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Group causes thousands of dollars of damage along Southeast Hawthorne - Police make arrests (Photo) - 11/26/20

On November 26, 2020, at about 1:22 a.m., Portland Police responded to reports of people breaking windows and spraying graffiti on the New Seasons Market in the 4000 block of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. Multiple callers reported seeing a group of people, dressed in black clothing, moving west along Southeast Hawthorne breaking out windows as they went.

Police arrived and found a group near Southeast 37th Avenue and Southeast Harrison Street matching the description and carrying evidence connecting them to the vandalism.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood, spoke to witnesses, and found damage to at least ten businesses between Southeast 41st Avenue and Southeast 33rd Avenue along Southeast Hawthorne Street, in both the Sunnyside and Richmond neighborhoods. Some of the damage was sufficient to provide access to the interior of retail stores so officers contacted responsible parties and stood by while contractors or employees boarded up windows. Grocery stores, banks, an auto service center, a package distribution and mailing center, and local business storefronts were damaged.

Officers arrested three adults who were booked into the Multnomah County jail:
24-year-old Chester Hester, ten counts of Criminal Mischief I.
38-year-old Nicole Noriega, ten counts of Criminal Mischief I.
23-year-old Bailey Willack, ten counts of Criminal Mischief I.

Officers found one adult in possession of a semi-automatic pistol. That person was referred out of custody to the district attorney's office for potential weapons charges. One juvenile was detained and referred to the court for crimes related to property damage.

Based on witness statements, it is likely that more people were involved in these crimes and police will try to determine their identity through further investigation.


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Fatal Crash on SE Stark St, Major Crash Team Responding - 11/24/20

A fatal crash has closed Southeast Stark Street near Southeast 127th Avenue.

On Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 10:41p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash on Southeast Stark Street near Southeast 127th Avenue. When officers and paramedics arrived, they found occupants of two cars with severe injuries. Two patients were transported to an area hospital by ambulance with life-threatening injuries. One person was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to the scene and will be investigating. Southeast Stark Street will remain closed at Southeast 125th Avenue to 127th for several hours.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released after investigators learn more.

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Subjects Vandalize Vehicle Without Provocation (Photo) - 11/24/20

On November 23, 2020, at 7:11 p.m., an officer from Central Precinct responded to a vandalism call by telephone. The victim in the incident told the officer a group of unknown subjects shattered the windshield of their vehicle.

The victim stated he was dropping someone off downtown when he had to drive through the area of Pioneer Square. There was a candlelight vigil at Pioneer Square attended by about 60 people. An additional 20 people wearing all black with helmets also arrived. The victim said he was driving through the intersection of Southwest 6th Ave and Morrison St when he saw about seven adult males crossing the street. The victim said he had a green light but saw the group, so he slowed and then stopped to let the group pass.

The victim said once he stopped, a large adult male, wearing all black, began yelling at the victim through the closed window. The victim said the suspect then jumped on top of the car, smashing the windshield.

The victim said he was shocked by what happened and said the suspect walked off with his friends; laughing and joking. The victim had a seven year-old child in the backseat of the vehicle who was terrified by the incident.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Portland Police at 503 823-3333. Please reference case number 20-349849.

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Suspect Arrested for Robbery After Threatening Garbage Truck Driver with a Gun - 11/24/20

On November 24, 2020, at 5:40 a.m., officers from East Precinct responded to a threats with a weapon call in the 3500 block of Southeast 122nd Avenue. The victim in this call told dispatch that an unknown suspect approached and pointed a gun at them. The victim, who is a garbage truck driver, ran off but could see that the suspect got into the garbage truck, which was left behind.

Upon arrival, officers contacted the suspect (who was still inside the garbage truck) and began to give him demands. The suspect ignored all commands, walked over to another vehicle, got in, and drove off. Officers did pursue the vehicle for a short distance before stopping the vehicle using a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT). After the PIT, the subject fled on foot and was taken into custody with the help of a police K9.

The suspect, 21 year-old Hunter Jay Wilson, was transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Wilson will later be lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Robbery III, Menacing, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude (by vehicle), Attempt to Elude (by foot), and Resisting Arrest.

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UPDATE: Shooting Results in Fatality, Death Investigation Underway - 11/23/20

The shooting in the Hazelwood neighborhood has resulted in the death of the victim. A death investigation is underway by Portland Police detectives. Due to the active investigation, no other details are being released at this time.

The identity of the victim will be released after family have been notified.

If anyone has any information about this shooting, please contact Detective Jennifer Hertzler, 503-823-1040, Jennifer.Hertzler@portlandoregon.gov , or Detective Brad Clifton 503-823-0696, Brad.Clifton@portlandoregon.gov .

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On Monday, November 23, 2020 at 1:29a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a person down in the 200 block of Northeast 122nd Avenue. When officers arrived they located a victim with injuries consistent with a shooting. The severity of the injuries is not being released at this time.

Officers and detectives have closed off the area for the investigation, but no streets are impacted. If anyone has any information about this shooting, please contact Detective Jennifer Hertzler, 503-823-1040 Jennifer.Hertzler@portlandoregon.gov , or Detective Brad Clifton 503-823-0696 Brad.Clifton@portlandoregon.gov .

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Two Victims Struck By Gunfire After Robbery - 11/23/20

Two victims are in the hospital with gunshot wounds after a robbery attempt in Holladay Park.

On Monday, November 23, 2020 at 7:11p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in Holladay Park in the Lloyd District. When officers arrived they located two adult victims, a male and a female, both shot in a leg. Both were conscious and talking to officers. Officers applied tourniquets to the victims' injured legs before paramedics arrived. They went to the hospital by ambulance.

Preliminary information is that the suspect may have attempted a robbery of two male juveniles and fired shots when they ran away. The two juveniles were not hurt.

The suspect left in a vehicle before officers arrived and has not yet been located. No suspect description is being released at this time.

Robbery Detectives are enroute to investigate. The area around Northeast 11th Avenue and Northeast Holladay Street is closed during the investigation.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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PPB Responds to Stabbing in Goose Hollow Neighborhood - 11/23/20

On November 23, 2020, at 2:57 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 1400 block of Southwest 20th Avenue on reports of a stabbing. When officers arrived on scene they found an adult victim with a stab wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance. The victim's injuries are non-life-threatening.

Prior to officers arrival, the suspect fled the scene. The suspect has not been located at this time.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

If anyone has information about the stabbing and has not been contacted by investigators, they are asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

An update will be provided if appropriate for the investigation.

Anyone with information about this stabbing is asked to call Portland Police at 503 823-3333. Please reference case number 20-349624.

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Home of Elderly Person Struck Multiple Times by Gunfire - 11/23/20

On November 22, 2020, 8:58 p.m., officers from North Precinct responded to the 12600 block of Northeast Fremont Street on reports of shots being fired in the area. When officers arrived they discovered a residence in the area had been struck multiple times by gunfire.

Several of the bullets traveled through two different bedrooms, broke a window, went through walls, and the ceiling. The residence was occupied at the time by an elderly resident and a care giver, neither of which were injured.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Portland Police at 503 823-3333. Please reference case number 20-349009.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

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Fatal Crash on SE Division St, Major Crash Team Responding (Photo) - 11/22/20

A fatal crash has closed Southeast Division Street near Southeast 136th Avenue.

On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 8:07p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash on Southeast Division Street near Southeast 136th Avenue. When officers and paramedics arrived, they found occupants of two cars with severe injuries. The patients were transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Officers later learned that despite lifesaving efforts of medical professionals, one of the occupants died.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team (photo) is on scene and investigating. Southeast Division Street will remain closed at Southeast 136th Avenue for several hours.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released after investigators learn more.

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Attached Media Files: SE Division Street Crash
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Two Takeover-Style Armed Robberies Being Investigated (Photo) - 11/22/20

Two takeover-style armed robberies overnight, one where gunshots were fired, are being investigated by Portland Police robbery detectives.

On Sunday November 22, 2020 at 1:29a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at a convenience store in the 4500 block of Northeast 60th Avenue. Two suspects, who were armed with guns and stole cash, left the area before police were called.

