Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Driver Dies after driving his Car Off the Road (Photo)
Friday, April 24, 2015
Early this morning a man driving south on SW Midway Road failed to negotiate a turn and crashed his car. He was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
On Friday, April 24, 2015, at about 3:13 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene of a vehicle crash at the intersection of SW Midway Road and SW Vanderschuere Road in unincorporated Washington County. A local resident heard the crash and reported it.
When Deputies arrived they found a vehicle in a pasture on the south side of the intersection. The Driver, 21-year-old Matthew Wuerpel from Newberg, was deceased at the scene of the crash. Mr. Wuerpel was driving south on SW Midway Road. Midway Rd. ends at SW Vanderschuere Road. Instead of turning onto SW Vanderschuere, Mr. Wuerpel drove through the stop sign and into a field, clipping a tree along the way.
Deputies said Mr. Wuerpel was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car, a 1988 Chevy Sprint, as it rolled. The car sustained major damage in the crash.
Investigators from the Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) will conduct the investigation into the crash.
Deputies Arrest Four Men Following Robbery with a Mallet (Photo)
April 21, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a possible robber where six men were identified as suspects. Deputies located and arrested four of the six men.
On April 21, 2015, at 2:30 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called concerning a man that was reportedly beaten with a hammer and robbed by six young men. The incident occurred in the area of W Baseline Road and SW 205th Avenue in the community of Aloha. It was reported that one of the men had a hammer and he struck the victim with it. Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found the victim with non-life threatening blunt force injuries. Sheriff's Deputies learned the men fled in an unknown direction.
The 39 year-old victim told the Sheriff's Deputies that he was walking his dog when he was approached by the six young men who asked him to buy them beer because they were not old enough. When the man returned with the beer, he was attacked and struck numerous times with a hard rubber mallet as the six men took the beer. Bystanders heard the commotion and the young men dropped the beer and ran away.
Sheriff's Deputies notified law enforcement of the incident and a K9 assisted in the search for the men involved. After about 30 minutes, the Beaverton Police K9 located four of the men hiding in an area of thick brush about a half mile north from the incident location. There was also evidence collected that will assist with the investigation.
Sheriff's Deputies arrested Ismail Mohamed Abukar, 20, from Aloha. They also arrested two 16 year-olds and a 17 year-old male, all also from Aloha. The juveniles were transferred to Donald E. Long Detention Facility until charges are filed.
Ismail Mohamed Abukar was lodged in the Washington County Jail. He was charged with First Degree Robbery and Third Degree Assault and is held on $250,000 bail. There is the possibility of additional charges as the investigation continues.
Woman Dies after Car strikes her Three-Wheeled Motorcycle (Photo)
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Earlier today a woman was critically injured, and later died at the hospital, after a car pulled in front of her motorcycle. No charges are expected in this case.
On Saturday, April 18, 2015, at about 1153 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to a crash involving a three-wheeled motorcycle and a car at the intersection of Highway 47 and SW Old Highway 47.
Deputies determined that 64-year-old Charlene Marvin of Carlton was driving her 2006 Harley Davidson three-wheeled motorcycle south on Hwy 47. A 2014 Mazda 3 driven by a 51-year-old Gaston woman pulled onto Hwy. 47 from SW Old Hwy. 47 to go north. When she pulled out she did not see the motorcycle and struck it in the side. The Motorcycle spun and crashed, throwing Mrs. Marvin off of it.
Mrs. Marvin was Lifeflighted from the scene and later died of her injuries at an area hospital. Her family was notified of her death.
The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) investigated the crash do not have any reason to believe any criminal factors exist at this time. The driver of the Mazda was has not been charged.
Donation Provides Sheriff's K9's with Ballistic Vests
April 17, 2015--The Washington County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit has been awarded ballistic vests for each of the canine's on the team due to a generous Washington County resident donation.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit has been awarded ballistic vests thanks to the Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation, a nonprofit organization. The Sheriff's Office Foundation recently received a significant donation from a Washington County resident, Mrs. Donna Lane. Mrs. Lane wanted to ensure that the funds from her late husband's trust went specifically to serve the canines of the Washington County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit requested to purchase ballistic bullet/stab resistant vests to each of the canines. This request was approved by the Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation board.
Currently, the Sheriff's Canine Unit consists of three tracking teams, one narcotics team, and three canine teams dedicated to both tracking and narcotics detection (dual purpose canines).
The tracking dogs are trained to locate, follow, and alert on fresh human scent, which includes suspects who have fled from crime scenes or who have barricaded themselves in a building or house. The canines are also trained to protect the handler and to keep a violent or dangerous person from escaping. The new ballistic vests protect the canines while working alongside their handlers.
