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PPB's Human Trafficking Unit Selected for Demonstration Site (Photo) - 05/26/23

PPB’s Human Trafficking Unit has been selected to serve as a demonstration site by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

PPB was selected out of 30 agencies to be one of five sites for the Building Agency Capacity: A Toolkit for Human Trafficking Investigations project. This two-year study will provide dedicated resources, support, and technical assistance to enhance efforts to identify and assist human trafficking victims and conduct investigations using trauma-informed, victim-centered principles.

The Human Trafficking Unit (HTU), which is part of PPB’s Detective Division, investigates crimes involving sex trafficking and labor trafficking, with a focus on juvenile victims. HTU investigates Measure 11 crimes and additional felony level trafficking offenses. The Unit simultaneously conducts rescue missions for victims of trafficking and disrupts the demand side of trafficking by conducting buyer suppression and directed patrol missions. HTU, alongside advocates from PPB’s Victim Services Unit, continue to offer trauma-informed, victim-centered services.

Cases are also generated from Crime Stopper Tips, National Human Trafficking Hotline, federal and local law enforcement partners, Department of Human Services, and follow up on patrol reports. HTU regularly corresponds with neighboring agencies and federal partners to rescue and identify victims.

“PPB’s Human Trafficking Unit has been on the forefront of responding to and investigating sex and labor trafficking in the Portland area,” said Chief Chuck Lovell. “There is always room for growth and improvement and that is why the unit applied for the project. I’m pleased PPB was selected, and I know the members of the Human Trafficking Unit look forward to working with the IACP and partners on this important project.”

Photo description: HTU Patch

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Attached Media Files: HTU_Patch.png
Robbery Suspect
Robbery Suspect
Public Assistance Requested Identifying and Locating Robbery Suspect (Photo) - 05/26/23

A robbery suspect is being sought by detectives, and the Portland Police Bureau is requesting assistance from the public.

On Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 1:39a.m., the suspect entered a convenience store in the 1000 block of North Marine Drive. He selected food items, displayed a handgun, and walked out without paying. No one was injured.

Detectives with the Major Crimes Team are investigating this robbery, and considering the possibility that the robber might be responsible for other crimes as well.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male in his 30’s with brown hair and a brown mustache, about 6 feet tall, 180 lbs, wearing a black t-shirt that says "ARMY" over a yellow hooded sweatshirt, blue denim shorts, and black or grey shoes. A surveillance image of the suspect is attached to assist with his identification.

If anyone has information about the identity of this suspect, or information about the robbery, please contact Detective Matt Brown at matthew.brown@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-111608.

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Attached Media Files: Robbery Suspect
May 16 Apartment Fire (PF&R photo)
May 16 Apartment Fire (PF&R photo)
Suspect in Goose Hollow Apartment Fire Arrested, Charged with Arson (Photo) - 05/25/23

A suspect in a large Goose Hollow Neighborhood apartment fire has been arrested and charged with arson and other crimes.

On May 16, 2023, the May Apartments at 1410 Southwest Taylor Street caught fire and the building was destroyed. Previous releases by Portland Fire & Rescue:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/news/read.cfm?id=492885
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/news/read.cfm?id=492896

Since the fire, the Portland Fire Investigations Unit, a collaboration between the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue, has been investigating the origin of the fire, including gathering and analyzing of evidence and interviewing witnesses.

On the evening of Thursday, May 25, 2023, the Fire Investigation Unit and Central Precinct officers arrested Garrett A. Repp, 30, who was a resident of the May Apartments. Repp was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Arson in the First Degree (2 counts), Reckless Endangering Another Person (18 counts), and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree (11 counts).

The Portland Fire Investigations Unit comprises Portland Fire & Rescue fire investigators, 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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Kristin Smith family photo 1
Kristin Smith family photo 1
Missing Woman's Remains Located in the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood, Death Investigation Underway (Photo) - 05/25/23

Remains of a woman missing from Gresham were found in Portland, and a death investigation is underway.

On February 19, 2023, the Portland Police Bureau responded to a report of human remains located in a wooded area, near Southeast Deardorff Road and Southeast Flavel Street in the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood. With the assistance of Multnomah County Search and Rescue and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office, additional searches were conducted over subsequent months in an attempt to find additional evidence.

The remains found have been identified as belonging to Kristin Smith, 22, of Gresham. Smith was reported missing on December 22, 2022. Her family has been notified of her death and provided the attached photographs for public release.

As this is an ongoing investigation, the Medical Examiner’s Office and the Portland Police Bureau will not be releasing any additional details at this time.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Jeff Pontius at Jeffery.Pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-0433, or Detective Kristina Coffey at Kristina.Coffey@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-1081.

Photo descriptions:
1. Photo of Kristin Smith’s face
2. Kristin Smith in a brown floral dress standing next to a vehicle

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One Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash on SE Division St - 05/24/23

A woman was killed after a hit and run crash in Southeast Portland.

On Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 1:37p.m., East Precinct and Traffic Division Officers responded to a report of a crash on Southeast Division Street east of Southeast 122nd Avenue. When they arrived, they found an adult female patient, who was transported from the scene by ambulance. Despite lifesaving efforts, she died at the hospital. Preliminary investigation indicates the woman was a pedestrian and was struck by an eastbound driver who did not stop.

The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team responded to the scene and is investigating the crash. During the investigation, Southeast Division Street is closed both directions between Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast 124th Avenue. Southeast 122nd Avenue remains open to traffic.

If anyone has information about this crash, and has not contacted police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case 23-135823.

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

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PPB to Participate in Safety Belt and Child Seat Awareness Campaign (Photo) - 05/24/23

Portland Police Traffic Officers will join other law enforcement officers from around the state in educating the public regarding safety belt and child seat laws.

From May 22, 2023, to June 4, 2023, Traffic Officers will conduct enforcement missions using federally funded overtime to help increase awareness on this important issue.

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) crash data from 2020 highlights the lack of safety-belt, or child restraint in 100 of the 311 (30 percent) motor vehicle occupant fatalities in Oregon.

