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UPDATE #3: Armed Robbers Booked Into Jail - 02/01/23

After the suspects were safely taken into custody, Major Crimes Unit Detectives, supported by members of the Forensic Evidence Division, served a search warrant in the involved apartment. They located evidentiary items from today’s robbery and seized them as evidence.

Detectives booked Leon D. Vaughn Jr., 29, of Portland, and Chelsea C. Grey, 25, of Lake Oswego, into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Theft in the First Degree.

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The search for suspects has concluded at the perimeter is being released. Community members are being notified via CENS that the shelter-in-place alert is lifted. Schools are being returned to normal operations. Streets are being reopened to all traffic as soon as police personnel and equipment is secured and moved.

Two suspects, a male and female, were taken into custody after the search led SERT/CNT/K9 to an apartment in the 2100 block of Southeast 96th Avenue. The suspects were called out via a public address system. While multiple people came out and cooperated, the suspects did not immediately respond to announcements. A search warrant was obtained. After multiple hours, just after 1:00p.m., the suspects came out and were taken into custody. The apartment was cleared and no other occupants were found. No one was injured. The suspects are currently being detained. Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit are on scene investigating the robbery.

Additional information will be released as appropriate.

PPB was able to communicate critical public safety information to the community thanks to CENS, also known as PublicAlerts. Visit www.publicalerts.org to sign up. PublicAlerts sends information by text, email, and voice message about how to stay safe during an emergency.

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The search for armed suspects continues in the Hazelwood Neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

On Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 6:33a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a robbery at a convenience store in the 9100 block of Southeast Division Street. The store employee was not injured, but reported that two people robbed him and he saw firearms before the suspects left on foot.

Officers searching the area located the suspects nearby and attempted to stop them, but the suspects ran off. Additional officers responded to assist and contained the area of Southeast 96th Avenue to Southeast 101st Avenue, Southeast Lincoln Street to Southeast Caruthers Street. The Incident Commander activated the Community Emergency Notification System (CENS) to notify residents and other community members within that area of the situation. They were asked to stay inside, lock doors and windows as a precaution, and call 911 if they saw anything suspicious. Schools near the area were asked to secure their perimeters, but they could operate as usual inside.

The suspects are described as 1 male and 1 female.

Due to the danger of armed suspects possibly hiding in the blocks, the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to the scene. PPB K9, the Air Support Unit, and the Gresham Police Department also responded to assist with the tactical incident. The Major Crimes Unit responded to investigate.

If anyone has information about this case, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attention: Major Crimes Unit and reference case number 23-29469.

Additional updates will be sent as appropriate.

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A search for armed suspects in Southeast Portland has a neighborhood closed to all traffic and residents are asked to shelter in place. The closure area is Southeast 92nd Avenue to Southeast 102nd Avenue, between Southeast Market Street and Southeast Division Street.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) is on scene.

The PIO is enroute. Media staging is at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Market Street.

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Side mirror shattered by crash
Side mirror shattered by crash
UPDATE: Tow Driver Involved in Banfield Crash Located (Photo) - 02/01/23

The tow truck driver responsible for hitting another tow truck driver on the side of the Banfield Freeway has been located thanks to news coverage of the incident.

On January 31, 2023, the Portland Police Officer investigating the incident got a call from a man who said he had seen news coverage of the hit and run crash and believed he might have been involved. The driver agreed to meet with the officer for an interview. The officer was able to examine his black 2019 Ford F350 tow truck and confirmed minor damage consistent the crash.

The tow driver explained that he had been blinded momentarily on I-84 when a tarp from an insecure load in another vehicle landed on his windshield. The driver said he heard a thump but couldn't tell what had happened. He said he took the next exit, removed the obstruction, and then went back to see if he could tell if he had hit anything. He was unable to locate a crash. But when he saw the story, he realized that he might have been involved. Based on the information provided, the officer updated the case file and notified the injured driver. At this point, no arrests have been made or citations issued. PPB is no longer seeking information about the other driver involved.

The injured tow truck driver was released from the hospital today and is recovering at home.

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A tow truck driver was sent to the hospital with serious injuries after he was struck outside of his vehicle this morning on the Banfield Freeway.

On Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 6:47a.m., an East Precinct officer, Portland Fire & Rescue, and AMR paramedics responded to a report of an injury crash on westbound I-84 between the Northeast 43rd Avenue exit and the overpass at Northeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard. When the officer arrived, he found a tow truck driver laying injured on the pavement in front of his truck. The officer learned that the driver had just finished loading a vehicle and was still outside of his truck when he was struck by passing vehicle. The suspect vehicle is also believed to be a tow truck. The suspect vehicle continued driving and has not been located.

The victim, a 27-year-old man, was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, including a broken arm and a broken leg.

The suspect vehicle is described as a Ford tow truck with a wheel lift mechanism on the back. There are conflicting accounts of what color it was.

If anyone witnessed the crash, has video of the suspect truck, or has information about the driver involved, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-26728.

Photo descriptions:
1. The driver's side of a flatbed tow truck with sideswipe damage on the right shoulder of westbound Banfield Freeway.
2. Closeup of a broken driver's side mirror
3. A view of the pavement in the front of truck where the injured victim landed

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Officers Injured During Dangerous Encounter - 02/01/23

CORRECTION: This corrects the day of the week, which was misstated in the original release.

Two Portland Police Officers have been transported to a local hospital following the arrest of a suspect who violently attacked them.

On Wednesday, February 1, 2023, just before 9:30 a.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to the 900 Block of Southwest 21st Avenue after residents of an apartment building called 911 to report an individual checking door handles and threatening to sexually assault people inside. Officers arrived on scene and entered the building, where they were almost immediately attacked by the suspect. The two officers, aided by two community members, were eventually able to gain control of the suspect and take him into custody, but not before the officers were injured. The extent of the officers' injuries resulting from the assault was serious enough to warrant medical attention. Both officers were transported by AMR to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, identified as Lonnie Allen Hart, 46, is facing one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree, two counts of Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, one count of Aggravated Harassment and one count of Harassment. Hart was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and will be booked upon his release.

Anyone with information about this case who has not yet spoken with police is asked to contact Portland Police Bureau's Detective Division at 503-823-0400 and reference case #23-29554.

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UPDATE: Suspect Who Prompted Evening Standoff Identified - 02/01/23

The suspect in this case is identified as 30-year-old Christopher Sean O'Connor. O'Connor was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the charges of Robbery in the First Degree (two counts), Burglary in the First Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (two counts) and Assault in the Fourth Degree. O'Connor also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Anyone with information about this case who has not yet spoken with police is asked to contact Detective Ken Reynolds at kenneth.reynolds@police.portlandoregon.gov or (503)823-0407 and reference case #23-29078.

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Update 2/1/23 1:00 a.m.

The suspect in this incident was located hiding in the attic of the home. The suspect was taken into custody by SERT officers. Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit will be taking over the investigation. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Update 1/31/22 8:37 p.m:

Officers from East Precinct originally responded to a report of a stolen vehicle tracking to a fast-food restaurant near NE 103rd Ave and NE Weidler Street. Officers located the stolen vehicle in the drive through of the restaurant, and the driver bailed from the car. Officers pursued the suspect into another local restaurant where the suspect went into the kitchen and armed himself with a meat cleaver.

A Taser device was deployed but the suspect fled from the restaurant and carjacked a passing motorist.

Officers located the carjacked vehicle on NE 122nd Ave where the suspect attempted to carjack additional vehicles.

The suspect ran from officers into the neighborhood and made entry into a private home. Officers have the home surrounded and members of the Crisis Negotiation Team are currently in talks with the suspect.

There are currently no reported injuries to any of the victims.

More information will be released when appropriate.

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Original release below:

On 1/31/22 at approximately 7:30 p.m. officers from the East Precinct requested assistance from the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), for an on-going emergency near NE 122nd Avenue and NE Broadway in East Portland.

The PIO is responding to the scene. Media staging will be at the Wells Fargo on NE 122nd Ave at NE Broadway.

NE 122nd Ave will be closed from NE Halsey St to NE San Rafael St while negotiators attempt a peaceful resolution to this incident.

More information will be released shortly.

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UPDATE: Suspect Arrested in Deadly Stabbing - 02/01/23

A man has been arrested for the January 31st Downtown stabbing that left another man dead.

After conducting their initial investigation, homicide detectives arrested the previously detained individual, identified as 25-year-old Jonathan Grall. Grall was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of Murder in the Second Degree and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

More information will be released as the investigation allows.