Sheriff's K9's Chase (Tracking), Oz (Tracking), Radar (Tracking), Stark (Dual), Tau (Narcotics), Taz (Dual) and Tux (Dual) each received a brand new bullet and stab resistant ballistic vests by Point Blank Body Armor. Each vest provides B-II level II protection and is one of the lightest, thinnest, and highest performing level II packages on the market today. The vests are proven effective for use during high risk deployments and are Department of Defense certified for Fragmentation Testing. Each vest is valued at $631.00 and is covered under a five year warranty.
To learn more about the Washington County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit, visit our website here. For any additional information about the Sheriff's Office or various volunteer opportunities please call 503.846.2700 or check us out on-line at the following web address: www.wcsheriff-or.com.
Sheriff's Deputies Warn of Law Enforcement Scam - 04/15/15
April 15, 2015--The Washington County Sheriff's Office and local police agencies have received complaints from the public concerning a warrant payment scam. The person would ask for a payoff to avoid arresting the person that supposedly had the warrant.
The person would call a citizen at random and identify himself as a Washington County Deputy Sheriff and that the citizen currently has a warrant for their arrest. Lately, there have been reports that the person will identify themselves as Sergeant Nathan Johnson from the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The name will change but the scam is the same. Some people reported if they missed the call, the person would leave a message for them to call back at a 503 area code phone number.
The person would tell the victim that they will be arrested if they did not buy a Green Dot prepaid card in a specified amount and pay them to clear the warrant. Once the victim had the card, the person would then arrange a location to meet them and obtain the card. The person would threaten to come to their house and arrest them if they didn't pay.
No law enforcement agency will ever call demanding money to clear a warrant or for any other reason. If a person has a warrant for their arrest, a law enforcement officer is required to take them into custody and not take any type of payment to clear the warrant. We are advising anyone who receives a call like this to report it immediately.
Other local law enforcement agencies have received reports with similar circumstances. This scam is a variation of other incidents where scammers will call or email with the promise of something in exchange for cash, Green Dot prepaid cards, money wires, or any other form of payment that involves urgent payment. These are all considered scams to cheat you out of your money. Prepaid cards are considered as good as cash. Once a person has the secret code located on the back of the card, your money is lost and very difficult to trace.
The Sheriff's Office reminds citizens to never send money in any form to someone you don't personally know. These requests are a concern for law enforcement with individuals attempting to cheat you out of your money with various methods.
Investigators are seeking the public's help regarding similar scam cases. If you have any information, or have recently received a solicitation that seemed suspicious, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.
DUII Driver Crashes Pickup into Yard (Photo)
April 12, 2015 - Deputies responded to an injury crash on Old Cornelius Pass Road. The vehicle crashed through a fence and into a yard. The driver was cited for DUII.
On Sunday April 12, 2015 at 12:53 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported single vehicle rollover crash with injuries. Upon arrival, deputies located a 2001 Toyota pickup driven by Mathew White, age 30 of Hillsboro, which had crashed into a yard located at 9412 Old Cornelius Pass Road. Witnesses reported that prior to the crash, Mr. White was driving faster than the posted speed limit.
After the crash, Mr. White was able to exit his truck on his own power and needed treatment by EMS for injury to his head. He was transported to Emanuel Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
During the investigation deputies determined that Mr. White was driving while intoxicated. Mr. White was criminally cited at the hospital for DUII.
15-Year-Old Teenage Taken into Custody for Assault
Saturday night Washington County deputies responded to a report of an assault with a weapon. A 15-year-old girl was taken into custody for assaulting another 15-year-old girl with a knife.
On Saturday April 11, 2015 at 8:24 p.m., Washington County Deputies responded to Aloha Huber Park elementary school on a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, deputies learn that two 15-year-old girls arranged to meet at the school to fight. During the course of the fight, one of the girls pulled a knife and stabbed the other multiple times. The suspect fled the scene and was later taken into custody at a nearby home.
The victim was taken by ambulance to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She is currently listed in serious, but stable condition.
The suspect is facing Assault II charges and will be lodged at Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility.
Sheriff's Deputies Continue Enhanced Traffic Patrols Through April - 04/10/15
April 10,2015--Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance traffic safety for April. This month includes Spring Break and the Easter travel period.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable traveling experience. The spring season can be a dangerous traveling time due to increased traffic along with impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers.
The Sheriff's Office will be providing extra patrols focused on impaired and distracted drivers throughout the month of April. The Sheriff's Office has zero tolerance for impaired drivers that continue to place themselves and others in harms way.
Sheriff's Deputies will also be providing enforcement of drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices.
