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UPDATE: Major Crash Team Investigating Serious Injury Crash at Southeast 80th & Ash - 10/22/14
The 63-year-old woman transported after this crash died at a Portland hospital on Tuesday evening. Her name is not being released until family can be notified.

Investigators learned that 22-year-old Domonique Latrice Williams was driving a 1992 Chevy Tahoe westbound on Ash Street approaching 80th Avenue when he failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the southbound 2007 Honda Civic driven by the 63-year-old woman with the right-of-way.

Williams was not impaired and remained at the scene.

The case remains under investigation and, once complete, will be presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.

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On Tuesday October 21, 2014, at 4:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a crash at Southeast 80th Avenue and Ash Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a two-vehicle crash and one driver critically injured. The other driver, a male adult, remained at the scene and he and a female passenger have been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

The critically injured female driver has been transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates that driving speeds by the male driver may be a factor in the crash.

No additional information is available at this time and updates will be provided when the become available.

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Ace Tavern on Northeast Sandy Boulevard Burglarized by Masked Suspect - 10/22/14
Today, Wednesday October 22, 2014, at 10:02 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Ace Tavern, located at 8868 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, on the report of a robbery.

Officers arrived and spoke to the employee who told police that an unknown suspect entered the bar and stole the cash register. The victim was in the office at the time of the incident.

The suspect is described as an unknown race male, wearing a black hooded jacket, some kind of gas or paper filter mask, carrying large white bag. No weapons were seen or displayed by the suspect.

The suspect fled the area in a gray SUV with a roof rack.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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UPDATE: Death Investigation Underway along Railroad Tracks on Lower East Side - 10/21/14
Preliminary investigation indicates that the deceased male is in his 30s and was likely killed after being struck by a passing train overnight.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death

The Union Pacific Police are also involved in the investigation.

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Central Precinct officers, Homicide detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are conducting a death investigation at Southeast 1st Avenue and Taylor Street, along the railroad tracks, where an adult male was found deceased this morning.

The cause and manner of death has not been determined.

Railroad traffic is delayed and Southeast Taylor is closed from Water to 2nd Avenues.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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CORRECTION: Two Suspects Arrested in Connection with Downtown Homicide of Marc Sundin (Photo) - 10/21/14
The date of the arrests was on Monday October 20th not 21st as initially and erroneously released.

The Bureau regrets the error.

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On Monday October 20, 2014, Central Precinct officers arrested 18-year-old Wesley Lawrence Curtis and 23-year-old Adam Lawrence Elder in connection with the murder of 43-year-old Marc Sundin last week.

This investigation began on Thursday October 16, 2014, at 2:25 a.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest 4th and Madison Street on an assault call after Federal Police located a man collapsed on the sidewalk with an apparent stab wound.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, Marc Sundin, on the southeast corner of the intersection. Medical personnel determined that Sundin was deceased.

Sundin died of a stab wound to the chest.

Homicide detectives, with the assistance of the Central Precinct Foot Patrol, developed leads over the past few days that led to probable cause being developed for the arrest of Curtis and Elder.

Both suspects are homeless were arrested (separately) on the sidewalks of Downtown Portland.

Curtis was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Murder. Elder was booked on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Third Degree and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Both suspects will be arraigned today in Multnomah County Court.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact Detective Erik Kammerer at(503) 823-0762 or erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATED-SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 19-Year-Old Man (Photo) - 10/20/14
19-year-old Ian Biggs is safe and is no longer considered a missing person.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate 19-year-old Ian Grey Biggs.

Ian was last seen on Saturday October 11, 2014, when he was dropped off at the MAX platform in Chinatown. According to friends, Ian was going to Delta Park to meet a couple who posted an ad in Craiglist for a caregiver. Family and friends have told police that Ian has not been heard from since that time.

Ian is described as a white male, 6'2" tall, 170 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes, and has a septum (nose) piercing. Ian was last seen wearing khaki pants, a black hoodie with "Exit" on the front, white Adidas shoes, a light green and beige hat. Ian does not have a cell phone but was carrying a backpack with a laptop computer.

Ian does not have any known medical, drug or alcohol issues and has been staying with different friends in the Portland area.

Anyone seeing Ian should immediately call 9-1-1 so police can conduct a welfare check. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Heidi Helwig at (503) 823-0797 or Heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov, reference case #14-85459.

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Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to the Arrest of a 2012 Homicide Suspect from Lakewood, Washington (Photo) - 10/20/14
On Friday October 17, 2014, the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force arrested 30-year-old Michael Eugene Rowland on a murder warrant connected with a 2012 homicide in Lakewood, Washington.

