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Arson Photo
Detectives Seeking Public's Assistance in Arson Investigation (Photo) - 11/17/17

11/17/17 -- Detectives are investigating a suspicious house fire and are requesting assistance from anyone who may have information.

On Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:51 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 16000 block of SW Nora Rd in Beaverton to assist Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) with investigating a suspicious fire at an abandoned house. Fire investigators and detectives have determined that the fire was set by an unknown person (s) but are still working to determine if it was intentionally caused.

The sheriff's office investigated a fire at this house in June of this year, but the incidents are not believed to be related. Investigators believe that there were witnesses in the area who may have seen the individuals responsible for setting the fire.

The sheriff's office is requesting anyone with information about the fire to contact non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Arson Photo
Booking Photos
Booking Photos
Sheriff and Law Enforcement Partners Combat Human Trafficking (Photo) - 11/17/17

Media Release

Sheriff and Law Enforcement Partners Combat Human Trafficking

November 17, 2017 -- During the past three months, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and law enforcement partners have arrested 22 men during two missions intended to proactively combat human trafficking in Washington County.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit, the Forest Grove Police Department and the Washington County District Attorney's Office, announces the arrest of 22 men during two separate missions the past three months.

The stated goal of these missions is to break a link in the chain of human trafficking by enforcing state and federal laws and developing intelligence on those trafficking victims in Washington County.

Sheriff Pat Garrett reminds us that "human trafficking is a terrible reality in our community. Joined by our wonderful public safety partners, we are committed to continue interdiction efforts to rescue victims and hold accountable all those who perpetuate these crimes."

Those arrested during missions in September and November include:
* Majid L. Abdulla, 36, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Nicholas R. Arntsen, 21, of Portland, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Roy P. Carino, 51, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Javies Chavez, 24, of Cornelius, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Jesus Cruz-Arreguin, 33, of Gervais, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation and Theft III;
* Richard Derby, 19, of Forest Grove, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Lazaro Echevarria-Martinez, 46, of Forest Grove, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Pedro Escalona-Varela, 31, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Rigoberto Figueroa-Gutierrez, 35, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Charles F. Giaquinto, 48, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Shubham Gilda, 32, of Hillsboro for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Abhishek Kumar, 31, of Hillsboro, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Galo M. Legarda, 39, of Gladstone, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Joseph T. Martinez, 24, of Aurora, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* John W. Miller, 44, of Seabec, Washington, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Domenico A. Opiela, 46, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* John M. Pearson, 73, of Cornelius, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Daniel N. Radtke, 39, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Isagani C. Rausa, 33, of Tigard, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Rene Rodriguez-Abarca, 37, of Forest Grove, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Gaspar Silva-Zavala, 43, of Beaverton, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;
* Apurva H. Thakkar, 27, of Salem, for Commercial Sexual Solicitation;

The Washington County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank local hotels who have provided resources and assistance for these missions.

For the integrity of future missions, we specifically request that the media not report the locations of these missions.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Booking Photos
Raymond Chavez booking photo
Raymond Chavez booking photo
Detectives Recover Stolen Property and Return it to Owner (Photo) - 11/16/17

Media Release

Detectives Recover Stolen Property and Return it to Owner

November 16, 2017 -- Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes Unit recovered property stolen from a vehicle over the weekend and have returned it to the rightful owner.

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 5:11 p.m., a man living in the 8800 block of SW Cashmur Drive in West Slope reported that someone had broken into his vehicle and stolen his work tools. The man provided a detailed list of the stolen tools to a patrol deputy and told the deputy that some of the tools had been marked with his initials.

The man later located one of his stolen items on OfferUp, an app-based sales platform. Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit followed up and made arrangements to meet with the seller. After confirming the seller had stolen items belonging to the victim, detectives recovered tools valued at $1,000.

Detectives cited Raymond A. Chavez, 30, of Portland, for unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and theft in the first degree. [A prior booking photo is included with this release.] This morning, detectives were able to return the stolen items to the grateful victim.

Detectives received valuable assistance from OfferUp during this investigation.
The victim is willing to speak with the media.

Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit recommend that owners record serial numbers for their property and/or apply distinct markings to make identification of items easier.

Update: Runaway 15-Year-Old Girl Returned Home Safe - 11/14/17

November 14, 2017 - 15-year-old runaway Ashley returned home on her own this afternoon upon seeing the media coverage. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public and media for their assistance. The original media released is below.