Then at 1:51a.m., officers got another armed robbery call, this one at a convenience store in the 7300 block of North St. Louis Avenue, and that a shot was fired. Officers responded and learned that at least one of the two suspects fired shots at two vehicles outside the store as they left the area (photos). One victim was injured by shattered glass. Cash and merchandise were stolen.

Robbery detectives responded and are currently investigating the crimes. They are looking into whether the robberies are related.

If anyone has any information about these robberies, please contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at Brett.Hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov or Crime Stoppers.

Tips may be submitted safely and securely to Crime Stoppers of Oregon online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/ .

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips from your smart phone.

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Hit and Run with Serious Injuries, Suspect Arrested for Domestic Violence Assault - 11/21/20

A victim is in the hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a car in a domestic violence crime.

On Friday, November 20, 2020 at 4:19 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 105th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street on a report of a hit and run where a pedestrian was struck. Officers arrived and found an adult female victim injured in the street. She was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

Officers began an investigation and learned that the suspect was in a domestic relationship with the victim. They later located and arrested the suspect. The suspected vehicle used, a silver 2004 Infiniti, was seized as evidence.

Officers and detectives from the Portland Police Special Victims Unit responded to assume the investigation. They booked Julian D. Brooks, 25, of Portland into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Assault in the First Degree and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver with Injuries.

Call to Safety (CTS) provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. Formally the Portland Women's Crisis Line, CTS' 24-hour crisis line can be reached at 503-235-5333, 1-888-235-5333, or https://calltosafety.org/

Additional, web-based resources are available from Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Coordinator's office: http://web.multco.us/dv

The Portland Police Bureau's Special Victim's Unit (SVU) provides officers and detectives with specialized training in the dynamics of domestic violence. This unit also operates jointly with Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) on "high-lethality" cases of domestic violence (those cases with warning signs associated with the most severe and life-threatening cases of domestic violence).

Information on SVU is available at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/35679

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UPDATE: Scope of Damage Along NE Sandy Boulevard Becomes Clearer (Photo) - 11/21/20

Police continue to investigate the damage done by vandals Friday night, including interviewing witnesses and seeking out video footage and other evidence. The victims are assessing the damages and filing police reports.

We have a clearer picture of the scope of the criminal mischief. Twenty-seven businesses or work spaces were damaged along Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Theater, 4100 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Restaurant, 4100 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Discount Store, 4200 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Financial office, 4300 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti and broken glass
Labor & staffing company, 4600 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Apartment building, 4600 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Food cart, 4600 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Restaurant, 4600 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Tire & auto shop, 4500 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Insurance office, 4500 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti and broken glass
Paint store, 4400 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Insurance office, 4400 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Dance studio, 4400 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Office building, 4400 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Title company, 4400 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Bank, 4300 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti and broken glass
Grocery store, 4300 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti and broken glass
Bank, 4200 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: Graffiti and broken glass
Restaurant, 4200 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti and broken glass
Nail spa, 4100 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Pharmacy, 1800 block of NE 41st Ave, Damage: graffiti and broken glass
Bar, 4000 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Smoke shop, 4000 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Vintage clothing store, 4000 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti
Three unoccupied business spaces, 4000 block of NE Sandy Blvd, Damage: graffiti

If anyone has information about the suspects or video of them, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov .

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In the evening hours of November 20, 2020, two groups gathered separately in the city with the intent to engage in criminal behavior. The groups vandalized and destroyed private property in both Downtown and Northeast Portland.

Around 8:45 p.m., a group of nearly 30 people gathered in the South Park blocks before walking to the Mexican Consulate located in the 1300 block of Southwest 12th Avenue. Those in the group were dressed in all black and seen wearing helmets and carrying umbrellas. As the group arrived at the Mexican Consulate, they vandalized the building by spray painting it. After the group spray painted the Mexican Consulate, they headed toward the new Multnomah County Courthouse located in the 1200 block of Southwest 1st Avenue where they began to apply graffiti to the building.

Officers responded to the scene and were able to interrupt the vandalism. Units remained at the location as high visibility. Because of the high visibility, the group dispersed from the area without creating anymore damage. No arrests were made.

At around 9:15 p.m., a group of nearly 100 gathered in Northeast Portland around Northeast Halsey Street and Northeast 52nd Avenue. The group was described as wearing all black, with masks and helmets on. A 911 call came in when the group began destroying a bank located in the 4300 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. A cleaning crew who was inside the bank was scared as the group began to break windows to the property. Another call came in from workers inside a grocery store located in the 4300 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. The workers reported members of the group were shattering windows and spray painting the building.

Officers arrived in the area and observed several businesses with shattered windows and spray paint covering buildings. One business in particular appeared to have been destroyed when members of the group threw a motorized scooter through the glass windows. As officers arrived on scene, the group had dispersed on their own and no arrests were made.

At least 24 businesses were reported vandalized on Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Anyone wishing to submit an a secure and anonymous tip regarding any unsolved felony crime should visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/ or visit the App Store and download P3 Tips for your smart phone or tablet.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, or to view other unsolved cases, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

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UPS Driver Kidnapped and Robbed at Gunpoint in Parkrose Neighborhood - 11/20/20

On November 20, 2020 at 6:45 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 4700 block of Northeast 106th Avenue on reports of a United Parcel Service (UPS) driver being kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint.

The UPS Driver had been delivering packages and was outside of his truck when four black male suspects confronted him. One suspect pointed a pistol at the driver demanding he give them his delivery truck. The other suspects duct-taped the UPS driver's wrists and forced him into their Honda with them. One suspect drove the UPS truck while the Honda followed. A short distance later, they stopped and the suspects stole packages from the UPS truck. The UPS driver was released unharmed. The suspects left the truck and fled in their light colored Honda.

Robbery Detectives responded to the scene and have assumed the investigation. If anyone witnessed this incident or has information about it please contact Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detective Brett Hawkinson at Brett.Hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov or Crime Stoppers.

Tips may be submitted safely and securely to Crime Stoppers of Oregon online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/ or by phone at 503-823-HELP (4357).

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips from your smart phone.

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UPDATE: PPB's Assault Detail Makes Arrest in September's Parkrose Neighborhood Shooting - 11/20/20

On September 17, 2020, North Precinct officers responded to the 11000 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard on reports of a shooting where a victim had been shot and injured. Members of Portland Police Bureau's Assault Detail were assigned to follow-up on the investigation and assumed the case. Through their work, the officers located crucial evidence leading them to a person of interest, 33-year-old Kevin Hill. After an exhausted effort, officers identified probable cause to arrest Hill as the shooting suspect. Because of the officers' efforts, they were able to obtain a warrant for Hill's arrest.

Today, members of the Detective Division's Assault Detail and the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) conducted a joint mission to locate and arrest Hill on his arrest warrant. Hill was located in his vehicle in the 8900 block of Southeast Ellis Street. SERT members contacted Hill, implemented a safe apprehension plan, and took him into custody.

Hill will be booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault II, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.


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On September 17, 2020, at approximately 4:16 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a hotel located in the 11000 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard on reports of a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and located evidence of gunfire to include bullet casings. It was learned a subject had been shot in the parking lot of the location and subsequently driven to an area hospital by a privately owned vehicle. The subject did not suffer from life threatening injuries.

The shooter is still outstanding.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

If anyone has information about the shooting and has not been contacted by investigators, they are asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

An update will be provided if appropriate for the investigation.

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UPDATE: Suspect Vehicle Involved in Serious Injury Hit-and-Run Description Released, Request for Information (Photo) - 11/20/20

Investigators believe the suspect vehicle involved in this serious injury hit and run crash is a 2002-2006 Infiniti Q45, most likely silver or tan. It would probably have damage to the front left headlight and hood, and possibly to the windshield. See attached photo of a similar vehicle. Call 9-1-1 if you see this vehicle.

If anyone has information about the vehicle, please contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213 or Chris.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov . Case number is 20-344144.

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On November 17, 2020, at approximately 6:51 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 16000 block of Southeast Stark Street on reports of a collision where a vehicle struck a pedestrian. As officers arrived on scene they learned the vehicle who struck the pedestrian fled the scene westbound on Southeast Stark Street. Medical personnel arrived on scene and quickly determined the pedestrian's injuries were life threatening. The pedestrian was transported to a nearby hospital and immediately taken into surgery.

