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Police Seek Public's Help with Jewelry Theft Investigation (Photo) - 12/02/16

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Detectives are investigating a jewelry theft from a local pawn shop that totaled $9,000. They are asking for the public's help identifying the suspect, a man whose picture was captured by store surveillance cameras during the theft.

On Oct. 29, police responded to Silver Lining Jewelry & Loan, located at 300 S.E. 181st Ave., regarding a theft. A store employee reported a man entered the store and asked to see two diamond rings from the display case. Once given with the rings, the suspect ran out of the store and got into a smaller, gray passenger car that was waiting nearby.

The suspect is described as a white male, 30 to 45-years-old, with brown hair, a short brown beard and a cross tattoo on his hand. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored FOX baseball hat, a dark-colored jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the theft or the identity of the suspect is urged to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

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Update: Man Hit by Car on East Powell Blvd. Died - 12/01/16

GRESHAM, Ore.-- The man stuck by a car in the 400 block of East Powell Blvd. early Monday morning died from his injuries.

Landon Sanchez, 24, of Portland was run over by a maroon 2011 Nissan Sentra at approximately 2:50 a.m. on Nov. 28. Sanchez was not in a crosswalk and crash investigators assigned to Multnomah County's Vehicular Crimes Team believe he was likely unlawfully positioned in the roadway at the time he was struck. Sanchez suffered critical injuries and was transported to the hospital where he later died.

The driver of the Nissan, Portland resident Brandon Manley, remained at the scene and has been cooperative with investigators. Manley, 30, was traveling westbound on East Powell Blvd. in the left lane when he struck Sanchez.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time. Investigators would like to talk with any witnesses who have not yet come forward. Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

Since the start of the year, there have been 49 pedestrian-related crashes in Gresham, including five fatalities. The Gresham Police Department reminds everyone to be conscious of their surroundings, wear bright or reflective clothing when walking at night, and use marked crosswalks whenever possible.



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Police Seek Help Identifying Sexual Assault Suspect - 12/01/16

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Gresham detectives are seeking the public's help to identify a man who reportedly assaulted a 19-year-old woman early yesterday morning in southeast Gresham. The forced sexual assault occurred in the 2800 block of SE Powell Valley Rd. at approximately 4:00 a.m. on Nov. 30. The victim was walking to work when she was approached by a stranger who engaged her in conversation before the attack.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man is his early to mid-20s, cleanly shaven, with light eyes and short blond hair. He is approximately 5-feet-1-inch tall, "thin," and was wearing dark clothing and black tennis shoes. He may have red-colored "markings" on his hands.

Investigators believe the man was armed with a handgun and ask the public to use caution if they have contact with someone matching his description.

Anyone who believes they know the identity of the suspect or has information pertinent to this case is asked to call Detective Scott Hogan at 503.618.3141.

No further information is available at this time.



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Gresham Police Watch for DUII Drivers and Enforce Safety Belt Laws - 11/30/16

GRESHAM, Ore. -- The Gresham Police Department has been awarded a 2017 "DUII Enforcement for High Visibility Enforcements" grant from Oregon Impact and a "Safety Belt Enforcement" grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation. Officers will conduct specific safety enforcement missions now through September 2017. Along with other local agencies, these missions are aimed at keeping drivers and pedestrians safe throughout Oregon.

DUII Enforcement Grant

High visibility enforcement, increasing the number of officers on the streets who aggressively seek drunk drivers, is designed to deter people from driving after they have been drinking. Officers will be looking for drunk drivers during this holiday season, specifically between Dec. 15, 2016 and Jan. 1, 2017.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:
?,? Stop alcohol service long before the event is over
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night, or assist with calling for cab service
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver
?,? Serve plenty of food to help lessen the effects of alcohol
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages
?,? Report impaired drivers by calling 911

Safety Belt Enforcement Grant

Oregon law requires children under one year of age, or weighing less than 20 pounds, to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat. It also requires children weighing under 40 pounds be restrained in a child safety seat. Children over 40 pounds must be in either a child safety seat or booster seat, until they are eight years old or four-feet-nine-inches tall and the adult safety belt system fits them correctly.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports, on average, safety belts reduce the chance of being killed in a collision by 55 percent. In regards to infants under one-year-old, the proper use of child safety restraints can reduce their chances of fatal injuries by 71 percent.

