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Update: Impaired Driver Arrested Following August Head-On Crash (Photo) - 12/13/18

A Washington County grand jury indicted Shannon Cravens, 40 of Hillsboro, on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, third-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, and reckless driving.

Yesterday afternoon, deputies arrested Ms. Cravens for the above charges and transported her to the Washington County Jail.

The original media release is below.

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Cornelius Pass Road Head-On Crash Leaves One in Critical Condition

August 20, 2018 - On Monday, August 20, 2018, at 3:44 p.m., a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy came upon a traffic crash that had just occurred on Northwest Cornelius Pass Road between Northwest West Union Road and Northwest Old Pass Road in unincorporated Washington County.

During the investigation, deputies learned that a gold 2006 Chrysler Sebring was traveling northbound on Northwest Cornelius Pass Road when it crossed into the opposing lane of travel and struck a white 2015 Toyota 4Runner traveling southbound head-on.

The driver of the Chrysler, 40-year-old Shannon Cravens of Hillsboro, was transported by Life Flight helicopter to a local hospital with critical injuries. Alcohol impairment is believed to be a factor.

The driver of the Toyota, 50-year-old Rebecca Field of Beaverton, was extricated from her vehicle and  transported by Metro West Ambulance to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Members from the inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded and are assisting with the investigation. Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue assisted at the scene.

Northwest Cornelius Pass Road was reopened to traffic around 7:00 p.m. this evening.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo
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Amazon Delivery Driver Arrested After Bait Package Activation (Photo) - 12/10/18

On Sunday, December 9, 2018, at 6:40 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm activation from a bait package at a residence near Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway and Southwest 170th Avenue in Aloha.

Deputies converged on the area and, within five minutes of being dispatched, used GPS technology to track the stolen package to a black 2015 Nissan Altima in the area.

When questioned, the driver of the vehicle admitted to stealing the bait package from a porch. He disclosed that he delivers for Amazon and had stolen the bait package while he was delivering another shipment to the same address. Deputies located a total of 18 Amazon packages inside the suspect’s vehicle that were awaiting delivery.

Perez Johnson, 29 of Portland, was arrested for theft in the second degree and booked at the Washington County Jail. Deputies personally delivered the remaining packages that had been found inside the suspect’s vehicle to their addresses to avoid any delay in receipt.

Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit have deployed numerous bait packages throughout Washington County to deter potential thieves and catch those who steal during the season of giving. This is the program’s four year of deployment.

Last season, deputies arrested three individuals during two bait package activations that occurred on December 7 and December 18.

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Handgun from Ouellette
Aloha Man Arrested for Robbing Local KFC (Photo) - 12/09/18

On Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 7:23 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported armed robbery at the Aloha Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant at SW TV Highway at SW 187th Avenue. It was reported a man entered the KFC, brandished a handgun and demanded cash. The man was reportedly wearing an “aviator” style hat and goggles during the robbery.

The man received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot. A witness told deputies the man got into the driver’s seat of a Hyundai and drove northbound from the KFC. A license plate number for the Hyundai was also relayed to deputies. Sheriff’s deputies continued their investigation and searched throughout the night for the Hyundai. Additional compelling evidence led investigators to believe 33 year-old, Patrick Thomas Ouellette of Aloha was responsible for the robbery.  

Washington County Violent Crime Unit detectives were contacted to assist with this case. An arrest warrant for robbery and theft charges was issued for Mr. Ouellette.

On Sunday, December 09, 2018, at 9:15 a.m., Patrick Ouellette was believed to be at his residence in the 16600 block of SW Annie Lane in Aloha. Washington County detectives, deputies, Tactical Negotiations Team and the Crisis Negotiations Unit were assisting to bring Mr. Ouellette safely into custody. At about 12:20 p.m., Mr. Ouellette surrendered at his residence and was arrested without further incident.

Sheriff’s detectives seized a handgun and aviator style hat and goggles (photo attached) matching the ones used in the robbery. Patrick Thomas Ouellette was lodged in the Washington County jail. He is charged with 1st Degree Robbery and 1st Degree Theft, held on $250,000 bail.      