The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The vehicle, described as a silver or light gray sedan with no rear license plates, was traveling westbound in the left of two westbound lanes of travel on Southeast Stark Street. Witnesses described the vehicle traveling with its headlights off and at a high rate of speed. The pedestrian entered the crosswalk and crossed from the north side of the road walking to the south. Prior to crossing in the crosswalk, the pedestrian activated the rapid flashing beacons, which alerts oncoming motorists of a pedestrian crossing or intending to cross the street. The pedestrian was most likely hit after he crossed the first lane of westbound travel, and was into the second lane of westbound travel.

The pedestrian is identified as 27-year-old Daniel Lopez-Herrera. Mr. Lopez-Herrera is still in critical condition and receiving lifesaving care at the hospital.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time. If anyone has information about this crash, please contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213 or Chris.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov

This is the 44th Major Crash Team activation for 2020.


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The Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the 16000 block of Southeast Stark Street to assist in a traffic crash investigation involving an individual suffering life threatening injuries. Southeast Stark Street from Southeast 157th Avenue to Southeast 162nd Avenue is shutdown.

No additional information is available at this time. The PIO is not responding to the scene.

An updated news release or social media post will be pushed out as investigators learn more.

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Attached Media Files: Example of Infiniti Q45
UPDATE: Driver Killed in East Columbia Neighborhood Crash Identified, Investigators Seek Additional Information - 11/20/20

The deceased driver is identified as Obduwier Romero-Moreno, 18, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death.

The investigation into what led up to the crash is still ongoing at this time. If anyone saw the vehicle, a blue 1994 Chevrolet Camaro 2-door, driving on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard sometime after 2:00a.m., please contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213 or Chris.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov .


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On November 19, 2020, at approximately 2:14 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard just south of North Vancouver Way on reports of a single vehicle crash. As officers arrived on scene they learned a vehicle had impacted a tree and the driver was reportedly pinned in. Medical personnel arrived on scene and quickly determined the driver's injuries were life threatening. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance and immediately taken into surgery. Due to the remote location and late hour of the crash, there were no known witnesses and no known apparent possibilities for video evidence. The driver was the single occupant inside the vehicle.

Later this morning, the Portland Police Bureau's Major Crash Team (MCT) was notified the driver of the vehicle had succumbed to his injuries related to the crash. The Major Crash Team immediately assumed the investigation of the crash. According to the initial investigation it appeared the vehicle was traveling northbound on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in the right two lanes of travel. The vehicle struck the curb in what appeared to be one single location, perhaps went airborne, and impacted a very large oak tree nearly 20 feet from the east curb. The impact with the tree prevented the vehicle from further falling down a 30 plus foot embankment, however, the impact with the tree was extremely severe and proved to be fatal.

The deceased driver has not been identified and described as a Hispanic male in his mid-twenties.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time. If anyone has information about this crash, please contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213 or Chris.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov

This is the 48th fatality investigated by the Major Crash Team within the City of Portland for 2020.

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Sunshine Division Announces Winter Wonderland to Open November 27 (Photo) - 11/20/20

***The Safeway Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show Powered by Advantis Credit Union, Opens Friday, November 27th and Provides a Safe Drive Through Holiday Light Viewing Experience While Benefiting Local Families in Need***


Media Contact:
Kyle Camberg
Executive Director
503.577.6852
kyle@sunshinedivision.org

The Safeway Winter Wonderland holiday light show, powered by Advantis Credit Union, opens for the season starting November 27, 2020 from 4:30pm to 10:00pm at Portland International Raceway (PIR) and is open nightly through Saturday January 2nd. The light show operates as a fundraiser for Sunshine Division's vital crisis response efforts in an unprecedented year. Title sponsor, Safeway Foundation, and "powered by" sponsor, Advantis Credit Union, provide significant funding for the holiday light show and Sunshine Division's emergency food distribution efforts again this year.

Sunshine Division's Executive Director, Kyle Camberg, shares, "Because of COVID-19, our four largest event fundraisers were all canceled this year, creating a significant burden for our nonprofit and many others. At the same time, since April, we created a home delivery program and are now helping 10 times as many households with free emergency food as we did last year during the same time period. This is the highest number of families and individuals we have served in our entire 98-year history.

Now, as we enter the holiday season, those two realities make the success of Winter Wonderland more important than ever before for Sunshine Division. Our ability to continue to provide emergency food for thousands, while providing more than 15,000 holiday meals during the months of November and December, make it paramount that we have a successful Winter Wonderland event as this is our largest and only fundraising event for the entire year."

Winter Wonderland drive through light show hours are:
Sunday -- Thursday, 5:00pm -- 9:30pm &
Friday -- Saturday, 4:30pm -- 10:00pm

With special extended hours the week of Christmas, Sun., Dec. 20th -- Sat., Dec. 26th, from 4:30pm -- 10:00pm.

More information regarding hours, ticket pricing, COVID-19 safety protocols, and general information can be seen at http://winterwonderlandportland.com/

Purchase advance tickets online at http://winterwonderlandportland.com/tickets/ or for $20 at all Portland-area Albertsons and Safeway stores (starting the week of Thanksgiving) customer service desks until sold out.

Sunshine Division is thankful to continue the tradition of Winter Wonderland amidst such a chaotic year. To ensure a safe holiday experience, as mentioned, several safety protocols have been put in place to protect supporters and employees alike. Most important to note; Winter Wonderland is going cashless and offering online-only ticketing. Discounted tickets can also be purchased at Portland metro Safeway and Albertsons locations at the customer service desk, starting in late November, until tickets are sold out.


WINTER WONDERLAND DRIVE THROUGH COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS INCLUDE:

Social distancing from the comfort of your car.
No more than 6 people per vehicle allowed.
No bike/dog walking nights.
Cashless entry to the racetrack with online-only tickets available for purchase.
Cashiers in secured booths with minimal interaction and protective plexiglass.
Required masks when purchasing tickets from the booth and if outside of your car to use the restroom.
No candy canes and goodie bags will be handed out to cars.
No concessions at the event this year.
Sunshine Division is unable to accept food donations this year but encourages those who are looking to support their efforts to make an additional donation with their ticket purchase.


Sunshine Division has been committed to making holiday seasons brighter for local families since 1923. Winter Wonderland aligns with that mission by creating a platform to generate community support during a critical time of year. The 2020 show will be managed on behalf of Sunshine Division, with support from the Hood to Coast Race Series staff. This year's show opens Friday, November 27, 2020 and closes Saturday, January 2, 2021.



ABOUT WINTER WONDERLAND

Recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest as the "Largest Holiday Light Show West of the Mississippi", the 28th annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show at Portland International Raceway is a signature fundraiser for Sunshine Division. Spectators can enjoy the most impressive drive-through light show in the region, viewing two miles of lights and over 250 colorful light set pieces and many fully animated scenes from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle. Over two million visitors have taken the Winter Wonderland journey since its origin.


ABOUT SUNSHINE DIVISION
Since 1923, Sunshine Division has provided free emergency food and clothing to families and individuals in times of crisis. This December marks 98 years that Sunshine Division, Portland Police Bureau members, and volunteers from the community will home deliver holiday food boxes. This year, 2,500 holiday food boxes will be home-delivered to families in need via Sunshine Division's emergency food delivery program, and a total of 15,000 boxes will be distributed in November and December across the Portland metro area.
Since launching their expanded emergency food delivery program in April, with the help of the Portland Police Bureau and numerous local supporters, Sunshine Division has provided more than 4 MILLION meals to over 150,000 households through their two food pantries, home deliveries, and bulk food distribution network. In addition to the traditional holiday home delivery program, Sunshine Division's new delivery model will help them meet the need during what they anticipate will be an extraordinarily challenging holiday season for thousands of local families.
For more information, please visit: https://sunshinedivision.org/

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PPB Announces Latino Advisory Council - 11/20/20

"Together, all things are possible - Juntos todo es posible"

The Portland Police Bureau is excited to announce the establishment of the Latino Advisory Council (LAC). In May 2020, several Latino community leaders began meeting with the Chief's Office to identify meaningful avenues for partnership and mutual support. These efforts resulted in the creation of the Council in June 2020. Since then, a group of diverse Latino community leaders, social justice activists, and faith-based leaders have been holding monthly meetings developing a strategic roadmap for engaging the Latino community.