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On Tuesday, January 31st, at 10:57 p.m., officers from the Central Precinct responded to stabbing call in the 1200 block of Southwest Park Avenue. Officers arrived to find an adult male suffering from an apparent stab wound. Paramedics arrived to treat the victim but the male died at the scene. One person has been detained as a result of the investigation.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit has responded to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-2092 or Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-4033 and reference case number 23-29300.

During the investigation, Southwest Park Avenue and Southwest 9th Avenue will be closed between Southwest Main Street and Southwest Jefferson Street. The identity of the victim will be released after they are positively identified, the Medical Examiner has confirmed cause of death, and after family members have been notified.

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

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Aaron Follstad Martin
Aaron Follstad Martin
Woman Arrested, Charged with Murder (Photo) - 01/31/23

On January 27, 2023, 43-year-old Janae T. Kelley was arrested by the US Marshals Violent Offender Task Force in Chandler, Arizona. Kelley is accused of killing Aaron H. Follstad-Martin on July 15, 2022, in the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood. Janae Kelley is charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and is expected to remain in Arizona pending the extradition process.

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The victim has been identified as Aaron H. Follstad-Martin, 44. His family has been notified of his death and provided the attached photograph of Aaron for public distribution. His wife is willing to speak to media. Interested reporters can contact ppbpio@portlandoregon.gov.

The Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound and the manner of death to be homicide.

The case remains under investigation. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Rico Beniga at Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0457 or Detective Sean Macomber at Sean.Macomber@portlandoregon.gov.

Photograph: Aaron H. Follstad-Martin

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On Friday, July 15, 2022, at 7:52 p.m., officers from the East Precinct were dispatched to a report of a shooting at the intersection of Southeast 124th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard. When officers arrived they found an adult male who was deceased.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit has responded to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Rico Beniga at Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0457 or Detective Sean Macomber at Sean.Macomber@portlandoregon.gov.

During the investigation Southeast Powell Boulevard will be closed from Southeast 122th Avenue to Southeast 128th Avenue. Additionally, Southeast 124th Avenue will be closed north of Southeast Powell Boulevard. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Attached Media Files: Aaron Follstad Martin
Suspect Arrested for Attempted Murder After December Cully Neighborhood Shooting - 01/28/23

A suspect is facing attempted murder and other charges for shooting at a man with a shotgun in the Cully Neighborhood last month.

On December 8, 2022, North Precinct and Focused Intervention Team (FIT) officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 6100 block of Northeast Simpson Street. When officers arrived, they found that no one was shot, but that a house had been struck by a shotgun blast.

The investigation revealed that Michael J. Baca, 36, of Portland, had fired at a known person, an adult male, with the shotgun. The victim was not injured but the birdshot caused damage to a house across the street.

On Friday, January 27, 2023, PPB members of FIT, the Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST), the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) served a search warrant at an apartment near the location of the shooting. Baca was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon (5 counts), Menacing with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Reckless Endangering Another Person, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (2 counts). A firearm was seized as evidence.

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UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed in Crash on SE Powell Blvd Identified - 01/28/23

The pedestrian who died is identified as John P. Czarobski, 59, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the involved vehicle was a 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV westbound on Southeast Powell Boulevard operated by an adult male driver. The driver cooperated with the investigation and showed no sign of impairment. No arrests were made or citations issued.

This is the 5th traffic fatality of 2023 in Portland and the 3rd involving a pedestrian.

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Pedestrian fatality activates Major Crash Team on SE Powell Blvd

January 24, 2023 23:51

On January 24, 2023 at 10:13p.m. officers from the East Precinct responded to a report of a pedestrian struck on Southeast Powell Boulevard at Southwest Foster Road. Despite emergency medical care, the pedestrian was declared deceased at the scene. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police.

Investigators from the Major Crash Team responded to begin processing the scene.

Southeast Powell Boulevard will be closed for several hours between Southeast 49th Avenue and Southeast 51st Avenue while evidence is collected.

Anyone with information on this incident who has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-22696.

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UPDATE: Fatal Lents Neighborhood Crash, Pedestrian Identified - 01/28/23

The pedestrian killed in the January 23, 2023 crash is identified as Mary L. Mark, 64, of Portland. Her family has been notified of her death.

The driver involved, an adult female, was operating a 2011 Toyota Camry that was westbound on Southeast Holgate Boulevard. The driver remained at the scene, cooperated with the investigation, and showed no sign of impairment. No arrests have been made or citations issued.

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Major Crash Team responding to Pedestrian Fatality

January 23, 2023 05:52

On January 23, 2023 at 3:09 a.m. officers from the East Precinct responded to a call regarding a pedestrian struck in the roadway on Southeast Holgate Blvd just west of Southeast 92nd Ave. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital and the driver remained on scene and was cooperative.

The pedestrian died at the hospital and the Major Crash Team was activated. Southeast Holgate Blvd will be closed between Southeast 92nd Ave and Southeast 91st Ave while investigators process the scene.

Anyone with information on this crash who has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-20856.

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UPDATE: Arbor Lodge Homicide Victim Identified - 01/27/23

The victim in the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood homicide case is identified as Arthur Earl Jones, 19, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death. The family is asking for privacy and does not want contact from the media.

The medical examiner determined that Jones died of homicide by gunshot.

This remains an active investigation. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Sean Macomber Sean.Macomber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0404 or Detective Joseph.Corona@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0508 and reference case number 23-23837.

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One person is deceased in an Arbor Lodge Neighborhood shooting.

On Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 2:26a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 6900 block of North Curtis Avenue. When they arrived they located a male victim in a vehicle near the intersection of North Curtis Avenue and North Bryant Street. Officers and paramedics determined he was deceased at the scene.

No suspects have been located and no immediate arrests were made.

The Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is investigating. During the investigation, North Curtis Avenue is closed between North Morgan Street and North Saratoga Street. North Bryant Street is closed between North Knowles Avenue and North Atlantic Avenue.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Sean Macomber Sean.Macomber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0404 or Detective Joseph.Corona@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0508 and reference case number 23-23837.

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

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Indictment of Suspect in 2011 Murder Case of LJ Irving - 01/27/23

A suspect has been indicted for the murder of Leonard James "LJ" Irving, who was killed on Sunday, June 26, 2011.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, a Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted Jawuan M. Polk, 37, for Murder in the Second Degree and Attempted Murder in the First Degree. Polk was already in custody of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office on unrelated charges.

"I'm thrilled to hear that this tragic murder has led to an arrest," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "I spoke to LJ's mother today and she passed along her appreciation for the work of the detectives in the Homicide Unit. I agree, this arrest is the culmination of almost 12 years of diligent, meticulous work by investigators, and I am grateful to them for their tireless efforts to achieve justice for LJ."

Irving's mother is available for media interviews. Reporters can contact ppbpio@police.portlandoregon.gov for contact information.

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***Original Message Below***

June 27, 2011 23:08

On Sunday June 26, 2011 at 12:37 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to reports of a man shot at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Thompson Street. Officers arriving in the area located a man deceased as a result of a gunshot wound. Officers located a second man suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. The second man was transported to an area hospital where he remains in serious condition. A third man walked into an area hospital sometime later with a gunshot wound to the forearm.

Detectives have determined that there was some sort of disturbance that resulted in gunfire.

The deceased has been identified as 34-year-old Leonard James "LJ" Irving. An autopsy performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that Irving died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Homicide detectives are asking for the public's help in this investigation. No arrests have been made at this point.

Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to contact Detective Erik Kammerer at (503) 823-0762 or erik.kammerer@police.portlandoregon.gov

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Chief Lovell's Statement on Death of Tyre Nichols (Photo) - 01/27/23

"The actions of these Memphis Police officers is shocking and unconscionable. I want to send my prayers and support to the family of Tyre Nichols.

"When excessive acts of force such as this occur, it deeply impacts all of us who wear a badge. It is heartbreaking and truly a failure of humanity. It angers all of us at the Portland Police Bureau to think that law enforcement officers would violate the oath we swear to protect and values we personally hold dear.

"I commend Memphis Police Chief Davis for her swift and decisive action in this case.

"We know this atrocious act will breed further distrust and anger toward law enforcement. We understand these feelings, but we are asking our community to honor the wishes of Mr. Nichols' family who have asked people to protest peacefully.