Nationwide, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through 12 years old. Also, it is estimated that car and booster seats may increase crash survival for infants and toddlers and booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury in children.
In 2017 an Oregon law was passed requiring children to ride in a rear-facing safety seat until they are at least two years old. In addition, a child over age two must continue to ride in a car seat with a harness or in a booster until they reach age eight or 4’9” in height and the adult belt fits them correctly.

For help selecting or installing child car seats, consult the manufacturer’s instructions, you vehicle owner’s manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#inspection-inspection or at http://oregonimpact.org/child passenger safety.

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Shooting Homicide Investigation in North Tabor Neighborhood - 05/24/23

A man has died after a shooting in the North Tabor Neighborhood.

Today, Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 9:18 a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to the 5500 block of Northeast Glisan Street on the report of a shooting. Officers arrived to find a deceased adult male. No suspect or suspects were found at the scene, and no arrests have been made.

The Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit responded to the scene and has assumed control of the investigation. Northeast Glisan Street will be closed from Northeast 53rd Avenue to Northeast 58th Avenue while the on-scene investigation is ongoing.

Anyone has information about this incident and has not yet spoken with police is asked to contact Detective Mike Jones at Michael.Jones@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-1063, or Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0762, and reference case number 23-135639.

More information will be released when appropriate.

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A Man Being Arrested
A Man Being Arrested
Stolen Vehicle Operation Leads to Discovery of Chop Shop (Photo) - 05/24/23

On May 12 and May 19, 2023, the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct partnered with the Gresham Police Department and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office to conduct two successful Stolen Vehicle Operations (SVOs) within both Portland and Gresham. In just two days, officers made 35 arrests, serviced 34 warrants, recovered 31 stolen / suspected stolen vehicles, seized 10 illegal firearms, and 2 illegal suppressors.

With the goal of presenting the best possible case against the individuals arrested during these missions, Deputy District Attorneys have been working alongside officers to provide real-time guidance and advice. This partnership became particularly important when, during a traffic stop, the driver of a stolen vehicle attempted to elude officers. The vehicle and driver were eventually located in the 16600 Block of Northeast Wasco Street, in Gresham.

While officers were conducting their initial investigation, they located several other vehicles that were either stolen or suspected of being stolen. Officers came to the realization that they’d uncovered a chop shop after finding vehicles, tools for disassembling vehicles, and tools for replacing VIN numbers. With the assistance of the Deputy District Attorney present at the scene, SVO Officers served a search warrant. They recovered 7 confirmed and 8 suspected stolen vehicles. Officers also seized 6 guns and 2 homemade suppressors.

The suspect who fled from officers is identified as 34-year-old Christopher Norwood Young. Young was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and is facing a total of 51 charges. The crimes include:

Unlawful Possession of a Firearms Silencer (2 counts)
Felon in Possession of a Firearm (6 counts)
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle (8 counts)
Forgery in the First Degree
Forgery in the Second Degree
Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree
Tampering with Evidence
Felony Elude
Misdemeanor Elude
Reckless Driving
Reckless Endangering Another Person (16 counts)
Possession of Burglary Tools
Trafficking in Stolen Vehicles
Trafficking in Stolen Vehicles with Destroyed or Altered ID Numbers
Forgery of Title
Aggravated Theft in the First Degree
Theft in the First Degree
Laundering Monetary Instrument (2 counts)
Identity Theft (2 counts)
Aggravated Identity Theft

Detectives continue to investigate probable unreported stolen vehicles, the chop shop and Christopher Young. More charges expected.

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Victim in Roseway Neighborhood Shooting Identified - 05/22/23

The victim in this Roseway Neighborhood shooting is identified as 19-year-old Savon Marquis Davis. The Medical Examiner confirmed his manner and cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Davis' family has been notified of his death and are requesting privacy at this time.

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***Original Message Below***

One person has died after a shooting in the Roseway Neighborhood.

On Friday, May 19, 2023 at 11:18p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 3500 block of Northeast 82nd Avenue. When they arrived they found an injured victim in the street. The suspect or suspects left the scene and no immediate arrests were made.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene to investigate. Northeast 82nd Avenue was blocked to all traffic between North Fremont Street to Northeast Beech Street for about 5 hours for the on-scene investigation, but has been reopened. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Mike Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0991.or Detective Rico Beniga at Rico.Beniga@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0457.and reference case number 23-131383.

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

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UPDATE#2: Victim in Cully Neighborhood Homicide Identified - 05/20/23

The victim in the May 14th Cully Neighborhood homicide is identified as Jose Valentin Perez, 30, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death and they are asking for privacy at this time.

The medical examiner determined he died of homicide by gunshot.

This remains an active investigation. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov or call (503) 823-0449.or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov or by phone at 503-823-0256. Please reference case number 23-125743.

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***Original Messages Below***

The shooting that left 3 injured in the Cully Neighborhood this morning is now a homicide investigation after one victim died.

An adult male victim succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The deceased victim will be identified after the medical examiner has confirmed his identity and determined cause and manner of death.

The other two victims, an adult female and an adult male, suffered minor injuries that were treated at the scene.

The on-scene investigation is wrapped up and Northeast Killingsworth is reopened to traffic. The case remains open and active, and detectives are still asking for information from the public to assist them with their investigation. If anyone has information about this incident please contact Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov or call (503) 823-0449.or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov or by phone at 503-823-0256. Please reference case number 23-125743.

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***Original Message Below***

Three people were hurt after a shooting in the Cully Neighborhood.

On Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 3:34a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 6500 block of Northeast Killingsworth Street. When they arrived they found three injured victims. EMS responded to the scene to treat the victims.

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

Detectives responded to the scene and are investigating. During the investigation, Northeast Killingsworth Street is closed between Northeast 62nd Avenue and Northeast Cully Boulevard. If anyone has information about this incident please contact Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov or call (503) 823-0449 or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov or by phone at 503-823-0256. Please reference case number 23-125743.

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

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Kenny Martinez
Kenny Martinez
UPDATE: Victim in Portsmouth Neighborhood Homicide Identified (Photo) - 05/16/23

This update is to add two additional pictures of Kenny Martinez provided by his family, and to correct his age. Martinez was several weeks away from his 22nd birthday, so was 21-years-old at the time of his death.