The LAC sent a letter introducing themselves to the Mayor last month. This excerpt illustrates their commitment and vision to working with the PPB:

"We are excited to announce the launch of the Latino Advisory Council within the Portland Police Bureau. LAC has members of the Latino community who wish to partner with the PPB and continue the dialogue on justice-related police reform. Within the context of this dialogue, we want to advocate for the unmet needs of the Latinos who face systemic barriers to justice and who have unique needs when engaging with the Portland Police.

Our aims are guided by mutual trust, a sense of nurture, unwavering accountability, and shared human values. Although our primary goal is to represent Latinos, we pledge to collaborate with police officers and provide them with cultural and language assistance to find comprehensive solutions."

Please take a moment to listen to a human message shared by Marta Guembes and Marvin Pena, the LAC chairs: https://youtu.be/7TjMzbBgXg4

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PPB to Make Changes in Response to Stops Data Collection Report - 11/19/20

The Stops Data Collection Report is an annual assessment of traffic stops for drivers and pedestrians in Portland by the Portland Police Bureau. The information provided in this report forces the Portland Police Bureau to recognize that stops, search requests, and searches of Black / African Americans are done at a significantly higher, although not disparate, rate. The Portland Police Bureau recognizes there is work to do in this area and needs to be accountable to the community concerns.

The Portland Police Bureau is taking necessary steps to identify areas of improvement in the way officers make traffic stops. Beginning January 1, 2021, the Portland Police Bureau will begin collecting new data points to help identify improvements that can be made to the way traffic stops are conducted.

In a commitment to change and improve, the Portland Police Bureau needs to collect this new information and implement new accountability measures related to searches. PPB continues to make improvements to increase understanding of the data and to identify opportunities to reduce disproportionate outcomes. Some next steps include:

* Collection of additional data points regarding the stop reason, such as reasonable suspicion or probable cause of a non-traffic crime, to better understand how stops are used as a component of crime reduction and prevention.
* Changes to the search data points to collect all search criteria even though consent was requested, including other warrant exceptions and warrants.
* Collection of additional data points to identify mandatory arrests.
* Training to improve stops data collection and understanding of search criteria. The training will begin this week and be completed by the end of the year.
* The Bureau will begin audio recording consent searches. The training for this will be forth coming.
* Leverage technical assistance offered as part of the State of Oregon's Statistical Transparency of Policing (STOPS) program to address disparities identified within this report and the state's report.

"This data provides PPB with an opportunity to improve and seek out additional tools and resources," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "Stops data helps us realize over-representation in the criminal justice system still exists. We understand this creates fear and distrust within the community. It's important to continue to enhance the data collection process to give us a better understanding of the context of stops, searches and arrests. We will continue to incorporate these system changes, policy changes and training, including how to better capture consent searches."

The Stops Data Collection Report can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/778669

The report indicates several key findings:

* Drivers were stopped at rates similar to their expected values with stops conducted by Traffic Division officers compared to the Injury Collision Benchmark and stops conducted by Non-Traffic division officers compared to the Crime Victimization Benchmark.
* In 2019, 4.6% of stops included a discretionary search. Non-Traffic division (patrol and investigative) officers performed 93% of the searches and the majority of these were consent searches.
* Black/African American drivers were searched comparatively more than other racial/ethnic groups, though not at a disparate rate.
* Contraband was found on 48% of all searches.
* The majority of searches (70.4%) were consent searches. Drivers perceived to be either Black/African American were asked to consent to a search at almost twice the rate of all other perceived racial groups. White individuals were significantly more likely to refuse a consent search than drivers perceived to be Black/African American or Hispanic / Latino.
* Officers performed 1,131 stops of pedestrians in 2019 -- a 95 percent increase over the prior year with the majority of stops occurring in Central Precinct (70.2%).
* Pedestrians stop rates were similar to prior years. Pedestrians perceived as White made up the majority (74.8%) of stops, followed by Black/African Americans (15.7%) and Hispanic or Latino (5.7%) pedestrians.
* Pedestrians are significantly more likely to be searched (13.6%) than drivers (4.6%). Probable Cause was the primary search method utilized for pedestrians (55.8%). No racial / ethnic group was disparately search in 2019.

A supplemental report relating to the former Gun Violence Reduction Team's (GVRT) stop data is also available: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/778670

The GVRT utilized traffic stops as a tool to help investigate and prevent gun violence in the City. The supplemental report focuses on the following:

* Stop locations as they relate to where gun violence occurs in the city. 80% of GVRT stops were within a quarter mile of a gun violence incident.
* Subjects perceived to be Black/African American made up 52.1% of the stops, followed by White (32.2%), Hispanic or Latino (10.2%), Asian (2.8%), American Indian / Alaskan Native (1.1%), Native Hawaiian (0.9%), and Middle Eastern (0.6%).
* Black/African American subjects were searched more than expected, but not at disparate rates.
* Black subjects were significantly more likely to be searched with consent, while White subjects were significantly more likely to be searched with probable cause.
* 88% of all stops initiated by GVRT ended with a warning, written or verbal, at the end of the interaction - the highest in the Bureau.

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Update: Suspect Arrested for Stabbing Death in Buckman Neighborhood (Photo) - 11/18/20

On November 18th, 2020, 30-year-old Allen Coe was taken into custody by the US Marshal's Fugitive Taskforce. PPB's Homicide Detectives had identified Allen Coe as the suspect in the fatal stabbing of Matthew Choi on October 25th, 2020. Both Mr. Coe and Mr. Choi were tenants in the same apartment complex located in the 300 block of Southeast 12th Avenue.

Mr. Coe has been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges: Murder in the First Degree, Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Burglary in the First Degree, and Identity Theft.

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The Oregon State Medical Examiner's office completed an autopsy on the victim from a stabbing that occurred in the 300 Block of Southeast 12th Avenue, on October 25, 2020. The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Matthew Choi. Mr. Choi's death has been determined to be a homicide by stabbing.

Portland Police detectives are trying to identify a potential suspect in this case who has been described as an African American male, approximately 5'8" to 5'11" with a medium build, wearing dark clothing and a blue mask.

This incident occurred in an apartment building where Mr. Choi resided. The building has a secure entrance. Portland Police remind apartment residents to maintain the integrity of secure entrances into their buildings, including front doors and garage doors; follow on-site property protocols regarding secure entrances; and establish relationships with building managers and neighbors to maintain safety.

Detectives are interested in any video from nearby residences or businesses that captured activity in the area from Southeast 11th Avenue to Southeast 13th Avenue, and Southeast Ankeny Street to Southeast Stark Street, during the early morning hours of October 25, 2020.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Ryan Foote 503-823-0781 Ryan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Travis Law 503-823-0395 Travis.Law@portlandoregon.gov.



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On October 25, 2020 at about 1:56 a.m., Portland police responded to the 300 Block of Southeast 12th Avenue regarding a stabbing. Officers arrived, followed by medical personnel who tended to the victim, who died later.

Cause and manner of death will be determined by the Oregon State Medical Examiner at a later time and date. Additional information will be released at the direction of the investigators.

Portland Police homicide detectives are investigating and ask that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Ryan Foote 503-823-0781 Ryan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Travis Law 503-823-0395 Travis.Law@portlandoregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: Matthew Choi
I205 Southbound Shut Down Due to PPB Activity - 11/18/20

Portland Police responded to a call of a subject breaking into a car in East Precinct. Upon arrival of police, the suspect fled on foot and ran onto the pedestrian bridge over I205, south of Washington St. The subject stopped there and is straddling the rail.

I205 southbound is closed to traffic from Washington to Market while police attempt to work with the individual.

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Stabbing Investigation Underway in Goose Hollow Neighborhood, One Individual Seriously Injured - 11/17/20

On November 17, 2020, at approximately 5:53 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 1700 block of Southwest Morrison Street on reports of a stabbing. When officers arrived on scene they found an adult victim with stab wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance. The victim's injuries are serious.