"At PPB, we want to focus on how we serve our community. The Portland Police Bureau has spent more than 10 years making positive reforms, investing in training and revamping our policies. We recently completed ABLE training—Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement. ABLE trains officers on how to intervene as well as skills and tools to identify potential warning signs. It also trains on how to be proactive in identifying certain conduct before it escalates. We have worked hard to build our Equity and Inclusion Plan, community advisory groups and community engagement. Our pledge to our community is to continue this work and to serve and protect with a servant's heart—which means professionalism, compassion and integrity."

Photo Description: Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell stands at todays' news conference with Mayor Ted Wheeler, NAACP Portland President James Posey and former State Senator Margaret Carter to denounce the events that led to the death of Tyre Nichols

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Attached Media Files: Chief_at_News_Conference.jpg
Former David Douglas Coach Arrested for Sex Abuse - 01/26/23

A former Coach at David Douglas High School has been arrested for his contact with two Juveniles.

On December 18, 2022, East Precinct officers responded to a call during which they were made aware of several disclosures of inappropriate contacts between an employee of David Douglas High School and two juvenile victims. Upon receiving this information, officers immediately notified Portland's Sex Crimes Unit (SCU) and contacted David Douglass administration.

After an exhaustive investigation by detectives with the Sex Crimes Unit, the case was presented to a grand jury. The grand jury decided the evidence supported an indictment of 26-year-old Davonte Carter for the crimes of Sex Abuse in the Second Degree (six counts), Sex Abuse in the Third Degree (four counts), Sodomy in the Third Degree (seven counts), Luring a Minor and Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a Minor (marijuana). A warrant was then issued for Carter's arrest.

Although Carter was employed as a coach at David Douglas, he is also known to have worked as a coach for various basketball camps throughout the Portland Metro area.

On January 26, 2023, Davonte Carter was located in Webster, Texas, and taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force. Carter will remain in Texas pending the extradition process.

Anyone who has information on these or other incidents is asked to contact Detective Sean Harris at sean.harris@police.portlandoregon.gov or (503)823-0838, or Detective Wendi Hamm at wendi.hamm@police.portlandoregon.gov or (503)823-0999.

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Dazani S. Roberts family photo
Dazani S. Roberts family photo
UPDATE: Victim of Cully Neighborhood Homicide Identified (Photo) - 01/26/23

The victim of the January 19, 2023 Cully Neighborhood homicide is identified as 19-year-old Dazani S. Roberts, also known as Dazani Nathan. His family has been notified of his death and provided the attached photograph for public release. The family is requesting privacy and declining media interviews at this time.

The Medical Examiner determined that Roberts' manner and cause of death is homicide by gunshot wound.

This is an active investigation. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Jason Koenig at Jason.Koenig@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0889; or Detective William Winters at William.Winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466 and reference case number 23-18018.

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One person has been shot and killed in the Cully Neighborhood, and Homicide detectives are investigating.

On Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 11:47p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment in the 4200 block of Northeast Prescott Street. When they arrived they located a deceased male. The suspect or suspects left the scene before police arrived and no immediate arrests were made.

Detectives from the Portland Police Homicide Unit are responding to investigate. During the investigation, Northeast Prescott Street is closed between Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast 47th Avenue.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Jason Koenig at Jason.Koenig@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0889; or Detective William Winters at William.Winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466 and reference case number 23-18018.

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

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Attached Media Files: Dazani S. Roberts family photo
Gregory Newman Family Photo
Gregory Newman Family Photo
UPDATE: Montavilla Neighborhood Homicide Victim Identified (Photo) - 01/25/23

The victim in this case has been identified as 45-year-old Gregory W. Newman of Portland. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined the cause of his death was a gunshot wound to the chest and the manner of death was homicide. Newman’s family has provided the attached photo for public release but is requesting privacy and is declining media interviews.

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The man detained by investigators has been arrested. This afternoon, PPB Homicide Detectives booked Christopher A. Grohs, 38, into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The victim's name will be released after his identity is confirmed by the medical examiner's office and family has been notified.

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***Original Message Below***

A shooting in the Montavilla Neighborhood has left a man dead and one man detained by police.

On Friday, January 20, 2023 at 2:03a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a shooting call in the 8500 block of Southeast Taylor Street. When they arrived they located a deceased male. A man who was believed to be involved remained on scene and no suspects are currently being sought.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, Southeast Taylor Street is closed between Southeast 84th Avenue and Southeast 86th Avenue.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Scott Broughton Scott.Broughton@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-3774 or Detective Eric McDaniel Eric.McDaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0833 and reference case number PP23-18085.

More information will be released when appropriate.

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Attached Media Files: Gregory Newman Family Photo
UPDATE: Arrest Made in Fatal Hit and Run, Victim Identified - 01/24/23

On December 12, 2022, a hit and run crash on Southeast Division Street, east of Southeast 154th Avenue, resulted in the death of a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist is identified as 31-year-old Christopher Heil.

After an exhaustive investigation, the driver of the second vehicle was identified and arrested this morning, January 24, 2023, at 8:51 a.m., by Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Investigations Unit (TIU). The suspect is identified as 36-year-old Jeffery Schindler. Schindler was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of Failure to Perform the Duty of a Driver (Resulting in Serious Injury or Death).

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***Original Message Below***

On Monday, December 12, 2022, at 4:51 p.m., officers from the East Precinct responded to a crash involving a motorcycle and a vehicle on Southeast Division Street, east of Southeast 154th Avenue. When officers arrived they found a motorcyclist lying in the street who was deceased. The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene.

The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team has responded to the scene to investigate. During the investigation Southeast Division Street will be closed between Southeast 154th Avenue and Southeast 158th Avenue.

If anyone has information about the incident, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov , attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-329207.

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Dog photo
UPDATE: Stolen dogs located, reunited with owners (Photo) - 01/22/23

UPDATE:

The dogs taken in an earlier incident have been located and returned to their owners. An alert community member in Vancouver, Washington located the dogs in the van after he found it abandoned on the road. PPB assisted with the return of the dogs to Portland.

Photo descriptions:
- dogs being held by owners next to PPB patrol car


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***Previous Message Below***

CORRECTION: The Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van was a model year 2020, not 2022.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Washington DMV temporary tag displayed in the rear window E0768146. There were Washington license plates CFU1337 inside the vehicle. The license plate frames had light blue dealer placards that say "SOUNDFORD.COM in Renton."

The dogs are 3 Scottish Terriers and 1 Cairn Terrier. All are about 22 lbs. Two are black/brown, one is black, and one is brown.

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***Original Message Below***

Four show dogs are missing after the van they were in was stolen in the Hayden Island Neighborhood.

On Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 7:45a.m., North Precinct Public Safety Support Specialists responded to a report of the theft of a van from the parking lot of a hotel in the 12200 block of North Jantzen Drive. When officers arrived, they learned that the van was left running briefly in the parking lot when a suspect jumped in and drove away. Four terriers were in crates in the van.

The van is a 2022 Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van, dark blue in color, with no plates and a temporary tag in the rear window. There was a handicap placard and a Rose City Dog Show parking pass in the front window. The van has a metal divider between the passenger compartment and the cargo area. It has tinted windows on the sides and rear hatch.

The dogs' owners, who are visiting from the King County, Washington area for Rose City Classic Winter Dog Show at the Portland Expo Center, are willing to speak to media. Reporters can e-mail ppbpio@police.portlandoregon.gov for contact information.

The public is asked to keep an eye out for the van. If you see it, call 911, although keep in mind that there are likely similar vans that are unrelated. Please only call if there is reason to believe that it is the stolen van. The van in question has NO PLATES and a temp tag in the rear window. If you have information that is not immediately time sensitive, e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and refer to case number 23-19222.

Photo descriptions:
1) black and brown terrier on an award podium
2) black and brown terrier on a grooming podium
3) tan terrier on a grooming podium
4) Still photo of actual stolen van outside the hotel, exhaust visible from tailpipe
5) Stock photo of a similar Mercedes van

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Gun Violence Chart
Gun Violence Chart
Gun Violence Report Summarizes 2022 Statistics (Photo) - 01/20/23

The Portland Police Bureau's Strategic Services Division is releasing a new report that outlines shooting incidents and firearm homicide statistics for 2022 as well as rolling year and annual comparative stats from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022. The report also includes charts showing trends in firearm homicides, shootings, and case clearances. The report can be found here: https://www.portland.gov/police/open-data/shooting-incident-statistics

Some of the report's highlights include:

*The 94 homicides in 2022 was a 6% increase over the previous year. Homicides were up 61% over the previous three years.

*Of the 94 homicides, 76 of the victims died by firearm, which was a 12% increase over the previous year.

