Mill area on the River Trail.  He was expected to return to his motel,  near The Old Mill District by 0800 or 0830.  He has not been seen or heard from since.  Fairchild was last seen in running shoes, shorts, a black T-shirt, and a purple sweatshirt with "Linfield" written on it.  Please contact Bend Police if you see Fairchild or have seen him today.  DCSO is currently assisting with their search and rescue team. 

Attached Media Files: Cliff Fairchild
Early Morning Commercial Burglary - 07/09/21

Case Number:  2021-00039148

Date and Time:  Friday, July 9th, 2021 at 4:34 a.m.

Location:  917 SE Zeller Ln.

Arrested:  Cynthia Ann Daws, 31 year old 

Victim:  Crabtree Auto Body and Paint 

On July 9th, 2021 at 4:34 a.m, Bend Police Officers were dispatched to Crabtree Auto Body and Paint for an alarm call.  The alarm company stated that there was a female inside the building, claiming to be an employee.  When officers arrived, they observed the front door and front window of the business completely shattered out.  Bend Police, with the help from Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, cleared the premise and located Cynthia Ann Daws hiding inside the building.  Daws was taken into custody.  

Daws was arrested and taken to the Deschutes County Adult Jail for the following charges:

- Burglary in the Second Degree 

- Criminal Mischief in the First Degree

- Parole Violation

Downtown Bend Vandalism - 07/06/21

Case number: 2021-00038382  

Date and Time: Monday, July 6th, 2021 at 02:19am  

Type of Incident: Criminal Mischief 


Cosmo Miller-Woltz, 21-year-old Washington State resident 


Via Delia (Business) 

Alleda Real Estate (Business) 

Brickhouse Restaurant (Business) 


On July 6th, 2021 at 02:23am, Bend Police Officers were dispatched to downtown Bend.  Witnesses had reported two people were breaking windows of businesses in the downtown area.   

When officers arrived, they located Cosmo Miller-Woltz and another adult male, and detained them for questioning. Officers determined that the adult male was a witness.  During the course of the investigation, officers learned that Miller-Woltz had used a rock, a beer bottle, and a chair to smash several windows of businesses downtown, including Via Delia (a gift shop), Alleda Real Estate, and the Brickhouse Restaurant.  Miller-Woltz had also tipped over and scattered the contents of two newspaper stands near the intersection of NW Oregon Avenue and NW Wall Street.  Officers later stood up the stands and cleaned up the contents. 

Based on officers’ observations, and statements by Miller-Woltz and witnesses, alcohol is believed to be a factor.   

The value of the damaged property is still being determined.   

Miller-Woltz was arrested and transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail for the following charges: 

  • Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, x4 

  • Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, x2 

  • Offensive Littering 

Seized fireworks
Seized fireworks
Illegal Sale, Possession, and Use of Fireworks arrest - 07/05/21

Case number: 2021-00038205  

Date and Time: Monday, July 4th, 2021 at 11:18am  

Type of Incident: Illegal Sale, Possession, and Use of Fireworks 

Arrested: Ryeann Martin, 28 year old Bend resident 


On July 5th, 2021 at 8:40am, Bend Police received a tip that illegal fireworks were posted for sale on Craigslist in Bend.  A Bend Police Officer responded to the ad, posing as a potential buyer, and agreed to meet the seller to buy 5 boxes of “mortars” for $2500.   

At 11:18am, the officer met Ryeann Martin in the parking lot of a gas station, where Martin admitted to being the person attempting to sell the illegal fireworks.  The officer recovered two boxes of illegal fireworks, each containing 24 canister or artillery shells.  Martin admitted to purchasing the fireworks in Washington and bringing them back to Oregon.  Martin also admitted to planning on scam the officer by dumping the contents of the two boxes into a large bag and presenting them as “5 boxes”.    

The officer seized the illegal fireworks and arrested Martin (citation in lieu of custody) for the following charge: 

  • Sale, Possession, and Use of Fireworks 

Attached Media Files: Seized fireworks
Bend Police Arrest Male Who Targeted Homeless Females - 07/02/21

Date: Thursday July 1, 2021

Case #: 2021-00037301

Time of Incident: 8:00 AM

Type of Incident: Prostitution

Location of Incident: Bend Oregon.

Victim: 46-year-old female / Bend OR

Suspect: Darrell Earl Shank / 61-year-old male / La Pine OR

On July 1st 2021, officers with the Bend Police Department were given information regarding a male who was targeting homeless females and offering them money for sex.

A Bend Police Officer contacted an advocate for a homeless female victim who advised the victim female was propositioned for sex in exchange for money by a male who said he could “help her out.” The officer obtained the suspect’s phone number and, posing as a homeless female, he began communicating with the suspect via text messaging. The officer obtained enough evidence to arrest the suspect for Prostitution and arranged a meeting for the following day.