Photograph: Kenny Martinez
Photograph: Kenny Martinez Driving

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***Original Message Below***

The victim in this Portsmouth Neighborhood shooting is identified as 21-year-old Kenny Martinez. The Medical Examiner confirmed his manner and cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Martinez’s family has been notified of his death, and they have provided the attached picture for public release. The family has requested the photograph not be cropped to highlight Martinez as a young, caring father who was active in his child’s life. Family members are requesting privacy at this time.

Photograph: Kenny Martinez

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***Original Message Below***


On Friday, May 12, 2023, at 11:30 p.m., officers from the North Precinct responded to a shooting call in the 7600 block of North Portsmouth Avenue. Officers arrived to find a man who suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The man was transported to an area hospital where he died.

The Portland Police Homicide detectives have responded to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov or (503)823-0781 or Detective Travis Law at travis.law@police.portlandoregon.gov or (503)823-0395 and reference case number 23-124584.

The identity of the victim will be released after 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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UPDATE: Major Crash Team Activation For Fatal Motorcycle Crash - 05/16/23

An investigation has determined that although the motorcycle and rider were found on Southeast Water Avenue, the rider was initially traveling southbound from Interstate 5 to the ramp that leads to Southeast Belmont Street. The rider collided with the concrete barrier before falling to the roadway below.

This investigation is ongoing.

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***Original Message Below***


On 5/16/2023 at approximately 01:37 a.m. officers from the Central Precinct responded to a call of a motorcycle crash at Southeast Water Avenue and Southeast Belmont Street in the Central Eastside neighborhood.

Responding officers located an adult male, deceased at the scene. The Major Crash Team was activated to begin an investigation. Southeast Water Avenue is currently closed from Southeast Yamhill Street to Southeast Morrison Street and will remain closed for several hours as investigators process the scene.

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 23-127580.

This is the 20th fatal crash for the year.

Vest and Goggles
Vest and Goggles
School Shooting Threat Leads to Arrest (Photo) - 05/15/23

On May 15, 2023, just before 4:00 p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to Creative Science School (1231 Southeast 92nd Avenue) on reports that a former student was armed in tactical gear, had a gun, and was threatening to commit a shooting at the school. Following their protocol, school administrators put the school into lockdown and called 911.

Officers located the 13-year-old suspect near the intersection of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. He was wearing a tactical vest, helmet, goggles, and was carrying what appeared to be a Glock handgun. Officers challenged the juvenile, giving him commands that would facilitate his safe arrest, and he complied. The teenage boy was taken into custody and the firearm was determined to be a realistic looking replica.

The juvenile was taken to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center, charged with Menacing with a Firearm and Disorderly Conduct.

Photograph: Replica Glock
Photograph: Helmet
Photograph: Tactical Vest and Goggles

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Attached Media Files: Vest and Goggles , Helmet , Replica Glock
Numerous Fatal Drug Overdoses Raise Concerns About Dangerous Batch - 05/14/23

The Portland Police Bureau is alerting the community of a potentially dangerous batch of drugs circulating the street marketplace. Since Friday, May 12, 2023, PPB has assisted the Medical Examiner with 8 death investigations that are suspected drug overdoses. Six of them are likely fentanyl related, and the other two are pending additional investigation.

These are a list of the current cases:

May 12, 2023, 11:38a.m., inside an apartment in the 12100 block of East Burnside Street, 38-year-old man, case number 23-123928

May 12, 2023, 1:34p.m., in a tent in the 8100 block of Southeast Rhine Street, 42-year-old man, 23-124037

May 13, 2023, 12:24a.m., in a vehicle in Sellwood Riverfront Park, 8049 SE Oaks Park Way, 47-year-old man, 23-124623

May 13, 2023, 1:44a.m., in a grassy area at West Burnside Street and Northwest 8th Avenue, unknown age man (identity has not yet been determined), 23-124669

May 13, 2023, 4:21p.m., in an apartment in the 800 block of Northwest Naito Parkway, 69-year-old man, 23-125214

May 13, 2023, 11:49p.m., in an apartment in the 16000 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard, 49-year-old male and a 37-year-old man, 23-125607

May 14, 2023, 4:31p.m., 8100 Block of North Hartman Street, Unknown age person, 23-126180

All of these cases are under investigation by the Medical Examiner’s office and Portland Police Narcotics and Organized Crime (NOC) Unit. Preliminary investigation reveals a concerning pattern. NOC has found that in several of these cases, there is evidence that the user believed they were ingesting cocaine, but that it was really a blend of cocaine and fentanyl, or possibly pure powdered fentanyl. Users are warned that there may be a batch of purported cocaine circulating on the street that is particularly dangerous to use.

NOC is continuing to investigate. If anyone has information about any of these cases and have not already talked to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference the corresponding case number. Additional information will be released when appropriate.

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Eight People Injured, 1 Killed, By Gunfire in Portland Overnight - 05/14/23

At least nine people were struck or otherwise injured by gunfire in Portland overnight, leaving one dead and several hurt.

On Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10:18p.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of shots heard in the 900 block of Southeast 33rd Avenue in the Sunnyside Neighborhood. Officers checked the area and did not locate any victims or evidence of gunfire. At 10:50p.m., officers learned that a victim walked into a hospital with an apparent gunshot wound that was not life-threatening. The victim refused to say where the shooting took place. Officers investigated and found a crime scene in the 3300 block of Southeast Belmont Street. No arrests were made. (23-125526)

On Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 12:04a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting in a bar in the 1400 block of Northeast Broadway in the Lloyd District Neighborhood. When officers arrived they located three victims with apparent gunshot wounds. Officers performed trauma first aid on the one adult male and two adult female victims, including applying tourniquets. Paramedics arrived to take over advanced care. All three were transported to the hospital by ambulances with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. (23-125622; see related press release here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=492874 )

At 3:28a.m., East Precinct Officers were dispatched to Portland hospital on a report of a victim checking himself in with a gunshot wound. The victim was not cooperative and refused to say where he had been shot. Officers, through investigation, located a possible crime scene in the 8600 block of Southeast Foster Road in the Lents Neighborhood. No arrests were made. (23-125733)

At 3:34a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 6500 block of Northeast Killingsworth Street in the Cully Neighborhood. When they arrived they found three injured people. EMS responded to the scene to treat the victims. One adult male was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Two others suffered minor injuries and were not transported to the hospital. (23-125743; see related press release here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=492877 )

At 5:43a.m., officers were dispatched to the 170 block of Southeast 146th Avenue in the Hazelwood Neighborhood on a report of multiple shots fired. Officers located an adult male victim, who had some injuries to his neck. He was evaluated by paramedics but declined ambulance transport. Officers determined that a suspect fired through the victim’s apartment door. Evidence of gunfire was located. No immediate arrests were made. (23-125790)
Portland Police Detectives from the Homicide Unit, Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST), and others in the Detective Division are actively investigating these cases. It is common investigative practice to consider the possibility that serious crimes may be related, but there has been no definitive connection made between these events.