In order to ensure child safety seats are being used correctly, refer to the manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.


Oregon law also states any person under 18-years-old is not allowed to ride in the open bed of a pickup truck, with very few exceptions. See ORS 811.205, Carrying Minor on External Part of Vehicle, for details.

Pedestrian Struck at E Powell BLVD and Hood AVE - 11/28/16

GRESHAM, Ore.--At 2:52 a.m. Police Officers responded to the area of E Powell BLVD and Kelly AVE where a pedestrian was struck by a motorist. The adult victim was transported to OHSU with critical injuries. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with police. The Vehicular Crimes Team is currently investigating. Westbound traffic at E Powell BLVD and Hood AVE will be closed for the next two hours.

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Police Identify Shooting Suspect (Photo) - 11/25/16

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Since Wednesday morning, detectives assigned to East County's Major Crimes Team have been investigating the shooting death of Harry Deonte Brogdon Jr., 29, of Portland. The shooting occurred in the street around 11:00 a.m., in the 18500 block of SE Stephens Cir.

Detectives have identified the suspect as 30-year-old Portland resident Demarco "Buddy" Streeter. Streeter is believed to have been driving a black four-door sedan with an "SS" emblem on the front passenger door. This vehicle may possibly be a rental car.

Streeter has an extensive criminal history including weapon possession, attempted murder and eluding police. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police are asking that anyone with information about Streeter's whereabouts, the mentioned vehicle, or knowledge of the shooting, contact the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2917 or police non-emergency at 503.823.3333. Callers can remain anonymous. If Streeter is seen, police advise to immediately call 911 and not approach him.

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Police Identify Shooting Victim - 11/24/16

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police have identified the victim in Wednesday morning's shooting as Harry Deonte Brogdon Jr, 30 of Portland.

Police and medical personnel responded to the 18500 block of SE Stephens Circle, in regards to a shooting. When police arrived, they found Brogdon suffering from a gunshot wound. Brogdon was pronounced dead at the scene.

The East County Major Crime Team is still actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to contact the Gresham Police Department tip line at 503-618-2917.

Gresham Police Investigate Homicide - 11/23/16

On November 23, 2016 at 10:53 a.m. Gresham Police responded to the report of a male shot in the 18500 block of SE Stephens Circle. Police arrived on scene and found that the male was deceased. The name of the deceased is not being releasing pending the notification of next of kin. No one is in custody at this time but the public is not believed to be in danger. The East County Major Crimes Team is currently investigating what led up to the shooting. No other information is being released at this time.

Anyone with information in regards to the shooting is asked to the call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2917.

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Gresham Police Searching for Robbery Suspect (Photo) - 11/21/16

Gresham, Ore. -- Just before 10:00am on October 19, 2016 a man walked into the Key Bank branch at NE 181st avenue and NE Halsey street and used a demand note to rob the bank. The teller put an undisclosed amount of cash into a paper bag that the suspect brought with him and the suspect then ran out of the bank and fled east on NE Barr street towards NE 183rd avenue.

The suspect is described as an adult black male between six-foot and six-foot-two tall and weighing between 160 and 200 pounds. He was also wearing a very distinct denim jacket with a "Phat Farm" logo in the center of the back. Under the denim jacket he wore a red plaid hooded jacket and his face was covered with a yellow and red scarf. He was also wearing gray pants with gray and white tennis shoes. Pictures of the suspect and a detailed picture of the same brand of jacket are attached to this release.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect in this case is asked to call Gresham Police Det. Aaron Turnage at 503-618-3136.

