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Sheriff's Office Provides Enhanced DUII Patrol - 11/21/14
November 21, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance traffic safety for the weekend prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable traveling experience. The holiday period is one of the most dangerous traveling times for crashes due to heavily traveled roadways in combination with impaired and aggressive drivers.

The Sheriff's Office will be providing extra patrols focused on impaired driving over the weekend. These extra DUII patrols will be from 9:00 p.m. November 21, 2014, through 2:00 a.m. November 24, 2014.

Sheriff's Deputies will also be providing enforcement of drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices.

This is one of several Oregon Department of Transportation sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of each of these traffic safety missions.
Bicyclist Dies after Collision with Semi Truck - 11/20/14
November 20, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a semi truck and a bicyclist collided. The bicyclist did not survive his injuries.

On November 20, 2014, at 11:45 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to NW Cornell Road at NW Barnes Road in the community of Cedar Mill concerning a traffic crash.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found a 2014 Kenworth FedEx truck was driving eastbound on NW Cornell Road then turned south onto NW Barnes Road at a traffic light. Deputies determined that a man on a recumbent bicycle was also traveling eastbound on NW Cornell Road. The investigation revealed that the truck turned into the path of the bicyclist causing them to collide.

Sheriff's Deputies found that Kirke Johnson, 70, from Portland was the bicyclist. He did not survive the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The FedEx driver was identified as Delmar Suiter, 60, from Gresham. Mr. Suiter remained at the crash scene and cooperated with investigators.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to assist with diagrams and processing evidence. The intersection was closed for about three hours.

Investigators determined that inattentiveness was likely a contributing factor in this crash. Citations are possible after the investigation is completed.
Deputies Arrest Two Men and Charge Them with Robbery (Photo) - 11/19/14
November 19, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two men after they allegedly robbed a woman.

On November 18, 2014 at about 1:37 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the area of SW Park Way and SW Roxbury Avenue in the community of Cedar Hills, concerning a robbery. Sheriff's Deputies responded to assist the victim and search for the suspect. Upon arrival, deputies learned there was a man that reportedly implicated a gun and subsequently robbed a 30 year-old female as she walked from the Sunset Transit Center.

Sheriff's Deputies were told the man followed the woman from the transit center prior to confronting the woman. After threatening the woman with an implied gun, the man received a small amount of cash then ran down the road to an awaiting vehicle. The woman was able to recall a portion of the vehicle's license plate number. Deputies used the vehicle information, video footage and the description of the man to search law enforcement systems for valuable clues to the identity of the man.

Sheriff's Deputies searched through a vast amount of information and identified Martez Branch, 27, from Portland as a possible suspect in the robbery. At about 3:25 p.m., a Beaverton Police Officer stopped Mr. Branch who was driving in the area of SW Baltic Avenue and SW Barnes Road. Evidence and information obtained lead Sheriff's Deputies to believe Mr. Branch was involved in the robbery.

Martez Branch was arrested transported to jail. Sheriff's Deputies were able to identify Keith Macon, 41, from Portland as the person that approached and robbed the female. It is believed that Mr. Branch was the driver of the vehicle that Mr. Macon got into at the time of the robbery. At 11:22 p.m., Keith Macon was tracked down and arrested in Portland.

Keith Macon was lodged in the Washington County Jail where he was charged with Second Degree Robbery. He is held on $250,000 bail.

Martez Branch was lodged in the Washington County Jail where he was charged with Second Degree Robbery and for violating his parole. He is held without the possibility of bail.
Attached Media Files: ARRESTED , ARRESTED
Man's Tent doused with Gasoline and Set on Fire - 11/17/14
On Saturday, Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of a man who was set on fire by unknown suspects. They discovered that it was the tent and not the man that was lit on fire. He was uninjured and no suspects are in custody.

On Saturday, November 16, 2014 at 11:46 p.m., Sheriff's deputies along with police officers from the City of Forest Grove, responded to the 2200 Block of SW Highway 47 near Forest Grove. A man called and reported that he had been set on fire and the unknown suspect or suspects had fled the scene. After deputies arrived they determined that the man had not been set on fire, but his tent had been.