An anonymous person reported seeing Rowland to Crime Stoppers after seeing the case profiled on the TV show, "Washington's Most Wanted."

Rowland was arrested in Southeast Portland without incident and was booked into the Multnomah County Jail, where he awaits extradition to Washington.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in featured cases, or any unsolved felonies, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Bomb Squad Removes a Tripwire Device near Forest Park - No Injuries (Photo) - 10/20/14
On Saturday October 18, 2014, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (MEDU) responded to the report of a tripwire device on a trail from the 4000 block of Northwest Thunder Crest Drive into Forest Park. The trail is described as "Firelane 3" on area maps.

The device was an improvised firearm with a pipe loaded with a shotgun shell. The device was connected to a tripwire across the trail. The tripwire was slack and it appeared that it had been tripped and the device was inoperable.

The device was safely removed by a bomb tech and taken as evidence. Officers spoke with some area residents and learned that the device may have been there since Tuesday but was not reported to police until Saturday.

There have been no instances of other items such as this being discovered or reported and it is unclear why someone would place this device on what is believed to be a well-used trail by hikers, bikers and equestrians.

Officers checked the immediate area and did not find anything else suspicious or of note.

Although this trail is not in Forest Park, Portland Parks & Recreation has been made aware of this incident.

Anyone with information about this incident or device is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau's Gun Task Force at (503) 823-4106 or guntaskforce@portlandoregon.gov.

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Shooting Investigation in North Portland's Arbor Lodge Neighborhood - No Known Victims (Photo) - 10/19/14
On Saturday October 18, 2014, at 8:58 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the report of gunshots heard in the area of North Bryant Street and Atlantic Avenue.

Several officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire in the street, but did not locate any victims at the scene. Officers could not located any property damage and no gunshot victims arrived at any Portland hospitals.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

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Pizza Hut Delivering Pizza and Gifts to Boys & Girls Club to Thank Officers who Delivered Pizza (Photo) - 10/17/14
Today, Friday October 17, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., Pizza Hut will be delivering pizza and gift bags to kids at the Wattles Boys & Girls Club, located at 9330 Southeast Harold Street.

Pizza Hut wanted to do something to thank two Portland Police officers for helping a pizza delivery driver involved in a traffic crash and for finishing the delivery route by delivering a pizza to a customer. The customer took a photo of the two officers making the delivery, which went viral on social media.

East Precinct officers Royce Curtiss and Michael Filbert, along with other East Precinct officers, will take advantage of Pizza Hut's generosity and serve pizza to the kids at the Boys & Girls Club. Representatives from Pizza Hut will be at the Boys & Girls Club as well as the members of the Police Bureau.

Media is invited to attend this afternoon's event.

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, visit http://www.bgcportland.org

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Police Seek Public's Help to Locate a Wanted Fugitive (Photo) - 10/17/14
The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public's help in locating a woman wanted on an outstanding probation violation.

47-year-old Tary Anne Abdullah Rahmaan, aka Tryanne McIntosh, is described as an African American female, 5'4" tall, and 190 pounds. She may be associated with a white Ford Taurus.

Rahmaan is known to be an active identity thief and may go by various names.

Anyone seeing Rahmaan is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Officer Anthony Zoeller at (503) 823-0743.

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Detectives Seeking Information on Death Investigation - No Indication of Homicide - 10/16/14
Portland Police Homicide Detectives are asking for the public's help to provide information on the activities of a 38-year-old man who was injured in Downtown Portland and later died at a Portland hospital.

On Sunday October 12, 2014, at 3:27 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to assist medical personnel on the report of a man lying unconscious across the street from the Portland Rescue Mission, located at 111 West Burnside Street.

Officers and medical personnel located the man non-responsive and suffering from a head injury. The man had no identification and Detectives and Criminalists were later able to identify him as William "Cougar" Burleigh. Burleigh was transported to a Portland hospital and died on Tuesday.

No witnesses approached the officers at the scene and no witnesses have come forward offering information about how Burleigh ended up on the ground. Burleigh was wearing a t-shirt and underwear, but was missing his jean shorts, wallet and phone. Detectives do not know if Burleigh removed his pants earlier or if someone removed them after he was unconscious.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Wednesday and concluded that Burleigh's injuries were consistent with a fall and there was no evidence that Burleigh was assaulted. Investigators learned that Burleigh's blood alcohol level (BAC) was nearly three times the legal limit, indicating that Burleigh was significantly intoxicated.

