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Update: Additional Man Arrested in Child Predator Sting (Photo) - 12/06/22

In September 2022, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested five men who intended to meet children in person to have sex. During that sting, multiple other people started conversations with the undercover online profiles and expressed interest in meeting the child.

One of those people was 32-year-old Michael Thomas Lund, who lived in Troutdale. Lund continued to message the account for three months, believing he was talking to a child. Lund repeatedly offered to meet the child in person for sex. Once detectives confirmed Lund’s identity, a Washington County grand jury indicted him in December 2022. On December 5, detectives arrested Lund at his apartment in Troutdale.

Lund was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of luring a minor and online sexual corruption of a minor in the second degree. Detectives are concerned Lund may have more victims and are asking anyone with additional information to call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.


Five People Arrested in Undercover Child Predator Sting

September 2, 2022

On September 1, 2022, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office conducted a child predator sting where police used a variety of social media platforms to pose as underage boys and girls. The people contacted the undercover investigators online and offered to meet a person they believed to be a child for sex. When the people arrived to meet the child, they were instead contacted by law enforcement and arrested.

During the mission, multiple people immediately ended their conversations once they learned the person they were talking to identified as a minor.

The Sheriff’s Office regularly conducts undercover operations, both full-scale stings and day-to-day chats, targeting child predators. Parents are encouraged to help their children be safe online and to be aware of the websites and mobile applications their kids are using. The Sheriff’s Office provides online safety education for parents and community organizations.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Lake Oswego Police Department for assisting with the sting.

The following people were arrested for the felony crimes of luring a minor and online sexual corruption of a child in the first degree:

  • Chad Leonard Gruelle, 41, of Washougal
  • Nicholas Smith, 25, of Vancouver
  • John Bucher, 55, of Hillsboro
  • Aubrey Quinn-Ward, 25, of Portland
  • Michael David King, 23, of Beaverton

Detectives are concerned there may be more victims of these five individuals and are asking anyone with additional information to call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.                                    

Attached Media Files: .pdf Media Release , Booking Photo
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Man Killed in Crash Between Motorcycle and Car (Photo) - 12/03/22

On December 3, 2022, at 4:44 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a crash near 15160 NW Laidlaw Rd. in the community of Bethany. 911 callers reported a car and a motorcycle crashed and the man driving the motorcycle was injured.

The first deputy was on scene in less than three minutes and immediately began life savings efforts. Additional deputies and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue paramedics helped, but 23-year-old Feliciano Cruz Morales of Hillsboro was pronounced dead at the scene. His family was notified of his death.

The driver of the car, a 2019 Kia Niro, remained at the scene and cooperated with deputies. The  Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to lead the investigation.

CART is a multi-agency team of specially trained law enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Office, local police departments and the Washington County District Attorney’s Office. The team investigates and reconstructs traffic crashes that may result in the prosecution of felony assault or manslaughter charges. The team also assists with diagramming crime scenes.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Scene photo
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Driver Rams Patrol Car, Injures Deputy While Attempting to Flee (Photo) - 12/02/22

On November 28, 2022, at 11:30 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies got information that 25-year-old Anthony Kiontae Czerniejewski was in an apartment in the 2400 block of SW Ecole Ave., within the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD). Deputies knew Czerniejewski had a felony warrant for his arrest.  

When deputies arrived, no one inside the apartment would come to the door. Deputies left but learned later that Czerniejewski had been inside and fled on foot. They returned, set up containment in the area, and began to search for him. 

During the search, 22-year-old Michelle Perez-Barrera left the apartment in a 2006 Jeep Commander and began circling the neighborhood. Deputies saw the Jeep stop briefly and watched as Czerniejewski dove into the back seat.    

One of the deputies tried to block Perez-Barrera's path using a patrol vehicle. Instead of stopping, Perez-Barrera rammed her Jeep into the deputy’s vehicle, hitting the driver’s door. Czerniejewski got out of the car and ran from the scene. Deputies arrested Perez-Barrera, who was transported to the Washington County Jail on the following charges:   

  •  Hindering prosecution (felony)  
  • Assault on a public safety officer (felony)  
  • Recklessly endangering (two counts)   

Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.   

The impact from the collision caused minor injuries to the deputy who was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure. The following morning, the deputy was released from the hospital and has since returned to duty.   

Deputies were unable to locate Czerniejewski, who has an outstanding felony warrant for failure to appear on assault in the fourth degree (domestic violence). Deputies ask anyone with information on Czerniejewski’s location to contact non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.   

The Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) provides law enforcement services for more than 214,000 residents in the urban areas outside of cities in Washington County, including Bethany, Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, Aloha, Reedville, Garden Home, Metzger, Rock Creek, Raleigh Hills, Bull Mountain, Bonny Slope, West Slope, Oak Hills, and more. Voters first approved the ESPD in 1987 and all local option levies since then. 

Law Enforcement Agencies Collaborate with Automotive Specialists to Deter Theft - 12/01/22

On Wednesday, November 30, at 11:00 a.m., Jiffy Lube, in partnership with the Beaverton Police Department and the Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah, and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices, held a joint press conference to provide information about a crime prevention service offered by Jiffy Lube. 

The service includes a bright stripe painted onto a vehicle’s catalytic converter using high-temperature paint. Once painted, service technicians will engrave the vehicle identification number (VIN) into the catalytic converter. 

The hope is that this service will dissuade potential thieves from stealing catalytic converters, make it easier for law enforcement to track, and provide a pathway for district attorneys to prosecute offenders of this crime.

The service, which takes less than 10 minutes, is being offered at no cost in 46 Portland, Vancouver, and Salem locations, and appointments are not required.

For more information: bit.ly/3XNddhE

Attached Media Files: Media Release PDF
Man Charged for Murder After Striking Caretaker with a Table - 11/29/22

On Sunday, November 13, 2022, a little after 10:00 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a disturbance with a weapon call on the 9200 block of Midea Court in unincorporated Washington County. 

A 79-year-old woman called 911 when her son, 44-year-old Benjamin Hershel Ritchie, assaulted her and her caretaker. When deputies arrived, they found the caretaker, 57-year-old Clare Krill, unresponsive on the floor. There was severe trauma to her head and face, which deputies learned was caused when Ritchie struck her with a side table. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Deputies contacted medical responders who provided life-saving measures before transporting Krill by ambulance to a local area hospital in serious condition.

Deputies arrested Ritchie and transported him to the Washington County Jail. On Monday, November 21, a Washington County grand jury indicted Ritchie on the following charges:

  • Attempted murder in the second degree
  • Assault in the first degree
  • Unlawful use of a weapon
  • Assault in the second degree

On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 8:24 p.m., Krill died in the hospital from her injuries. Krill’s family was notified of her death.

On Monday, November 28, 2022, a Washington County grand jury indicted Ritchie for Murder in the second degree. He remains at the Washington County jail awaiting trial, and the investigation is ongoing.

Members of the Violent Crimes Unit are called upon to investigate serious violent crimes such as homicides, suspicious deaths, adult sexual assaults, kidnappings, robberies, extortion, serious assaults, elder abuse, and missing persons.

Attached Media Files: Media Release PDF
Law Enforcement Agencies and Jiffy Lube to Hold Press Conference on Catalytic Converter Theft - 11/28/22

On Wednesday, November 30, at 11:00 a.m., Jiffy Lube, in partnership with the Beaverton Police Department and the Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah, and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices will hold a joint press conference to provide information about catalytic converter theft prevention. 

Jiffy Lube and the agencies above will present the issues we face, the extent of the problem, and a deterrent in a press conference to be held at Jiffy Lube located at 13325 SW Canyon Road in Beaverton.  

Attached Media Files: Media Release PDF
Murder-Suicide Leaves Three Dead - 11/17/22

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, just after 8:00 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call on the 23000 block of SW Scholls Ferry Road in unincorporated Washington County. 

When deputies arrived, they found two people deceased outside the home and one person with life-threatening injuries from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Carlos Jimenez-Vargas, 46, was transported to a hospital, where he later died.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit were called to investigate the incident. During the investigation, detectives learned that Jimenez-Vargas shot two people during an argument before killing himself.

The investigation is ongoing, and Jimenez-Vargas' family was notified of his death.  

Members of the Violent Crimes Unit are called upon to investigate serious violent crimes such as homicides, suspicious deaths, adult sexual assaults, kidnappings, robberies, extortion, serious assaults, elder abuse, and missing persons.

Attached Media Files: Media Release PDF
Seventh Annual Cornelius Community Dinner - 11/15/22

The City of Cornelius, in partnership with Centro Cultural de Washington County and the Washington County Sheriff's Office, is excited to announce the return of the Cornelius Community Dinner. A free turkey holiday meal will be provided for members of the community. Everyone is welcome, and no reservations are required to attend. The dinner serves over 400 meals and is made possible through the collaboration, generous donations, and volunteer hours provided by community partners, including: 
 

  • Centro Cultural de Washington County 
  • City of Cornelius 
  • Cornelius Fred Meyer 
  • Cornelius Police Department 
  • Cornelius Walmart 
  • Forest Grove School District 
  • Reser's Fine Foods 
  • Sonrise Church 
  • Washington County Police Officers Association 
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Western Washington County Firefighter’s Association 

 

 
“We haven’t been able to hold our annual community dinner for the past two years and are thrilled to gather our community together once again. We are especially grateful to our community partners who give so much to make it happen and the organizers who pull it all together,” said Cornelius City Manager Peter Brandom. 