The 47-year-old-homeless man was asleep in his tent with his dog when he heard someone outside. He called out to them, but the next he thing he knew he heard a liquid being poured on his tent and then it was set on fire. He and the dog were able to escape before they were injured. Unfortunately the victim lost all of his possessions in the fire.

Deputies used police K9's to attempt to locate the suspect but were unsuccessful. They believe an accelerant was used to start the fire.

The victim is temporarily staying with friends during the cold weather. Detectives are asking that anyone who has any information regarding this case to call 503-846-2500.
Deputies recover Stolen Car Containing Kittens (Photo) - 11/14/14
Today, Sheriff's Deputies took a report of a stolen vehicle from an animal shelter in Aloha. The vehicle contained eight six-week-old kittens. The car and the kittens were recovered safely about an hour and a half later.

On Friday, November 14, 2014, at about 1:25 pm, Sheriff's Deputies responded to take a stolen vehicle report at the Oregon Friends of Sheltered Animals, animal shelter, located at 4240 SW 185th Avenue in the community of Aloha.

The 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor was stolen from the location within a few minutes of the victims calling dispatch. The victims were in the process of loading the vehicle with kittens contained in small kennels to be transported to another location. When they went back inside the shelter to retrieve more kittens, someone stole the vehicle with eight kittens inside.

Deputies determined that one of the victims left her cell phone in the car and they were able to use the phone to track the vehicle. Within an hour and a half they located the vehicle abandoned in the parking lot of the Lowes store located at 1951 SE 24th Ave. in Hillsboro. The kittens were unharmed and were returned to shelter workers. The vehicle was also undamaged.

Deputies do not have any suspects at this time and would like to hear from anyone who may have information in this case.
-UPDATE-Thieving Friend Arrested (Photo) - 11/14/14
UPDATE: Vicheka Ly was captured in Los Angeles on November 12, 2014. It was reported that a female friend of Ms. Ly in Los Angeles became suspicious when she discovered she was missing money. The friend made an internet search on Vicheka Ly and saw the Sheriff's Office press release (below) and local media coverage concerning Ms. Ly. She called the Sheriff's Office who then contacted the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The LAPD promptly located and arrested Ms. Ly on the Washington County warrant.

It is unknown when Ms. Ly will be extradited back to Oregon to face the current charges. The Sheriff's Office appreciates the friend coming forward, the local media and the LAPD for their assistance capturing Vicheka Ly.

Original Release Below

October 29, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Property Crime Unit Detectives are
searching for additional theft victims following the indictment of a Salem woman. There
are several victims identified in multiple jurisdictions. Detectives fear there may be
additional victims as the suspect befriends people then apparently steals from them.

Last August, Sheriff's Deputies were contacted by a woman who was claiming that
Vicheka Ly, 23, from Salem had stolen her credit cards and cash. Sheriff's Deputies investigated the complaint and the
Sheriff's Property Crimes Unit Detectives were contacted to assist with the case.

Preliminary information was that Ms. Ly had befriended the victim earlier this year then
moved in to the victim's residence. The victim began noticing suspicious behavior by Ms.
Ly who apparently was unemployed but would routinely go on shopping sprees purchasing
expensive items. Prior to calling the Sheriff's Office on August 28, 2014, the victim found
her credit card was used on an apparent shopping spree. The victim also found several
thousand dollars in cash was stolen.

Property Crime Unit Detectives began processing evidence and interviewed anyone who
may have knowledge of the case. There was surveillance video obtained that detectives
confirmed was Ms. Ly using a stolen credit. During a search warrant, detectives
discovered several credit cards in Ms. Ly's possession that belonged to other victims.
Detectives discovered there were similar cases in Hillsboro, Portland and Clackamas
County where Ms. Ly is suspected of similar criminal behavior. The Hillsboro case
reported Ms. Ly as using a stolen friend's credit card and charging over $7,500 in one day.
The details are not available on the Portland and Clackamas County cases.

