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Attempted Car Thief Captured (Photo) - 04/01/24

A 54-year-old man is in custody after attempting to steal a car, breaking into at least one home and evading arrest for several hours. 

On Monday, April 1, 2024, shortly after 10:30 a.m., Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded to a call of a man attempting to steal someone’s car in the 23000 block of NE Arata Road in Wood Village. The suspect ran away before deputies arrived. Deputies established a perimeter and began searching for the suspect. The suspect, described as an adult male, ran through multiple yards, and even ran through at least one home, in an attempt to escape. Throughout the duration of the call, multiple neighbors reported seeing the suspect in the area. MCSO received assistance from the Gresham Police Department, which launched a drone to search from above, and a Portland Police Bureau K9 team, to assist deputies on the ground. After nearly two hours of searching, deputies reduced search efforts, but kept deputies in the area to maintain a visible presence.

Shortly after 12:30 p.m., a resident reported to deputies that they returned home and found their back door had been forcibly opened. Deputies searched the residence, found the suspect hiding in the home’s garage and took him into custody. 

The suspect is identified as 54-year-old David Aldis Knight. He was booked into jail on multiple offenses including unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, burglary and trespass.  A complete list of charges can be found here.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Gresham Police Department and Portland Police Bureau for their assistance on this call. 

Human Remains Discovered In Fairview - 03/21/24

A suspicious circumstances call resulted in the discovery of human remains in a greenspace in Fairview.

On Tuesday, March 19, shortly after 12 p.m., Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies responded to a call about suspicious circumstances at a green space near NE Halsey Street and NE Fairview Parkway. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered human remains. Deputies requested detectives respond to initiate a death investigation. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office also responded to the location to recover the remains and assist with the investigation.

The East County Major Crimes Team (ECMCT) is conducting the death investigation in collaboration with the medical examiner’s office. The ECMCT consists of detectives from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, the Port of Portland Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

We do not believe there is any threat or danger to the public related to the circumstances of this case. 

More information may be released as it becomes available. 

Metro-area traffic safety mission during St. Patrick's Day weekend successful (Photo) - 03/20/24

Over the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend (March 15 – 17), the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office partnered with law enforcement agencies from across Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties to conduct a high-visibility DUII enforcement mission. The operation resulted in more than 1,600 traffic stops, 950 citations, and 75 arrests connected to speeding, impaired driving, distracted driving and more.

The mission results are as follows:

Friday, March 15, 2024

746 traffic stops – 404 for speeding, 17 for impaired driving, 53 for distracted driving, 419 citations issued, 30 arrests

Saturday, March 16, 2024

546 traffic stops – 254 for speeding, 17 for impaired driving, 42 for distracted driving, 323 citations issued, 26 arrests

Sunday, March 17, 2024

373 traffic stops – 224 for speeding, 16 for impaired driving, 13 for distracted driving, 214 citations issued, 22 arrests

We look forward to future collaboration with our local law enforcement partners to impact driving behaviors and create safer and strong communities.

March 15, 2024 - Law enforcement agencies from across Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties are working together on a high-visibility enforcement mission from Friday, March 15 to Sunday, March 17, 2024.

This joint effort aims to enhance road safety and reduce fatal and serious injury crashes during St. Patrick’s Day weekend by emphasizing the enforcement priorities known as the "Fatal 5”: Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Usage, Impaired Driving, and Distracted Driving.

The mission will see the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office collaborating closely with partner agencies to deploy deputies, officers and troopers on roadways, highways and streets within the tri-county area. Increased patrols will be conducted to detect and deter violations related to the “Fatal 5” priorities. The goal is to create safer road conditions and prevent tragedies caused by reckless or impaired driving behaviors.

Data analysis reveals that a significant number of traffic crashes resulting in fatalities or serious injuries are attributable to violations of these key road safety factors. By intensifying enforcement efforts targeting these behaviors, law enforcement aims to raise awareness, enforce compliance with traffic laws, and ultimately save lives.

The following agencies are participating in this mission:

  • Beaverton Police Department
  • Canby Police Department
  • Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gresham Police Department
  • Hillsboro Police Department
  • Lake Oswego Police Department
  • Milwaukie Police Department
  • Molalla Police Department
  • Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
  • Oregon City Police Department
  • Oregon State Police
  • Portland Police Bureau
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office
  • West Linn Police Department

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Missing Hiker Found Deceased - 03/16/24

A hiker reported missing after not returning from a hike was found deceased near Horsetail Falls Trailhead.

On Friday, March 15, 2024 at around 10:00 p.m., Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded to a call from a person reporting that their friend, a 61-year-old woman, had not returned from a planned solo hike at Oneonta Falls. The caller reported that they had located the hiker’s car in the parking lot at Horsetail Falls Trailhead. 

MCSO Green Hornets, a team of deputies trained for hasty deployment to the trails of the west Columbia River Gorge, responded and searched for the missing hiker throughout the night. They were assisted by Gresham Police Department who used Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) to help search the vast area. The hiker did not have her cell phone with her, making it impossible to find her location through cell tower pings.

The next morning, Saturday, March 16, 2024, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (MCSOSAR) began a daylight search mission. They were aided by multiple neighboring agencies. By 10:00 a.m., there were more than fifty personnel on the ground searching. Search efforts included the use of tracking dogs and drones. 

At approximately 12:30 p.m., the missing hiker was found at the bottom of a cliff near Horsetail Falls Trailhead. E Old Historic Columbia Highway was closed, briefly, in both directions so that the deceased hiker’s remains could be safely recovered. The medical examiner’s office responded and took custody of the hiker’s remains and will determine the official cause of death. The name of the deceased hiker is being withheld until next of kin notifications are completed.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following agencies who assisted in the search and recovery efforts: MCSOSAR, Gresham Police Department, Clackamas County Search & Rescue, Mt. Wave Search & Rescue, Hood River Crag Rats and Oregon Department of Transportation.