*Last year there were 1,306 total shooting incidents, down 1% from the previous year. Total shooting incidents were up 48% over the last three years.

*The month with the highest number of total shooting incidents in last 3 years was March with 147.

*Investigators cleared between 8 and 18 shooting cases per month last year.

The information is being released as part of PPB's ongoing effort to empower our community with public safety information. In addition to this data, the Portland Police Bureau offers an interactive Shooting Incident Statistics dashboard. The dashboard is available here: https://www.portland.gov/police/open-data/shooting-incident-statistics

The dashboard includes:

* Neighborhood shooting incident map
On the ‘Neighborhood Incident’ tab, select a neighborhood from the dropdown menu to see a graduated point map of shooting incidents occurring in a neighborhood. Points represent locations at the block level with a shooting incident. The point size increases as the volume of shootings at the location increases.

*Tool tips
Users can hover over data points to see additional statistics, such as percent change from prior time period or volume of shootings by type at the location.

*Additional open data fields
The number of casings recovered during the incident and the time of the shooting (2-hr interval) have been added as field in the open data download.

More detailed information regarding the features of the Shooting Incident Statistics dashboard can be found on the dashboard’s menu under the Visualization Walkthrough section.

The Police Bureau continues to work with partners to reduce the number of shootings. Solving crimes related to shootings takes help from the community, including witnesses and bystanders to come forward and provide information to police. This can be very difficult for people to do, but is often necessary to start the process of holding shooters accountable, and interrupt the cycle of violence in our neighborhood streets.

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/


Strategic Services provides research, analysis, statistics and data to internal and external stakeholders to support law enforcement functions and the mission of the Portland Police Bureau. To learn more about the crime analysis and data processing at the Strategic Services Division, click here: https://www.portland.gov/police/divisions/ssd .

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Attached Media Files: Gun Violence Chart
Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death in Hazelwood Neighborhood - 01/19/23

A suspicious death investigation is underway in the Hazelwood Neighborhood.

On Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 6:07p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a welfare check call in the area of Southeast 96th Avenue and Southeast Main Street. When officers and paramedics arrived they located a deceased male down an embankment. Due to suspicious circumstances found at the scene, Homicide Detectives responded. Cause and manner of death will be determined after an autopsy is performed by the medical examiner's office. As of now, this is considered a suspicious death investigation.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Jason Koenig at Jason.Koenig@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0889; or Detective William Winters at William.Winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466. Please refer to case number 23-17724.

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

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UPDATE: Driver Killed in Southeast Portland Fatal Crash Identified - 01/19/23

The driver who was killed in the January 15th crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard is identified as Tyler L. David, 44, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Mr. David was driving a 1999 Ford Escort pulling out of a parking lot onto Southeast Powell Boulevard when his vehicle was struck broadside by a westbound 1994 Chevrolet 2500 pickup driven by a 17-year-old male. That driver was not charged or cited. The investigation is continuing.

This was the 3rd fatal traffic crash this year in Portland.

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***Original Message Below***

On Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 9:33 a.m., officers from the East Precinct were dispatched to a crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of Southeast 80th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard. When officers arrived they found the driver of one of those vehicles deceased. The driver of the other involved vehicle remained at the scene.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to take over the investigation. While the MCT conducts this investigation, Southeast Powell Boulevard will be closed from Southeast 82nd Avenue to Southeast 79th Avenue.

Anyone with information about this incident who has not already spoken with police is asked to please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-13639.

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New Assistant Chief Appointed, New Officers, PS3s and Professional Staff Hired (Photo) - 01/19/23

In a special ceremony today, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) appointed a new Assistant Chief and Commander, promoted a Captain, while also hiring officers, Public Safety Support Specialists and professional staff members.

The new Assistant Chief is Art Nakamura, who will oversee the Investigations Branch. AC Nakamura previously was a Commander in charge of the Specialized Resources Division. AC Nakamura takes over for former AC Jami Resch who resigned from the Bureau on January 13, 2023, to become the Deputy Chief of Springfield Police Department. In addition to this appointment, Captain Rob Simon was appointed to Commander and assigned to North Precinct. Lieutenant Greg Pashley was promoted to Captain and assigned to the Personnel Division.

The Bureau now has 800 sworn members. This includes all ranks from Chief to the 541 officers. Of those officers, 102 are in training. There are currently 308 patrol officers.

PPB is building back from its lowest number of sworn members, which was 773 in September 2022. This was the fewest sworn members since 1989. The lowest number of members at the rank of officer was in May 2022, when there were 509 out of 609 authorized.

While these officers are being presented their badge today, it will be some time yet before they are fully trained and working in patrol cars. The training process for a new hire is 18 months, including the Basic Police Academy at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in Salem, a PPB Advanced Academy, and field training with a coach.

Also hired today were 6 new Public Safety Support Specialists (PS3s), who are non-sworn, unarmed members in uniform who serve alongside sworn officers who handle non-emergency matters. PPB now has 47 PS3s, and has hired as many as budget allocations allow. More information about PS3s is available here: https://www.portland.gov/police/divisions/ps3s .

Today, the Bureau also hired five Police Records Specialists and is now fully staffed after several months operating with vacancies. The Bureau also recognized a new Police Desk Clerk, Force Audit Analyst, Digital Forensics Examiner, and Police Review Board Coordinator (all professional staff members) who have been recently hired.

A video of today's ceremony can be found here: https://youtu.be/bIl7OPk1qDc

The Portland Police Bureau still has sworn vacancies and continues hiring both lateral and entry level community police officers. It's an exciting and rewarding career, with excellent benefits. Salary ranges $75k-$107k per year plus pay incentives. Benefits are 95% paid by the city. Visit https://JoinPortlandPolice.com for more information or to contact a recruiter.

Photo descriptions:
AC Art Nakamura shaking hands with Chief Lovell
Photo of Officer Badge

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Manual.jpg
PPB Seeks Public Input on Directive (Photo) - 01/18/23

The Portland Police Bureau directs member action by establishing policies, procedures, and rules, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing its Directives and seeks community input.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for comments regarding the following Directive(s).

First Universal Review:

• n/a

Second Universal Review: 1/18/23 – 2/17/23

• Directive 0905.00 Non-Force After Action Reporting, Review, and Investigation

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

Photo Description: Cover of Manual

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Attached Media Files: Manual.jpg
UPDATE: Hazelwood Neighborhood Homicide Victim Identified - 01/17/23

The victim in this homicide is identified as 24-year-old Amado Santos. The Medical Examiner confirmed his manner and cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Santos’ family has been notified of his death.

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***Original Message Below***

On January 16, 2023, at 2:45 p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to the 500 Block of Northeast 102nd Avenue on reports that a person had been shot. Officers arrived and located a man suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. The injured individual was transported to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The name of the deceased will be released after cause and manner of death are confirmed by the Medical Examiner, and after close family members have been notified.

Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Unit responded to the scene to assume control of the investigation.

Anyone who has information about the incident and has not yet spoken with police is asked to contact Detective Tony Harris at tony.harris@police.portlandoregon.gov (503)823-0441 or Detective Shaye Samora at shaye.samora@police.portlandoregon.gov (503)823-0768 and reference case number 23-14764.

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Gun
Gun
Gun Seized, 1 Man Charged in December Lents Neighborhood Gun Case (Photo) - 01/13/23

A gun has been seized as evidence, and one man is facing firearm-related charges in connection with a December shooting in the Lents Neighborhood.

On Monday, December 12, 2022 at 1:30a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting outside of a bar in the 5000 block of Southeast 82nd Avenue. A sergeant was in the area and arrived at the call about 1 minute from the call being dispatched. The sergeant and arriving officers found an adult male victim with serious gunshot wounds. The officers performed trauma first aid until Portland Fire & Rescue and AMR paramedics arrived to provide advanced care. The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance. He is expected to survive.

The Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) investigated the case and developed information about a suspect who was involved in the incident that led to the shooting. On Thursday, January 12, 2023, ECST detectives, the Focused Intervention Team, the Special Emergency Reaction Team, and the Crisis Negotiation Team served a search warrant at a home in the 5200 block of Southeast 68th Avenue. They made one arrest and seized multiple firearms and body armor.

Cody M. Ochs, 32, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

The investigation is continuing. If anyone has information about the December 12th shooting, or any other crimes committed by Ochs, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: ECST and reference case number 22-331432.