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Detectives Need Public's Help Finding At-Risk 15-Year-Old Girl

November 14, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help finding 15-year-old Ashley Jarrell, who ran away from her home in Aloha on October 18, 2017. Her family last spoke to her by phone on November 5.

Detectives believe Ashley is at risk of becoming a human trafficking victim and has a history of being lured by adults during past incidents.

In the past, Ashley has been known to stay in downtown Portland, Beaverton, Aloha, or Vancouver, and she has also taken trains to other states. At this point, detectives do not have specific information on where she may be.

Ashley is described as 5'1" tall, 110 pounds, with shoulder length hair and hazel eyes. Ashley's hair is naturally light brown but may be dyed another color. Ashley functions at the level of an 11-year-old child. Ashley may also give the name "Latoya Sanchez."

Anyone with information on Ashley's whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

The Portland metropolitan region remains an active area for human trafficking. The Sheriff's Office conducts regular missions to identify and arrest human trafficking suspects, as well as to find and rescue both underage and adult trafficking victims.

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Detectives Need Public's Help Finding At-Risk 15-Year-Old Girl (Photo) - 11/14/17

November 14, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help finding 15-year-old Ashley Jarrell, who ran away from her home in Aloha on October 18, 2017. Her family last spoke to her by phone on November 5.

Detectives believe Ashley is at risk of becoming a human trafficking victim and has a history of being lured by adults during past incidents.

In the past, Ashley has been known to stay in downtown Portland, Beaverton, Aloha, or Vancouver, and she has also taken trains to other states. At this point, detectives do not have specific information on where she may be.

Ashley is described as 5'1" tall, 110 pounds, with shoulder length hair and hazel eyes. Ashley's hair is naturally light brown but may be dyed another color. Ashley functions at the level of an 11-year-old child. Ashley may also give the name "Latoya Sanchez."

Anyone with information on Ashley's whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Ashley's father is willing to speak to the media, and news outlets are asked to contact the Public Information Officer to obtain his contact information.

The Portland metropolitan region remains an active area for human trafficking. The Sheriff's Office conducts regular missions to identify and arrest human trafficking suspects, as well as to find and rescue both underage and adult trafficking victims.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Photo 1 , Photo 2
Booking Photo
Booking Photo
Gaston Woman Shoots Boyfriend in Leg During Argument (Photo) - 11/14/17

November 14, 2017 -- A Gaston woman was arrested for attempted homicide after she shot her boyfriend during an argument. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

On November 13, 2017, at 8:24 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a disturbance with a weapon in the 1200 block of SW Tanner Creek Road outside of Gaston. A male reported that his girlfriend had shot him in the leg.

Sheriff's Office deputies, assisted by City of Cornelius deputies, Forest Grove Police, and the Oregon State Police, responded and apprehended the suspect. A deputy serving the City of Cornelius applied a tourniquet to the victim's leg until medical personnel arrived.

The victim, a 57-year-old male, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for a single gunshot wound to his left leg and a laceration to his head. His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

The suspect, 57-year-old Shannon Main, was arrested for attempted homicide, assault in the first degree, and unlawful use of a weapon. She is being held at the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Sheriff's Office detectives responded and assisted in the investigation. Law enforcement were assisted by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Gaston Fire & Rescue, and Metro West Ambulance.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo
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Deputy Injured After Vehicle Crashes Into Patrol Motorcycle (Photo) - 11/13/17

November 13, 2017 -- A motorcycle deputy was struck by an SUV on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. The deputy, a nine-year veteran, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

On November 13, 2017, at 11:05 a.m., a Washington County Sheriff's Office motorcycle deputy was struck by a sport utility vehicle in the 9800 block of Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway in Beaverton.

During the investigation, responders learned that the deputy was traveling westbound on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway while conducting routine patrols. A gray 2005 Volvo XC90 pulled out in front of his motorcycle from a nearby business, causing a T-bone crash.

The deputy was rushed to a local hospital and sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. He is identified as Mark Demmer, a nine-year veteran with the Sheriff's Office, assigned to the Traffic Safety Unity.

The driver, a 29-year-old Beaverton woman, remained onscene and cooperated with investigators. Impairment is not believed to be a factor and criminal charges are not anticipated. She was cited for failing to yield.

