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Man Arrested for Tire Iron Attack on TriMet Bus (Photo) - 07/20/19

On Saturday, July 20, 2019, just before 1:30 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of an assault with a weapon on a TriMet bus near the 18900 block of SW Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha.  The TriMet bus driver reported that one passenger had attacked another passenger on the bus with a tire iron and then fled on foot.

Deputies quickly found the suspect, 47-year-old Michael Henry Jr. of Hillsboro, across the road on SW Shaw Street and arrested him.  Deputies also found the tire iron on the ground near where Mr. Henry Jr. had fled.  The victim, a 27-year-old man from Beaverton, had been hit on the head and neck and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  Deputies are still investigating the reason for the attack, but the victim and suspect know each other and this was not a random assault.

Mr. Henry Jr. was lodged into jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Interferring with Public Transportation, and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.  His bail is set at $250,000.

Deputies also learned that another bus passenger, 53-year-old Richard Campbell Jr. of Portland, was wanted on a Multnomah County warrant for Trespassing in the Second Degree.  Mr. Campbell Jr. was arrested and lodged into jail for his warrant.

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Sheriff's Office Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Training Center (Photo) - 07/18/19

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a preview of the new Washington County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Training Center.

Located at 600 SW Walnut Street in Hillsboro, this $20 million facility has been in the works for several years. The 116,029 square foot building was designed to be an all-inclusive training center for law enforcement. It features offices, classrooms, two indoor shooting ranges, an outdoor emergency vehicle training course, defensive tactics mat rooms, an armory, and the region’s largest scenario village and mock jail.

This new center brings all types of training into one centralized location. We believe this valuable resource will improve public safety training for not only our agency, but for our partner agencies as well, resulting in improved public safety for everyone.

The invitation-only event was attended by local dignitaries, community leaders and various stakeholders in Washington County. Washington County Board of Commissioners Chair Kathryn Harrington and Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett spoke at this special event.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/0HL3ODX9d18

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Composit Sketch
UPDATE: Detectives Release Composite Sketch of Kidnapping Suspect (Photo) - 07/16/19

Detectives are releasing the attached composite sketch of the suspect in attempted child abduction last month. The three-year old’s aunt saw the suspect leading the child away from their apartment in Aloha, Oregon. 

Anyone who recognizes the individual in the sketch is asked to contact detectives at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503 846-2700.


Attempted Child Abduction Reported in Aloha

On Sunday, June 16, 2019, at 7:50 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the report of an attempted child abduction in the 15600 block of SW Blanton Street in Aloha. When deputies arrived, they contacted family members of a three-year-old child.

The family members reported they were enjoying a family gathering when they realized they hadn’t seen the boy for about five minutes. When they went looking for him, they saw him being led away by the arm by an unknown Caucasian male in his thirties. Family members yelled for the child and the man released the boy, unharmed, before running west on SW Blanton Street. The boy’s father chased the man on foot, but lost him. Deputies also searched the area and did not locate the suspect.

Other witnesses saw an unknown African-American man in the area at the same time. He ran off when the other man did and his involvement in the abduction attempt was uncertain. Deputies contacted a man matching the description and arrested him on an unrelated warrant.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who has information that could assist this investigation. Please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.

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Booking photo
Online Car Purchase Leads to Armed Robbery in Rock Creek (Photo) - 07/16/19

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 8:06 am, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an armed robbery that had just occurred near the Rock Creek Apartments. While on the way to the call, deputies found out the suspect was riding a blue Honda sport bike and left the area on the bike. Deputies searched the area but did not locate the suspect.


Deputies learned the suspect and victim initially met online using the app “LetGo” where they were communicating about purchasing a car. When the suspect arrived on the motorcycle, he pulled a gun out and robbed the victim of his backpack and its contents.


Deputies quickly found out the suspect, Aaron Lara, who used his real name when communicating with the victim and even told the victim his nickname: “Chief.”


Deputies recognized the nickname and were able to identify Lara. Deputies drove to the suspect's house located in the City of Cornelius and located the blue motorcycle in the driveway. A search warrant was executed by the Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team, and Lara was located in the home.


Lara was arrested for Robbery in the first degree among other crimes.


Attached is an old mug shot of Aaron from June 2018. His new mug shot will be available later today when he is lodged at Washington County Jail.

Attached Media Files: PDF Media release , Booking photo
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Booking photo
Online Car Purchase Leads to Armed Robbery in Rock Creek (Photo) - 07/16/19

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 8:06 am, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an armed robbery that had just occurred near the Rock Creek Apartments. While on the way to the call, deputies found out the suspect was riding a blue Honda sport bike and left the area on the bike. Deputies searched the area but did not locate the suspect.


Deputies learned the suspect and victim initially met online using the app “LetGo” where they were communicating about purchasing a car. When the suspect arrived on the motorcycle, he pulled a gun out and robbed the victim of his backpack and its contents.