Or send an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

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 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 percent by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, or to view other unsolved cases, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/


Photo description: semiautomatic handgun with black grip, slide locked in the rear position

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Attached Media Files: Gun
Stolen pickup with PPB vehicle
Stolen pickup with PPB vehicle
UPDATE: Shooting Suspect Facing Attempted Murder Charges (Photo) - 01/12/23

ECST Detectives booked Henry F. Mendoza, 25, into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (2 counts), Attempted Assault in the First Degree (2 counts), Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Attempt to Elude Police by Vehicle, and Attempt to Elude Police on Foot.

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***Original Message Below***

A suspect was arrested after firing at least one shot at a community member while eluding in a stolen vehicle.

On Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 2:33p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the area of North Crawford Street and North Pittsburg Avenue. The caller was the owner of the vehicle, a 2006 Ford F350 with dually tires.

When they arrived, officers set up spike strips to attempt to incapacitate the vehicle should the driver attempt to elude. The suspect did try to drive off and the tires were punctured. Officers did not pursue, however the truck's owner did follow the suspect. The suspect jumped out of the truck in the 7000 block of North Polk Avenue and then fired at least one round at the owner, striking the driver's door of the vehicle he was in. No one was injured.

Officers swarmed the area and located the suspect running away near North Buchanan Avenue and North Jersey Street. The suspect ran behind a home in the 7400 block of North Jersey Street and officers set up a perimeter to contain the suspect. Supervisors requested on-duty members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team to assist. The suspect emerged and was arrested. A gun was recovered nearby and seized as evidence.

Detectives with the Enhanced Community Safety Team responded to the scene to investigate. The suspect's name will be released at a later time after he has been charged with crimes.

Photo descriptions:
1) Gold colored pickup truck with deflated front tires in front of a PPB police vehicle with flashing lights
2) The same truck from the front behind red police crime scene tape
3) Dark colored sedan with bullet hole in the door
4) Chrome semiautomatic pistol with brown grip sits in barkdust, a box of ammunition nearby

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Second Suspect Arrested for Murder in Hosford-Abernethy Homicide Case (Photo) - 01/11/23

A second suspect has been arrested for murder related to the December 22 homicide of Abed Fattoum.

On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, the United States Marshals Service, Portland Police Homicide Detectives, and Central Precinct and North Precinct Neighborhood Response Teams arrested Bonscott J. Skinner, 26, in the 100 block of North Morris Street. He was in possession of a loaded firearm and a stolen vehicle at the time of his arrest. Skinner was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, and Burglary in the First Degree.

PPB Detectives are grateful for the assistance for other PPB units and the U.S. Marshals.

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***Original Messages Below***

The victim in this homicide is identified as 57-year-old Abed Fattoum. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined manner and cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Fattoum’s family has been notified of his death and asked that the attached photograph be used for public release. Family members are requesting privacy at this time.

Photograph: Abed Fattoum

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***Original Message Below***

On December 22, 2022, just after 3:00 a.m., 38-year-old Kailen R. Guffey was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. He was initially detained by members of Central Precinct shortly after the shooting in the Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood. The Homicide Unit conducted an intensive investigation that ultimately resulted in Guffey being charged with Murder in the Second Degree (With a Firearm), Robbery in the First Degree (With a Firearm), Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Use of Weapon.

The name of the victim will be released after cause and manner of death are confirmed by the Medical Examiner's Office, and after close family have been notified.

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***Original Message Below***

On December 21, 2022, at 10:52 a.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to the intersection of Southeast 9th Avenue and Southeast Market Street on reports that a shooting had occurred. Officers located an injured man and immediately began rendering emergency medical aid. This included applying a chest seal. The injured individual was transported to a local hospital, where they later succumbed to their injuries. The name of the deceased will be released after cause and manner of death are confirmed, and after close family have been notified. Two individuals possibly associated to the incident have been detained.

Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Unit is responding to the scene to assume control of the investigation. While the investigation is ongoing, Southeast Mill Street will be closed from Southeast 7th Avenue to Southeast 9th Avenue, and Southeast 9th Avenue will be closed from Southeast Mill Street to Southeast Clay Street.

Anyone who has information about the incident and has not yet spoken with police is asked to contact Detective Calvin Goldring at calvin.goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov (503)823-0256 or Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov (503)823-0781.

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Attached Media Files: Abed Fattoum
Rashad Calbert
Rashad Calbert
Man Wanted for Two Counts of Attempted Murder (Photo) - 01/11/23

The Portland Police Bureau is looking for a man in connection with a shooting in the 15900 Block of East Burnside that injured two people, one only 11 years old.

On January 11, 2023, at 7:33 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 15900 Block of East Burnside Street on the report of an injury shooting. The dispatched officer and members of the Focused Intervention Team (FIT) rushed to the area and found two people suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The adult victim declined immediate medical attention and later drove himself to a local hospital; however, the juvenile victim, an 11-year-old girl, was transported to a local hospital to receive medical treatment. The suspect fled the area immediately after the shooting.

Witnesses at the scene have identified the shooter as 36-year-old Rashad Calbert. Calbert is wanted for the following charges associated to this case: Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (two counts), Assault in the First Degree (two counts), Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Unlawfully Discharging a Firearm inside City Limits.

Calbert is known to travel using public transit. Calbert is 5'7" tall and weighs approximately 140 lbs.

Anyone who sees Calbert is asked to immediately call 911. Anyone who has information about this shooting and has not yet spoken with police is asked to e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: SVU and reference case number 23-9351.

Photograph: Rashad Calbert

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Attached Media Files: Rashad Calbert
Gun
Gun
UPDATE: Investigation into Franklin High School Shooting Incident Continues (Photo) - 01/08/23

The investigation in the shooting in the parking lot outside of Franklin High School continues. A semiautomatic handgun was recovered nearby and seized as evidence (photo).

The person detained by Focused Intervention Team officers was stopped off campus, some distance from the shooting. The 15-year-old boy was booked at Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center on an unrelated arrest warrant and a new charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. The investigation is continuing by ECST detectives.

If anyone has information about this incident, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: ECST and reference case number 23-6295. Or send an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

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 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 percent 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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*Original Message Below*

Shots were fired outside of a basketball event at Franklin High School, 5405 Southeast Woodward Street, and one juvenile suffered a minor injury.

On Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 7:39p.m., an officer who was working an overtime detail at Franklin High School heard shots being fired outside of the building. The officer immediately radioed for assistance while responding to investigate. Officers and sergeants from East Precinct, Focused Intervention Team, K9 Unit, and Air Support Unit responded. The first assisting units arrived on scene within 3 minutes.

The officers found evidence of gunfire in the parking lot on the east side of the building. They found one juvenile with a possible graze wound injury, but the juvenile declined medical attention. Officers detained one person pending further investigation.

Detectives with the Enhanced Community Safety Team responded and are investigating. During the investigation, the east side parking lot of Franklin High School is closed. Officers assisted participants and attendees at the game leaving an alternative exit.

More information will be released when appropriate.

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Attached Media Files: Gun
Crash Investigation
Crash Investigation
UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed in Centennial Neighborhood Crash Identified (Photo) - 01/07/23

The pedestrian involved in the Centennial Neighborhood crash is identified as Penny A. Griffith, 68, of Portland. Her family has been notified of her death.

Preliminary investigation suggests Griffith was crossing Southeast Division Street walking southbound. The involved vehicle was a Chevrolet Suburban traveling eastbound. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. The crash remains under investigation. No arrests have been made.

This is the 2nd fatal traffic crash of 2023 in Portland.

Photo description: 2 uniformed PPB traffic officers investigate the crash scene using a piece of scanning equipment on a yellow tripod.

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***Original Message Below***

A pedestrian died after a crash involving a vehicle in the Centennial Neighborhood, and a section of Southeast Division Street is closed for the investigation.

On Friday, January 6, 2023 at 5:18p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash at Southeast Division Street and Southeast 168th Avenue. When they arrived with medical crews, they found the crash involved a pedestrian and a vehicle driver. The pedestrian, a female adult, was assessed by paramedics and confirmed to be deceased at the scene. The vehicle driver remained on scene.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to the scene to investigate the crash. During the investigation, Southeast Division Street is closed between Southeast 166th Avenue and Southeast 174th Avenue.

If anyone has information about this crash and have not already spoken to officers, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit (TIU) and reference case number 23-5490.

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

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Attached Media Files: Crash Investigation
Jemare Manns
Jemare Manns
Suspect Arrested for Murder Related to 2021 House Party Shooting (Photo) - 01/07/23

A suspect is facing a murder charge following his arrest in Seattle last June related to the homicide of 21-year-old Jemare L. Manns at a May 2021 house party.