Beaverton Police responded and conducted the primary investigation. They were assisted by the inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART). Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Metro West Ambulance also responded.

Deputies remind drivers to remain attentive and vigilant, and keep in mind that motorcycles are oftentimes less visible than vehicles.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Photo 3 , Photo 2 , Photo 1
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Cornelius Community Sponsors Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Dinner (Photo) - 11/13/17

November 13, 2017 -- On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the City of Cornelius, in partnership with Centro Cultural of Washington County and the Washington County Sheriff's Office, will provide a holiday dinner to members of the community during the Fourth Annual Cornelius Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This hot meal will be offered at no cost and is expected to feed over 500 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.

"Cornelius takes great pride in partnering with Centro Cultural of Washington County and the Washington County Sheriff's Office to provide a delicious warm meal for residents in our community," said Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin.

"This is a great opportunity for those who live in our community to build relationships during a time that can sometimes be stressful for families," said Cornelius Police Chief Al Roque.

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

For additional information or to find out how you can help, please contact the City of Cornelius at (503) 357-9112.

Media interested in covering the event is asked to RSVP by contacting the Public Information Officer at (503) 209-5613.

Sponsors:

- Western Washington County Firefighter's Association
- Washington County Police Officers Association
- Forest Grove School District - Cornelius Elementary
- Cornelius Walmart
- Cornelius Fred Meyer
- Cornelius Starbucks
- Sonrise Church
- Prime Time Restaurant & Sports Bar
- Oroweat
- Reser's Fine Foods
- Tienda El Porvenir
- Swallowtail Waldorf School

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Photo 3 , Photo 2 , Photo 1
Ranjit Booking Photo
Ranjit Booking Photo
Detectives Arrest Man for Sex Abuse, Seek more Victims (Photo) - 11/12/17

November 12, 2017 -- Sheriff's detectives need the public's help to locate possible additional sex abuse victims following an arrest.

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, a Beaverton man turned himself into the Washington County jail in regards to a warrant for his arrest.

Several children disclosed that they had been sexually abused multiple times over a period of time by Shuddhodan Man Ranjit, 51, of Beaverton (booking photo inset). The abuse was reported to occur at his Taekwondo studio located at 8907 SW Canyon Road in Beaverton. Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Unit detectives investigated and found evidence which corroborated the sexual abuse.

On November 9, 2017, a Washington County grand jury indicted Mr. Ranjit on the following charges:

* Sexual Abuse I (twelve counts)
* Sexual Abuse II (three counts)

Shuddhodan Man Ranjit is currently lodged in the Washington County jail and is held on $750,000 bail.

Sheriff's detectives are concerned there may be additional victims. If you have any information concerning this case, please contact detectives at (503) 846-2500.

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Shooting Photo
Man Arrested Following Shooting in Cornelius (Photo) - 11/10/17

November 10, 2017 -- This evening, a man shot another man during a dispute. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

On Friday, November 10, 2017, at 4:40 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a disturbance in the 1000 block of south Jasper Street in Cornelius. As Sheriff's deputies were responding, additional information was reported that someone outside was shot and bleeding.

Upon arrival, Sheriff's deputies secured everyone involved and recovered a handgun. It was learned that Francisco Chavez-Reyes, 29, and Narciso Huerta Vasquez, 30, were arguing and during the argument, Mr. Vasquez was shot in the hand. Mr. Vasquez arrived at the house to drop off his child.

Mr. Vasquez sustained a significant injury to his left hand. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he is being treated.

Investigators from the Interagency Gang Enforcement Team (IGET) are assisting Sheriff's deputies with this investigation.

Francisco Chavez-Reyes (his booking photo will be available early tomorrow) was arrested and will be lodged in the Washington County jail. He will be charged with Second Degree Assault and held on $250,000 bail. Additional charges will be forthcoming as the investigation continues.

Attached Media Files: PDF With Photo , Shooting Photo
Man Questioned After Early-Morning Shooting in Aloha - 11/09/17

Media Release

Man Questioned After Early-Morning Shooting in Aloha

November 9, 2017 -- Early this morning, a man unintentionally shot his 16-year-old son while retrieving a handgun. The teen was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 2:39 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a shooting call in the 21500 block of SW Peggy Court in Aloha. Upon arrival, deputies learned that Brian Matsuo, 38, unintentionally shot his 16-year-old son while retrieving a handgun.

