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Guns Seized and Arrests Made in Two Traffic Stops (Photo) - 01/12/20

Two unrelated traffic stops by officers with the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) led to arrests and the seizure of guns on Saturday.

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, while on patrol, GVRT officers saw a suspect for which they had probable cause to arrest from a previous felony elude by vehicle case. At 1:30p.m., the officers stopped the suspect's vehicle at Northeast Alberta Street and Northeast 32nd Place and arrested him. A loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun (photo) was found under the suspect's seat. The gun was determined to be stolen. Robert L. Thomas, 29 (photo), was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the previous charge of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, as well as new charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of Loaded Firearm in a Public Place (city code).

At 10:17p.m., GVRT officers saw a vehicle that was of interest in a previous case. The nature of the case is not being disclosed. The officers stopped the vehicle near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street for a registration violation. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a .380 semiautomatic handgun (photo). The gun was determined to be stolen.
The driver, Charlie M. Borbon, 18 (photo), was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Theft in the First Degree, and Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public.

In an effort to curb retaliatory violence, the Gun Violence Reduction Team is engaging in enhanced patrols to interdict criminal behaviors. In addition, the Gun Violence Reduction Team members will be coordinating with partners, including the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Multnomah County Parole and Probation, the United States Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Oregon Youth Authority, East Metro Gang Enforcement Team, and the Office of Youth Violence Prevention.

Gun violence can result in death, serious injury, and life changing trauma to those targeted and also those in close proximity. The Gun Violence Reduction Team and community partners will work together to attempt to curb this violence, but they need the community's help.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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