Since the shooting, Portland Police Homicide Unit Detectives identified Kevin D. Clay, 25, as a suspect. The Multnomah County District Attorney's office presented the case to a Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for Clay's arrest.

On June 2, 2022, Clay was arrested on his warrant by Seattle Police Department in Seattle, Washington when he was contacted on an unrelated incident. After extradition proceedings, Clay was transferred to custody of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office on November 25, 2022 on his warrant for Murder in the Second Degree and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

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***Original Messages Below***

The victim in this incident is 21-year-old Jemare Lowell Manns. The medical examiner determined this was a homicide by gun shot.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-2079 or Detective Scott Broughton at Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-3774.

This is the 29th homicide in the City of Portland in 2021.

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Homicide Detectives are investigating after shots were fired at a house party in the Lents neighborhood and one person was found deceased.

On Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 12:57a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of shots heard at a house in the 8500 block of Southeast Harney Street. When officers arrived, they encountered a chaotic scene, with what appeared to be a house party underway. Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist with the large crowd.

One person was found unconscious. Portland Fire and Rescue and American Medical Response Paramedics responded and attempted lifesaving measures, but the person, an adult male, was found deceased. His cause of death will be determined by the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

Due to the circumstances, Homicide Detectives responded to the scene to investigate. Many people who may have witnessed all or part of this incident are believed to have left the scene before speaking to police, and investigators would like to hear from them. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-2079 or Detective Scott Broughton at Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-3774.

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Attached Media Files: Jemare Manns
Guns
Guns
Arrests Made, Illegal Guns Seized After Suspects Attempt to Elude Police (Photo) - 01/07/23

Three suspects were arrested and three illegally possessed guns were seized, including one with an extra high capacity drum magazine, after suspects attempted to elude Portland Police officers.

On Friday, January 6, 2023 at 11:15p.m., an East Precinct officer saw a black 2006 BMW 750 driving erratically and speeding in the area of Southeast Division Street under Interstate-205 freeway. The officer initiated a traffic stop, but the driver of the BMW accelerated further as he merged onto Northbound I-205. The officer did not pursue. A short time later, the Portland Police Air Support Unit located the car, still speeding, merging to westbound I-84. The driver continued on and off the freeways for about 20 minutes, recklessly running multiple red lights and driving as fast as 100 miles per hour in residential areas.

Multiple officers were able to use spike strips to attempt to deflate the BMW tires. However, the vehicle appeared to use tires that could continue to function while flat. Finally, the vehicle stopped in the 7600 Block of North Lombard Street. Four suspects ran from the vehicle and police observed them throwing objects as they ran, which were identified as handguns. Officers surrounded the area in an attempt to contain the suspects.

After an extensive search, officers located and arrested three suspects and recovered three loaded firearms, including one with an extended capacity drum magazine capable of holding 50 rounds of 10mm ammunition (photo). A fourth person stayed in the area of the car and was temporarily detained by police, but was released without charges.

The three suspect who were arrested were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the listed charges:

Terrance Z. Greeley, 22, of Portland, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (city code), Attempting to Elude Police while Driving a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude Police on Foot, Reckless Driving, and Violation of a Restraining Order.

Bobby O. Garland, 20, of Milwaukie, Oregon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (city code), Attempting to Elude Police on Foot.

Amir N. Griffin, 22, of Portland, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (city code), Attempting to Elude Police on Foot.

This incident involved the collaboration of East Precinct, North Precinct, Focused Intervention Team, Air Support Unit, Explosives Disposal Unit, K9, and Gresham Police Department officers, which led to the successful and safe outcome.

No injuries were reported.

Photo description: Three all-black semiautomatic handguns with slides locked in the rear position displayed on brown paper table covering. The left handgun has an extended magazine with sticker portraying a cartoon character and 23 rounds of hollow point and standard ammunition. The middle gun sits next to a standard capacity magazine with 9 rounds of ammunition. The right gun sits next to a black drum magazine partially wrapped in plastic tape, beside 28 rounds of ammunition.

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Attached Media Files: Guns
Stolen_Vehicle_Stop.jpg
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Ten Year Old Found Driving Stolen Vehicle (Photo) - 01/06/23

On Friday, January 6, 2023, at 1:18 a.m., a North Precinct officer was in her patrol vehicle in the area of North Vancouver Avenue and North Lombard Street when she observed two vehicles speeding out of a fast-food restaurant parking lot. Upon checking one of the vehicles, a Kia, the officer found it to be registered as stolen.

The officer followed the vehicle, which was driving erratically. As the vehicle stopped at a stop sign on North Kerby Avenue and North Rosa Parks Way, the driver and passenger of the vehicle put their hands up immediately.

The officer made contact with the subjects and discovered the driver of the vehicle was 10 years old and the passenger was 13 years old. The juveniles were released to their guardians. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and obtained his vehicle, which had a back passenger window broken and the ignition damaged.

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Attached Media Files: Stolen_Vehicle_Stop.jpg
Gun
Gun
UPDATE: Suspect Arrested for November Shooting a 15-year-old Boy In the Argay Terrace Neighborhood (Photo) - 01/06/23

A suspect has been arrested in the attempted murder shooting of a 15-year-old boy in the Argay Terrace Neighborhood in November.

ECST detectives have been gathering and processing witness statements and evidence, as well as following leads. In addition to critically injuring a boy, detectives confirmed that the suspect also fired the gun at a 14-year-old girl that night. She was not physically injured. On November 22, 2022, North Precinct officers recovered a gun from a stolen car that was ultimately connected to this shooting (photo).

On Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 7:00p.m., a coordinated effort between the Portland Police Bureau's Enhanced Community Safety Team and Focused Intervention Team, the Port of Portland Police Department, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Team-Portland resulted in the arrest of the juvenile suspect at Portland International Airport. He was booked into the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (2 counts), Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Menacing with a Firearm.

photo description: displayed on a white sheet of paper is a black semiautomatic handgun with chrome slide locked in the rear position, an extended capacity magazine, and 26 rounds of brass and copper colored ammunition

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***Original Message Below***

A 15-year-old boy is in the hospital with serious injuries after he was shot in the Argay Terrace Neighborhood.

On Friday, November 18, 2022 at 5:12p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 4300 block of Northeast 133rd Avenue. When officers arrived, they located a 15-year-old boy seriously injured. The officers used their trauma first aid training, including applying multiple tourniquets, to help control bleeding. Paramedics took over patient care, and he was transported to the hospital by ambulance with critical injuries. After treatment, his condition has been stabilized.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before officers were notified and no immediate arrests were made.

The Focused Intervention Team and the Enhanced Community Safety Team responded to the scene and are investigating. If anyone has information about this case, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov , attention ECST and reference case number 22-308350.

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Attached Media Files: Gun
Major Crash Team investigation
Major Crash Team investigation
Driver in December Crash in the Centennial Neighborhood Dies (Photo) - 01/06/23

The driver involved in this crash on December 17, 2022 crash died on January 1, 2023. He is identified as Christopher Alexander Rios, 18, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death. The crash remains under investigation by the Traffic Investigations Unit.

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**Original Message Below***

A serious injury crash in the Centennial Neighborhood has left a driver with life threatening injuries.

On Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 8:51a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash on Southeast 148th Avenue just south of Southeast Main Street. Portland Fire and Rescue extricated the driver from the vehicle, which had rolled over. AMR paramedics transported the driver to the hospital by ambulance. His injuries are life threatening.

Due the severity of the crash, the Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team responded to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, Southeast 148th Avenue is closed between Southeast Main Street and Southeast Mill Street.

If anyone has information about the incident, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-333431, or call (503)823-2103.

Photos description: Major Crash Team van with sliding door open parked across the road, next to a blue and white Portland Police SUV, two PPB members working. Yellow tripod measuring device.

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Suspect Arrested After Speeding and Crashing in Centennial Neighborhood - 01/06/23

A dangerous speeding vehicle through neighborhoods finally crashes after police intervention and suspect is arrested.

On Thursday, January 5, 2023, at approximately 10:36 p.m., an East Precinct officer was in the area of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street when they took note of a black Dodge Charger with no license plates, traveling southbound on Southeast 122nd Avenue at an exorbitant rate of speed. The officer noted that the Charger was the same make, model, color and description of a vehicle whose driver eluded an East Precinct officer in the same general area the night prior.