The son sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries. He was transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital. At this early stage, it appears he will survive his injuries.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit will continue to investigate and will ultimately forward their findings to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

Total adherence to the four cardinal rules of gun safety will prevent almost all -- if not all -- unintended discharges of firearms:

1. Always treat all firearms as if they were loaded.
2. Never allow the muzzle of any firearm to point at anything you are not willing to shoot.
3. Never put your finger near the trigger until you are ready to fire.
4. Always be sure of your target, and what is behind and in front of it.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages gun owners to store their firearms safely and securely to prevent unintentional shootings. Many inexpensive options exist -- including biometric gun safes -- to prevent unintended access to firearms.

Attached Media Files: Media Release
Chad Pitcher
Chad Pitcher
Update: Second Suspect Arrested in September Shooting near North Plains (Photo) - 11/08/17

Media Release

Update: Second Suspect Arrested in September Shooting near North Plains

November 8, 2017 -- Chad B. Pitcher, the second suspect sought in a fatal September shooting near North Plains, was apprehended today in Wilsonville by the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the task force for all their efforts in locating and safely apprehending Mr. Pitcher.

Mr. Pitcher, 38, has been charged with murder and will be held without bail at the Washington County Jail. A prior booking photo is included with this release. An updated booking photo is not yet available.

The earlier media releases are also provided in the attachment.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Chad Pitcher
Three Stores Sell Alcohol During Underage Compliance Checks - 11/08/17

November 8, 2017 -- Three stores sold alcohol to underage decoys during a joint mission with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. In total, two enforcement teams visited 28 stores in unincorporated Washington County.

On Friday, November 3, 2017, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), conducted an underage alcohol compliance mission at stores in unincorporated Washington County.

During the mission, underage decoys from the Sheriff's Office Explorer Post would enter businesses, select an alcoholic beverage, and proceed to the counter. If asked for identification, the decoy would present their valid Oregon driver's license. If asked their age, the decoys were instructed to be truthful. The decoys were monitored by an undercover deputy while inside the businesses and a uniformed deputy staged outside.

During the one day mission, two enforcement teams visited 28 stores throughout unincorporated Washington County. Of those visited, the following three stores sold to underage decoys:

- Cedar Hills Mart & Mail, located 10170 SW Park Way, Portland

- 7-Eleven, located at 17771 SW Tualatin Valley Highway, Aloha

- 7-Eleven, located at 19175 SW Tualatin Valley Highway, Aloha

The three clerks who sold alcohol to the underage persons were cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The Sheriff's Office recognizes the dangers associated with underage alcohol use and works hard to deter underage drinking. This undercover alcohol operation is one of the many programs the Washington County Sheriff's Office utilizes in continued effort to stop underage alcohol use and avoid the potentially devastating aftermath.

Learn more about the Sheriff's Office Explorer Post:
www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/FightingCrime/SpecialResponseTeams/search-and-rescue.cfm

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Sex Offender Arrested for Exposing Himself, Touching Girls (Photo) - 11/08/17

Media Release

Sex Offender Arrested for Exposing Himself, Touching Girls

November 8, 2017 -- A sex offender was arrested after he exposed his penis and touched girls at local Dollar Tree stores in September and October. Detectives believe there could be more victims.

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Dollar Tree store at 13575 NW Cornell Road in Cedar Mill on a report that an unknown adult male exposed his penis to a six-year-old girl.

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, deputies were called to the Dollar Tree store at 17475 SW Farmington Road in Aloha on a report that an unknown man inside the store exposed his penis to six and seven-year-old girls and also sexually touched them.

Dollar Tree cooperated with investigators. During the investigation, the suspect was identified as Samuel T. Burris, 44, of Beaverton. Mr. Burris is required to register as a sex offender due to a prior conviction in Washington. He has no connection to Dollar Tree.

On the evening of November 7, 2017, detectives arrested Mr. Burris at his home and charged him with two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, three counts of public indecency and one count of resisting arrest. His bail has been set at $250,000.

One victim's mother is willing to speak with the media.

Detectives believe there could be additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to please contact Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives at 503-846-2500.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Samuel_Burris.jpg
Update: Portland Police Searches Area Where Suspect's Vehicle was Located - 11/07/17

November 7, 2017 -- On Monday, November 6, 2017, at 5:36 p.m., officers with the Portland Police Bureau's Central Precinct responded to the area near the 4100 block of Southwest Fairview Boulevard regarding a welfare check.