Deputies quickly found out the suspect, Aaron Lara, who used his real name when communicating with the victim and even told the victim his nickname: “Chief.”


Deputies recognized the nickname and were able to identify Lara. Deputies drove to the suspect's house located in the City of Cornelius and located the blue motorcycle in the driveway. A search warrant was executed by the Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team, and Lara was located in the home.


Lara was arrested for Robbery in the first degree among other crimes.


Attached is an old mug shot of Aaron from June 2018. His new mug shot will be available later today when he is lodged at Washington County Jail.

Attached Media Files: Booking photo
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Protect Your Packages Graphic
Deputies Crack Down on Package Thieves (Photo) - 07/15/19

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will begin targeting thieves who steal packages delivered to porches across the county.

Working closely with the United States Postal Inspection Service, detectives with the Property Crimes Unit will be setting up a bait package mission in hopes of catching package thieves in the act.

These decoy packages are equipped with electronic tracking devices that allow deputies to track them after they’ve been stolen.

Detectives use package theft data provided by the U.S. Postal Service to determine which areas have the biggest problems with “porch pirates.”

This mission coincides with special deals being offered by many of the country’s largest online retailers this week.

Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit work proactively throughout the year to combat the problem of package thefts in our community. For the last four years, detectives have placed numerous bait packages throughout Washington County to deter potential package thieves.

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Aerial photo
Man Arrested Following Deadly Crash in Aloha (Photo) - 07/12/19

On Friday, July 12th, 2019, at 1056 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an injury crash near the intersection of SW Farmington Road and SW 153rd Avenue. When deputies arrived, they located a serious crash between a 2012 Chrysler 300 and a 2013 Ford Fusion.

Deputies learned that before the crash, two vehicles, the Chrysler 300 and a 2005 Subaru Impreza, were apparently racing at a high rate of speed eastbound on SW Farmington Road. As the vehicles approached the intersection of SW 153rd Avenue, a 2013 Ford Fusion began turning onto SW Farmington Road.

The Chrysler crashed into the Ford causing significant damage to both vehicles. The Subaru continued traveling eastbound but was stopped shortly after by a Beaverton Police Officer near Hwy 217 on SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway.

The driver of the Ford, Patrick Ator, was taken to a local hospital with severe injuries and his wife, Janace Ator who was in the front passenger seat, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Chrysler, 20-year-old Alejandro Maldonado-Hernandez, was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. After receiving medical attention, Alejandro was arrested and will be booked into the Washington County Jail for the following crimes:

?,? Manslaughter in the second degree

?,? Assault three

?,? Reckless Driving

The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges may be added at a later time.

Sheriff’s deputies are asking anyone with information related to this incident to please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 629-0111.

Booking photo will be available for media once he is lodged in the Washington County Jail.

Six Men Arrested in Undercover Child Predator Sting - 07/12/19

Six Men Arrested in Undercover Child Predator Sting

July 12, 2019

On July 11, 2019, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office conducted a child predator sting where investigators posed on a variety of social media platforms and dating web sites as 15-year-old boys and girls.  The men contacted undercover deputies online and were arrested after arriving at a location where they believed they would be meeting a child in person for sex.

During this sting, multiple people immediately ended their conversations once they learned the person they were talking with was identifying as a child.

The Sheriff’s Office regularly conducts undercover operations targeting child predators.  Parents are encouraged to help their children be safe online and to be aware of the sites and applications their kids are using.  The Sheriff’s Office also provides online safety education for parents and community organizations.

All of the following men were arrested for the felony crimes of Luring a Minor and Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree:

 

Mario Bautista-Perez, 26, of Beaverton

Alfonso Cuevas-Alvarez, 40, of Oregon City

Larry Liu, 22, of Bethany

Shawn O’Brien, 30, of Portland

Pavel Protopopov, 25, of Washington State

Daniel Yim, 37, of Bethany

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Craigslist ad
Deputies Seek Additional Victims in Craigslist Home Rental Scam (Photo) - 07/09/19

On June 26, 2019, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man for placing false ads on Craigslist to rent his mother’s home. Deputies started investigating Bradley Samuel Philan, 40, of Beaverton after family members called the Sheriff’s Office to report his crimes. Mr. Philan’s family had already reimbursed two separate victims more than $7,000 from the rental scams.

Mr. Philan told investigators he would place ads on Craigslist for his mother’s house on SW 172nd Ave in the Aloha area of unincorporated Washington County. He would then offer his victims walkthroughs of the property and collect a deposit and first month’s rent, often totaling a few thousand dollars. Mr. Philan would sometimes refund his victim’s money back, but more often, he would gamble the money away.

Most of Mr. Philan’s victims paid him electronically using the “Square” or “Venmo” apps.