The officer began to drive southbound on Southeast 122nd with the intention of initiating a traffic stop. The officer paced the Charger at traveling upward of 80 miles per hour. Upon reaching Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Market Street, prior to any police involvement, the Charger swerved all the way to the right shoulder of Southeast 122nd and traveled through a red light at a high rate of speed. Due to the heavy traffic and extreme speeds, the officer wasn't able to catch up to the Charger and lost sight of it as it continued southbound.

Approximately two minutes later, officers from the Focused Intervention Team (FIT) observed the Charger in the area of Southeast 136th and Southeast Powell Street, during which time they attempted a traffic stop. The driver eluded the officers and it continued out of sight eastbound on Southeast Powell Street. Per policy and public safety concerns, the officers did not initiate a pursuit.

At approximately 10:45 p.m., a different group of FIT officers patrolling in the area of Southeast 162nd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street advised that the driver had pulled into a business lot they were near, circled the lot and began to again drive off recklessly westbound on Southeast Stark Street. At this point, numerous officers from East Precinct and FIT had responded to the initial area check and began to position themselves in the immediate area in order to use intervention techniques to stop the driver's extremely dangerous behavior.

Officers successfully used spike strips to safely deflate the Charger's tires several times along Southeast Stark Street, as it continued westbound. When the Charger reached the area of Southeast 117th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street, the driver suddenly reversed course, made a U-turn and began to drive back eastbound on Southeast Stark Street. An officer positioned on Southeast Stark Street soon observed the Charger driver turn southbound on Southeast 141st Avenue. Officers conducting the area check soon came upon a crash involving the Charger at Southeast 143rd Avenue and Southeast Division Street. The driver, Markus Jimenez, 30, attempted to flee the crash on foot, but was ultimately taken into custody.

It was determined that Jimenez was involved in a menacing with a firearm case earlier in the evening at a store in the Mall 205 area. Jimenez was also found to have several outstanding felony warrants as well and was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center with new charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Menacing, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Reckless driving, Reckless Endangerment and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

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Man Seriously Wounded in Shooting, Arson Attack - 01/06/23

A victim is seriously injured after being shot by a suspect who also lit fire to his tent.

On Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 11:42a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 3300 block of North Interstate Avenue. They located an injured victim and provided trauma first aid. They also located a tent that was actively burning. Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) and American Medical Response Paramedics arrived to treat the patient and extinguish the fire. The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The suspect left the scene before responders arrived and no immediate arrests were made.

Due to initial information gathered at the scene, Detectives with the Portland Police Major Crimes Unit responded, as well as the Portland Fire Investigation Unit. During the investigation, the right lane of southbound I-5 interchange to southbound I-405 (the approach to the Fremont Bridge) was blocked, but since reopened.

If anyone has information about this case, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-4196.

Detectives consider all gunfire aimed at Portland community members to be attempted murder cases. Eyewitnesses or video evidence is crucial in solving these cases and these crime victims need people to come forward with any information. If anyone has information about any shooting case, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov , or anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers.

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 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 percent by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, or to view other unsolved cases, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

The Portland Fire Investigations Unit comprises fire investigators with Portland Fire & Rescue (who are sworn law enforcement officers) and a detective with the Portland Police Bureau. The collaboration leverages the specialized training and skills needed to investigate fires, including analysis equipment and accelerant detecting dogs.

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UPDATE #2: Victim Killed Southeast Portland Pedestrian Involved Crash Identified - 01/05/23

The pedestrian killed in the November 21, 2022 crash is identified as Lance R. Brannan, 45. His family has been notified of his death.

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***Original Message Below***

The driver in this crash has been identified as 48-year-old Gresham resident Eric Caleb Ruckle.

The victim's identity will be released once approved by the Multnomah County Medical Examiners' Office.

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The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team (MCT) is investigating a crash involving the driver of a vehicle and a pedestrian.

On Monday, November 21, 2022 at approximately 6:58 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash on Southeast Powell Street and Southeast 138th Avenue. When officers arrived they located a pedestrian, believed to be an adult male. Paramedics evaluated the pedestrian and determined he was deceased.

The driver of the involved vehicle, an adult male, remained at the scene.

Investigators from the Major Crash Team responded to the scene. During the investigation, it was determined that the driver was impaired. After an evaluation, the driver was taken to East Precinct for DUII processing.
The driver was later booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Criminally Negligent Homicide.

If anyone has information about the incident, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-310983, or call (503)823-2103.

More information will be released when appropriate. This is the 55th traffic fatality of the year.

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Pedestrian Killed in December 18th Crash Identified - 01/05/23

The pedestrian who died in the December 18th, 2022 crash is identified as David W. Northcutt, 50, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death. The crash remains under investigation by the Traffic Investigations Unit.

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***Original Message Below***

On Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 9:08 p.m., officers from the North Precinct were dispatched to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at the intersection of North Columbia Boulevard and North Interstate Place. When officers arrived, they found an adult male who was deceased. The driver of the involved vehicle remained at the scene.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to take over the investigation. While the MCT conducts this investigation, North Columbia Boulevard is closed from North Interstate Place to the I-5 overpass. Additionally, the area surrounding the intersection of North Argyle Street and North Interstate Place is also closed.

Anyone with information about this incident who has not already spoken with police is asked to please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 22-334935.

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UPDATE: Suspect Sought in Bank Arson, Reward Offered (Photo) - 01/05/23

This press release is from the Portland Fire Investigations Unit, a collaboration between Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) and the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).

The Portland Fire Investigations Unit is investigating the December 31, 2022 fire to the Bank of America, 3757 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, as arson. The United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are also investigating this incident in an interagency partnership.

In an effort to further the investigation, surveillance images of the suspect are being released. If anyone has information about this person, or the case, please contact PPB Detective Meredith Hopper at Meredith.Hopper@police.portlandoregon.gov or call the PF&R Fire Investigation Unit’s tip line, 503-823- FIRE (3473). Please reference PPB case number 22-345266 and PF&R case number 22-136888.

Investigators are aware that there is a social media post taking responsibility for the crime. We cannot verify the authenticity of the claim at this time. Investigators will consider any potential evidence in their effort to determine who is responsible. However, if anyone has more information about the post and the person who made it, they're asked to contact us.

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction related to this arson.

No further information is being released at this stage in the investigation.

The Portland Fire Investigations Unit comprises fire investigators with Portland Fire & Rescue (who are sworn law enforcement officers) and a detective with the Portland Police Bureau. The collaboration leverages the specialized training and skills needed to investigate fires, including analysis equipment and accelerant detecting dogs.


Photo descriptions:
1-Suspect wearing a grey or black hoodie with the word "MONTANA" displayed on the front, blue hat with a gray brim, tan covered facemask, peers through a shattered glass door.

2-Suspect seen from the side with grayish pants, carrying a bag with a red-and-white target symbol

3-Better quality image of the sweatshirt design

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Original Message from Portland Fire & Rescue:

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/news/read.cfm?id=452677

December 31, 2022 05:35

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At 3:13 AM, crews from Portland Fire & Rescue were called to 37th and Hawthorne on a report of a commercial fire. The first arriving company reported seeing smoke from the front door of a one-story building as police were requested for traffic control.

Once inside, crews encountered multiple hot spots and a basement not affected by the fire. Crews were also able to ladder the roof to look for a possible extension of the fire spread.

As crews fought the fire from inside, a 2nd alarm was called to assist crews on site with fire extinguishment.

The fire was extinguished, the incident was recalled at approximately 4:30 AM with crews remaining on the scene, and 2nd alarm companies returned to quarters.

This fire is currently under investigation by the Portland Fire Investigations Unit.

Suspect Arrested in Centennial Neighborhood Homicide - 01/05/23

The man suspected of fatally shooting Ian L. Beyers in a store parking lot in the 14700 Block of Southeast Division Street has been arrested.

On Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 10:44p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s office arrested Travis R. Helms, 37, in the 7900 block of Southwest 74th Avenue. Helms had previously been indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury for the October 18, 2022, homicide. Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau responded and interviewed Helms. They booked him in the Multnomah County Detention Center in the early morning hours of January 5, 2023.

Helms is being charged with Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

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***Original Message Below***

A victim who was wounded by gunfire last week in the Centennial Neighborhood has died, and the case is a confirmed homicide.

On Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 8:40p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a person shot in a department store parking lot in the 14700 block of Southeast Division Street. The victim was critically injured and was transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment.

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, detectives were notified that the victim died. The medical examiner determined that the cause of death was delayed complications from a gunshot wound and the manner of death was homicide.

The victim was identified as Ian L. Beyers, 30. His family has been notified of his death and provided the attached photograph for public release. They are requesting privacy at this time.

