Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
--UPDATE-- Alex Chisholm Found Safe
-Alex Chisholm Found Safe-
This morning at 6:35 A.M., Sheriff's Deputies received a call from Cascade Security that they saw a suspicious juvenile hiding in the bushes at Indian Hills Elementary School. The juvenile ran away when contacted by the security guard. Deputies that had been searching for Alex Chisholm believed the juvenile may be him.
Sheriff's Deputies showed the security guard a photograph of Alex and he was positively identified as the person that ran from the school. Multiple deputies and officers from Hillsboro and Beaverton Police Departments converged upon the area to assist in the search. At 7:47 A.M., a Deputy Sheriff spotted Alex walking down SW Johnson Street near SW 200th Court. The deputy was able to communicate effectively with Alex and took custody of him without incident.
It is believed that Alex stayed outdoors overnight, therefore deputies had him assessed by medical personnel for possible hypothermia. He was in good health and deputies returned him home safely.
Sheriff's Deputies are encouraging Alex's caretakers to participate in the Sheriff's Office Help Me Home program to avoid future prolonged and potentially dangerous wandering occurrences.
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November 30, 2013--Sheriff's Detectives are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 15 year-old boy. Deputies believe he may be in danger due to his level of functionality and being outdoors overnight.
On November 30, 2013, at about 3:30 P.M., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 19900 block of SW Jaylee Street in Aloha, concerning 15 year-old Alex Chisholm. Deputies were told that Alex lives at a group home in Cornelius. He was visiting the SW Jaylee Street residence when he walked away at about 2:00 P.M. today.
The family reported that Alex functions at a 10 year-old level and has other medical issues. He has limited capacity to ride public transportation. It was reported that Alex may run if contacted. Alex has been entered into the Law Enforcement Data System which will assist any peace officer that comes into contact with him to return him home.
Washington County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, Cornelius Police Department, and TriMet are assisting in the search for Alex. He is a white male, 5'9", 150 pounds with brown hair (photo attached). He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark blue colored sweatshirt, and black shoes.
It is believed he may be attempting to make his way back to Cornelius but is unfamiliar with the way and he may be vulnerable to strangers.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Alex Chisholm, please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.
Sheriff's Office Promotes a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving - 11/26/13
November 26, 2013--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are on the roads providing
extra patrols to enhance safety over the extended holiday travel period.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable
Thanksgiving holiday. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the most dangerous
holidays for crashes due to heavily traveled roadways and aggressive drivers. The four
day weekend invites travelers to drive from great distances which can cause fatigue. The
Sheriff's Office asks drivers to plan ahead with breaks and shared driving to avoid getting
In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired driving over the holiday weekend,
deputies will also focus on aggressive drivers. Sheriff's Deputies will be looking for drivers
that are speeding, following too closely, and distracted using mobile communication
devices. Deputies have increased patrols that began November 23, and extend through
December 1, 2013.
Every Thanksgiving weekend, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies respond to many
traffic related incidents that could have been avoided. Deputies are reminding drivers to
not drive impaired, slow down, avoid distractions, allow adequate following distances,
wear their seatbelt, and secure children in properly fitted child restraints.
Please remember to be safe and considerate while enjoying the holiday weekend.
Detectives Search for Additional Elder Abuse Victims
November 24, 2013--Washington County Detectives are searching for additional elder abuse victims following the repeated arrests of two Tualatin women.
Detectives believe that Nichole Garlitz, 43, and Kelly Dresser, 41, both of Tualatin, have been financially exploiting an 81 year-old Tualatin man since early in 2011. Detectives arrested Ms. Garlitz three different times and Ms. Dresser four different times between October and November 2013 related to this case.
Detectives believe sometime in 2011, the two women approached the victim in a Tualatin shopping center parking lot and struck up a friendship. An alert family member contacted the Sheriff's Office in April 2013 to report that they believed the women were keeping their father away from his family. A Sheriff's Deputy contacted the family and was told the two women seem to have taken over every aspect in the victim's life including his finances.