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Detectives Seek Additional Victims of Sexual Assault, Uploading of Intimate Images (Photo) - 12/07/18

On October 15, 2018, detectives assigned to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit received information regarding an intimate video that had been posted on the internet without the consent of a person in it.

During the investigation, detectives learned that from July of 2014 to June of 2015, Jorge Serrano worked as an armed security guard assigned to patrol various residential and commercial areas in the Portland metro area.

In the spring of 2015 and while on duty, Mr. Serrano came across a tenant who lived in an apartment complex in the 19000 block of Northwest Evergreen Parkway in Hillsboro. Detectives learned he drove the tenant to a building nearby and engaged in sexual acts with her, which he filmed and later posted online without her knowledge. After his shift ended, Mr. Serrano met the woman again and then sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious.

Mr. Serrano was employed as a corrections deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office from July of 2017 to November of 2018. Detectives learned he uploaded the video during that timeframe. Mr. Serrano’s employment had been terminated prior to these allegations coming to light.

On the morning of December 7, 2018, Washington County Sheriff’s Office detectives took Mr. Serrano into custody while executing a warrant at his residence, located in the 1600 block of Alexandra Avenue in Woodburn.

Mr. Serrano, 28, was arrested on charges of first-degree rape and three counts of first degree-sodomy. He is being held at the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.

Detectives are working with Oregon State Police to investigate intimate photos and videos of multiple women that Mr. Serrano uploaded to the internet without their knowledge. The investigation into unlawful dissemination of an intimate image is ongoing.

Investigators are working to identify those women and believe there are likely additional victims. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 846-2700.

Detectives have been assisted in this investigation by the Oregon State Police, Jefferson County and Marion County Sheriff’s Offices, and Salem and Woodburn Police Departments.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo
Update: Driver Involved In Fatal Crash Arrested for Manslaughter - 12/05/18

Earlier today, deputies arrested the driver of the Dodge involved in the fatal traffic crash on November 17. Samuel Castro Muro, 38 of Forest Grove, was charged with second-degree manslaughter, four counts of third-degree assault, five counts of reckless endangering, reckless driving, and second-degree criminal mischief. He has since posted bail and been released. A booking photo is not available.

The original media release is below.

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Head-On Crash Kills One Person, Injures Five Others

November 17, 2018 - On Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a head-on crash at Tualatin Valley Highway and Northwest 341th Avenue.

Deputies found a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat had been driving west on Tualatin Valley Highway and crossed over the center median, where it hit a 2003 Honda Accord. The high-speed crash left both vehicles heavily damaged and the Honda briefly caught fire.

There were four people in the Honda and two people in the Dodge and all were taken to Portland hospitals with injuries. Despite life-saving efforts at the scene, 25-year-old Al Hera Islam, who was a passenger in the Honda, died of her injuries at a local hospital. Ms. Islam was from New Jersey and her family members there were notified of her death. 

A 29-year-old man who was also a passenger in the Honda was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The other two occupants of the Honda, a man and woman, and both occupants of the Dodge, also a man and woman, remain hospitalized with injuries varying from serious to critical.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene. Investigators are looking at high speed as a factor in the crash and criminal charges are possible in the future.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
Deputies Conducting Enhanced Impaired Driving Patrols Over the Holidays - 12/03/18

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting high visibility enforcement patrols looking for impaired drivers between the dates of December 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019. The enhanced patrols are being done in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA).

According to NHTSA, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016, and 28 percent (10,497) of those fatalities were in crashes during which a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08.

On average, a driving under the influence arrest costs $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs, and more.

There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on a friend. The options include using public transportation, calling a taxi, or using a rideshare app such as Uber or Lyft. In addition, NHTSA’s SaferRide Mobile App, available in the app store, is another resource to help those who have been drinking find a sober ride home—by identifying their location and helping to call a taxi or a friend to pick them up.

This holiday season, deputies are asking the public to do their part in keeping our roadways safe by always planning a sober ride home before the festivities begin.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
Update #2: Search of School Completed, Nothing Suspicious Located - 11/30/18

Deputies completed a full search of Stoller Middle School at 4:41 p.m. today. They subsequently conducted a secondary search and nothing suspicious was located.