On July 2nd 2021 around 8:00 AM, officers with the Bend Police Department contacted the suspect, Darrell Shank, at the meeting place and took him into custody. Due to COVID restrictions at the Deschutes County Jail, Shank was cited for Promoting Prostitution and Patronizing a Prostitute and released.

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Assault suspect arrested in NE Bend - 06/30/21

Incident: Assault II

Case Number: 2021-00037007

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 30th at 2:22pm

Location: 62845 Boyd Acres Road #1

Suspect: Branden P Fleming        35 year old                    Redmond resident

Victim: 32 year old                                                              Bend resident


On June 30th at 2:22pm, Officers with the Bend Police Department were called to the report of an assault that had just occurred at Jeld Wen Windows and Doors (62845 Boyd Acres Road #1). 911 Dispatch relayed information that one employee had assaulted another with a hammer. After a short dispute, the suspect ran out of the building in an attempt to evade capture.

Several Bend Police Officers responded to the scene, with one officer arriving just four minutes after the first call to 911. A limited description was given of the suspect as officers were responding. The officer was able to locate the suspect in the parking lot of Jeld Wen, as the suspect was attempting to flee. The suspect was not complying with verbal commands given by the officers. Officers were able to de-escalate the suspect and took him into custody without incident.

During the investigation officers learned the suspect, Branden Fleming, used a hammer to hit the victim several times. The victim suffered serious injuries from the assault by Fleming. The victim was transported by Bend Fire to St. Charles Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Fleming was transported to the Deschutes County Jail, where he was lodged on (6) counts of Assault II.

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Attached Media Files: Media Release
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Road Rage and Bias Crime Arrest - 06/30/21

Incident: Road Rage and Bias Crime

Case Number: 2021-00036837

Date and Time: Sunday, June 29th at 7:22pm

Location: Century Drive and Reed Market

Suspect: Christopher Steven King          34 year old                Bend resident

Victim: 20 year old Bend resident


On June 29th, 2021at 7:22pm, officers with the Bend Police Department received information of a reported “road rage” incident. 911 Dispatch relayed information that one of the people involved had brandished a knife and had stabbed tires of the victim vehicle. The victim followed the suspect as far as he could before his damaged vehicle would not allow it.

During the investigation, officers learned the suspect and victim had been engaged in aggressive driving behavior on Century Drive around the Sunriver cutoff road. This behavior continued, ultimately ending with the suspect, who was driving a 2002 Toyota Tundra, following the victim back into Bend.

Both vehicles were stopped on Century Drive, waiting their turn to enter the round-a-bout at Reed Market Road. The victim exited their vehicle to take pictures of the suspect vehicle for reporting purposes. The suspect exited his vehicle quickly, with a knife in hand. The suspect reportedly made comments about hurting the victim as well as making racial epithets. As the victim retreated, and he feared for his life, the suspect broke out the rear window of the victim’s 2019 Volkswagen Atlas. The suspect subsequently stabbed the rear driver side tire.

The suspect returned to the Toyota Tundra and quickly fled the scene.

Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect or the suspect vehicle.

On June 30th, 2021 officers learned the location of the suspect through the ongoing investigation. Bend Police Officers stopped the suspect vehicle on Brosterhous Road near Button Brush Avenue. During the stop, officers were able to identify the suspect as Christopher King. They also located the knife used in the incident inside of the vehicle. King was taken into custody without incident.

King was transported to the Deschutes County Jail, where he was lodged for Bias I, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Criminal Mischief I, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver and Reckless Driving.

In 2019, Senate Bill 577 was passed and changed bias based crime reporting criteria. If you are a victim of a bias based crime please call Deschutes County 911 so this can be reported to the Bend Police Department. You can also call the Bias Hotline at 844-924-BIAS (2427) or go online at to report any bias based incidents.

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Attached Media Files: Media Release
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Assault on NW Riverside - 06/28/21

Incident: Assault

Case Number: 2021-00036261

Date and Time: Sunday, June 27th, 2021 at 5:19pm

Location: 500 Block NW Riverside

On June 27th, 2021 at 5:19pm, Bend Police were dispatched to the 500 block of NW Riverside Boulevard. Witnesses reported seeing a fight between a group of juveniles in front of residences in the area. The contact with the two groups started while floating on the Deschutes River and the group of suspects followed the victims in an attempt to engage in conversation after exiting the river at Drake Park near the Galveston Bridge. It is not believed the two groups knew each other prior to the confrontation.

Officers responded to the location and contacted several individuals. One of the victim males suffered non-life threatening injuries to his face. This incident is currently under investigation.

Bend Police are asking anyone who witnessed this altercation to contact non-emergency at 541-693-6911 and reference case 2021-36261.

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Attached Media Files: Media Release