Anyone who has any information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Erik Kammerer at (503) 823-0762 or erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-41 Marc Sundin Homicide (Photo) - 10/16/14
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a Downtown Portland homicide.

On Thursday October 16, 2014, at 2:25 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest 4th and Madison Street on an assault call after Federal Police located a man collapsed on the sidewalk with an apparent stab wound.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim on the southeast corner of the intersection. Medical personnel determined that the man was deceased.

The victim, 43-year-old Marc Stephen Sundin, died of a stab wound to the chest. Sundin was a current resident of Downtown Portland.

Homicide detectives do not have any suspect information in this case and need the public's help to backtrack Sundin's activities the night he was killed.

Detectives are releasing a color copy of Sundin's California drivers license photo to aid with this investigation. No other photos of Sundin are available.

Witnesses may contact the investigators directly or, to remain anonymous, they may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Det. Erik Kammerer
(503) 823-0762
erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov

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UPDATE: Homicide Investigation Underway in Downtown Portland - Traffic Impacted by Investigation - 10/16/14
Streets have re-opened Downtown as investigators have cleared the crime scene near 4th and Madison.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy today on the 43-year-old male victim, whose last known address was a residence in Southwest Downtown Portland.

Homicide detectives do not have any suspect information and would like to hear from anyone with information on this case.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Erik Kammerer at (503) 823-0762 or erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Thursday October 16, 2014, at 2:25 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest 4th and Madison Street on an assault call after Federal Police located a man collapsed on the sidewalk with an apparent stab wound.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim on the southeast corner of the intersection. Medical personnel determined that the man was deceased.

The victim is a male and appears to be in his 30s or 40s. No other details about the victim are known at this time.

There is no suspect information right now as this is very early in the investigation.

Presently, officers are securing a crime scene and have closed off Southwest 4th Avenue, from Salmon to Jefferson Street, down to 3rd Avenue. This area includes Terry Schrunk Plaza, Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square Parks. No traffic is being allowed on 4th Avenue, or Main and Madison Streets approaching 4th. Traffic is clear on 3rd Avenue, Jefferson and Salmon Streets.

Homicide detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are en route to being an investigation into the man's death.

Anyone who witnessed a disturbance or has information regarding this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

A suggested media staging point is at Southwest 4th Avenue and Jefferson Street; however, the Public Information Officer is not able to respond to the scene this morning.

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Crisis Negotiator Competition on Thursday to Hone Negotiators Skills to Resolve Critical Incidents - 10/15/14
The Portland Police Bureau's Crisis Negotiation Team is hosting a Crisis Negotiator Competition on Thursday October 16, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Marshall High School, located at 3905 Southeast 91st Avenue. This competition is the first of its kind in the region.

Nine (9) Crisis Negotiation Teams from Oregon and Washington will be competing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and a spot at the 25th Annual National Competition in San Marcos, Texas in January 2015. Teams include city teams, county teams, multi-agency teams, state police teams and corrections teams. This will be an opportunity for negotiators to hone their skills of resolving critical incidents through negotiations and the use of intelligence.

Chief Judge of the event will be Dr. Wayman Mullins, author of, "Crisis Negotiations, Managing Critical Incidents and Hostage Situations in Law Enforcement and Corrections," now in its fifth edition. Chief Facilitator will be Deborah McMahon, Owner of Crisis Systems Management and a nationally recognized negotiations instructor who has facilitated similar competitions across the country.

A similar competition was held in Des Moines, Iowa in July 2014. NBC affiliate WHOtv did the following news segment on the competition: http://whotv.com/2014/07/09/iowa-law-enforcement-teams-test-hostage-negotiation-skills-in-des-moines/

Members of the media are invited at 1:00 p.m. to record some of the training to conduct brief interviews. Interested media should meet Sgt. Pete Simpson at the main entrance to Marshall High School.

The Portland Police Bureau's Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) is comprised of 26 members of the Bureau: Two (2) Lieutenants, three (3) Sergeants, 16 negotiators (Sergeants, Detectives and Officers), two (2) mental health professionals, and three technical officers.

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UPDATE: Bomb Squad Responding to Vehicle Explosion in Southwest Portland - No Injuries - 10/15/14
The lockdown has been lifted at Markham Elementary School and students have been released to parents.

Portland Police and Portland Fire Arson Investigators are working with Bomb Techs to process the scene and collect evidence.