The decision to search room by room was a direct result of the contents in the email received. Based on what was sent, deputies were concerned that a possible suspect was already inside the building and planning to do harm.

Investigators will be working closely with the Beaverton School District and their information technology department over the coming days to examine the possible origin of the email.

The earlier media releases are below.

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Update: Deputies Continue Search of School, Tentative Release Time Announced

November 30, 2018 at 4:05 p.m. - Deputies are continuing their methodical classroom by classroom search of the school, with about 75 percent of the school having been cleared thus far. Nothing suspicious has been located and there have been no reported injuries.

When located in the classrooms, students and teachers are being escorted into the gymnasium where Beaverton School District nutrition services staff are serving meals. Various school district administrators, interpreters, and other support staff are onsite.

Stoller Middle School is tentatively scheduled to be released at 4:45 p.m. There will be no bus transportation with the exception of SPED transportation. All students will need to be picked up by a parent or guardian with photo identification. Parents need to enter the side hallway near the gymnasium on the west side of the school. No students will be released before 4:45 p.m.

The original media release sent at 2:17 p.m. today is below.

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Deputies Investigating Threats Made Towards Stoller Middle School

November 30, 2018 at 2:17 p.m. - On Friday, November, 2018, at 12:19 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to investigate an emailed threat made towards Stoller Middle School, which is located at 14141 Northwest Laidlaw Road in the Bethany community.

Deputies learned that shortly after noon, multiple Beaverton School District administrators received an email threatening violence at the school. It is unclear at this time where the email was sent from, but deputies are working closely with the Beaverton School District to determine that.

At 12:20 p.m., Stoller Middle School was placed on lockdown status and multiple deputies responded to ensure the safety of all staff and students. Nearby Jacob Wismer Elementary School was placed on lockout status shortly after.

No suspicious activity or objects have been found at the school. There are no reports of injuries at this time. Deputies are methodically going room by room locating staff and students.

Parents are asked NOT to respond to the school at this time. When the situation has been deemed safe, the Beaverton School District will conduct a controlled release of the school.

Follow the Sheriff's Office and Beaverton School District's social media pages for updates.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
Update: Deputies Continue Search of School, Tentative Release Time Announced - 11/30/18

Deputies are continuing their methodical classroom by classroom search of the school, with about 75 percent of the school having been cleared thus far. Nothing suspicious has been located and there have been no reported injuries.

When located in the classrooms, students and teachers are being escorted into the gymnasium where Beaverton School District nutrition services staff are serving meals. Various school district administrators, interpreters, and other support staff are onsite.

Stoller Middle School is tentatively scheduled to be released at 4:45 p.m. There will be no bus transportation with the exception of SPED transportation. All students will need to be picked up by a parent or guardian with photo identification. Parents need to enter the side hallway near the gymnasium on the west side of the school. No students will be released before 4:45 p.m.

The original media release sent at 2:17 p.m. today is below.

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Deputies Investigating Threats Made Towards Stoller Middle School

November 30, 2018 at 2:17 p.m. - On Friday, November, 2018, at 12:19 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to investigate an emailed threat made towards Stoller Middle School, which is located at 14141 Northwest Laidlaw Road in the Bethany community.

Deputies learned that shortly after noon, multiple Beaverton School District administrators received an email threatening violence at the school. It is unclear at this time where the email was sent from, but deputies are working closely with the Beaverton School District to determine that.

At 12:20 p.m., Stoller Middle School was placed on lockdown status and multiple deputies responded to ensure the safety of all staff and students. Nearby Jacob Wismer Elementary School was placed on lockout status shortly after.

No suspicious activity or objects have been found at the school. There are no reports of injuries at this time. Deputies are methodically going room by room locating staff and students.

Parents are asked NOT to respond to the school at this time. When the situation has been deemed safe, the Beaverton School District will conduct a controlled release of the school.