Prior to officers arrival, the suspect left the scene eastbound. The suspect has not been located at this time.

Officers have secured a crime scene and Southwest Morrison Street is closed from Southwest 17th Avenue to Southwest 18th Avenue.

The PIO is not responding to the scene
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If anyone has information about the stabbing and has not been contacted by investigators, they are asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

An update will be provided if appropriate for the investigation.

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Update: Subject Arrested for Attempted Murder After Stabbing a Victim in the Threshold of Their Residence - 11/16/20

On Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 7:16p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a fight involving a knife in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 15800 block of Southeast Stark Street.

Upon arrival, officers located a victim bleeding heavily from what appeared to be stab wounds. The victim was holding down the suspect, later identified as 25 year-old Jonathan Gilberto Camara of Portland.

Officers and detectives conducted an investigation and learned the victim was in their apartment when there was a knock at the door. When the victim asked who was there, there was no response. The victim then opened their apartment door and was immediately attacked by Camara. A fight took place just inside the victim's residence and ended out in the parking lot of the complex.

The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was later released. The victim did not know the Camara, who was also transported to an area hospital from minor injuries sustained in the fight. Camara was later transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center after being arrested for Attempt Murder II, Assault II, Burglary I, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

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A victim and his attacker are in the hospital after a knife attack in the Glenfair Neighborhood.

On Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 7:16p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a fight involving a knife in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 15800 block of Southeast Stark Street. When officers arrived they located a victim with knife wounds. The suspect was also injured during a struggle. Both the victim and the suspect were transported to the hospital by ambulance. Their injuries are non-life threatening.

Assault Detectives responded and have assumed the investigation. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Click It or Ticket Seatbelt Event Begins (Photo) - 11/16/20

Starting today, November 16, 2020, officers of the Portland Police Bureau will be joining forces with law enforcement agencies nationwide for a Border to Border law enforcement event to kick off the annual CLICK IT OR TICKET seat belt campaign, which runs through November 29th.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 there were 9778 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States.

In Oregon, with few exceptions, operators and passengers in vehicles are required to properly use the lap and shoulder belts installed by the vehicle manufacturer. Safety belt and restraint systems are even more important for young and small children when riding in a vehicle as they will not properly fit into the typical manufacturer safety belt system. The penalty for a seat belt violation can be as much as $120 per occurrence.

If you know someone who doesn't wear a seatbelt when in a vehicle, encourage them to buckle up. You could be reducing their injury or saving their life.

Seat belts save lives, and everyone--front seat and back, child and adult--needs to remember to buckle up--every trip, every time.

To find more information and provide feedback regarding the national CLICK IT OR TICKET program, please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration here: www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

If you would like to review Oregon's Safety Belt Law, it's Oregon Revised Statute 811.210: https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/811.210

Questions regarding the Portland Police Bureau's upcoming safety belt effort may be directed to ppbpio@portlandoregon.gov

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UPDATE: Fatal Crash Involved a Vehicle and Bicycle - 11/16/20

Additional information is being released about a fatal crash investigation that began Thursday evening.

On November 12, 2020 at 8:09p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a bicycle versus vehicle crash at East Burnside Street at Southeast 122nd Avenue. Portland Fire and Rescue paramedics responded as well, and the crash scene was located east of the intersection. Despite lifesaving measures taken, the bicyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team responded to assume the investigation. The vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, was going eastbound while the bicyclist was riding westbound in the single eastbound travel lane. They crashed head-on. Investigators believe that poor visibility was a factor in the crash. No arrests or citations have been issued, although the investigation is continuing. If anyone has information about this crash, please contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213 or Chris.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov .

The deceased is identified as Antonio Sage Rodriguez, 28, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death.

This is the 44th Major Crash Team activation for 2020, and the 47th fatality investigated in the City of Portland.

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The Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the 12200 block of East Burnside Street to assist in a traffic crash investigation involving a fatality. Traffic is closed in all directions at East Burnside Street and Southeast 122nd Avenue.

No additional information is available at this time.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

An updated news release or social media post will be pushed out as investigators learn more.

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PPB Seeks Public Input on Directives (Photo) - 11/16/20

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 its Directives and seeks public comment.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following Directive(s).

2nd Universal Review: 11/16/20 -- 12/16/20
* Directive 320.00, Portland Police Bureau Reporting of Potential Exculpatory or Impeachment Information (New)

* Directive 650.00, Search, Seizures, and Inventories

Community members are encouraged to read these Directives at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 and follow the link at the bottom of the draft to provide comments. This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.


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Police Sergeant Injured by Hit and Run Driver (Photo) - 11/15/20

A Portland Police sergeant suffered minor injuries after his vehicle was rear-ended by a driver who ran off and has not yet been located.

On Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11:40p.m., a North Precinct sergeant in a fully marked Portland Police Ford utility vehicle was stopped at a red light, southbound on North Vancouver Avenue at North Fremont Street. A suspect driver in a Chevrolet Impala rear ended the sergeant's car (photos). The sergeant was able to notify dispatch via radio, then updated that he was seeing the driver running from the crash.

Additional units responded and searched for the suspect, but he has not been located. A female passenger in the Impala was uninjured. The driver was described as a heavyset adult black male wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.

The sergeant was transported by police vehicle to a hospital, treated, and released.

The investigation is continuing.

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Man Arrested After Attempting To Photograph Victim in Restroom - 11/14/20

A man was arrested after trying to photograph a female victim in the restroom stall at Lloyd Center Mall.

On Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 12:20 p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to Lloyd Center, 2201 Lloyd Center, on a priority sex offense call.

When officers arrived they found a suspect was being detained by mall security. Officers learned that a female victim was using the restroom when the suspect attempted to take a photograph. The victim confronted the suspect and notified security.

The suspect was identified as Jared W. Walter, 33, of Portland. Walter was transported to the Detective Division where Sex Crimes Unit detectives performed further investigation. Investigators lodged Walter at the Multnomah County Detention Center for Attempted Invasion of Personal Privacy in the First Degree. This investigation is continuing.

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Business in Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Vandalized by Demonstrators (Photo) - 11/12/20

On November 12, 2020, at approximately 10:15 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a business located in the 2700 block of Southeast Milwaukie Avenue on reports that demonstrators had vandalized and broke windows at the location. Officers arrived on scene and learned several demonstrators had applied graffiti to the building with spray paint as well as broke two of the businesses glass windows.

No suspects have been arrested at this time in regards to this incident.

Anyone with additional information about this incident are encourage to submit a tip with Crime Stoppers. Tips may be submitted safely and securely to Crime Stoppers of Oregon online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/ or by phone at 503-823-HELP (4357).

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips from your smart phone.

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Domestic Violence Suspect with Loaded Handgun Located and Arrested by Officers in Parkrose Neighborhood (Photo) - 11/11/20

On November 11, 2020, at approximately 9:39 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 10300 block of Northeast Brazee Street on reports of a domestic violence incident. Upon arrival on scene, officers conducted an investigation and established probable cause to arrest a suspect for domestic violence related crimes. The officers investigating the incident learned the suspect had a firearm. The responding officers attempted to speak with the suspect who was inside his vehicle. The suspect drove away at a high rate of speed and officers were not able to immediately locate him.

Around 12:25 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a business in the 12200 block of Northeast Erin Way and located the suspect in the parking lot, where he was taken into custody. Once the suspect was in police custody it was discovered he was wearing body armor and carrying a loaded semiautomatic handgun with four extra magazines on his belt.

35-year-old ALLEN MING CHIU LING was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and charged with Domestic Violence Assault IV at the felony level.

The Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL) provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. The PWCL 24 hour crisis line can be reached at 503-235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.

Additional, web-based resources are available from Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Coordinator's office: http://web.multco.us/dv

The Portland Police Bureau's Special Victim's Unit (SVU) provides officers and detectives with specialized training in the dynamics of domestic violence. This unit also operates jointly with Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) on "high-lethality" cases of domestic violence (those cases with warning signs associated with the most severe and life-threatening cases of domestic violence).