Based on a community member's tip of hearing voices in the wooded area, officers responded to the area of the Hemlock Trail and Southwest Fairview Boulevard to perform a welfare check and search.

As officers prepared to search for the source of the voices, they were aware of a 1998 Ford F-250 associated with 23-year-old Zachary Peterson and 15-year-old Annieka Vaughan that had been located in the area earlier that day.

Officers arrived and requested that a police K-9 team and the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operation Division's Air Support Unit (ASU) assist with the search.

Officers used FLIR thermal imaging technology, a police K-9 team, and the Air Support Unit to search the area near the Hemlock Trail. The area is densely wooded, steep, and has several ravines. The topography of the area made it difficult to search.

Officers did not locate anyone in the area they searched. At this time it is unknown if this community member's report is associated with Mr. Peterson and Annieka.

Anyone who sees Mr. Peterson or Annieka is asked to call 9-1-1. Community members with non-emergent information should contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at (503) 629-0111.

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Update: Vehicle of Sex Abuse Suspect Located Unoccupied in Forest Park

November 6, 2017 -- At 7:56 a.m., an alert member of the public located the vehicle associated with Mr. Petersen unoccupied in a gravel parking lot in the 3500 block of Northwest Cornell Road in Portland.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers responded and conducted an initial search of the Forest Park area.

A backpack belonging to Annieka was located inside the truck. PPB towed the vehicle for evidence processing.

Anyone with specific information pertaining to how long the vehicle had been parked at the location is asked to contact PPB Detective Heidi Helwig via email at heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Petersen or Annieka is asked to call Washington County non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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Detectives Asking For Public's Help Locating Missing 15-Year-Old

November 2, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's assistance locating 15-year-old Annieka Vaughan, who ran away from her residence in Aloha on October 30, 2017.

Detectives believe Annieka is likely with 23-year-old Zachary Petersen of Pasco, WA, who is the suspect in a sexual abuse investigation being conducted by the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Annieka is the alleged victim in that case.

Mr. Petersen also went missing on October 30, which was reported to the Pasco Police Department. Prior to disappearing, Mr. Petersen called the crisis line in Washington. He is believed to be suicidal and possibly in possession of a firearm.

Annieka is described as 5'9" tall, 150 pounds, with brown shoulder length hair and brown eyes. Mr. Petersen is described as 5'10" tall, 150 pounds, with buzzed brown hair and brown eyes.

Mr. Petersen is known to drive a white 1998 Ford F-250 extended cab truck bearing the Washington license plate C20874C. His last known location was in the Portland area, but detectives believe he is possibly traveling to Seaside, OR or Sacramento, CA.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Petersen or Annieka is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
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Booking Photo
Hillsboro Woman Rams Deputies During Pursuit in Forest Grove (Photo) - 11/07/17

November 7, 2017 -- A Hillsboro woman attempted to ram three people as they fled in a vehicle. The woman later crashed into multiple patrol cars during a pursuit, injuring one deputy.

On November 7, 2017, at 3:47 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies and Forest Grove Police officers responded to a disturbance in the 7000 block of Highway 47 outside Forest Grove. The caller reported that another female was following her in a vehicle and attempting to ram her car.

A Forest Grove officer located the suspect vehicle on Highway 47 and attempted to stop it, but the driver sped off. The driver led deputies and the officer on a pursuit down Highway 47, through Forest Grove, and onto Poplar Street.

The driver rammed a Sheriff's Office patrol car, and once she reached the end of the dead-end street, turned and rammed another deputy's vehicle head-on. A third patrol vehicle was damaged while taking the suspect into custody.

The driver, 38-year-old Crystal Elliott of Hillsboro, was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. She was later arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail on charges of attempted assault in the first degree (thee counts), assault on a peace officer, assault in the third degree, attempt to elude, criminal mischief in the first degree (two counts), reckless driving, and two outstanding warrants from Washington and Tillamook counties.

One deputy sustained minor injuries as a result of Ms. Elliott ramming his patrol car. The occupants of the victim vehicle- a male, two females, and a dog- were not injured.