ECST investigators 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 tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers. Please reference the corresponding case number.

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/

While this was a busy shift, it is by no means unique. The Focused Intervention Team, or FIT, and patrol officers from North, East, and Central Precincts continue to respond to shootings and other high priority calls daily. Preliminary tally is that PPB members have recorded 382 confirmed shootings this year to date, and 120 people have been hurt or killed by gunfire (not including suicides). Of the 34 homicides in the City of Portland this year, 30 have been shootings. By comparison, last year on this date there had been 528 confirmed shooting incidents and 166 injured or killed. The homicide count was 37 at this time last year, including 35 shootings.

FIT continues its work to help prevent gun violence. In between emergency calls, FIT members build relationships with community members and proactively deter violence consistent with their mandate. 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 .

In addition, precinct personnel continue to work to address gun violence via data-driven policing. All precincts continue to initiate special missions that are focused on criminal activity with a frequent nexus to illegal gun possession and violence. These missions include locating and stopping the use of stolen vehicles and street-level drug dealing. Even missions focused on organized retail theft have led to the seizure of illegally possessed guns. While these efforts are not a comprehensive solution, they are an attempt to utilize our limited resources to make a positive impact on public safety in Portland. And, PPB is happy to do this work concurrently alongside our city and community partners who are also implementing strategies to address the root causes of gun violence.

PPB continues to recruit and hire police officers to serve the community and help address our public safety challenges in Portland. There are currently 71 officer vacancies. If you have a heart for service and want to Join the Best, get more information and apply here: https://www.joinportlandpolice.com/ .

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Pedestrian Involved in April 25th Crash Dies - 05/14/23

A pedestrian involved in a crash last month has died.

On Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 5:21a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast Skidmore Street. When officers arrived they found a crash involving a driver and a pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with critical, life threatening injuries. The Portland Police Major Crash Team responded to the scene to investigate the crash.

The involved driver, an adult male driving a 2006 Ford Taurus, remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. The preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian was crossing Northeast 122nd Avenue eastbound in the north crosswalk against the lighted pedestrian signal. The driver of the Ford was northbound on Northeast 122nd Avenue when the collision happened. The driver was not arrested or cited for moving violations.

Traffic Investigators learned that the pedestrian died at the hospital on May 7, 2023 at 10:48a.m. She was identified as Katherine Lyda, 40. Her family has been notified of her death.

The investigation is continuing. If anyone has information about this crash, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-106733.

This was the 14th fatal crash in Portland this year. As of this press release, there have been 19 deadly traffic incidents this year. Nine of the crashes have involved pedestrians.

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Woman Dies After Tuesday, May 9 Collision With Vehicle - 05/14/23

A woman died at the hospital after being in a collision with a vehicle last week.

On Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 1:23p.m., a North Precinct officer on a call at Northeast 15th Avenue and Northeast Broadway Street was notified by community members of a serious injury crash involving a pedestrian at the intersection. The officer responded and assisted with first aid while requesting EMS. The injured pedestrian was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Due to the life-threatening severity of her injuries, the Portland Police Major Crash Team responded to investigate the crash.

The involved driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicated that the pedestrian was crossing Northeast Broadway in the western crosswalk. The driver, an adult female in a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, was going northbound on Northeast 15th Avenue turning westbound on Northeast Broadway when the collision happened. She was not arrested or cited for moving violations.

The traffic crash investigator was notified that the pedestrian died at the hospital about 4 hours later. She is identified as Joanna M. Sunseri, 81, of Kelso, Washington. Her family has been notified of her death.

The investigation is continuing. If anyone has information about this crash, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-121007.

This was the 18th fatal crash in Portland this year. Including another crash on May 11th, there have been 19 deadly traffic incidents this year. Nine of the crashes have involved pedestrians.

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Three People Injured in a Bar Shooting in Lloyd Neighborhood - 05/14/23

Three people suffered injuries after a shooting in a bar in the Lloyd District Neighborhood.

On Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 12:04a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting in a bar in the 1400 block of Northeast Broadway. When officers arrived they located three victims with apparent gunshot wounds. Officers performed trauma first aid on the one adult male and two adult female victims, including applying tourniquets. Paramedics arrived to take over advanced care. All three were transported to the hospital by ambulances with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

The suspect or suspects fled the scene before police arrived and no immediate arrests were made.

The Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) responded to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-125622.

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

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UPDATE: Man Killed in SE Portland Crash Identified - 05/13/23

The man who died in the May 11 southeast Portland crash is identified as Daniel Q. London, 19, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death.

Preliminary investigation indicates that London was driving a white 2022 Tesla Model Y 4-door sedan when his vehicle collided with a black 2022 Freightliner flatbed tow truck being driven by an adult male. The tow truck driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. A third vehicle at the intersection was damaged by vehicle debris from the crash. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

This is the 19th traffic fatality this year in the City of Portland.

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***Original message below***

One person is deceased after a 2-vehicle crash in Southeast Portland.

On Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 1:05p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash at Southeast Duke Street and Southeast 72nd Avenue. When they arrived they found a crash involving two vehicles, including a car and a tow truck. The driver of the car was deceased at the scene. The tow truck driver was seriously injured and transported to the hospital for treatment.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team responded to the scene and is investigating. During the investigation, streets are closed between Southeast 71st Avenue and Southeast 73rd Avenue, and Southeast Henry Street to Southeast Claybourne Street.