Investigators have learned that a small explosive device detonated and damaged two vehicles in the parking lot of an apartment complex next to Markham Elementary School. Investigators are working to determine if the device was contained inside a vehicle or near parked vehicles and why it exploded.

Investigators would like to hear from anyone with information about this incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Arson Detective Joe Luiz at (503) 823-3408, joseph.luiz@portlandoregon.gov; or, Investigator Rick McGraw at (503) 823-3797, rick.mcgraw@portlandoregon.gov.

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The Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit is responding to the 10600 block of Southwest Capitol Highway on the report of a small explosion in a vehicle.

There are no injuries and it is not known what caused the explosion.

The neighboring elementary school, Markham School, is in a precautionary lockdown and all students are safe.

Area traffic may be affected as the investigation develops.

Updates will be provided when they are available.

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24-Year-Old Woman Indicted, Arrested on 93 Charges in West Coast Car Crushing Investigation (Photo) - 10/15/14
On Tuesday October 14, 2014, a 24-year-old woman was arrested in connection with an auto theft investigation centering on West Coast Car Crushing and A1 Light Truck and Van Parts, both located in North Portland.

Andrea Nichole Schneider was arrested booked into the Multnomah County Jail after being indicted on 93 charges: Two (2) counts of Racketeering, 22 counts of Illegal Salvage, 23 counts of Theft in the First Degree, 23 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Motor Vehicle, and 23 counts of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

Schneider will be arraigned on Wednesday.

During this investigation, the Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office have arrested and/or indicted nearly three dozen people in connection with this investigation.

On April 8, 2014, investigators from the Portland Police Bureau served several search warrants in the Portland Metro area as part of an ongoing, significant auto theft investigation.

Search warrants were served at the following locations:

* 9609 North Columbia Boulevard (A1 Light Truck and Van Parts)

* 9101 North Columbia Boulevard (West Coast Car Crushing)

* 330 North Lotus Isle Drive

* 516 West Fourth Plain Boulevard (Vancouver, WA)

* 514 Northwest 40th Street (Vancouver, WA)

This large-scale auto theft investigation involved the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct and Detective Division, the Oregon Department of Justice, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, the Oregon State Police, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the Oregon Department of Human Services, the Clark County (WA) Sheriff's Office, and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

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Montavilla Neighborhood Tavern Robbed on Monday Evening - 10/14/14
On Monday October 13, 2014, at 6:47 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Top of the Hill Tavern, located at 9252 Northeast Glisan Street, on the report of an armed robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that two suspects entered the bar, armed with handguns, and demanded money from several customers.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money and property from customers, the suspects left the bar and were not seen again.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects description.

The suspects are described as African American males in their 20s, one suspect was 5'6" tall and the other 5'8" tall. Both were described as wearing sports-type jerseys.

Investigators have not determined if this robbery is connected with similar incidents that were reported prior to and after this incident.

Anyone with information about this robbery or about the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Detective John Russell at (503) 823-0464 or john.russell@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE #2-ARREST: SERT/CNT Responding to Assist North Precinct on an Armed Robbery Investigation in Cully Neighborhood - 10/14/14
Robbery detectives booked 15-year-old Avarihae Keith Collins (pronounced Aver-Hey) for two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree and an outstanding probation violation. Collins was lodged at the Multnomah County Juvenile Detention Home.

Collins' name is being released because he is facing two Measure 11 charges.

Anyone with information about this robbery or about the identity of the second suspect is asked to contact Detective John Russell at (503) 823-0464 or john.russell@portlandoregon.gov.

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Officers arriving at the scene of the robbery were able to quickly arrest on of the suspects, a 15-year-old male. The second suspect ran into the neighborhood and was not seen again.

Due to the concern that this suspect may have been armed, SERT was activated and, along with several members of the K-9 Unit, conducted an extensive neighborhood search for the suspect.

After nearly five hours of searching, the suspect was not located and investigators believe he likely escaped the perimeter early in the investigation.

The suspect is described as an African American male in his late teens or early 20s.

Robbery detectives are continuing this investigation and no further updates are expected until at least Tuesday afternoon.

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The business involved is USA Gas, not USA Cash as initially listed.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to assist North Precinct officers on an armed robbery investigation in the Cully Neighborhood of Northeast Portland.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Monday October 14, 2014, North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at USA Gas, located at 4445 Northeast Cully Boulevard.