Information on SVU is available at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/35679

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UPDATE: Richmond Neighborhood Shooting Victim Identified (Photo) - 11/10/20

Portland Police detectives have released the name of the victim in this case, 31-year-old Harold Andrew Major.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined the cause of Major's death was from a gunshot wound and the manner of Major's death a homicide. The Portland Police Bureau will not be releasing additional information about this case at this time.

Mr. Major's family has been notified of his death and provided the attached photo.

Portland Police detectives are investigating and ask that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Scott Broughton at 503-823-3774 Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457 Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov .

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The victim in the shooting yesterday in the 3500 Block of Southeast 33rd Avenue did not survive. Responding officers rendered aid until paramedics arrived, however, the victim died at the scene.

Cause and manner of death will be determined by the Oregon State Medical Examiner at a later time and date. Additional information will be released at the direction of the investigators.

Portland Police detectives are investigating and ask that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Scott Broughton at 503-823-3774 Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457 Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov .

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On November 7, 2020, at about 7:33 p.m., Portland Police responded to the report of shots in the area of 3500 Block of Southeast 33rd Avenue. When police arrived they discovered one person who appeared to have been shot.

Portland Police detectives are investigating and ask that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective Scott Broughton at 503-823-3774 Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Rico Beniga at 503-823-0457 Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov.

Attached Media Files: Harold Major
Update: Driver in Fatal Crash Identified - 11/09/20

The driver in the November 6, 2020, single vehicle crash has been identified as 27 year-old Armando Pascual Lopez of Portland. Investigators believe that speed was a contributing factor to this crash.

This investigation will be on-going and Traffic Division Officer Phil Maynard will be the lead Investigator. If anyone has any information in regard to this crash, they are asked to please contact Officer Maynard at (503) 823-2216 or Phillip.Maynard@portlandoregon.gov.

This is the 43rd Major Crash Team activation for 2020, and the 46th fatality investigated by the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division.

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The Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to a fatal crash in the Cully neighborhood where a pickup truck struck a building and a tree.

On Friday, November 6, 2020 at 10:11p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash in the 6000 block of Northeast Columbia Boulevard. Medical crews also responded and discovered that a single occupant of the vehicle was deceased. No one else was injured.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to investigate. During the investigation, Northeast Columbia Boulevard is closed both directions between Northeast 47th Avenue and Northeast 60th Avenue.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Hundreds of Cars Involved in Speed Racing Events, Arrests and Tows Made (Photo) - 11/09/20

Hundreds of people and vehicles were involved in speed racing events throughout Portland Sunday evening, including multiple street takeovers. Responding officers made numerous arrests and towed vehicles.

On Sunday, November 8, 2020 at about 8:00p.m., Portland Police responded to reports of 400-plus vehicles gathering for speed racing events in the area of Northeast Airport Way and Northeast 122nd Avenue. While there was information about a protest planned (see related press release), some officers assigned to the protest were diverted to address the speed racing.

While the dangerous and illegal speed racing events have been a problem for years in Portland, especially on Sunday evenings, lately participants and spectators have been more aggressive. There has been an uptick in street takeovers, where participants block traffic to perform stunts. Additionally, officers have noticed a more aggressive response to police, including items thrown at officers. Addressing these crimes has been challenging and resource intensive. With additional resources available, PPB was able to be more effective in addressing the problem. PPB learned that the speed racing events were advertised on social media and invited participants from other states.

Throughout the evening, Portland Police officers made numerous traffic stops and, through enforcement action, prompted participants to move repeatedly. During the event, those involved in the illegal street racing activity briefly took over the top deck of the Fremont Bridge, the Interstate Bridge, Sunset Highway tunnel and multiple intersections including Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard/Northeast Columbia Boulevard, North Marine Drive/North Portsmouth Avenue, and North Lombard St/North Ramsey Boulevard. At one point there were people riding on the hoods of vehicles as they drove recklessly around Northeast Sandy Boulevard in the Goodwill parking lot. Each of these incidents were quickly broken up by responding officers.

Sixteen vehicles were towed. Fourteen people were arrested and booked into jail. Three juveniles were detained in a stolen car and released to parents with a future court date.

Arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (not a complete list-other names unavailable):

Eric Rios, 19, of Salem, Oregon - Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment
Towed: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro - (OR) 891KJG (photo)

Juan Magana, 24, of Salem, Oregon - Reckless Driving
Towed: 2018 Chevrolet Camaro - (OR) SL87837 (photo)

Randy Lester, 21, of Seattle, Washington, vehicle towed -- Reckless Driving (2 counts)

Alejandro Murphy, 24, unknown residence, vehicle towed - Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended

Isaac Alverado-Martinez, 19, unknown residence, vehicle tires deflated, towed -- Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (hit and run), Reckless Driving, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree

Clayton Galloway, 23, of Lebanon, Oregon, vehicle towed -- Attempt to Elude Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment (2 counts),

Elizabeth Bridgewater, 24, unknown residence -- Attempt to Elude Police Officer, Reckless Endangerment

Adan Alejandreds-Ayala, 20, of Portland, vehicle towed -- Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Hit and Run, Attempt to Elude Police officer

Kailey Morton, 22, of Rio Linda, California -- Reckless Driving

Chanel Mussey, 21, of Portland --Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude Police Officer, Escape in the Third Degree, Interfering with a Police Officer

Gunther Orozco, 20, unknown residence, vehicle towed --Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended -- Misdemeanor

Criminally Cited:
Silas Hickey, 20, of Santa Cruz, California -- Reckless Driving

Eight other traffic violation citations were issued. Two vehicles were disabled using spike strips to deflate tires during attempts to elude.

One crash was connected to speed racing. At North Columbia Boulevard and North Argyle Street, a vehicle hit a pole. No injuries. Vehicle was towed. Two other crashes are suspected to be related to speed racing, one on I-5 southbound at Marine Drive, the other at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast Halsey Street (hit and run-2 victim vehicles damaged). No one was injured.


Irresponsible driving practices can have a deadly outcome. There have been 46 fatalities and 43 Major Crash Team activations this year in the City of Portland.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Each year, officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families, and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction, and disobeying signals.

Traffic Division officers and sergeants regularly do focused enforcement in areas where dangerous driving behavior has resulted in crashes or numerous complaints. These special details rotate throughout the city.

For more information and a link to report traffic safety issues, see the Traffic Division website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30559

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Mass Gathering Vandalizes Building in Laurelhurst Neighborhood (Photo) - 11/09/20

In the evening hours of November 8, 2020, a group of people gathered in Laurelhurst Park located in the 500 block of Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard. The group left the park and began marching in a northerly direction towards Northeast Sandy Boulevard. Once the group reached Northeast Sandy Boulevard they gathered outside the Multnomah County Democrats building located in the 3500 block.

Several members of the group began to tag the Multnomah County Democrats building with graffiti and broke out several of the building's windows. After engaging in criminal activity, the group quickly left the location and headed back southbound towards Laurelhurst Park. As the group fled from the location, Portland Police arrived on scene and made targeted arrests of subjects who had engaged in criminal activity. The remainder of the group dispersed into the neighborhood.

The following individuals were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center:
*24-year-old JAMES WALKER PRETTYMAN, Criminal Mischief II
*33-year-old THOMAS MOLLROCEK, Criminal Mischief II, Escape III
*22-year-old MAXIMILLAN JENNINGS, Criminal Mischief I

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Driver Arrested for Driving in Excess of 118 MPH - 11/07/20

On November 7, 2020, at 7:10 a.m., an officer assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 at Southwest 162nd Ave when an orange Scion come up behind another vehicle in the fast lane. The driver of the Scion came up close to the other vehicle, as if it to encourage it to move over or to speed up, which the vehicle did neither. The officer was driving an unmarked police car in the center lane, slightly ahead of both vehicles, watching the Scion.

There was insufficient room for the Scion to change to the middle lane behind the officer, pass the car in the fast lane, and then move back to the fast lane, so the Scion made a double lane change to the right lane, passed the officer, and then made a rapid double lane change back to the fast lane. The driver of the Scion then accelerated quickly away.

The officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle. The police vehicle's speedometer reached 118 mph when the officer saw the Scion was still pulling away and knew the driver was exceeding 118 mph. The officer activated the emergency lights and siren to stop the Scion.