If anyone has information about this crash, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-122989.

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

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Khamori Loving family photo
Khamori Loving family photo
UPDATE: Victim of Thursday Hazelwood Shooting Identified (Photo) - 05/12/23

The victim in the shooting Thursday evening in the Hazelwood Neighborhood is identified as Khamori V. Loving, 41. His family has been notified of his death and provided the attached photograph for public release. They request privacy at this time.

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

Portland Police Homicide Unit Detectives are continuing their investigation, and ask that anyone with information about this incident please contact Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov or by phone at 503-823-0256 or Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov or call (503) 823-0449. Please reference case number 23-123499.

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***Original Message Below***

A man has died after a shooting in the Hazelwood Neighborhood.

On Thursday, May 12, 2023 at 11:46p.m., an East Precinct Sergeant on patrol was flagged down at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Northeast Wasco Street. The sergeant was directed to an injured man just to the east of the intersection. The sergeant requested EMS but the man was deceased at the scene. Initial investigation suggests the man was shot.

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

Portland Police Homicide Unit Detectives responded to the scene and are investigating. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov or by phone at 503-823-0256 or Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov or call (503) 823-0449. Please reference case number 23-123499.

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

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Attached Media Files: Khamori Loving family photo
Guriqbal Singh and Dilrajpal Singh
Guriqbal Singh and Dilrajpal Singh
Victims Identified in Multnomah Neighborhood Homicide (Photo) - 05/11/23

The victims who died in the Multnomah Neighborhood shooting on May 3, 2023, are identified as Dilrajpal Singh, 33 and Guriqbal Singh, 27. The victims were brothers and their family has been notified of their deaths. The medical examiner determined that they died of homicide by gunshot.

The brothers are not related to the suspect.

Photo Descriptions:
Individual portraits of Dilrajpal Singh (in dark colored shirt) and Guriqbal Singh (in orange coat)

Portrait of both Singh brothers: Guriqbal Singh (left) in the dark suit; Dilrajpal Singh (right) in the lighter colored suit


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The person detained at the scene, Jobanpreet Singh, 21, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on two counts of Murder in the First Degree.

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***Original Message Below***

Two men are deceased after a shooting in the Multnomah Neighborhood.

On Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 2:45p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 9100 block of Southeast Barbur Boulevard. When they arrived they found two men deceased in a parking lot.

One person has been detained for the investigation. No one is currently being sought by police.

The Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is investigating. During the investigation, Southwest Barbur Boulevard is closed between Southwest 30th Avenue and Southwest Alice Street.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Tony Harris at tony.harris@police.portlandoregon.gov, (503)823-0441, or Detective Brad Clifton at Brad.Clifton@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0696, and reference case number 23-115074.

Additional information will be released as appropriate.

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Joki.jpg
Victim Who Died in the Hazelwood Neighborhood Shooting Identified (Photo) - 05/11/23

The victim who died in the Hazelwood Neighborhood shooting on May 9, 2023, is identified as
Justin Joki, 37. His family has been notified of his death. The Medical Examiner determined that he died of homicide by gunshot.

Photo description: Portrait of Justin Joki

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***Original Message Below***

On Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at 8:10 p.m., officers from the East Precinct responded to a report of a shooting near the intersection of East Burnside Street and Northeast 122nd Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a man who was deceased.

Portland Police Homicide Unit detectives have responded to the scene to investigate. 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. The case number is 23-121352.

During the investigation, East Burnside Street will be closed between 122nd Avenue and 126th Avenue. Additionally, the MAX lines in that area are shut down going both east and west.

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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Attached Media Files: Joki.jpg
Officers Involved in Clackamas County Shooting Identified - 05/11/23

The Portland Police Bureau officers involved in a shooting in Clackamas County on April 24, 2023, at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Monterey Avenue are being identified. They are Officer Brian Wheeler, a 5-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau and Officer Nicholas Wambold, a 4-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau. Both are assigned to East Precinct and remain on paid administrative leave.

This investigation remains ongoing and is being led by the Clackamas Interagency Major Crimes Team and the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office.

Previously released information related to this incident is available here:
https://www.clackamas.us/news/2023-04-26/clackamas-county-district-attorney-releases-update-on-officer-involved-fatal-shooting-from-april-24-2023

and here:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=482842 .

As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident, including the initial response, resources requested, tactics used, and post shooting actions. The case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is composed of community members, Bureau members, and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

The Portland Police Bureau directive outlining the procedures followed after an officer involved shooting may be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/656780 .

Once the entire investigation and legal process is complete, the investigative files and any grand jury transcripts will be posted on the Bureau's Open Data page. Information available about past officer-involved shootings can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/76940 .

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Man Arrested for Reed Neighborhood Homicide (Photo) - 05/09/23

On Monday, May 8, 2023, 29-year-old Adam Jamal Burns was arrested by US Marshals, with the assistance of the Vancouver Police Department, in Vancouver, WA. A warrant had been issued for Burns’ arrest for the murder of April Nicole Newcomb-Cripe. Burns was booked on the outstanding warrant and is being charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He will remain in Washington pending the extradition process.

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***Original Message Below***


The victim of the April 15, 2023, homicide in the Reed Neighborhood is identified as 28-year-old April Nicole Newcomb-Cripe. Her family has been notified of her death and provided the attached photograph for public release. They are requesting privacy at this time.

The Medical Examiner has determined she died of homicide by gunshot wound.

Photo description: family photograph of April Nicole Newcomb-Cripe

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***Original Message Below***

A woman is deceased in a shooting in the Reed Neighborhood.

On Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:25p.m., Central Precinct Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 2800 block of Southeast Colt Drive. When they arrived they found a woman deceased.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before police arrived and no arrests have been made.

During the investigation, Southeast Colt Drive is closed between Southeast 26th Avenue and Southeast 30th Avenue.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is responding to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Jennifer Hertzler Jennifer.Hertzler@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-1040 or Detective Joe Corona Joseph.Corona@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0508 and reference case number 23-97906.