Follow the Sheriff's Office and Beaverton School District's social media pages for updates.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
Deputies Investigating Threats Made Towards Stoller Middle School - 11/30/18

On Friday, November 30, 2018, at 12:19 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to investigate an emailed threat made towards Stoller Middle School, which is located at 14141 Northwest Laidlaw Road in the Bethany community.

Deputies learned that shortly after noon, multiple Beaverton School District administrators received an email threatening violence at the school. It is unclear at this time where the email was sent from, but deputies are working closely with the Beaverton School District to determine that.

At 12:20 p.m., Stoller Middle School was placed on lockdown status and multiple deputies responded to ensure the safety of all staff and students. Nearby Jacob Wismer Elementary School was placed on lockout status shortly after.

No suspicious activity or objects have been found at the school. There are no reports of injuries at this time. Deputies are methodically going room by room locating staff and students.

Parents are asked NOT to respond to the school at this time. When the situation has been deemed safe, the Beaverton School District will conduct a controlled release of the school.

Follow the Sheriff's Office and Beaverton School District's social media pages for updates.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
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Man Arrested For Assaulting Woman, Setting Her Apartment on Fire (Photo) - 11/19/18

On November 14, 2018, at 5:23 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) responded to a fire at an apartment at the Westridge Meadows apartments at 18476 NW Chemeketa Lane in Bethany.

The first deputies on scene found a woman and her mother outside their apartment and both of them were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. During the fire, the woman’s dog was able to escape but her pet parrot was killed.

The fire heavily damaged their apartment and two other units had water damage, but everyone else in the building was able to escape without injury. Detectives determined the fire was set intentionally and the suspect, 29-year-old Richard Parrish of Vancouver, Washington, was seen fleeing the scene right after the fire. Deputies also learned Mr. Parrish had assaulted the tenant two days earlier.

A warrant was issued for Mr. Parrish’s arrest and on November 19, 2018, he was taken into custody and lodged into jail for Arson I and Assault IV. His bail was set at $250,000 and additional charges are likely as the investigation continues.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Scene Photo , Booking Photo
Deputies Investigating Multiple Reports of Abuse, Death of Cats - 11/19/18

Over the past several days, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies have taken multiple reports of animal abuse in and around the King Village Mobile Home Park at 12450 SW Fischer Road near Tigard and King City.

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, deputies were called to the mobile home park after a woman found her cat with a string wrapped tightly around its neck in what appeared to be an intentional act.  The cat was covered in mud, its eye was damaged, and it may have been physically abused.  That cat owner told deputies that several weeks ago, another cat in the area was found by its owner with what looked like intentional ink pen markings on its fur.

On Sunday, November 18, 2018, deputies were called back to the area after a cat was found dead in a park next to the mobile home park.  On Monday, November 19, 2018, deputies responded to the area a third time when a man found a cat dead near the intersection of SW Fischer Road and SW 123rd Avenue.  Although it is possible that cat was hit by a car, deputies are concerned it may be linked to the other incidents.

Necropsy results are pending on both cats that were found dead.  Detectives are investigating the case and anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at (503) 846-2500.

Attached Media Files: Media Release
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Fatal Crash
Head-on Crash Kills One Person, Injures Five Others (Photo) - 11/17/18

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a head-on crash at Tualatin Valley Highway and NW 341 Avenue.

Deputies found a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat had been driving west on Tualatin Valley Highway and crossed over the center median, where it hit a 2003 Honda Accord.  The high-speed crash left both vehicles heavily damaged and the Honda briefly caught fire.

There were four people in the Honda and two people in the Dodge and all were taken to Portland hospitals with injuries.  Despite life-saving efforts at the scene, 25-year-old Al Hera Islam, who was a passenger in the Honda, died of her injuries at a local hospital.  Ms. Islam was from New Jersey and her family members there were notified of her death. 

A 29-year-old man who was also a passenger in the Honda was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.  The other two occupants of the Honda, a man and woman, and both occupants of the Dodge, also a man and woman, remain hospitalized with injuries varying from serious to critical.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene.  Investigators are looking at high speed as a factor in the crash and criminal charges are possible in the future.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Fatal Crash
Cedar Mill Bank Robbed by Unknown Suspect - 11/15/18

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 12:48 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a robbery at Wells Fargo Bank, located at 13485 Northwest Cornell Road in the Cedar Mill community. The location is inside of a Safeway store.