On October 24, 2014, the case was presented to a Washington County Grand Jury.
Vicheka Ly was indicted and charged with 1st Degree Aggravated Theft, 1st degree Theft
and three counts of Identity Theft. There is also a Clackamas County warrant for Forgery

Vicheka Ly's location is unknown, she could be anywhere in the metropolitan area.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case or possible additional
unreported crimes committed by Ms Ly. If you have any information, please call the
Washington County Sheriff's Office Detective Division at (503) 846-2500.
Attached Media Files: ARRESTED
Dangerous Men Arrested Following Extensive Manhunt (Photo) - 11/13/14
November 13, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies and additional agencies assisted the US Marshals capture two wanted men. The men fled to avoid arrest but were pursued until they were captured. One man had a warrant for bank robbery and the other is a person of knowledge or possible involvement in numerous crimes.

On November 13, 2014 at about 12:36 p.m., US Marshals were at the Bethany Meadows apartments in the community of Bethany attempting to locate two dangerous and possibly armed men. Marshals spotted the men in a silver Chevrolet Malibu. When the Marshals and Sheriff's Deputies attempted to stop the Malibu, they sped away to avoid capture.

Multiple Sheriff's Deputies and Marshals pursued the men. Both men were considered to be armed and dangerous. Deputies were assisted by Hillsboro Police, Portland Police Bureau, the FBI and Beaverton Police. While fleeing, the men drove the Malibu into a curb at NW 158th Avenue and NW Walker Road, rendering it inoperable. Both men exited the vehicle and ran south into a wooded area close to an apartment complex.

Multiple Sheriff's Deputies and Marshals converged upon the area in an attempt to capture the men. The area was contained with law enforcement from multiple agencies. Sheriff's K9 Gunny, and deputies, tracked and captured Shawn Michael Stock, 32, from Beaverton, north of the crashed Malibu without further incident.

The other man was identified as Cory Nathaniel Johnston, 33, from Hillsboro. There was a warrant for bank robbery out of Portland issued for Mr. Johnston. A citizen called the police and reported that a man came to his apartment with a gun and demanded his keys to his Toyota Camry. The citizen provided a description of the man that robbed him which matched the description of Mr. Johnston.

The Camry was spotted shortly after it was stolen and Mr. Johnston again refused to stop for law enforcement. Cory Johnston drove around the Aloha area at high speeds winding through neighborhoods in an attempt to avoid capture. He drove north on SW 197th Avenue and failed to negotiate the turn westbound onto NW Baseline Road. Mr. Johnston crashed the Camry into the concrete barrier on the north side of the roadway causing extensive damage to the vehicle. He exited the vehicle and failed to comply with Sheriff's Deputies commands. A Taser was successfully deployed and Mr. Johnston was taken into custody without further incident.

Due to the traffic crash, Mr. Johnston was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with three existing warrants for Bank Robbery, ID Theft, Possession of Methamphetamine and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He was also charged with Robbery, Burglary, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, Reckless Endangering and Reckless Driving. He is held without the possibility of release.

Shawn Stock was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, Hit and Run and a detainer for violating his parole concerning previous Theft and Forgery crimes. He is also held without the possibility of release.

The investigation on both men is ongoing and additional charges are likely to follow.
Attached Media Files: ARRESTED , ARRESTED
Cornelius Community offers Holiday Dinner for Needy Families - 11/10/14
November 6, 2014--The City of Cornelius, in partnership with Centro Cultural of Washington County, will provide a holiday dinner for members of the community in need. This hot meal will be offered at no cost and is expected to feed about 600 people.

The dinner is made possible through generous donations and volunteer hours provided by community partners in Cornelius, including:

City of Cornelius
Cornelius Police Department
Washington County Sheriff's Office
Cornelius Fire Department
Centro Cultural of Washington County
Cornelius Fred Meyer
Cornelius Walmart
Real Life Christian Church
Sonrise Cornelius Church

The holiday dinner will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Cornelius Grade School (200 N 14th Ave., Cornelius, OR 97113). No reservations are required.