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Update: Vehicle of Sex Abuse Suspect Located Unoccupied in Forest Park (Photo) - 11/06/17

November 6, 2017 -- At 7:56 a.m., an alert member of the public located the vehicle associated with Mr. Petersen unoccupied in a gravel parking lot in the 3500 block of Northwest Cornell Road in Portland.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers responded and conducted an initial search of the Forest Park area.

A backpack belonging to Annieka was located inside the truck. PPB towed the vehicle for evidence processing.

Anyone with specific information pertaining to how long the vehicle had been parked at the location is asked to contact PPB Detective Heidi Helwig via email at heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Petersen or Annieka is asked to call Washington County non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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Detectives Asking For Public's Help Locating Missing 15-Year-Old

November 2, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's assistance locating 15-year-old Annieka Vaughan, who ran away from her residence in Aloha on October 30, 2017.

Detectives believe Annieka is likely with 23-year-old Zachary Petersen of Pasco, WA, who is the suspect in a sexual abuse investigation being conducted by the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Annieka is the alleged victim in that case.

Mr. Petersen also went missing on October 30, which was reported to the Pasco Police Department. Prior to disappearing, Mr. Petersen called the crisis line in Washington. He is believed to be suicidal and possibly in possession of a firearm.

Annieka is described as 5'9" tall, 150 pounds, with brown shoulder length hair and brown eyes. Mr. Petersen is described as 5'10" tall, 150 pounds, with buzzed brown hair and brown eyes.

Mr. Petersen is known to drive a white 1998 Ford F-250 extended cab truck bearing the Washington license plate C20874C. His last known location was in the Portland area, but detectives believe he is possibly traveling to Seaside, OR or Sacramento, CA.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Petersen or Annieka is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Scene Photo
Update: Pedestrian Identified From Saturday's Fatal Traffic Crash in King City - 11/06/17

November 6, 2017 -- The pedestrian struck and killed while crossing Highway 99W at Southwest Fischer Road on Saturday has been identified as 27-year-old Peter Emery of Sherwood. He was identified using fingerprint forensics technology. His family has been notified. The original media release is below.

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Deputies Attempting to Identify Pedestrian Killed

November 5, 2017 -- A pedestrian crossing Highway 99W at SW Fischer Road was
struck by a vehicle and died at the scene. Sheriff's Deputies are continuing their attempts to identify the man.

On November 4, 2017, at 7:42 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies
responded to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian at Hwy 99W at SW Fischer Road
in the community of King City.

During the initial investigation, deputies learned that a pedestrian crossing Hwy 99W was struck by a GMC pickup traveling northbound. It was reported that a man ran across Hwy 99W while northbound traffic on Hwy 99W had a green light. One vehicle braked heavily and was able to avoid striking the man but as the man ran across the next travel lane, he was struck by the pickup.

Bystanders performed CPR on the man, who was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The man had no type of identification. Deputies have been attempting to identify the man with no success thus far.

The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with investigators. Life Flight responded to the scene but the man died prior to being transported to the hospital. The man is described as having light colored skin, about 30 years old, 5'6" tall, 150 pounds, with red hair and beard.

Members of the inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded and are conducting a thorough investigation. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Metro West Ambulance responded to the crash. The investigation is in its initial stages, but impairment and speed are not believed to be contributing factors.

Sheriff's Deputies are requesting the public's assistance in identifying the man. Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to call 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
Crash Photo
Crash Photo
Deputies are Attempting to Identify Pedestrian Killed (Photo) - 11/05/17

November 5, 2017 -- A pedestrian crossing Highway 99W at SW Fischer Road was struck by a vehicle and died at the scene. Sheriff's Deputies are continuing their attempts to identify the man.

On November 4, 2017, at 7:42 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian at Hwy 99W at SW Fischer Road in the Community of King City.

During the initial investigation, deputies learned that a pedestrian crossing Hwy 99W was struck by a GMC pickup traveling northbound. It was reported that a man ran across Hwy 99W while northbound traffic on Hwy 99W had a green light. One vehicle braked heavily and was able to avoid striking the man but as the man ran across the next travel lane, he was struck by the pickup.

Bystanders performed CPR on the man, who was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The man had no type of identification. Deputies have been attempting to identify the man with no success thus far.

The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with investigators. Life Flight responded to the scene but the man died prior to being transported to the hospital. The man is described as having light colored skin, about 30 years old, 5'6" tall, 150 pounds, with red hair and beard.