Washington County Property Crime Detectives were called to assist with this complex case and subsequent investigation. Washington County Adult Protective Services and the Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Elder Abuse Coordinator were also brought in to assist the victim and his family. All cases involving abuse involving the older population throughout the county are assessed by the Elder Abuse Coordinator who specializes in assisting them through the many county resources available.
Over the next five months, detectives were able to obtain search warrants and collect evidence to convince them that Ms. Garlitz and Ms. Dresser had stolen over $80,000 in cash. Detectives also discovered there were family heirloom jewelry, antique furniture, and tools that can't be accounted for. The victim's family informed detectives that the large farm that had been in the family for over 100 years was in jeopardy of being lost to Ms. Garlitz and Ms. Dresser.
Nichole Garlitz is currently lodged in the Washington County Jail, she is charged with multiple counts of Felony Criminal Mistreatment, Identity Theft, Felony Aggravated Theft, Violation of Release Agreement, and Possession and Distribution of Methamphetamine. She is held on $125,000 bail.
Kelly Dresser has been released from the Washington County Jail on bail. She faces charges of multiple counts of Felony Criminal Mistreatment, Identity Theft, Felony Aggravated Theft, Violation of Release Agreement, and Tampering with Evidence.
The Washington District Attorney will set a court date in the near future.
Washington County Detectives and Adult Protective Services often see cases where people suffer from dementia as they age making them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Detectives ask that if citizens think they know of a possible abuse situation to please call the Sheriff's Office or their local law enforcement to report it.
The Washington County Property Crime Detectives believe there may be additional victims of unreported crimes committed by Ms. Garlitz and Ms. Dresser.
Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.
The victim's son is willing to talk to the media. Please call the PIO at 503-209-5613
UPDATE Dahl being Released.
I have had numerous inquiries into when David Dahl is going to be released from our jail. I was just notified that he has posted bail and should be released by 1:30 p.m. today.
Last night Sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance call at a residence in Cedar Hills. A man was reported to be acting erratically in the residence. Deputies arrived and the suspect rammed one of their cars and drove away. A short pursuit ensued and after three patrol cars had been wrecked, the man was taken into custody. Three deputies and the suspect were all treated for injuries at the hospital.
On Thursday, November 14, 2013, at about 10:00 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a disturbance at a residence, located at 2455 SW Timberline Drive (97225) in the community of Cedar Hills. The caller reported that her friend, 50-year-old David James Dahl from Milwaukie, was acting erratically and she needed assistance.
When deputies arrived they encountered a black Cadillac Escalade leaving the area. At the same time, the dispatcher told them that Mr. Dahl had left the house in a black Escalade. Before the deputies turned on their emergency lights, Mr. Dahl rammed one of the patrol cars head on, disabling it. He then drove away with another patrol car in pursuit.
Mr. Dahl would not stop for the deputy and at several points slammed on his brakes trying to get the deputy to hit the rear of his vehicle. At SW Scenic Drive and SW Scenic Drive Court, Mr. Dahl rammed another patrol car head on, disabling that car as well. He backed up and rammed the car a second time while the deputy was still in the car. Mr. Dahl was about to back up again when another deputy rammed him from behind and pinned the Escalade in between the two patrol cars.
The deputies, one of them injured from being assaulted by Mr. Dahl in the crash, attempted to get Mr. Dahl to exit his vehicle. Mr. Dahl refused and was pulled out of the vehicle by the deputies. Mr. Dahl resisted arrest and fought with the deputies. A Taser was used during the struggle with Mr. Dahl, but it had little effect. He was eventually taken into custody and sustained non-life-threatening injuries while resisting arrest.
Three deputies were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Mr. Dahl was also transported to the hospital. Everyone was treated and released.
Mr. Dahl was taken to the Washington County Jail where he was booked on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Assaulting a Peace Officer, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief, and Reckless Driving.
Aloha Man dies in High-Speed Crash
Early this morning Sheriff's deputies responded to a severe crash on SW 185th Avenue. One man when killed when he lost control of his car and crashed into a wall.