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UPDATE: Man Who Robbed 11-year-old Gresham Boy Has Been Caught (Photo) - 11/11/16

GRESHAM, Ore.-- An alert citizen called police this afternoon, believing they saw Michael Ricardo Gonzalez II, the man suspected of robbing an 11-year-old Gresham boy on Oct. 20, 2016. Police responded to the Taco Bell near West Powell Blvd. and Southeast 182nd Ave., Gresham, where they contacted Gonzalez and arrested him without incident.

Gonzalez has been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of first degree robbery.

No additional information is available at this time.

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Police ask for assistance locating missing 17 year old (Photo) - 11/10/16

Gresham, Ore.- Police are asking for assistance in locating a missing 17 year old. Julia Lopez-Garcia was last seen at her home in Gresham on November 10 at 2:42 p.m. She is described as a Hispanic female with long waist length black hair and brown eyes, approximately 4-feet-6-inches tall and 100 pounds. Her family says this behavior is unlike her and are concerned about her well-being.

Anyone who knows of Lopez-Garcia's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503-823-3333.

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Serial Bank Robber Dubbed "Harry Potter" Hits Two Oregon Banks in Same Day (Photo) - 11/08/16

GRESHAM, Ore.-- An unidentified bank robber entered Gresham's Key Bank, 2689 SE Burnside Rd., just after 9:30 this morning and demanded a teller give him money. The oddly disguised man, who appeared to have covered much of his body with orange paint, fled the area on foot without receiving any cash.

Approximately three and a half hours later, the same suspect robbed a bank in Aloha, Ore. Investigators have not identified any vehicles associated with the suspect but have confirmed the same man robbed both banks.

The robber is described as a Caucasian man between 18 and 25 years old, who has dark hair and is approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall and 150 pounds. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting Gresham detectives and confirmed the same suspect has robbed at least five banks in the Seattle area, where he has been dubbed the "Harry Potter Bandit" due to his likeness to the popular movie character. Today's robberies are believed to be the first time the suspect has targeted banks in Oregon.

Anyone who saw something suspicious in the area of Key Bank this morning, or who has information about the identity or location of the suspect, is asked to call Gresham Detective Aaron Turnage at 503.618.3136.

No further information is available at this time.

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Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Teen (Photo) - 11/07/16

Gresham, Ore.-- Police are looking for Sean Gowin-Whittington, 14, who ran away from his home on Nov. 2 and has not been heard from since. He is described as a Caucasian male with dark blond hair and hazel eyes, approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall and 120 pounds.

Gowin-Whittington's family is increasingly concerned for his mental health and physical well-being. Last month he disappeared for several weeks before he was ultimately located by police in Portland. Gowin-Whittington is believed to likely be in East Multnomah County.

Anyone who knows of Gowin-Whittington's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503-823-3333.

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Helpers Beware: Do-gooders Urged to Use Caution and Stay Alert - 11/04/16

GRESHAM, Ore.-- Feeling the desire to lend a helping hand? The Gresham Police Department applauds your commitment to help others yet cautions everyone to take protective measures to ensure a safe and positive gift-giving experience.

Recently, an elderly Gresham resident was on a shopping trip with her community living home. She entered a busy store and was approached by a man who asked her for one dollar. The woman opened her purse, gave the man a dollar and he politely continued on his way.

When the woman arrived home, she was surprised to see the same man waiting there. And she was caught off guard when he took her grocery bags and offered to bring them inside. The man brought the items into the woman's room where he remained for nearly an hour, talking with her.

The unidentified Caucasian man in his 30s claimed his grandmother lived in the same complex. After he used the restroom and left, the woman realized he had stolen money from her purse.

Gresham Police suggest some simple ways to help others without compromising safety:

* Avoid opening your wallet or purse in front of someone
* Consider bringing them food or goods instead of giving cash
* Avoid being alone when offering help- share the experience with a friend
* Direct the person to a local nonprofit organization equipped to help
* Be assertive/aggressive as needed- saying no and reporting a concerning encounter is not mean
* If you feel someone has followed you, call 911

If you have recently experienced something similar to the story above, Gresham Police encourages you to call the tip line at 503.618.2719.

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