Cornelius Police Chief Moss said, "This is a great opportunity to continue to build relationships within the community and serve those who are in need through the cooperative efforts of various community partners."

For additional information or to find out how you can help, please contact Centro Cultural at 503-359-0446.
DUII Driver Crashes into Cornelius City Hall (Photo) - 11/08/14
November 8, 2014 - Early Saturday morning a woman drove off the road, through the grass at the Cornelius City Hall and crashed into the building. She did not stay at the scene of the crash. She was arrested for DUII and other charges and then lodged in the Washington County Jail.

On Saturday November 8, 2014 at 3:15 a.m. Sheriff's deputies servicing the City of Cornelius performed a traffic stop on a white 2000 Ford Mustang. During the traffic stop, deputies noticed both airbags were deployed and there was significant damage to the car.

In the course of the investigation, deputies learned the driver, Jennifer Martinez-Juarez, age 21 of Cornelius was intoxicated. They also determined prior to the traffic stop she crashed her Mustang into a garbage can, a bench and then drove through the grass and struck a structural support at the City of Cornelius. The traffic stop took place several blocks away from the city offices.

It was also discovered that she was a primary aggressor in a domestic harassment incident against her boyfriend (the passenger) prior to leaving a local bar. Ms. Martinez-Juarez was arrested for DUII, Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run), Criminal Mischief and Domestic Harassment. She was lodged in the Washington County Jail.
PR Update - Arrest in Raleigh Hills Homicide (Photo) - 11/08/14
UPDATE: November 8, 2014--Detectives charge Beaverton man with homicide.

This evening, November 8, 2014, Daniel Christopher Timothy Chad Wyant, 41, from Beaverton was discharged from the hospital and lodged in the Washington County Jail. He was charged with Murder. He is held without the opportunity to post bail. Daniel Wyant is charged with the murder of Monica Lynn VanLaer, 33, from St Helens on November 2, 2014.

Investigators learned that Ms. VanLaer and Mr. Wyant lived together at their apartment for several months prior to her moving out a few weeks before the incident. It was reported that on November 2, 2014, Ms. VanLaer returned with family members to finish moving her belongings out of the apartment. At 2:19 p.m., during the move-out, Mr. Wyant shot Ms. VanLaer multiple times with a handgun. After shooting Ms. VanLaer, Mr. Wyant shot himself in the head.

Daniel Wyant received non life-threatening injuries and was subdued by the family members until deputies arrived. Monica VanLaer was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Daniel Wyant has been in the hospital recovering from his injuries prior to his arrest.

The investigation is continuing. No further information is available at this time.
Attached Media Files: Daniel_Wyant.JPG
Gang Detectives Arrest Two Men in Drive-by Shooting (Photo) - 11/05/14
November 5, 2014-- The Washington County Interagency Gang Enforcement Team (IGET) captured two men who are believed to have been involved in a drive-by shooting.

On October 28, 2014, at about 6:22 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies and Washington County Community Corrections Center (CCC) staff heard one distinctive gun shot that sounded like it originated from SW Adams Avenue between the Sheriff's Office and the CCC in Hillsboro. Multiple Sheriff's Deputies and Hillsboro Police Officers responded and searched the area for victims, damage, and evidence.

Investigators obtained information that a dark colored vehicle picked up Manuel Jesus Lopez Jr., 20, from Aloha, moments before the gunshot. Manuel Lopez Jr. had been released from the Washington County Jail less than an hour earlier. Witnesses reported the gun was fired from the vehicle possibly toward two men who were in front of the CCC.

After compiling evidence and conducting interviews, it was determined the incident was gang related. On October 30, 2014, IGET Detectives located the vehicle and arrested the driver, Miguel Angel Cruz, 18, from Aloha after recovering a hand gun from the vehicle. It is believed that Miguel Cruz picked up Manuel Lopez Jr. from the jail and assisted in the shooting. On October 31, 2014, detectives arrested Manuel Lopez Jr. outside of his residence.