 

This event also provides a platform for informal conversations amongst community members, city leaders, police and fire officials, and more. 

 

The Community Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. at the Cornelius Elementary School (200 N. 14th Ave, Cornelius, OR). 

 

For more information or to find out how you can help, please contact the City of Cornelius at 503-357-9112 or visit https://bit.ly/CommDinner2022. 

 

Community Dinner Flyer: https://bit.ly/CommDinnerFlyer2022 

 

Grand Jury Indicts Serial Commercial Burglar - 11/11/22

On Sunday, September 4, 2022, just before 8:00 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a burglary call at a coffee shop near NW Cornell Road and NW Saltzman Road in the community of Bethany. When deputies arrived, they learned someone had forced their way into the building early that morning and taken clothing and a safe. The safe, which was bolted down, contained more than $1,500. 

With assistance from nearby businesses, deputies accessed surveillance footage of the incident. Upon review of the footage, they saw three individuals enter the building at about 2:30 a.m. When they left the building, they placed various items into a Subaru Forrester and drove away. Though the footage was insufficient to initially identify the suspects, deputies were able to connect the group to several other similar occurrences in the area. 

One of the suspects seen in surveillance footage at another incident was identified as 37-year-old Christina Lynn Cordon. After extensive investigation, detectives connected Cordon to numerous crimes at other commercial locations where they took cash and other items of value. Cordon was seen with additional accomplices, but their identities remain unknown.

On October 21, 2022, a Grand Jury of Washington County indicted Christina Lynn Cordon on the following crimes which took place between August 14, 2022, and October 5, 2022:

  • Criminal mischief in the first degree
  • Criminal mischief in the second degree
  • Burglary
  • Attempt to elude a police officer 
  • Reckless driving
  • Recklessly endangering another person
  • Theft in the first degree
  • Theft in the second degree

Cordon is currently in custody at the Clackamas County Jail facing charges for unrelated crimes. Once their Clackamas County case is complete, Cordon will be transported to the Washington County Jail.

 

Attached Media Files: Media Release PDF
Update: Deputy's Attacker Lodged in Washington County Jail - 11/09/22

On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 27-year-old Joshua A. Wesley was released from a local hospital. Deputies transported Wesley to the Washington County Jail where they were booked on the following charges: 

  • Assault on a Public Safety Officer
  • Attempted Theft in the first degree x2
  • Robbery in the third degree
  • Probation Violation

Wesley was transported and lodged in the jail without incident.  


Update: Deputy’s Body Worn Camera Video Released

October 31, 2022

On Monday, October 24, 2022, shortly before 3 a.m., a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy was at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center’s Emergency Department with a 27-year-old male named Joshua Wesley. During the hospital admission process, Wesley charged the deputy and attempted to take their firearm. 

The unprovoked attack was captured on the deputy’s body worn camera. The camera footage of the attack is being released today and can be viewed here.

Wesley continues to be treated for his injuries and remains at a local hospital.

The deputy attacked on October 24 is Deputy Zane Hafeman, and he remains on critical incident leave, which is standard.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team continues to lead this investigation.


Deputy Attacked in Hospital Emergency Department

October 24, 2022

On Monday, October 24, 2022, shortly before 3 a.m., a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy was at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center’s Emergency Department with an adult male who was on a civil hold. During the hospital admission process, the adult male charged the deputy and attempted to take the deputy’s firearm.

The adult male ignored the deputy’s commands to stop and continued to attack the deputy and try to gain possession of the deputy’s firearm. During the struggle, the adult male was stabbed multiple times by the deputy. 

At no time did the deputy lose control of their firearm and no shots were fired.

The adult male was transported to a different local hospital to be treated for his injuries.

A hospital staff member attempted to assist the deputy during the struggle and sustained minor injuries.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team is leading this investigation.

The deputy involved in the attack was placed on critical incident leave, which is standard.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team is comprised of detectives from law enforcement agencies throughout the county and is coordinated by the Washington County District Attorney's Office. The team responds to major crimes that occur in Washington County.