On Thursday, November 14, 2013, at about 2:50 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to several 911 callers reporting a crash in the area of SW 185th Avenue and SW Pheasant Lane, in the community of Aloha. They arrived to find an unrecognizable Honda car that had struck a cinder-block wall at a high rate of speed.
Deputies located a deceased man in the wreckage. After checking the area and talking to the deceased man's father, they determined that no one else had been in the car with him. The man was identified as 26-year-old Nicholas Walrath from Aloha.
Investigators from the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene. They determined that the car was traveling north on SW 185th Ave. when the driver lost control and left the roadway. The preliminary investigation indicates that the driver was traveling in excess of 100 MPH. He drove over the east sidewalk and struck a tree, the car continued and broke through a cinder-block wall and came to rest. Debris from the car was scattered across all five lanes of 185th Ave.
Mr. Walrath's father happened upon the scene and he was notified of his son's death at that time.
Man Arrested after Touching Several Women.
November 11, 2013--Yesterday, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies and Tualatin Police
Officers arrested a man who was caught groping three women in a park and in an
apartment complex. Investigators are seeking additional victims.
On Sunday, November 10, 2013, at about 12:00 p.m., deputies responded to a suspicious
person call at an apartment complex located at 17000 SW Pacific Highway in
unincorporated Washington County. One of the sales associate at the complex reported
that she and another female sales person had been groped by the same man on two
different occasions, and the man had returned. Deputies later identified that man as Ian
J. Billow, 28, from Tualatin.
The victim told deputies that Mr. Billow had come to the apartment complex on November
3rd and November 8th and told them he was looking to rent an apartment. On both
occasions Mr. Billow was given a tour of the apartment complex by different female
employees. It was reported that on both occasions, when he got in the golf cart for the
tour, he placed his hand on the seat as the victim was sitting down. The victim would sit
on his hand then he would apologize and play it off as an accident.
Deputies learned that during one of these tours, Mr. Billow pretended to trip as he was
walking up a flight of stairs. He was walking behind one of the victims and fell face-first
onto her buttocks lingering there for a few seconds.
The two apartment employee victims exchanged incidents and realized the same person
was the suspect in both cases. Yesterday, when he returned and asked for another tour,
one of the victims told him to leave and then called the Sheriff's Office to report the
While the Sheriff's Deputies were investigating the case, Tualatin Police received a call of
a man in Atfalati Park (6898 SW Wampanoag Dr., Tualatin) who attempted to grab the
buttocks of a female jogger. Tualatin Police responded to the park and found the man
who matched the description, it was Mr. Billow. A dispatcher at the Washington County
Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA) recognized that the two suspect
descriptions were very similar and informed the deputies.
After deputies compared their investigation with the Tualatin Police Officers, who had
arrested Mr. Billow, they decided the Sheriff's Deputies would take custody of Mr. Billow
and charge him in all of the cases concerning the three victims.
Sergeant Bob Ray Sheriff's Public Information Officer Phone: (503) 209-5613
Mr. Billow was taken to the Washington County Jail and booked on three counts of Sex
Abuse in the third degree, one count of Attempted Sex Abuse in the third degree, and
three counts of Harassment. He is held on $15,000 bail.
Sheriff's Deputies suspect Mr. Billow has acted inappropriately with other victims and
would like to hear from anyone who may have information regarding these potential
crimes. Please call 503-629-0111 with information.
Deputies in Aloha investigating Numerous Car break-ins
On the morning of Friday, November 08, 2013, Sheriff's deputies took numerous reports in the community of Aloha, of cars being rummaged through during the night. The break-ins were reported by several residents in the area of SW 188th Avenue and SW Westword Street.
Deputies have taken reports from at least eight victims in the area. Many of the victims told deputies that they left their cars unlocked. They said their cars had been ransacked, and in many cases, items were taken from the vehicles.
Deputies are asking people to call in if they suspect that their car was broken into. They would also like to remind people to lock their cars when they are parked.