Mr. Philan has been lodged in the Washington County Jail on a charge of Aggravated Theft in the first degree and six counts of first degree Theft by Deception.

Investigators believe Mr. Philan scammed his victims out of more than $13,000 since the beginning of May. They also believe there are more victims who have not contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to report the fraud. If you have any information about Mr. Philan or believe you may be one of his victims, please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office’s non-emergency dispatch number: 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: PDF version , Craigslist ad , Booking photo
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Booking photo
Man Arrested After Climbing Into Girl's Bedroom Window (Photo) - 07/02/19

On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a man entering a 7-year-old girl’s bedroom window at the Court Yards at Springville apartments. This is in the 17000 block of NW Springville Road in the Bethany area of unincorporated Washington County.

The father of the girl woke up to the sounds of his daughter screaming. When he arrived to her bedroom, he saw a man crawling out of her window. The father ran out the front door and saw the man running away. The man was wet and appeared to have just left a nearby hot tub.

Responding deputies located a wallet on a plastic chair near the hot tub and were able to identify its owner as 30-year-old Kord Knudsen, also a resident of the apartment complex. Several articles of his clothing were also found along the way.

Mr. Knudsen admitted to having alcohol and marijuana prior to the incident.

Mr. Knudsen was arrested on charges of burglary in the second degree and criminal mischief in the second degree.

Attached Media Files: PDF version , Booking photo
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Buzzed driving graphic
Deputies Conducting Enhanced Impaired Driving Patrols During Fourth of July Holiday Period (Photo) - 07/02/19

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA), will be conducting enhanced impaired driving patrols on Independence Day and the days surrounding the national holiday.

The Fourth of July is a wonderful time to celebrate with family, friends, food, and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on our nation’s highways. Unfortunately, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to impaired-driving crashes.

During the 2017 Fourth of July holiday period (June 30 – July 5), 237 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. These deaths accounted for 39 percent of the total motor vehicle crashes that occurred over the holiday period.

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

The Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July, and asks the public to celebrate responsibly. Remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

Attached Media Files: PDF version , Buzzed driving graphic
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Vehicle Passenger Attempts to Slash Bicyclist with a Knife (Photo) - 06/26/19

On June 23, 2019, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a complaint from a bicyclist who said a passing motorist tried to cut him with a knife while he was riding west on Northwest Hornecker Road , near Northwest Leisy Road, in Unincorporated Washington County

According to the bicyclist, a 2001 Toyota Corolla approached him from the rear while he was riding on the right side of the road on June 22 at 2:10 p.m. The bicyclist said the Corolla did not move to the center of the road to give the bicyclist room as it passed.  The bicyclist felt the Corolla get closer to him as it went by him. The bicycle had two cameras attached to it during the incident; one facing forward and the other facing the rear.

The bicyclist reviewed the video when he got home and realized the male sitting in the front passenger seat of the Corolla stuck his right arm out the window and had a knife in his hand.  The bicyclist told deputies he thought the passenger was trying to slash him.

Deputies later reviewed the video and noticed the Corolla initially began to move to the center of the road when it was approximately 100 feet behind the suspect but then changed the angle of the car towards the bicyclist. In the video, deputies can see the passenger put his right arm out the window with a knife in his hand as the Corolla gets closer to the bicyclist. The passenger raises his hand towards the bicyclist and exposes the knives’ blade as the vehicle passes dangerously close to the bicyclist.  Once the vehicle passes, the passenger pulls the knife and his arm back into the vehicle. 

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 846-2700.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnkfyX2wz_Q

Attached Media Files: PDF Version , Frame 6 , Frame 5 , Frame 4 , Frame 3 , Frame 2 , Frame 1
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UPDATE: Detectives Arrest Suspect in Rock Creek Shooting (Photo) - 06/25/19

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 5:02 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant related to a shooting that damaged a vehicle in the Rock Creek community in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 16th.

Detectives arrested Brian Toru Matsuo, 39, at his residence in the Aloha area on charges of first degree attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon, first degree criminal mischief, and menacing.

(Original Media Release Below)


Vehicle Damaged, No One Injured in Rock Creek Shooting

June 16, 2019

On Sunday, June 16, 2019, at 3:22 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the report of a shooting at NW Rock Creek Drive and NW Landing Drive in the community of Rock Creek.

When deputies arrived, they learned that a 2007 BMW 3-series sedan had been struck by at least two gunshots. The shots penetrated the BMW’s rear window and trunk. Fortunately, no one inside the vehicle was injured.

The investigation revealed that immediately preceding the shooting, the suspect and victims spoke briefly at a nearby business. The suspect complained about how the BMW had been parked.

Officers from the Hillsboro Police Department assisted deputies at the scene.

No arrests have been made. Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit will continue to investigate.

Investigators would like to speak to anyone with information about this shooting. Please call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.

Attached Media Files: PDF version , Booking photo