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Bailey III
Bailey III
Gresham Police Make Arrest in 2014 Homicide (Photo) - 05/28/15
Gresham, Ore -Police have arrested a man in Vancouver and charged him in an October 2014 homicide that occurred at a Gresham gas station. A.D. Bailey III was arrested at his parents' home in the 4070 block of N.E. 72nd in Vancouver by investigators who were conducting surveillance on the home. He will be charged with Murder in the shooting death of John C. Lowery Jr.

On October 18, 2014 Police were called to the gas station at 18222 SE Division in Gresham at 11:19 p.m. for a report that a man had been shot in the parking lot. Lowery Jr. was rushed to the hospital where he survived for nearly a week before succumbing to his injuries.

Gresham Detectives, through their investigation, were able to identify Bailey, a documented gang member, as a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest. He will be booked into the Clark County Jail, awaiting extradition.
Attached Media Files: Bailey III
Man and Woman Arrested for Kidnap in Gresham (Photo) - 05/26/15
Gresham, Ore A 28-year-old woman called 911 from a neighbor's home in the 19400 block of SE Yamhill St. at 5:17a.m. on May 24, reportedly having just escaped her home after being held captive there overnight by a man and a woman. The victim told dispatchers her toddler was still inside the two-story apartment with the two suspects.

The victim, whose identity is being withheld at this time, had been handcuffed by the suspects, threatened, and assaulted. She reported being able to escape the home when her attackers fell asleep after smoking marijuana.

The police investigation has determined the victim knew the two suspects prior to the attack, having met them in a Portland area homeless shelter. She met the man, David Vasquez, 33, and his girlfriend, Ruth Orozco-Rivera, 28, after being befriended by Vasquez. The victim became involved with Vasquez and he moved into her home, promising to help keep her safe. The victim did not know Vasquez was also romantically involved with Orozco-Rivera, a mother of four.

Vasquez had been living with the victim until recently, when Orozco-Rivera started showing up more often with her children. The victim started to find that her belongings were disappearing. Around 11:00 p.m. yesterday, the victim kicked the two suspects out of her home.

A short time later, Vasquez forced his way back into the home and he and Orozco-Rivera assaulted the victim. Orozco-Rivera brought one of her children into the home and left three in her vehicle in the parking lot. All the children are under 8-years-old. Following the investigation, the children were placed in protective custody.

Vasquez and Orozco-Rivera were arrested and lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on myriad of charges, including: Kidnapping, Coercion, Assault, Burglary, Robbery, Menacing, Criminal Mistreatment, and Reckless Endangerment.

There are no outstanding suspects and no further information is available at this time.
Attached Media Files: Vasquez , Orozco
Arrest Made in Fairview Triple Stabbing - 05/21/15
Fairview, Ore. - On May 15, 2015, Police responded to the report of a gang related fight at the Fairview Woods Apartment Complex, 22739 NE Halsey St., in which three males were stabbed.

On May 19, 2015, Jesus Vega, 15, of Gresham, was arrested on three counts of attempted murder. The victims, Antonio Sanchez Lopez, 18, Eliseo Reyes, 18, and a 17 year old male, all of Wood Village, are expected to make a full recovery. It is not clear as to what started the fight and investigators do not believe that any suspects are outstanding. The investigation is on-going.

Anyone with information on any gang related crimes in East Multnomah County is encouraged to call the East Metro Gang Activity Hotline at 503.618.1844.
Gresham Police Watching For DUII Drivers and Enforcing Safety Belt Laws - 05/21/15
Gresham, Ore - With the help of funding through the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Gresham Police Department in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact will continue to provide enhanced patrols looking for DUII drivers and enforcing Safety Belt laws.

Children that either are riding unrestrained or in the wrong type of safety restraint for their size are often injured or killed in traffic accidents. Safety belts save lives and NHTSA data shows that, as children get older they are less likely to buckle up. Over the past five years, 1,552 kids between the ages of eight and 14 died in car, SUV and van crashes across the nation. And of those who died, almost half were unbelted. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: or at

During the Memorial Day weekend, officers will be deploying extra patrols to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department's ongoing traffic safety campaign. Officers will be targeting those who don't heed the message to designate a sober driver and will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving.

Motorists can expect to see special DUII enforcements during other holiday events including 4th of July and Labor Day along with other special events with identified DUII problems.

The goal of this campaign is to save lives by removing impaired drivers from the streets.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

?,? Stop alcohol service long before the event is over.
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night, if necessary, and call cabs for others.
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver.
?,? Serve plenty of food to lessen the effects of alcohol.
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages
?,? Report drunk drivers by calling 911

Those who drink and drive risk serious injury or death to themselves or someone else. Drunk (impaired) driving is not an accident; it is a deliberate action taken by an individual that puts many at risk.

Since January 2015, Gresham Officers working specific hours dedicated to these missions issued a total 96 Safety Belt Citations with 19 of them being Child Restrain Citations, 56 Suspended or Revoked License Citations, 25 DUII Citations and or Warnings and 423 citations or warnings for other offences.

Gresham Police will continue these enhanced enforcement efforts in the upcoming months.
Gresham Police Ask Public For Assistance Locating Shooting Suspects (Photo) - 05/20/15
Gresham, Ore.- On Sunday, May 17, 2015 at approximately 2:00 AM the Gresham Police Department responded to a report of an assault involving a gun in the 1400 block of NE 181st Avenue. Upon arrival Gresham Police Officers located an adult male with a gunshot wound, the victim is cooperating with the investigation. The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance and is expected to survive. The Gresham Police are investigating this case as a felony assault.