Members of the inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded and are conducting a thorough investigation. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Metro West Ambulance responded to the crash. The investigation is in its initial stages, but impairment and speed are not believed to be contributing factors.

Sheriff's Deputies are requesting the public's assistance in identifying the man. Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to call 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Crash Photo
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Human Remains Found on Forestland Outside North Plains (Photo) - 11/03/17

November 3, 2017 -- Two hunters located human remains on forestland north of the City of North Plains. Detectives are investigating it in connection with the 2012 murder of Theresa Fronsman.

On November 3, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded of a report of two hunters who had located human remains on private forestland east of Northwest Pumpkin Ridge Road and Northwest Willis Place.

Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives, forensics technicians, and the Washington County Medical Examiner responded and assisted in processing the scene.

Based on the initial investigation, the human remains are that of an adult and appear to have been there for an extended period of time.

Detectives are investigating this case in connection with the 2012 murder of Theresa Fronsman. The suspect in that case, Robert Hardison, has not been seen since the incident and he remains wanted for aggravated homicide.

DNA evidence will be submitted to the Oregon State Crime Lab for testing and the results will be released when available.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Scene Photo
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Detectives Asking For Public's Help Locating 15-Year-Old Sex Abuse Victim (Photo) - 11/02/17

November 2, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's assistance locating 15-year-old Annieka Vaughan, who ran away from her residence in Aloha on October 30, 2017.

Detectives believe Annieka is likely with 23-year-old Zachary Petersen of Pasco, WA, who is the suspect in a sexual abuse investigation being conducted by the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Annieka is the alleged victim in that case.

Mr. Petersen also went missing on October 30, which was reported to the Pasco Police Department. Prior to disappearing, Mr. Petersen called the crisis line in Washington. He is believed to be suicidal and possibly in possession of a firearm.

Annieka is described as 5'9" tall, 150 pounds, with brown shoulder length hair and brown eyes. Mr. Petersen is described as 5'10" tall, 150 pounds, with buzzed brown hair and brown eyes.

Mr. Petersen is known to drive a white 1998 Ford F-250 extended cab truck (similar, not actual vehicle, attached) bearing the Washington license plate C20874C. His last known location was in the Portland area, but detectives believe he is possibly traveling to Seaside, OR or Sacramento, CA.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Petersen or Annieka is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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Burglary Suspects Lead Deputies on Pursuit, Attempt Escape from K-9s by Hiding on Store Roof (Photo) - 11/01/17

November 1, 2017 -- Two suspects were arrested after burglarizing a residence and leading deputies on a pursuit. One suspect attempted to escape K-9s by hiding on a store roof and later breaking into the store through the ceiling.

On November 1, 2017, at 1:49 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a homeowner finding two people inside his vacant residence in the 9100 block of Southwest Meadow Lane in the West Slope community.

As deputies were arriving, a male and female got into a vehicle and fled, coming within feet of striking a deputy as they passed. A pursuit ensued, and during it the male passenger got out and ran on foot.

The driver, 31-year-old Lynsey Picket, was stopped and arrested after deputies surrounded her vehicle on a dead end street. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located materials consistent with producing methamphetamine, as well as numerous stolen credit cards and identifications.

Beaverton Police Officer Tony Bastinelli and his partner, K-9 Rizzo, responded and tracked the male suspect for over two hours but he was not located. Nearby Jesuit High School was placed in a lockout for about 45 minutes as a precaution.

At 5:09 p.m., dispatch received a call from the Bi-Mart in Beaverton reporting that an unknown male had entered the store through the ceiling and ran out the front door. Deputies quickly determined that it was the same male from the earlier incident and he had likely been hiding on the Bi-Mart roof.

Beaverton Police K-9 Rizzo, with the assistance of Washington County Sergeant Danny DiPietro and his partner, K-9 Tux, and a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office K-9, began searching for the suspect. Deputies received numerous calls from the public during this time as the male fled through a neighborhood.

At 6:14 p.m., K-9 Tux located the male, 30-year-old Cody Benton, hiding in a shed in the 5000 block of Southwest Chestnut Avenue and took him into custody.

Ms. Picket was lodged at the Washington County Jail on charges of burglary in the first degree, possession of burglary tools, manufacturing methamphetamine, attempt to allude, attempted assault on a public safety officer (three counts), identity theft, and offensive littering.