Nobody was injured during the robbery and investigators believe that a suspect may be hiding in the neighborhood after fleeing police.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

Anyone seeing suspicious activity in the neighborhood is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

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Residents Use Baseball Bat to Chase Away Burglar in Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood of Southeast Portland - 10/14/14
On Tuesday October 14, 2014, at 8:42 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 148th Avenue and Division Street on the report of someone with a baseball bat chasing a man on a bicycle.

Several officers arrived in the area and located the man with the bat, who told police he was chasing a burglar from his home.

The victim told officers that he awoke to find a burglar in his home in the 2600 block of Southeast 131st Avenue, and that he hit the suspect with baseball bat. The suspect ran from the home and the victim and his roommate chased him to the area of 148th and Division.

Officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 5'9" tall, 150 pounds, with a large nose and ears, last seen wearing a red t-shirt over a white t-shirt, khaki pants, a black hoody with a round logo, and black shoes with red laces.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.

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Vehicle Crashes on MAX Lines in East Portland - Suspect Flees the Scene - 10/14/14
On Tuesday October 14, 2014, at 5:27 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to East Burnside and 117th Avenue on the report of a vehicle stopped on the MAX tracks.

As officers were still en route, additional information was broadcast that a witness saw the African American male driver leave the area, carrying a small car seat, possibly containing a baby.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, searched the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The 1998 Buick Park Avenue was towed from the scene as evidence in the hit and run investigation.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

Damages to the MAX line are under repair by TriMet. Eastbound and westbound MAX service (Blue Line) in the area is shutdown during repairs. This will affect the entire system.

Updates to MAX service can be accessed at www.trimet.org

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Suspect Arrested After Stealing Two Forklifts, Damaging Property - 10/13/14
On Monday October 13, 2014, at 5:50 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 100 block of Southeast Washington Street on the report that a man was running around carrying a pipe and pulling up grates in the street.

As officers were still en route, the caller reported that the suspect stole a forklift from a business in the 200 block of Southeast Oak Street, crashed through the garage door, and was driving southbound towards Stark Street.

Officers arrived in the area and the man ran from the forklift into the industrial area and was not located.

At 7:43 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to 900 North Thunderbird Way on the report that a man climbed over the front gate and was on top of a portable trailer stabbing it with a knife. The caller reported that the man appeared to be high on something.

As officers were still en route, the caller reported that the man got into a large forklift in the parking lot and began driving around. The caller reported that the man crashed through the fence and drove down onto the railroad tracks along the Willamette River.

Officers drove down toward the tracks but were stopped by a passing train as the suspect was on the other side of the train driving southbound along the tracks, damaging portions of the track.

Multiple officers from North and Central Precinct and the Transit Police Division responded to the area and located the man and the stolen forklift back in the area of the original call in the Southeast industrial area.

The suspect, 39-year-old Brent Shannon Thicksten, was arrested for multiple charges and will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

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Car Thief Arrested After Attempt to Elude Police, K-9 Track (Photo) - 10/13/14
On Monday October 13, 2014, at 2:17 a.m., an East Precinct officer attempted to stop a blue 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Van in the area of Southeast 90th Avenue and Claybourne Street for a traffic violation. The van sped away from the police and the officer did not engage in a pursuit, but shared the information with fellow officers in the area.

At 3:32 a.m., an officer spotted the van parked at Southeast 86th Avenue and Liebe Street and saw a man run from the vehicle into the neighborhood.

Several officers, including a Police K-9, searched the neighborhood and located the suspect, 36-yaer-old Shaun Dixon, after a lengthy search.

A closer examination of the van revealed that it was reported stolen on September 8, 2014.

Dixon was charged with Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Attempt to Elude on Foot.

Dixon was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Tuesday October 14, 2014.

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Armed Robbery Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood - 10/12/14
On Sunday October 12, 2014, at 10:14 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Subway sandwich shop, located at 16409 Southeast Division Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim who told police that the suspect was armed with a handgun and demanded money.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as an African American male, 17-18 years old, 5'7" tall, medium build, wearing some kind of mask and a hoody.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery detectives at (503) 823-0405.

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Gang-Related Stabbing Investigation in Southeast Portland's Lents Neighborhood (Photo) - 10/12/14
On Sunday October 12, 2014, at 1:03 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 86th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard on the report of an assault and stabbing.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and found the 21-year-old male victim suffering from multiple injuries, none believed to be life-threatening. The victim was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Officers learned that the victim, his girlfriend and their three children were walking along Woodstock Boulevard when three males approached them and had a brief verbal exchange with the victim. The suspects then began attacking the victim, and ultimately he was stabbed in one of his legs.