The driver, identified as 22 year-old Reed D. Ezzell from Troutdale was arrested for Reckless Driving and booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

This year the Traffic Division has seen a significant increase in dangerous driving behavior.

For the entire 2019 year, 347 citations were issued for violations where speed exceeded 31 mph over the posted speed limit. In contrast, this year the Traffic Division issued 1211 citations for 31mph over. In 2019 the Traffic Division issued 2466 citations for 21-30 mph in excess of the posted limit. In 2020 we have issued 4506 citations. The increase is not because Traffic Division personnel have been allotting more hours to traffic enforcement. Many of the Traffic Division resources have been pulled from routine duties to assist with protests.

Additionally, a recent ODOT report indicated that since the start of the year there has a 17% decrease in vehicle miles travelled in Portland, yet to date, the city continues to see a steady rise in our serious crashes and has fallen victim to 46 traffic fatalities. Unfortunately, the city is on track for one of the highest traffic fatality rates since the late 90's.

We are asking the public to partner with us in keeping our community safe by being mindful of speed and slowing down, which ultimately will reduce the number of serious and fatal crashes in our community.

To report non-emergency traffic related incidents or to request traffic enforcement the public may call (503) 823-SAFE and they will eventually be contacted by the Traffic Division.

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Revolver
Armed Robbery and Assault Suspect Arrested (Photo) - 11/07/20

On November 7, 2020, at 5:45 a.m., officers from Central Precinct responded to a call in the 2000 block of Southwest 6th Ave of an adult male suspect hitting another adult male multiple times with a gun. Officers arrived and found the victim sitting in his vehicle, bleeding from his head. Officers quickly located the suspect who then ran from them. One officer was able to catch the suspect and control him until another officer arrived to assist in taking the suspect into custody. A pistol and other evidence were recovered from the scene.

Officers learned this incident began when the victim walked out to find the trunk of his car open and the suspect in the driver's seat. When the suspect got out of the car, the victim sat down in his car to inspect it. The suspect immediately began to attack the victim, fled the scene, and was taken into custody.

The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect, 24 year-old Leon Lavell Willis-Flowers of Portland was arrested for Robbery I, Assault II, and Felon in Possession of a firearm. Willis-Flowers was later booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

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Attached Media Files: Revolver
Officer Assaulted While Investigating Traffic Crash - 11/04/20

On November 4, 2020, at 9:51 a.m., East Precinct Officers responded to a single vehicle accident in the 9400 block of Northeast Halsey St. Prior to the officer's arrival, the driver walked away but came back when police arrived. While officers were investigating the accident, the driver started to become agitated and wanted to leave. When officers attempted to detain the driver, the driver punched the officer in the face, causing injury.

Officers were able to take the driver into custody. The driver was identified as 26 year-old Alexander Earl York of Portland. York was transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center for Assaulting a Public Safety Officer. York also had an outstanding warrant for the same crime.

The East Precinct officer was transported to an area hospital for their injury and later released.

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Shooting Investigation Underway in Mount Scott-Arleta Neighborhood, Occupied Residence Struck - 11/04/20

On November 3rd, 2020, at approximately 10:35 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 7300 block of Southeast Knight Street on reports of a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and located evidence of gunfire to include 25 shell casings. Officers learned that an occupied residence had been hit by gunfire as well as a parked vehicle. There are no known victims that were hit by gunfire.

There is no suspect description available at this time.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

If anyone has information about the shooting and has not been contacted by investigators, they are asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

An update will be provided if appropriate for the investigation.

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Stevens
Missing Portland Man Located Deceased (Photo) - 11/02/20

Mr. Stevens was located deceased Friday in the Warrenton, Oregon area. His family has been notified and requests privacy as they grieve. There is no indication of foul play. Portland Police Bureau appreciates the efforts of the public looking for Chase.

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A man missing for 10 days is considered endangered and the Portland Police Bureau is hoping the public can help by looking out for him and his vehicle.

Chase Stevens, was last seen Sunday, October 11, 2020, around 1:30 p.m. leaving his residence in the 3500 block of Northeast Mathison Place and was last known to be traveling through Banks near Hwy 26.

Mr. Stevens (photo) is a 31 year-old white male, 5'9" in height, 190 pounds, and has no scars, marks, or tattoos. He may be driving in his vehicle, which is a grey 2013 Ford Escape SUV (similar to photo), Oregon license 506GCU. Mr. Stevens may be in possession of a firearm. If members of the public see him or his vehicle, please call police rather than contacting him. There is no information that Mr. Stevens is any danger to the public.

If anyone has seen Mr. Stevens or his vehicle, please contact Portland Police Missing Persons Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797 or missing@portlandpolice.gov.

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Attached Media Files: Stevens
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Pried door
Burglary Suspects Caught Inside Sandwich Shop (Photo) - 11/01/20

Two burglary suspects were arrested after being caught inside a sandwich shop in the University Park neighborhood.

On Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 6:09a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a call of a break in to a sandwich shop in the 5400 block of North Lombard Street. The caller was watching two suspects on security camera inside the closed restaurant.

Officers surrounded the building and challenged the suspects, who were arrested. Both Christian Hansen, 41, and John Whitt, 50, were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree.

Officers investigated and determined that the suspects made entry by prying open a door. While inside they attempted to open a safe (photos).

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Numerous Windows Broken During Lloyd District Riot (Photo) - 10/31/20

Numerous businesses suffered vandalism during a riot in the Irvington and Lloyd District neighborhoods Saturday.

On October 31, 2020 at about 7:15p.m, a group of about 150 people began a march from Irving Park, 875 Northeast Fremont Street. The march proceeded south on Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard into the Lloyd District area.

Individuals in the group committed acts of vandalism. Windows were broken out in two different phone stores, a coffee shop, a computer store, a community bank, a hotel, a restaurant (that was open at the time), a financial office, and two realty offices (photos). The destruction prompted the declaration of a riot.

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) made announcements via loudspeaker and Twitter:
"This is the Portland Police Bureau. To those marching on NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd: This has been declared a riot. Members of this group have been observed damaging multiple businesses along NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. All persons must immediately leave the area. Failure to adhere to this order may subject you to arrest, citation, or crowd control agents, including, but not limited to, tear gas and/or impact weapons. Disperse immediately."

"This is the Portland Police Bureau. We apologize to the members of the Lloyd District and Irvington Neighborhoods for the loud announcements; however, the group marching on NE 11th Ave have broken windows at multiple businesses on NE MLK Jr. Blvd and the Lloyd District. Members of the group have also thrown projectiles at police and pepper sprayed community member bystanders. To those marching on NE 11th Ave and through the Lloyd District: This has been declared a riot. Members of this group have broken out windows in multiple businesses on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and in the Lloyd District. Members have also thrown projectiles at police and pepper sprayed community members. All persons must immediately leave the area."

PPB officers moved in and dispersed the crowd. By 8:30p.m., most of the rioters had gone and the riot declaration was rescinded.

No arrests have been made, but the acts of vandalism are under investigation and future arrests are possible. If anyone was a victim of a crime related to this riot and has not already made a report, they're encouraged to call 503-823-3333 and file a police report, or file online https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/cor/ . Please reference case number 20-681864.

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CORRECTION and UPDATE: Centennial Neighborhood Crash Seriously Injures Three - 10/31/20

***Correction: this crash did not involve a fatality***

The crash Friday night in the Centennial Neighborhood involved serious injuries, including one patient whose injuries are life threatening, but did not involve a fatality as first reported. Initial investigation suggest that it was a head-on crash involving at Chrysler SUV and a Subaru Legacy wagon.

On Friday, October 30, 2020 at 9:19p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the crash at Southeast 145th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard. When they arrived they located the two damaged vehicles. Firefighters and Paramedics from Portland Fire and Rescue and AMR also responded, provided on-scene medical care, and transported three patients to the hospital by ambulance. The adult male driver and only occupant of the Chrysler had severe, life threatening injuries. The adult female driver and adult female passenger of the Subaru were seriously hurt. Currently the Subaru driver is listed in critical condition and the passenger is in serious condition.