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

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Attached Media Files: April_Newcomb-Cripe.jpg
PPB Brings Back Traffic Division - 05/09/23

Chief Chuck Lovell announced on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, that the Portland Police Bureau will be re-instituting the Traffic Division on a limited basis, bringing back two sergeants, ten motor officers and two officers in cars to work seven days a week. They will be working a modified afternoon shift from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. These officers and sergeants will be in addition to the Major Crash Team, the Traffic Investigations Unit and a lieutenant. The shift configuration means six officers and one sergeant will be working traffic enforcement each day. On Wednesdays, both details will be working.

“In 2021, I made the difficult decision to have our traffic officers go to the precincts in order to answer 911 emergency calls for service,” said Chief Lovell. “Though we are still deeply challenged with our staffing, we have seen the rise in fatal crashes, and have heard from our community that they want and expect traffic enforcement to help keep our roadways safe for all users. In addition, our new officers have not been able to do a rotation through traffic to learn these valuable skills.”

In 2022, there were 68 total fatal crashes, the highest since 1987. Of those crashes, 32 involved pedestrians (the highest since 1948).

Traffic officers will provide the precincts support with traffic-related calls for service. They will also be prioritizing Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) detection and investigation. Traffic officers will be responding to investigate fatal and serious injury crashes and provide enforcement and education in high-crash areas, focusing on dangerous driving behaviors. They will also mentor and teach new officers traffic enforcement, education and investigation skills during their Traffic rotation.

Photo descriptions: Motor officer and Major Crash Team van

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Another Man Arrested
Another Man Arrested
East Precinct Conducts Organized Retail Theft Mission (Photo) - 05/08/23

On May 4, 2023, members of the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) conducted dedicated patrols in the area of Mall 205, with a focus on retail theft. These types of missions typically have a smaller footprint than full missions, but can be just as impactful. Through the course of this downsized mission, officers made eight arrets, recovered stolen vehicles, and found a man with a homicide warrant.

The following is a list of those arrested, and what they were charged with:

35-year-old Blaine Carolan-Stegman
Theft in the Second Degree

32-year-old Ricky Frad
Theft in the Second Degree

45-year-old Kenneth Baker
Theft in the Second Degree

31-year-old Krissi Frizzell
Theft in the Second Degree

29-year-old Joseph Young
Warrant for Burglary in the First Degree
Additional Warrants

40-year-old Joshua Carroll
Warrant for Theft in the Second Degree

24-year-old Daniel Belash
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle
Reckless Driving
Eluding in a Vehicle
Failure to Perform the Duty of a Driver (Hit & Run) – Multiple Counts

25-year-old Earniest Lott
Warrant for Manslaughter in the Second Degree

Photograph: Crashed Vehicle
Photograph: Impound
Photograph: Man Arrested
Photograph: Stolen Merchandise
Photograph: Another Man Arrested

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Nissan coupe being loaded on tow truck
Nissan coupe being loaded on tow truck
Street Racing Mission Results in Arrests, Dozens of Citations (Photo) - 05/06/23

A special detail involving multiple agencies focused on street racing and takeovers netted dozens of citations and multiple arrests of criminal suspects and towed vehicles last night.

The mission was run the evening of Friday, May 5, 2023 by Portland Police Bureau (PPB) North Precinct. Oregon State Police (OSP) assisted, as did members of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office. PPB Air Support Unit, K9, former Traffic Division officers, and detectives also participated, which resulted in adequate resources to address organized street racing/takeover events on Swan Island and North Marine Drive west of I-5.

Many of the participants in the street racing event were seen leaving the area and attempting to elude police officers due to the noticeable police presence. One arrested person was armed with a gun and is now facing a weapons charge.

Preliminary statistics (does NOT included OSP activity):
Arrests - 5
Citations - 33
Vehicles towed - 6
Eludes - 5
DUII - 1 arrest (after obtaining a warrant for a blood draw)
Car tires spiked - 1

Additional statistics from OSP members will be added to this release once they have been provided.

Arrested (4 available at this time):

Tyler Z. Roberts, 18, of Vancouver, Washington: Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering Another Person (2 counts), Unlawful Street Takeover (City Code misdemeanor) and Speed Racing (ORS 811.125 Class A traffic violation)

Jaylen L. Madison, 18, of Vancouver, Washington: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (concealed), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in Public (City Code misdemeanor), Violation of a Restraining Order.

Kenneth N. Sevy, 22, of Salem, Oregon: criminally cited for DUII (controlled substances), traffic violation citations for Following too Closely (811.485), Obstructing Rail Crossing (811.475), Speeding (811.111).

Austin M. Pool, 21, of Vancouver, Washington: Attempt to Elude Police by Vehicle (C felony), Reckless Driving.

Future missions are being planned throughout the summer as resources allow. These missions typically will not be preannounced, so participants are warned that they are risking arrest, towed vehicles, and traffic tickets if they take part in illegal street racing or takeovers. The goal of these missions is to deter people from engaging in these illegal and dangerous activities that are often related to crashes, shootings, and other criminal activity.

The Portland Police Bureau is grateful for the assistance of Oregon State Police and look forward to future collaboration with them and our other law enforcement partners.

In addition to state statutes, Portland City Code addresses this dangerous activity.

1. Unlawful street takeover event means an activity that is:
a. Unpermitted;
b. Preplanned or contemporaneously coordinated by two or more persons; and
c. Involves one or more persons demonstrating, exhibiting, or comparing the maneuverability or power of one or more motor vehicles in a curved direction, in a circular direction, or around corners, including but not limited to by breaking traction in a curved or circular direction or around corners

2. A person commits the offense of an Unlawful Street Takeover if, in a public place or upon a highway, the person knowingly operates a motor vehicle while engaged in an unlawful street takeover event

3. 1. Highway means the entire width of a public right-of-way when any portion thereof is intended for motor vehicle movement or motor vehicle access to abutting property.

3.2. Public place means an area, whether publicly or privately owned, generally open to the public and includes, without limitation, the grounds surrounding buildings or dwellings, streets, sidewalks, bridges, tunnels, alleys, plazas, parks, driveways, and parking lots.