Witnesses reported that an unknown male approached the counter and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The suspect then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Deputies, assisted by Beaverton Police, conducted an extensive search of the area but the suspect was not located. Sunset High School and Terra Linda Elementary were briefly placed in lockout during the search. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a 40 to 50-year-old white male, 5-foot-9 tall, medium build, clean-shaven, wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, black shoes, and a black cap.

Security footage of the incident is not available for release at this time.

Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to investigate and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was notified of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Washington County Sheriff’s Office detectives by calling (503) 846-2700.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
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Deputies Arrest Sherwood Man on Multiple Animal Neglect Charges (Photo) - 11/14/18

On October 19, 2018, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies received information regarding possible animal neglect occurring on a property in the 19000 block of Southwest Pacific Highway outside of Sherwood.

During the initial investigation, deputies learned that two pit bull puppies had been surrendered from the property to an animal rescue organization in late September. After speaking with a woman who had picked up the puppies, deputies learned that they had been kept in deplorable conditions. Upon evaluation by a veterinarian, the dogs were found to be in malnourished and had an abnormal gait, likely as a result of being kept in small cages for the majority of their lives.

On November 13, 2018, deputies executed a search warrant on the property. Four dogs were located and found confined to sheds and or wire crates. Deputies found that none of the dogs had access to water and little food was found on the property. Some of the dogs were lying in their own waste. Paraphernalia commonly associated with dog fighting was also seized. All four dogs were taken to local animal hospitals for further evaluation.

54-year-old Russell Fernandez, who resides on the property, was arrested on two counts of first-degree animal neglect, four counts of second-degree animal neglect, and possession of dog fighting paraphernalia.

Two donkeys and two goats were also removed from the property. Their health is being evaluated by a veterinarian and additional criminal charges related to their care are possible.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Washington County Animal Services and Sound Equine Options.

Anyone with information is asked to contact deputies by calling non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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Cornelius Community Sponsors Fifth Annual Thanksgiving Dinner (Photo) - 11/14/18

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, the City of Cornelius, in partnership with Centro Cultural de Washington County and the Washington County Sheriff's Office, will provide a holiday dinner to members of the community during the Fifth Annual Cornelius Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This hot meal will be offered at no cost and is expected to feed over 400 people.

The holiday dinner will be held on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cornelius Elementary School (200 North 14th Avenue, Cornelius). In addition to a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, the menu for the evening will also include tamales.

“This is an event that is built on cooperation and compassion from our business and community partners,” said Al Roque, Cornelius Police Chief. “Sharing a meal is a great way to kick off the holiday season with outreach and support for our residents.”

“Centro is proud to partner with the Sheriff’s Office and the City of Cornelius every Thanksgiving to share a meal and create community,” said Maria Caballero Rubio, Executive Director of Centro Cultural de Washington County. “Our partnership grows stronger every year as we support each other’s efforts.”

The dinner is made possible through many volunteer hours as well as generous donations by community partners in Cornelius, listed at the bottom of this release.

Members of the public who would like additional information or to find out how to help are asked to contact the City of Cornelius at (503) 357-9112.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend the event. Representatives from participating groups will be available for interviews. Media is asked to RSVP by contacting Daisy Santillan, Sheriff’s Office Public Affairs Specialist, at (503) 277-8134 or Daisy_Santillan@co.washington.or.us.

Photos from the 2017 event are provided in this release.


Sponsors:

  • Bimbo Bakeries USA
  • Bunny Girt, State Farm
  • Forest Grove School District
  • Fred Meyer
  • Reser’s Fine Foods
  • Shari's Cafe & Pies
  • Sonrise Church
  • Starbucks
  • Swallowtail Waldorf School
  • Tienda El Porvenir
  • Walmart
  • Washington County Police Officers Association
  • Western Washington County Firefighter’s Association