Due to the victim's previous gang affiliation, and the description of the suspects, investigators from the Gang Enforcement Team responded to conduct an investigation.

The suspects are described as three male Hispanics or African Americans. The suspects fled the scene in a dark-colored, newer sedan.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Gang Enforcement Team at (503) 823-4106.

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Shooting Investigation Overnight Outside Centennial Neighborhood Strip Club - 10/12/14
On Sunday October 12, 2014, at 1:51 a.m., an East Precinct officer in the area of Southeast 148th Avenue and Division Street heard multiple gunshots coming from the East of the intersection.

Additional officers responded to the area and received several 9-1-1 calls that led the police to the Spearmint Rhino strip club, located at 15826 Southeast Division Street.

While checking the parking lot, officers were flagged down by security who pointed out evidence of gunfire in the lot.

No evidence of any victims was located and nobody arrived at any Portland hospitals with gunshot wounds.

The Portland Police Bureau Gun Task Force is continuing to actively investigate gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

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Driver Arrested Near PSU After Traffic Pursuit Started in Washington (Photo) - 10/12/14
On Saturday October 11, 2014, at approximately 8:30 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to I-5 southbound after the report that the Washington State Patrol was in pursuit of a hit and run suspect from the State of Washington.

Officers were able to follow the pursuit, beginning at the Rose Quarter, across the Marquam Bridge and exiting at Southwest 6th Avenue. A North Precinct officer was able to perform a successful Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver to spin out the suspect vehicle on 6th near Harrison Street.

The driver would not obey officers commands and struggled briefly with them before being taken into custody.

The driver, 61-year-old Joe Edward Abeyta of Cathlamet, Washington, was arrested on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants/Drugs (DUII), Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, and Interfering with Public Transportation.

Abeyta was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and may face additional charges in the State of Washington.

The MAX line along Southwest 6th Avenue was delayed briefly due to this encounter and arrest.

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UPDATE: Transit Police Investigating a Pedestrian Fatality Involving a MAX Train on East Burnside Street - 10/11/14
The man who was struck and killed last night by a MAX train has been identified as 71-year-old Joseph Nathan Hill, a resident of the neighborhood.

Investigators learned that Hill was out for a walk. When he got to the MAX tracks, he stepped out onto the tracks and looked East then was struck from behind by an eastbound train.

It is not known if Hill was impaired at the time of the incident.

The TriMet MAX Operator was not impaired and has cooperated with the investigation.

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On Friday October 10, 2014, at 7:14 p.m., East Precinct and Transit Police Division officers responded to 160th Avenue and East Burnside Street on the report that a pedestrian was struck by an eastbound MAX train.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and determined that the male adult pedestrian was deceased.

Currently, MAX in both directions has been stopped, with eastbound delays expected to be more significant.

East Burnside Street is closed in both directions from 162nd to 157th Avenues as the investigation continues to develop.

No additional information is available and updates will be provided when the become available.

Riders can find transit updates by visiting www.TriMet.org.

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AYCO Eid Al-Adha Basketball Tournament Scheduled for Saturday (Photo) - 10/10/14
The African Youth and Community Organization (AYCO) and the Muslim Youth of Portland are hosting a youth basketball tournament on Saturday October 11, 2014.

The tournament will be held at Madison High School, located at 2735 Northeast 82nd Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Officers from the Portland Police Bureau's Youth Services Division will be at the tournament to support the youth participants.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend this community event.

12 teams will compete in the tournament, with player's ages ranging from 15 to 21 years old.

AYCO's mission is to empower immigrants and refugees and prepare youth to become tomorrow's leaders.

At the individual level, AYCO provides development support for all youth of different ethnicity, background, culture and religion. This support includes homework help and tutoring, sports activities such as soccer, basketball and track, and also case management support, including assessment, intervention, and providing access to other information and resources.

Children of immigrant families face many challenges when they first come to the United States. This often can lead to being behind in school, not finding a place to fit socially, leading to family and peer pressure issues to getting into drugs and alcohol and dropping out of school.

To learn more about AYCO, visit http://www.aycoworld.org, or contact the Executive Director Jamal Dar at (971) 254-8906 or (503) 475-8802.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-40 Stranger Danger (Photo) - 10/09/14
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify a suspect who grabbed a 13-year-old girl in Northeast Portland.

On Tuesday October 7, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 82nd Avenue and Prescott Street on the report that a stranger grabbed a 13-year-old girl on the arm and told her he was going to take her home.