See the full ordinance here: https://www.portland.gov/code/14/a30/080

PPB has previously released a video about this ordinance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrAt64cihw4

In addition, Chief Chuck Lovell spoke about the dangers of street racing and the importance of the city ordinance in a 2021 public service announcement. It can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deRK7PraeEo

The Portland Police Bureau will continue its efforts in educating community members about the dangers of speed racing. This education will be conducted on our social media platforms and through one-on-one conversations with participants. Enforcement action will also continue against individuals who are suspected of committing these types of crimes.

Irresponsible driving practices can have a deadly outcome. There have been 16 traffic-related fatalities within the City of Portland this year, at least one of which was speed racing related. Every year, Portland Police officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones.


Photo descriptions:
1. White Nissan coupe with spoiler being loaded onto a flatbed tow truck
2. OSP and PPB vehicles on a traffic stop of a speed racing suspect
3. Black Ford coupe convertible on a tow truck
4. Unmarked black OSP vehicle on a traffic stop
5. PPB vehicle with lights flashing behind a pickup truck
6. Maroon Ford coupe stopped in front of a PPB vehicle, spike strip under the left rear tire
7. Black semiautomatic handgun with slide locked to rear on the seat of a vehicle, loaded magazine nearby


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UPDATE: Victim Who Died in Northwest District Neighborhood Shooting Identified - 05/05/23

The victim who died in the Northwest District Neighborhood shooting April 28 is identified as
James R. Rodgers, Jr., 55. His family has been notified of his death. The medical examiner determined that he died of homicide by gunshot.

The injured female victim was treated and has been released from the hospital.

This is an open, active investigation. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0762, or Detective Mike Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0991. Please reference case number 23-110484.

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***Original Message Below***

One victim died, another was injured after a shooting in the Northwest District Neighborhood.

On Friday, April 28, 2023 at 11:23p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting at Northwest 17th Avenue and Northwest Irving Street. When officers arrived, they located two injured victims, a male and a female. The male appeared to have life threatening injuries and officers began applying trauma first aid and CPR. EMS arrived and paramedics attempted additional life saving measures, but the man died at the scene. The injured woman was transported to the hospital by ambulance with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before police arrived and no arrests have been made.

Portland Police Homicide Unit Detectives are responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, streets are closed in a 1 block radius of Northwest 17th Avenue and Northwest Irving Street.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0762, or Detective Mike Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0991. Please reference case number 23-110484.

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

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Manual.jpg
PPB Seeks Public Input on Directives (Photo) - 05/05/23

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).

Second Universal Review: 5/1/23 – 5/31/23

• Directive 0600.00, Air Support Unit Operations
• Directive 0631.60, Premises Entry
• Directive 0810.10, Bureau Contact with Members of Immigrant Communities
• Directive 0810.20, Diplomatic and Consular Immunity (New)

Community members are encouraged to read these Directives at https://www.portland.gov/police/directives 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 of Policies and Procedures

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Attached Media Files: Manual.jpg
Harry O. Latour Jr family photograph
Harry O. Latour Jr family photograph
UPDATE: Centennial Neighborhood Homicide Victim Identified, Second Person's Cause of Death Undetermined (Photo) - 05/04/23

One of the deceased is identified as Harry O. Latour, Jr, 34. His family has been notified of his death and provided the attached photograph for public release.

The Medical Examiner determined that he died of homicide by gunshot.

The second man who died is not being identified at this time. The Medical Examiner determined that he was shot, but died of something other than homicidal violence. The cause of death is undetermined pending toxicology test results.

This case remains under investigation. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Brad Clifton at Brad.Clifton@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0696 or Detective Tony Harris at tony.harris@police.portlandoregon.gov, (503)823-0441. Please reference case number 23-111647.

Photo description: Harry Latour, Jr standing next to a pickup truck

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***Original Message Below***

Two men are deceased after a shooting incident in the Centennial Neighborhood.

On Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 3:14a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the 16600 block of Southeast Naegeli Drive. Officers located an adult male deceased at the scene. A short time later, officers found another deceased adult male in the 17100 block of Southeast Naegeli Drive.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before police arrived and no arrests have been made.

The Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is investigating. During the investigation, Southeast Naegeli Drive is closed between Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast 174th Avenue.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Brad Clifton at Brad.Clifton@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0696 or Detective Tony Harris at tony.harris@police.portlandoregon.gov, (503)823-0441. Please reference case number 23-111647.

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

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Four Year Old Boy Dies, Father Booked on Murder Charge - 05/04/23

A four-year-old boy died after suffering suspicious injuries, and his father has been arrested on a murder charge.

On Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 12:32p.m., East Precinct officers responded to an emergency call to assist paramedics in the 6400 block of Northeast Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in the Piedmont Neighborhood. The young child had suffered significant trauma and was unconscious. He was transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital where, despite lifesaving efforts by medical staff, he died of his injuries.

The Portland Police Bureau Child Abuse Team (CAT) and Homicide Unit detectives responded to the scene to investigate.

The child’s father, Marquavious D. Ware, 19, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Murder in the Second Degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Jeff Sharp Jeff.Sharp@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9773, or Detective Mike Jones at Michael.Jones@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0405, and reference case number 23-114972.

The medical examiner will confirm the child’s identity and determine cause and manner of his death.

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PPB Investigating Fatal Crash in North Portland - 05/03/23

A driver has died in a single vehicle crash on North Marine Drive.

On May 3, 2023, just after 1:00 p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a single vehicle crash in the 5900 Block of North Marine Drive. Officers arrived to find that a vehicle had crashed into a pole, and determined the driver was deceased.

Portland’s Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the scene of the crash and has assumed control of the investigation. Eastbound lanes of North Marine Drive will be closed from approximately the 4000 Block to the 6000 Block for several hours while MCT processes the scene.

Anyone who believes they have information about this incident is asked to contact the Traffic Investigations Unit at crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-114997.

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North Precinct Conducts Organized Retail Theft Mission (Photo) - 05/03/23

On May 2, 2023, North Precinct officers, in collaboration with business partners, conducted another successful retail theft mission in the Jantzen Beach area. These missions have had a significant impact on retail theft, property crime and community livability.