These extra patrols are funded by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant obtained through the Department of Transportation. The Washington County Sheriff's Office has a goal to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads, reduce crashes and save lives. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds people to travel safely and designate a sober driver.
This is one of several sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of this extended traffic safety mission on May 1,2015.
Portland Man Charged in Nicole Laube Homicide (Photo)
April 1, 2015-Yesterday, March 31, 2015, a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Jaime Tinoco, 17, of Portland, with the August 19, 2014 murder of Nicole Laube at The Commons at Timber Creek apartments. He was arrested this morning and charged with Homicide.
Within four days of Mr. Tinoco's arrest for the rape and brutal assault of a woman in Eugene on September 13, 2014, Washington County Violent Crimes Unit Detectives questioned him concerning the homicide of Nicole Laube. Washington County Detectives worked closely with Eugene Police Department Detectives to investigate any possible involvement with Mr. Tinoco in Ms. Laube's murder.
Detectives learned that Mr. Tinoco lived with his parents across NW Barnes Road from the apartment complex where Ms. Laube was stabbed to death. At that time, detectives were not able to obtain sufficient information or additional leads to correlate a connection between Mr. Tinoco and Ms. Laube.
During the following months, detectives meticulously poured over hundreds of pieces of information and questioned dozens of people to gain additional insight that would lead them to Ms. Laube's killer.
On March 23, 2015, after Jaime Tinoco was convicted for the rape and assault in Eugene, a Eugene Detective again questioned Mr. Tinoco about Ms. Laube's murder. The Eugene Detective received significant information from Mr. Tinoco prompting him to immediately summon the Washington County Detectives who were working the case. The detectives worked together to obtain information that led them to believe that Jaime Tinoco murdered Nicole Laube. Washington County Juvenile Services provided information that assisted the detectives with their investigation.
Yesterday, March 31, 2015, a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Jaime Tinoco and charged him with Aggravated Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He is currently in the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority. This morning, Washington County Detectives served the arrest warrant and took Mr. Tinoco into their custody and transported him to the Washington County Jail. Jaime Tinoco will be returned to the custody of the Washington County Sheriff after he turns 18 years old on April 3, 2015.
There is a press conference scheduled at the Washington County Sheriff's Office today, April 1, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in training room C. In attendance will be Chris Laube (Nicole's husband) and Rich Jones (Nicole's father). Media is requested to arrive by 12:30 p.m.
Media is also asked to wait for the press conference for additional questions or comments from the family to respect their privacy during this difficult time.
Original press releases below:
Homicide Investigation Update:
September 15, 2014 -- Detectives Release Composite Drawing of Possible Homicide Suspect.
Today, September 15, 2014, Washington County Major Crimes Team Detectives released a composite drawing of the man suspected of killing Nicole Laube on August 19, 2014. The drawing was obtained from a witness that reportedly saw the man in the area at the time of the homicide. It is unknown if Nicole Laube knew the man in the composite drawing.
The Washington County Search and Rescue team previously searched the wooded area along a creek bed that travels through the Commons at Timber Creek apartment complex. That search recovered items of interest that are currently being analyzed to determine if they have any evidentiary value.
Detectives have been investigating every lead received from the public. Several people have been interviewed and have provided information and evidence to detectives. Detectives are reaching out to citizens, if anyone recognizes the man in the composite drawing or has additional tips to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2500.
A substantial cash award has been offered by a private citizen for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Nicole Laube's death.
Original press release below:
Detectives Search for Suspect in Cedar Mill Homicide
August 20, 2014--Detectives are searching for information related to a homicide that occurred yesterday evening.
On August 19, 2014, at about 5:10 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Commons at Timber Creek apartments in the community of Cedar Mill, concerning a seriously injured woman. Sheriff's Deputies were contacted by an apartment resident who reported that a female came to her and told her that she had been stabbed. Another resident called the Sheriff's Office for assistance.
Numerous Sheriff's Deputies responded and found Nicole Laube, 29, from Forest Grove, outside, unconscious and bleeding. Sheriff's Deputies began administering emergency
lifesaving assistance for Ms. Laube. Nicole Laube was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter. She was an employee of the apartment complex working unspecified duties at the time. An intensive man hunt was conducted with K9s and over 20 law enforcement personnel from surrounding agencies. The search was not successful in locating the suspect. Little information is confirmed at this early stage of the investigation as detectives search through evidence and conduct interviews.
The Washington County Major Crimes Team Detectives responded to assist with the investigation. The Washington County Forensic Science Unit also responded to assist in searching for evidence and process the scene.
The Washington County Medical Examiner was on scene and confirmed the death as homicidal violence but could not confirm the exact cause of death. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
The Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.