Several officers responded to the area and contacted the victim who told police that she was walking from one bus stop to another when the suspect yelled out to her something similar to, "Hey, come here!" The girl refused and told the man to leave her alone. The girl told officers that the suspect got out of his car, grabbed her arm, and told her that he was going to take her home. The girl kicked the man, ran away and called for help.

Several officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 50s or 60s, 5'8" tall, 125 pounds (very thin), balding, bushy gray or partially gray hair, stubble on his face, and bad teeth. The suspect is described as wearing a gray, stained t-shirt and gray pants. The suspect did not imply or display any weapons.

The suspect vehicle is described as a light blue, mid-90s four-door vehicle.

A forensic sketch of the suspect is being released to aid in this investigation.

Witnesses may contact the investigators directly or, to remain anonymous, they may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigators:
Det. Heidi Helwig
(503) 823-0797
heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov

Crime Stoppers Coordinator:
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0830
peter.simpson@portlandoregon.gov

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Cops to Serve Burgers and Fries in Annual Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser for Special Olympics - 10/09/14
On Saturday October 11, 2014, members of the Portland Police Bureau will be participating in the annual "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser for Special Olympics Oregon.

Officers will be serving two shifts at the Lloyd District Red Robin, located at 1139 Northeast Grand Avenue, and collecting tips benefiting Special Olympics Oregon.

Officers will be on hand from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

"Tip-A-Cop" is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) campaign. LETR, which includes an international series of relay runs and special events such as Tip-A-Cop, is presented by more than 144,000 law enforcement officers worldwide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics through which funds raised go directly to local programs in states or countries where the funds are generated.

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UPDATE: Vehicle Crashes into the Columbia River on Northeast Marine Drive - One Fatality - 10/09/14
The deceased driver pulled from the Columbia River on Wednesday has been identified as 47-year-old Nickolas Ralph Curtiss Jr.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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On Wednesday October 8, 2014, at 6:24 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 16600 block of Northeast Marine Drive on the report that a vehicle crashed into the Columbia River. A witness told 9-1-1 that it appeared the driver was trying to get out of the car but went under water.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responded with two boats and, at approximately 7:00 a.m., recovered a body from the river. The person is deceased.

Divers will look into the vehicle to check for any other occupants.

The East County Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

Traffic on Marine Drive will be affected, drivers are encouraged to use Northeast Airport Way as an alternate route.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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UPDATE #2 - Drunk Driver Crashes Stolen Vehicle; Critically Injures Passenger (Photo) - 10/09/14
45-year-old Jeannette Rene Fields, the passenger injured in this crash, died on October 8, 2014.

The driver, 34-year-old Joshua Eric Lindsay, remains in jail on multiple felony charges and the case remains under investigation.

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The passenger injured in this incident has been identified as 45-year-old Jeannette Rene Fields.

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 4:59 p.m., 34-year-old Joshua Eric Lindsay abandoned his vehicle, and then broke into a home in the 10000 Block of NE Beech, where he stole the keys of a 2014 white Toyota Camry from the residence's owner. The owner did not know the suspect or the fact that he entered his residence and stole the vehicle.

After leaving the residence, Lindsay drove off with a 45-year-old female passenger. He then crashed into the back of a 1995 Honda Odyssey driving westbound on Northeast Prescott at Northeast 94th Avenue. The Odyssey then crashed into a third vehicle, a 2013 Subaru.

Lindsay continued driving the stolen vehicle westbound until it became disabled at NE 83rd Avenue and NE Going. A witness heard the car horn and went to see what was occurring. The witness saw Lindsay slapping the unconscious passenger with an open hand, as if he was trying to wake her up. When the witness confronted the suspect, Lindsay removed items from the vehicle and ran off westbound. North Precinct Officers later located Lindsay at NE 72nd and NE Alberta, where he was walking out of a back yard. Lindsay had not sustained any injuries in the crash.

Medical personnel transported the passenger to a local hospital, where she is listed in critical condition.

The driver and passenger from the Honda Odyssey received minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital, where they were late released. The driver of the Subaru did not suffer any injuries.

The Major Crash Team Responded to investigate. Lindsay was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault II; Burglary I; Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII; Driving While Suspected; Reckless Driving; Unlicensed Use of a Motor Vehicle; and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call traffic investigator, Officer Chris Johnson at (503) 823-2213.


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Shooting Investigation Underway in North Portland's Portsmouth Neighborhood - No Injuries - 10/08/14
On Wednesday October 8, 2014, at 4:45 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of North Hunt Street and Newman Avenue on the report of shots fired in the area.

