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Unidentified Suspect Photo
Sheriff's Office Seeks Assistance in Identifying Suspect (Photo) - 02/24/24

On Tuesday, December 26, 2023, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were alerted to the discovery of a hidden recording device in a fitting room at a clothing store. The device was seized, and the Washington County Digital Forensic Lab (DFL) was enlisted to help identify the individual responsible for its placement.

By February 6, 2024, the DFL had analyzed the device and returned it to detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit, who discovered a series of photos on the device that featured the potential suspect. No other images or videos of potential victims were found on the device.

Efforts to identify the suspect were expanded to include local police agencies, leading to a breakthrough when the Scappoose Police Department reported an incident involving the same individual.

On December 21, 2023, the Scappoose Police Department received a report from a victim who came forward to disclose an incident that occurred at a Fred Meyer store on December 13, 2023. The victim reported being groped by the suspect while seeking assistance in finding items in the store. The victim later positively identified the suspect, through a photograph, as the individual who had placed the hidden recording device in the Washington County clothing store fitting room.

The suspect is described as an Asian male, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, with black hair and glasses.

Attached is a photo of the suspect. The community’s assistance is requested in identifying this individual. Please contact the Washington County Non-Emergency Dispatch at 503-629-0111 with any information. WCSO Case# 23-19225.

Attached Media Files: Unidentified Suspect Photo , MR Graphic
Deputies Arrest Two for Mail Theft (Photo) - 02/23/24

On Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 2:05 a.m., deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of mail theft in the 4500 block of SW 160th Avenue in Beaverton.

An observant community member noticed occupants of a dark-colored 2015 Chevy Equinox removing mail from a neighborhood mailbox before speeding away.

Responding deputies, along with officers from the Beaverton Police Department, located and stopped the vehicle within ten minutes near SW 170th Avenue and SW Cambridge Drive.

During the stop, deputies found a significant amount of mail in the vehicle, none of which belonged to the occupants. The mail was seized and is currently being sorted to identify the victims.

The United States Postal Service's Postal Inspector has been notified and is taking possession of the stolen mail to further the investigation.

The occupants of the Equinox, identified as 37-year-old Brian Roberson and 38-year-old Jenni Frontino, both from Beaverton, were arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of felony mail theft.

The investigation is ongoing, and many victims have not yet been notified. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office extends its gratitude to the Beaverton Police Department for their assistance in apprehending Roberson and Frontino, as well as to the United States Postal Service Inspector for their support with this case.

Attached Media Files: Mail_Theft_Graphic.png
Deputies Arrest Man After Road Rage Incident - 02/16/24

On Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at approximately 7:18 a.m., deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a road rage incident near the intersection of South 20th Avenue and Baseline Street in Cornelius.

A deputy, who was in the vicinity, observed the driver of a maroon Dodge Ram operating the vehicle in a manner that was deemed unsafe. The deputy witnessed the driver tailgating and swerving at other vehicles before colliding with another car. Both vehicles involved in the incident came to a stop and were subsequently contacted by the deputy. 

At the scene of the crash, the deputy identified the driver of the Dodge Ram as 62-year-old William Owens. Both Owens and the driver of the other vehicle were found to be uninjured.

During the investigation, deputies arrested Owens and transported him to the Washington County Jail, where he was booked on the following charges:

- Attempted Assault in the Third Degree

- Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree

- Menacing

- Reckless Driving

If you witnessed any unsafe driving behavior involving the Dodge Ram mentioned and have not yet spoken to the police, please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.

Deputies Arrest Shoplifter Found in Possession of Stolen Gun - 02/12/24

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at approximately 11:34 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a theft occurring at the Target located at 12675 NW Cornell Road. 

The caller with loss prevention reported a man was concealing items not paid for in a bag at the self-checkout. 

Deputies arrived and took the man into custody as he exited the store without paying for the merchandise. The man was identified as 36-year-old Rhyan Baney of Portland. 

Baney was arrested for the theft from Target, and deputies found a loaded handgun in his property. The gun was discovered to have been stolen out of Portland. The stolen items from Target were returned to loss prevention. The owner of the handgun was located, and the firearm was returned. 

Baney was lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges including: 

  • Theft in the first degree 
  • Felon in possession of a weapon 
  • Theft in third degree
  • Parole violation (Multnomah County Parole and Probation) 
  • Resisting arrest 

If you have any additional information about this incident, please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office through non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.