Shortly before the crash, Portland Police officers observed the Chrysler SUV traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Southeast Powell Boulevard near Southeast 136th Avenue. The officers also saw the vehicle run a red light. Due to the dangerous driving, the officers were attempting to catch up to the vehicle to conduct a traffic stop, however they had not activated their police lights to initiate a stop yet when they came across the crash at Southeast 145th Avenue.

The driver of the Chrysler also allegedly struck four other vehicles shortly before the crash, three in a parking lot and one on Southeast Powell Boulevard. No injuries were reported in those crashes.

Preliminary investigation suggests that the driver of the Chrysler crossed the center line and struck the westbound Subaru head-on.

Impairment, speed, and aggressive driving are significant factors in the crash. The Chrysler driver was determined to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.296%, which is well over 3 times the legal limit to drive in Oregon.

At this time the investigation is continuing and no one has been arrested or cited, therefore no names are being released. If anyone has information about this crash, please contact primary investigator Officer Garrett Dow at Garrett.Dow@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5070. The case number is 20-327471.

This is the 42nd Major Crash Team Activation for 2020.

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390 .

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The Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the 14500 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard to assist in a traffic crash investigation involving serious injuries. Traffic is closed on Southwest Powell Boulevard from Southeast 143rd Avenue to Southeast 148th Avenue.

No additional information is available at this time.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

An updated news release or social media post will be pushed out as investigators learn more.

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Shooting Investigation Underway in Argay Terrace Neighborhood, One Individual Injured - 10/30/20

On October 30, 2020, at approximately 12:52 a.m., a North Precinct officer on patrol near Luuwit View Park in the 12700 block of Northeast Fremont Street heard nearly 30 gunshots. Additional officers responded to the area to assist the officer in searching for victims of a shooting and/or evidence of gunfire, however, they were unable to locate either.

Around 1:18 a.m., officers were called to an area hospital on reports of a walk-in gunshot wound victim. Officers arrived on scene and learned the victim was shot near Luuwit View Park. The victim would not elaborate further on the incident, nor would they give officers a suspect description. The victim suffered from a minor injury and is expected to make a full recovery.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

If anyone has information about the shooting and has not been contacted by investigators, they are asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

An update will be provided if appropriate for the investigation.

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Male Suspect Arrested after Sexually Assaulting Unconscious Female Victim in Northwest Portland Neighborhood - 10/29/20

On October 29, 2020, at approximately 2:05 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 2000 block of West Burnside Street on reports of a male suspect who was sexually assaulting an unconscious female victim in public. After arriving on scene and speaking with several witnesses in the vicinity, officers located the suspect and placed him into custody.

The Portland Police Bureau Sex Crime Unit was notified and 39-year-old Jedediah Thomas Zach was booked into the Multnomah County Detention center on Sex Abuse I and Sex Abuse II charges.

The Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit consists of sworn personal and victim advocates who apply a victim-centered approach to reporting and investigating sexual assaults. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/69979

There are additional resources available:
*Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3222. http://mcda.us/index.php/protecting-victims-families/victim-assistance-program/

*Call to Safety provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources: 24 hour crisis line: 503-235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.

*Project UNICA - (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: 503-232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength, GirlStrength and BoyStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about these programs, call 503-823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength

If you are a victim of a sex crime and had sexual assault kit collected, you have an option to know the status of your sexual assault kit. Please call 503-823-0125 or email roseproject@portlandoregon.gov

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Stabbing Investigation Underway in Portsmouth Neighborhood, Two Individuals Injured - 10/29/20

On October 29, 2020, at approximately 4:19 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 4800 block of North Lombard Street on reports of a stabbing. Officers arrived on scene and learned a physical altercation occurred between a suspect and two victims. The suspect stabbed both the victims during the altercation. The victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries and are being seen at an area hospital. They are expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect has not been arrested at this time.

The PIO is not responding to the scene.

If anyone has information about the stabbing and has not been contacted by investigators, they are asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

An update will be provided if appropriate for the investigation.

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Huarleen Bain
Huarleen Bain
Victim Identified in Wilkes Neighborhood Homicide (Photo) - 10/29/20

Portland Police detectives have released the name of the victim in this case, 40-year-old Huarleen Bain.

Additional information will be released at the direction of the investigators.

Portland Police homicide detectives are investigating and ask that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective William Winters 503-823-0466 William.Winters@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Anthony Merrill 503-823-4033 Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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This incident occurred near the intersection of Northeast 148th Place and Northeast San Rafael Drive. The earlier release incorrectly named the intersection.

Additional information will be released at the direction of the investigators.

Portland Police homicide detectives are investigating and ask that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective William Winters 503-823-0466 William.Winters@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Anthony Merrill 503-823-4033 Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Friday, October 23, 2020 at about 10:48 p.m., Portland Police responded with Portland Fire & Rescue to a vehicle fire in the area of Northeast 148th Avenue and Northeast San Rafael Street. Responders determined there was a person, deceased, in the vehicle.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and determined this death was a homicide.

Additional information will be released at the direction of the investigators.

Portland Police homicide detectives are investigating and ask that anyone with information about this incident contact Detective William Winters 503-823-0466 William.Winters@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Anthony Merrill 503-823-4033 Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: Huarleen Bain
Statement from Chief Lovell about Proposed Budget Cut - 10/29/20

A budget amendment presented to the City Council proposes to cut an additional $18 million from the Portland Police Bureau's budget. I believe these cuts will be detrimental to the safety of our community members and visitors to the City of Portland and dramatically impact the livability of our neighborhoods. The PPB welcomes ongoing, thoughtful, evidence-based reforms and would like to be a part of these discussions. Once appropriate structures are in place, we completely agree that there are situations where police response may not be the best way to serve the community. I look forward to participating in the ongoing conversation about the best ways to provide public safety.

Council reduced the Police Bureau's budget by $26 million this spring. An additional cut of $18 million would require significant layoffs and affect the Police Bureau's ability to respond to 911 calls. These layoffs would directly impact the most junior members of the organization, who have been successfully recruited as the most diverse hires in the history of the organization, as well as numerous professional non-sworn staff.

The Bureau would have to eliminate programs that provide necessary services which have been developed through years of collaboration with professional partners and input from the community. These include the:
* Behavioral Health Unit and Service Coordination Team works proactively with people with mental illness and multiple or high risk contacts with police. They also provide a gateway to services that help people find housing, get sober, seek work and get out of the criminal justice system.
* Community Engagement Unit builds relationships with the community, particularly people of color, to establish trust and build mutual understanding with the goal of reducing violence and police enforcement action.
* Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit disrupts and dismantles high-level drug trafficking organizations. It also follows up on opioid deaths and investigates illegal drugs affecting neighborhood livability.
* Air Support Unit supports police services by air which helps patrol officers apprehend suspects in a safe and effective manner.
* Traffic Division investigates traffic fatalities and attempts to reduce crashes through traffic law enforcement.
* Emergency Management Unit plans for city-wide responses to emergencies, including natural disasters.
* Neighborhood Response Teams assist neighbors with community livability matters and reduce the need for continued police response to issues that can be addressed in other ways.
* Criminal Intelligence Unit provides investigative support for cases involving threats to commit acts of mass and/or targeted violence, violent extremism, domestic and international terrorism, organized crime, and special investigative projects. Additionally, CIU conducts investigative threat assessments for major events, dignitary visits, and investigates threats to businesses, community groups, critical infrastructure, and individuals -- including stalking behaviors -- for members of the public, public officials and other high-profile people.
* K9 Unit uses highly trained canines to provide support to safely apprehend wanted suspects, which lowers risk to the community and to officers.

In addition, the proposed budget reductions also will reduce training and diversity initiatives, increase response times, slow investigations, and challenge the Police Bureau's ability to meet our community's expectations and needs.

The Department of Justice, in the 2012 Settlement Agreement with the City, said the Police Bureau was a "lean organization." We have fewer officers now and a population which has grown dramatically. The DOJ agreement also said, "The City shall be responsible for providing necessary support and resources to enable the Portland Police Bureau to fulfill its obligations under this Agreement. The improvements outlined in this Agreement will require the dedication of additional funds and personnel."

I support thoroughly researched, data-driven proposals to improve public safety. This is a conversation worth having, but not a conversation worth rushing. I hope we take the time needed to ensure that any decisions result in the public safety outcomes we all seek.


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