North Precinct officers along with loss prevention assets, K9 officers and East and North Precinct detectives, conducted several felony and misdemeanor arrests of chronic shoplifters in the area. Officers made five arrests, six traffic stops, recovered $600.74 in retail merchandise, seized an illegal firearm and recovered two stolen vehicle. Two vehicles eluded.

Arrested were:
Ana Peraza-Munoz, 34
Warrant traffic offenses
Theft II

Steven Coonrod, 53
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Reckless Driving and Eluding a Police Officer

Lovely Fangupo, 30
Theft II (Three Counts)

Brian Howell, 33
Theft III Warrant (Washington County)

Zachary Michaels, 32
Warrant escape community custody
Failure to register as a sex offender


Photo Descriptions: Stolen merchandise in a vehicle and on top of a police vehicle

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Rene Ramirez Martinez
Rene Ramirez Martinez
UPDATE: Suspect Arrested, Charged with Murder (Photo) - 05/03/23

38-year-old Jorge Gomez Montejano was identified by Portland Police Homicide Detectives as the suspect in this case, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On May 2, 2023, Montejano was arrested by the US Marshal’s Service and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Montejano is charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Unauthorized Use of a Weapon.

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***Original Message Below***


The victim in this homicide is identified as 39-year-old Rene Ramirez Martinez. The Medical Examiner confirmed the manner and cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Rene Ramirez Martinez’s family has been notified of his death, and they have provided the attached photograph for public release. Family is requesting privacy at this time.

Photograph: Rene Ramirez Martinez

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***Original Message Below***


A man is deceased after a shooting in the Foster-Powell Neighborhood.

On Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 7:28p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of shots heard in the area of Southeast 74th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard Frontage Road. When officers arrived they found a man deceased near an encampment.

The suspect or suspects left the scene and no arrests have been made.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is responding to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov or call (503) 823-0449 or Detective Jeff Pontius at Jeffery.Pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-0433 and reference case number 23-62542.

During the investigation, eastbound Southeast Powell Boulevard is closed. Westbound Powell Boulevard remains open.

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

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Attached Media Files: Rene Ramirez Martinez
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PPB Conducts Mission to Address Illegal Speed Racing (Photo) - 05/01/23

On the evening of April 30, 2023, and into the early hours of May 1, 2023, Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct conducted a mission focused on illegal street racing and street takeovers. With the assistance of the Air Support Unit, K9 officers and former members of the Traffic Division, North Precinct officers, supervisors and command worked together to engage a group that was involved in o;;rhs; street racing and other traffic-related crimes in North Portland.

Officer arrested five people, cited 25 people for traffic violations and towed two vehicles. Approximately 20 to 30 vehicles eluded police officers.

Future missions are being planned throughout the summer as resources allow. These missions typically will not be preannounced, so participants are warned that they are risking arrest, towed vehicles, and traffic tickets if they take part in illegal street racing or takeovers. The goal of these missions is to deter people from engaging in these illegal and dangerous activities that are often related to crashes, shootings and other criminal activity.

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Attached Media Files: street_racing.jpg , Speed_Racing_2.jpg
Seized gun
Seized gun
Three Juveniles Arrested After Fleeing Officers Downtown, Gun Recovered (Photo) - 04/29/23

A gun was recovered and three juveniles are facing charges after fleeing officers from a stolen vehicle in Downtown Portland.

On Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 1:12a.m., Central Precinct and Focused Intervention Team officers responded to a report of a car, stolen at gunpoint in Vancouver, Washington, being tracked by GPS to the area of Southeast 5th Avenue and Southwest Hall Street. Officers saw three suspects running away from the stolen car and attempted to detain them. Despite police telling them to stop, they continued running away. One suspect tripped and a gun fell out of his pocket onto the ground. Officers took him into custody. The other two suspects were contained in the area and arrested a few blocks away.

The suspects were booked into the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility under the listed charges:

Male, 16, of Portland: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude Police on Foot, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Interfering with a Police Officer, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (city code), and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (concealed)

Male, 17 of Vancouver, Washington: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude Police on Foot, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Interfering with a Police Officer.

Male, 17 of Vancouver, Washington: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude Police on Foot, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Interfering with a Police Officer.

The gun (photo) was seized as evidence. The robbery of the vehicle is under investigation.

Photo description:
1-Semiautomatic handgun with silver slide over black polymer frame displayed on a table next to a black magazine and 7 rounds of ammunition

2-handgun on the sidewalk

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Attached Media Files: Seized gun , Gun on sidewalk
Officer Injured After Being Struck by a Car During Foot Pursuit - 04/29/23

A Portland Police Officer is recovering from a broken ankle suffered when he collided with a car on I-205 while chasing a fleeing suspect, who was later arrested.

On Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 10:32a.m., East Precinct officers saw a suspicious vehicle occupied in the area of Southeast 97th Avenue and Southeast Glenwood Street. The vehicle, which was parked, was reported stolen. The driver ran from officers and made his way onto the I-205 freeway near Southeast Woodstock Boulevard. Traffic stopped as the suspect ran across the lanes of traffic three times trying to evade police. An East Precinct officer following the suspect was struck by one of the cars on southbound I-205 at low speed, knocking the officer to the ground.

Officers stopped to assist the injured officer. At the same time, other officers contained the suspect, who surrendered only after he was surrounded.

The officer was conscious and breathing at the scene. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital for an evaluation. He was treated for a broken ankle, scrapes, and bruises. He has been released and is recovering at home.

The adult female driver involved immediately stopped and cooperated with officers. The investigation revealed that the driver stopped for the fleeing suspect and did not see the pursuing officer when she started to pull forward. Her 2019 Ford Fusion 4-door sedan was moving at less than 10 miles per hour when the collision happened. She was not impaired. She was not arrested or issued any citations.

The suspect was also transported to the hospital by ambulance with breathing problems and after saying he swallowed drugs. After he was treated and released, Norman R. Kurth, 33, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Escape in the Third Degree, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and an arrest warrant. The stolen car was recovered.

“I’m relieved to hear that the officer involved in this incident will be okay and I wish him a speedy recovery,” said Chief Chuck Lovell. “This is another reminder of the hazards that law enforcement officers face daily as they serve our community.”

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