No arrests have been made. If anyone has information about this case, they're asked to contact Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0449 or Detective Jeff Pontius Jeffery.Pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0433. Please reference case number 22-280332.

Additional information will be released as appropriate.

This incident will represent the 79th homicide in Portland this year. PPB is investigating two other incidents as homicides since then, which totals 81 year-to-date.

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Guns
Focused Intervention Team Arrests One Man, 2 Boys with Guns in Car (Photo) - 01/04/23

One man and two boys are facing gun charges after an investigation by the Focused Intervention Team (FIT).


On Tuesday, January 3, 2023, 8:37p.m., officers assigned to the FIT were patrolling in an area known for high rates of reported shootings when they noticed a gold Infiniti sedan driving recklessly. They initiated a traffic stop on the car, and the driver stopped in a parking lot at Southeast 162nd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. The officers could see that there was a pistol on the floorboard underneath the driver.

The two passengers in the vehicle, both juvenile males, were also in possession of handguns. All three were removed from the car and arrested.

The driver, Key'Juan D. Smith, 24, of Portland, is a convicted felon and on pretrial release for a prior shooting case. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (City Code).

The two boys, one 16 and the other 17 years old, both from Gresham, were charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (City Code). They were taken to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center.

This incident demonstrates the effectiveness of FIT officers in their mission to proactively deter and interrupt the cycle of gun violence. While patrolling in an area known for a high rate of shootings, they stopped and arrested three people armed with handguns, all of which were possessed illegally. Additionally, one of the three arrestees had a prior arrest for a shooting. However, this is not an unusual incident. FIT members engage in ongoing proactive enforcement, and they spend time building relationships with community members to help deter gun violence.

FIT is overseen by a group of community volunteers known as the Focused Intervention Team Community Oversight Group, or FITCOG. The FITCOG commenced in June 2021 in response to the gun violence crisis in Portland to work with the Focused Intervention Team (FIT) and assist with recommendations to reduce gun violence through prevention, intervention, and response. For more information, see their website: https://www.portland.gov/fitcog .

Photo description: Three semiautomatic pistols displayed on a table, all three with ammunition magazines removed; one is black metal, one has a black slide over an olive colored polymer frame, the third chrome over black with an accessory mounted to the barrel

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PPB Commander Graduates from FBI National Academy (Photo) - 01/04/23

Last month, Portland Police Commander Erica Hurley graduated as a member of the 284th session of the FBI National Academy. The graduation took place at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on December 8, 2022. Commander Hurley is the first female PPB member in at least 25 years to complete this prestigious program. Nationally, less than one percent of law enforcement officers have the opportunity to attend the program.

Known internationally for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

The 284th session consisted of 237 law enforcement officers from 49 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 25 countries, 5 military organizations, and 5 federal civilian organizations.

Commander Hurley graduated with a class of two other female law enforcement leaders from Oregon: Washington County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Commander Caprice Massey and Lieutenant Kate Abraham from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Commander Hurley was hired by the Portland Police Bureau in September 1994. In her 25 years of service, she has held the rank of Officer, Detective, Lieutenant, Captain, and in 2020, she was promoted to Commander. For the past two years she has been assigned to East Precinct. This fall she invited the public along for a ride along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z3be9G1jRQ

"Commander Hurley's leadership and commitment to public service continues to be a huge asset to the City of Portland," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "I'm grateful to the FBI for offering her a chance to undergo this elite training that will help lead the Portland Police Bureau as we continue to rebuild in 2023."

“My time at the National Academy was one of significant learning and growth," said Commander Hurley. "Thank you to the Portland Police Bureau for the privilege to attend the National Academy and learn from some of the best FBI instructors in the nation. I was able to improve my leadership abilities and learn new strategies to help our community. “

In addition to the FBI Academy, Commander Hurley and National Academy Session 284 students came together to welcome, recognize, and honor the enormous courage displayed by 11-year-old Pearland, Texas native Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel as he has continued to beat the odds against his terminal cancer diagnosis. Session 284 spent countless hours collecting donations and coordinating together and with their individual departments to ensure DJ’s day on December 5, 2022, with Session 284 was filled with fun and lasting memories. There were 237 students in Session 284, which grew even larger after they made DJ an honorary member as testament to his courageous cancer fight. In what has been described as a beautiful scene of our law enforcement community continuing to unite to positively support our communities, Commander Hurley joined 50 individual police agencies swore DJ in as an honorary member of the Portland Police Bureau (photo).

December was a significant month for Commander Hurley for another reason—she was honored to assist in the swearing in of her daughter, Katelynn, as a third-generation Portland Police Officer (on both sides of her family). Katelynn's grandfathers are both retired PPB members.

"This really has been an exciting month for me, with both graduating from the National Academy and presenting my daughter with my father's badge on the day she's sworn in as a Portland Police Officer," said Commander Hurley. "It is hard to express how honored I am to serve the men and women of the Portland Police Bureau and work as a public servant for the City of Portland. I'm both humbled and excited that my daughter has chosen to be the third generation to follow in our family footsteps. I look forward to seeing her grow as a person and professional after joining this great organization."


About the FBI National Academy
FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training; many instructors are recognized internationally in their fields. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many of the courses offered. A total of 53,908 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.

Photo descriptions:

1) Commander Hurley FBI portrait
2) Commander Hurley embraces 11-year-old DJ shortly after he was sworn in as an honorary member of PPB


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Arrest Made in December Shooting Case in Eastbank Esplanade (Photo) - 01/04/23

Portland Police Detectives have arrested a suspect in a December shooting on the Eastbank Esplanade.

On December 20, 2022 at 1:06p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting on the Eastbank Esplanade at Southeast Salmon Street. When they arrived, they located a victim with a gunshot wound to the leg. Officers administered trauma first aid, including applying a tourniquet, until paramedics arrived to provide advanced care and transport the victim to the hospital by ambulance. The victim, a 42-year-old male, suffered a non-life threatening injury.

Detectives with the Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) responded to the scene to investigate. They developed suspect information, spoke to witnesses, gathered and analyzed evidence, and did additional follow-up. On Tuesday, January 3, 2023, detectives arrested Charles E. Maxey, Jr, 48, and booked him into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

A gun that was believed to be used in the shooting was recovered as evidence (photo).

Photo description: silver pocket-sized revolver with ivory colored handle, black tape wrapped around barrel

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Names Released In The Centennial Neighborhood Murder-Suicide - 01/04/23

The deceased victims are identified as Efren Casas, 58, and Edgar Casas, 33, of Portland. The medical examiner determined their manner and cause of death was homicide by gunshot. The suspect is identified as Alan Casas, 30. He died of suicide by gunshot. Efren was the father of brothers, Edgar and Alan. Their family has been notified of their deaths and is requesting privacy at this time.

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***Original Messages Below***

The shooting investigation in the 16600 block of Southeast Main Street is now a homicide investigation. Detectives found three men deceased at the scene. A woman injured during the disturbance was transported to an area hospital to be treated for her injuries. At this point there are no outstanding suspects.

The Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is investigating. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Rico Beniga at Rico.Beniga@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0457 or Detective Sean Macomber at Sean.Macomber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0404.

Additional information will be released as appropriate.

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Original Press Release:
On Sunday, December 11, 2022, at 6:45 p.m., officers from the East Precinct responded to shooting call in the 16600 block of Southeast Main Street. Officers arrived to find an adult female suffering from an unknown injury. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Officers believed the suspect was still in the immediate area and armed. Due to the nature of the call and the fact that the suspect could still pose an immediate danger, the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to assist in a search for the suspect.

SERT and CNT have completed the search and have cleared the area. This is still an active crime scene and Portland Police Bureau Detectives have responded to investigate. There is no danger to the public.

More information will be released when appropriate.

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Names Released in Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Murder-Suicide - 01/04/23

The victim is identified as Barbara P. Reader, 83. The medical examiner determined her manner and cause of death was homicide by gunshot. The suspect is identified as Barbara's husband, Peter L. Reader, 84. He died of suicide by gunshot. Their families have been notified of their deaths and are requesting privacy at this time.

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Two adults are deceased in a home in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood.

On Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 8:52a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of two people shot in a home in the 3600 block of Northeast Alameda Street. When they arrived, they found two deceased, one male and one female. Based on preliminary investigation at the scene, no suspects are currently being sought.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, Northeast Alameda Street is closed at Northeast 37th Avenue.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Eric McDaniel Eric.McDaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0833 or Detective Scott Broughton Scott.Broughton@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-3774 and reference case number 22-327196.

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

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