Manuel Lopez Jr. was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Reckless Endangering. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

Miguel Cruz was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Hindering Prosecution. He was held on $10,000 bail and has since been released.
There are additional charges possible as the investigation continues.
Attached Media Files: ARRESTED , ARRESTED
Detectives Investigate Raleigh Hills Homicide - 11/02/14
November 2, 2014--Detectives are investigating a homicide at a Raleigh Hills apartment that left another person injured.

On November 2, 2014, at 2:19 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported shooting in the 7900 block of SW Brentwood Street in the community of Raleigh Hills.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found an adult female deceased inside an apartment. It appeared the woman was shot with a firearm. There was also an adult male transported to the hospital with at least one apparent gun shot wound. His condition was originally believed to be life-threatening. The hospital upgraded his status and reported that he is expected to survive his injuries. There were several other people in and around the apartment at the time of the incident, they have all been questioned and released.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team Detectives responded to assist with the investigation. Investigators were assisted by Oregon State Police Forensics to gather evidence and process the scene.

There is very limited information available as it is still very early in the investigation. The names of the involved individuals are not being released until further investigatory steps are completed. Detectives are not searching for anyone else involved in the incident. Additional information is expected to be released in the following days. No arrests have been made.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in this case. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 503-846-2500.
Hillsboro Man Dies in Early Morning Crash - 11/01/14
November 1, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle left the roadway and rolled. The vehicle was occupied by the driver and one passenger. The driver did not survive his injuries.

On November 1, 2014, at 12:20 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to SW Farmington Road west of SW Riggs Road in the community of Aloha concerning a single vehicle crash.

Several deputies arrived and discovered a 1991 Honda Civic in a field north of SW Farmington Road. Deputies determined that the Honda had been westbound on SW Farmington Road when it crashed. The Honda left the roadway, struck a dirt embankment and went airborne before rolling over and eventually coming to rest on its wheels.

Sheriff's Deputies found that Joseph Franklin Anderson, 34, from Hillsboro was the driver and Laura Jean Depee, 24, from Estacada was the passenger. Joseph Anderson did not survive the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Laura Depee was transported to OHSU with minor injuries.

Farmington Road was partially closed for about three hours to gather evidence and document the scene. Investigators determined that speed and alcohol are likely contributing factors in this crash. There are no photographs available.
Advisory Sign
Advisory Sign
Pedestrian Safety Enhancement in Cornelius (Photo) - 10/28/14
October 28, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Traffic Team Deputies assisted deputies serving the City of Cornelius enforce pedestrian safety in the city.

Pedestrians struck by vehicles are one of the most hazardous crash types for potentially serious or fatal injuries. In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes. Crashes that occurred exclusively on private property, including parking lots and driveways, were excluded from the statistics.

Sheriff's Deputies respond to many traffic related incidents that could have been avoided if all drivers were safe and considerate. Deputies are reminding drivers to slow down, avoid distractions and pay extra attention for pedestrians and bicyclists as the daylight hours grow shorter. The rainy season also presents increased driving difficulties as driver vision is decreased.
Per ORS 811.028, Failure to stop and remain stopped for pedestrian, the driver of a vehicle commits the offense of failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian if the driver does not stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian. The pedestrian may be at a marked crosswalk or any intersection which are considered an unmarked crosswalk.

On October 27, 2014, advisory signs were placed at North Adair and North 13th Street in Cornelius warning drivers that there would be a pedestrian safety enforcement detail today (photo attached). There were four Traffic Safety Team motorcycles assigned to assist with the detail. From 11:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m., deputies issued 22 citations for Fail to Yield to a Pedestrian (photo attached). This violation carries a $260 fine. During this one hour detail, deputies observed hundreds of additional violations but could only stop a small percentage.

Please remember to be safe and extra cautious of pedestrians.
Attached Media Files: Advisory Sign , Traffic Stop