Mr. Benton was lodged at the Washington County Jail on charges of burglary in the second degree, criminal mischief in the third degree (two counts), and criminal trespassing (two counts).

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Beaverton Police Department and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office for their response and persistence during this incident.

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Beaverton Woman Finds Blade in Child's Halloween Candy (Photo) - 11/01/17

November 1, 2017 -- A Beaverton woman reported finding a loose blade in her child's Halloween candy. Deputies remind parents to be vigilant and educate their children about inspecting Halloween candy.

On the morning of November 1, 2017, Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were contacted by a concerned mother who reported that a blade had been found in her child's Halloween candy.

After interviewing the woman, deputies learned she had taken her three children trick-or-treating in their neighborhood the evening prior. The family lives near Northwest Cornelius Pass Road and Northwest Quatama Road in Beaverton.

Later that evening, the woman's 13-year-old daughter came to her and said she had found a loose blade inside a packaged candy bar. The blade appeared to have possibly been from a pencil sharpener. It is unknown if the wrapper was completely sealed prior to the child opening it.

The Sheriff's Office reminds parents to be vigilant and educate their children about inspecting all Halloween candy.

There are no investigative leads at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle Dies in Aloha (Photo) - 11/01/17

November 1, 2017 -- A pedestrian crossing Southwest Farmington Road was struck by a vehicle and died at the scene. Impairment and speed are not believed to be contributing factors.

On November 1, 2017, at 7:30 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian on Southwest Farmington Road at Southwest 195th Avenue in the community of Aloha.

During the initial investigation, deputies learned that a pedestrian crossing Southwest Farmington Road was struck by a black Ford Escape traveling eastbound. The driver is being identified as Elias Alfaro-Izquierdo, 32, of Aloha.

Bystanders performed CPR on the pedestrian, who was later pronounced deceased at the scene. She is being identified as Victoria Garcia-Flores, 69, of Beaverton. Her family has been notified.

The driver remained onscene and is cooperating with investigators. The investigation is in its initial stages, but impairment and speed are not believed to be contributing factors.

Members of the inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded and are conducting a thorough investigation.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Metro West Ambulance responded to the crash. The Oregon Department of Transportation assisted in closing Southwest Farmington Road for multiple hours, which impacted traffic and public transit in the area.

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF) , Crash Photo
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Pregnant Woman Hit and Dragged by her own Vehicle (Photo) - 10/29/17

Media Release

Pregnant Woman Hit and Dragged by her own Vehicle

October 29, 2017 -- A pregnant woman was hit and dragged by her own vehicle tonight after it broke down in Cedar Hills.

On Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 7:04 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to multiple reports of a crash in the 2300 block of SW Cedar Hills Blvd. When deputies arrived, they found a 2001 Mazda Tribute hanging over a retaining wall and a woman down on the ground.

Their investigation revealed that two adult women and several children were in the vehicle when it became disabled on SW Cedar Hills Blvd. The two women began pushing the vehicle to get it out of the roadway. Due to a downward slope, the car began rolling forward. One of the women, who was pregnant, tried to jump in the car to control it. The vehicle dragged her, knocked her over and eventually ran over her chest area before it came to a stop.

She was transported to a local hospital by ground ambulance. At this time, it does not appear that she suffered any life-threatening injuries.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Photo 2 , Photo 1
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Impaired Driver Collides with Patrol Vehicle on Highway 26 (Photo) - 10/29/17

Media Release

Impaired Driver Collides with Patrol Vehicle on Highway 26

October 29, 2017 -- An impaired driver collided with a Washington County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle this morning on Highway 26 while the deputy was conducting a traffic stop.

On Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 5:38 a.m., a deputy with the Washington County Sheriff's Office was on a traffic stop on Highway 26 between the Sylvan exit and Highway 217 when his patrol vehicle was struck by a 2006 Honda Civic traveling west. The deputy was outside of his patrol vehicle at the time and no one was injured.

Beaverton Police responded and handled the subsequent investigation.

At its conclusion, Dhivyasimhon Sridharan, 26, of Portland, was cited into Beaverton Municipal Court for DUII (alcohol and cannabis) and Careless Driving. There is no booking photo available.

DUII is a 100% preventable crime. The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages the public to designate a driver when they consume substances that could impair their ability to drive. Other alternative forms of transportation, such as taxis or app-based Uber or Lyft, are readily available in the metro area.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Photo 2 , Photo 1