The Gresham Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying three persons involved with this investigation. Callers with information can remain anonymous. Please contact Detective Aaron Turnage at or call the tip line at 503-618-2719 or toll-free at (888) 989-3505.

East Metro Gang Enforcement Team Investigate Fairview Stabbing - 05/15/15
Fairview, Ore. - On May 15, 2015 at 4:33 pm, Police responded to the report of a fight at the Fairview Woods Apartment Complex, 22739 NE Halsey St.

During the investigation, it was determined that the fight involved numerous young adult aged Hispanic males. Three of the males suffered stab wounds and were taken to area hospitals via ambulance and personal vehicle. One additional male suffered a head injury. The wounds were serious but do not appear to be life threatening at this time.

The incident appears to be gang related. No one is in custody at this time but the investigation is on-going. No other information is being released at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the East Metro Gang Activity Hotline at 503.618.1844.
Gresham Police to Participate in Nationwide Safety Belt Enforcement Blitz - 05/13/15
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department will be working with the Oregon Department of Transportation and other local agencies for this year's second safety belt blitz. The safety belt blitz begins on May 18th and ends on May 31st. The enhanced enforcement is funded by the USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During this blitz, there will be an emphasis on child safety restraints, seatbelt use during the day and night, as well as minors riding illegally in the bed of pickup trucks.

Oregon law requires children under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds to be restrained in a rear-facing car seat. It also requires children weighing under forty pounds to be restrained in a child seat. Children over forty pounds must be in either a child seat or booster seat until they are eight years old or 4'9" tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly. In order to ensure that child safety seats are being used correctly, refer to the manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual or local child seat fitting station. You can find more information about fitting stations at the following websites: or

Oregon law also states that any person under 18 years of age 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.

Generally speaking, safety belts reduce the chance of being killed in a collision by 45 to 65 percent. With regard to infants under 1 year of age, the proper use of child safety restraints can reduce their chances of a fatal injury by 71 percent. Furthermore, properly restrained toddlers aged 1 to 4 will have a 59 percent less chance of being killed in a motor vehicle crash.

Remember, "Click it or Ticket!"
Update--Homicide Investigation - 05/12/15
Update on homicide investigation

*Detectives will be holding the crime scene overnight and continue processing the scene tomorrow morning.
*Two persons of interest have been identified: #1 Black male, approximately 6 foot 1 inch, skinny build. He is about 25 years old and was wearing a black hoodie and black Converse shoes. #2: Dark-skinned black male approximately 5 foot 8 inches with a goatee and a two inch afro. He was wearing a burgundy sweatshirt and weighed about 160 to 170 pounds.
*Police detectives are canvassing the area. Police are asking the public's assistance in two areas: Police would like to talk to anybody who lives in the area that have surveillance cameras that might have caught any activity. Secondly, police are looking for anybody who may have seen any suspicious vehicles between 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in the area of Bella Vista Drive from 7th to 4th St.
If anybody has seen this or any suspicious activity last night, they are urged to call Gresham Police.

BOEC non-emergency number 503.823.3333
Gresham Police Tips Line: 503.618.2719
Traffic Tied Up and Power Lines Down on SE 162nd and SE Stark - 05/12/15
Gresham, Ore. - Two people were transported to the hospital, reportedly with minor injuries, after a spectacular and bizarre car crash at the intersection of SE 162nd Ave. and SE Stark St. Electrical lines are still strewn across the roadway, resulting in a localized power outage, and the intersection will be blocked for approximately six more hours.

At 3:53 p.m., police and fire personnel were dispatched to the report of a crash where multiple power poles were laying on the ground and one car was on its rooftop. Although the investigation is ongoing, officers have been able determine the following:

An adult male was driving by himself southbound on SE 162nd Ave., between E Burnside St. and SE Stark St. The man crashed his car, hitting and breaking a power pole on the west side of the road. An adult female, walking nearby, was reportedly struck by something from the crash scene and knocked unconscious for a short period of time. She was later transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries for further evaluation.

The tension on the power lines from the pole breaking on the north side of Stark St. had a ripple effect on surrounding power poles; causing other poles to bend and one to break on the south side of Stark St. The power lines from the second pole that broke became entangled in another vehicle driving southbound on SE 162nd Ave., causing the car to flip and land on its top. The adult female driver of this vehicle was trapped inside and had to be extricated by firefighters. She too was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries for further evaluation.

The initial driver who crashed, starting the unusual chain of events, remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Investigators believe intoxication and speed were not factors, only sleep deprivation, causing the man to fall asleep behind the wheel.

No other information is available at this time.

Detectives Sift Through Clues at Homicide Scene - 05/12/15
Gresham, Ore. -Gresham detectives and the East County Major Crimes Team are processing evidence and following leads related to the homicide that occurred in the 1800 block of NW 7th in Gresham.

Police were called last night at 11:23 p.m. to that location for a disturbance with reported shots fired. When they arrived, they located an adult white male in the street near the location. He was dead and had suffered a gunshot wound. At autopsy is scheduled for this morning to determine that exact cause of death. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the family.

There is no suspect information yet, but detectives, awaiting issuance of a search warrant to thoroughly search the house are hopeful for some suspect information as this case unfolds.

UPDATE--1:05 p.m.***************************************************************

*Autopsy was completed. The victim died of a gunshot wound.

*The search warrant for the house has been obtained and detectives and crime scene investigators are searching the home for clues.

*As has been reported, the victim has been identified as Erik Austin Carnegie, 25, who lived at 1815 NW 7th, where the incident began last night.

*There IS evidence of a medical marijuana grow at the residence.