Several officers arrived in the area but did not locate any gunshot victims. Witnesses described hearing a disturbance and seeing a group of African American males and females, and one white female, all in their teens.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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Shooting Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood - 10/08/14
On Wednesday October 8, 2014, at 3:53 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 16500 block of Southeast Stephens Street.

Several officers are in the area beginning an investigation.

Preliminary information indicates that one person was shot and transported to a Portland hospital by private car. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Additionally, preliminary information indicates that the suspect or suspects left the area in a vehicle.

This is an active and developing investigation and updates will be provided as they become available.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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Homeowner Chases Away Residential Robbery Suspect in Northeast Portland's Overlook Neighborhood - 10/08/14
On Wednesday October 8, 2014, at 2:52 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 5500 block of North Wilbur Avenue on the report that a resident was confronted by an armed man inside his home.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim who told police that he was in the basement of his home when he heard footsteps on the main floor of the house. The victim went upstairs where he encountered a man wearing a ski mask, armed with a handgun.

The victim told police that he armed himself with a kitchen knife and chased the suspect from the house. Once outside, the suspect dropped the handgun and grabbed a metal hand truck and held it overhead as if he was going to throw it at the victim. The suspect dropped the hand truck and fled the area on foot.

The victim retrieved the gun, which turned out to be a realistic-looking Airsoft handgun.

The suspect is described as an unknown race male in his mid-20s to early-30s, 5'10" tall, heavy build, wearing a ski mask.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Robbery Detail at (503) 823-0405.

Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.

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West Coast Car Crushing Investigation Yields New Indictments, Arrests (Photo) - 10/08/14
Five people have been arrested recently in connection with an auto theft investigation centering on West Coast Car Crushing and A1 Light Truck and Van Parts, both located in North Portland.

During this investigation, the Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office have arrested and/or indicted nearly three dozen people in connection with this investigation.

Arrested persons include:

* 26-year-old Katrina Irene Morrison (aka Schneider) was arrested after an 8-count indictment, including two counts of Racketeering.

* 21-year-old Vanasha Lee Vidalez was arrested after a 58-count indictment, including two counts of Racketeering.

* 34-year-old Tyler Hagist was arrested in Vancouver after a 4-count indictment for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Theft in the First Degree, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Illegal Salvage.

* 53-year-old David Michael Houston was arrested in Vancouver after a 13-count indictment, including two counts of Racketeering. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office will seek extradition to Oregon.

* 31-year-old Joseph Clarence Schneider was arrested after a 17-count indictment, including one count of Racketeering.

Previously, detectives arrested 53-year-old Barbara Lorraine Peterson, a City of Portland employee, for her role discovered during in the auto theft investigation. Peterson pled guilty on May 16, 2014 to Official Misconduct in the First Degree and three counts of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. She will be sentenced on October 14, 2014 and is facing 18 months in prison.

On April 8, 2014, investigators from the Portland Police Bureau served several search warrants in the Portland Metro area as part of an ongoing, significant auto theft investigation.

Search warrants were served at the following locations:

* 9609 North Columbia Boulevard (A1 Light Truck and Van Parts)

* 9101 North Columbia Boulevard (West Coast Car Crushing)

* 330 North Lotus Isle Drive

* 516 West Fourth Plain Boulevard (Vancouver, WA)

* 514 Northwest 40th Street (Vancouver, WA)

This large-scale auto theft investigation involved the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct and Detective Division, the Oregon Department of Justice, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, the Oregon State Police, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the Oregon Department of Human Services, the Clark County (WA) Sheriff's Office, and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

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Stranger Danger Alert: Suspect Grabs 15-Year-Old Girl in East Columbia Neighborhood - Victim Safe (Photo) - 10/08/14
On October 7, 2014, at 7:50 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Columbia Arboretum, located in the 10000 block of Northeast 6th Drive, on the report that a 15-year-old girl was grabbed on the arm by a stranger.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim who told police that she was walking in the area when the suspect approached her from behind without speaking and grabbed her on the arms. The victim elbowed the man and ran away to call for help.

The victim told police that she did not see the man but described him a smelling like dirty cigarettes.

Several officers checked the area, including some homeless campsites, but did not locate the suspect.

Detectives are in contact with the victim and are continuing the investigation. At this point, it is not known if this incident is in any way connected with another stranger danger incident that occurred earlier Tuesday morning.

Anyone seeing suspicious behavior consistent with this report is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at (503) 823-0797, heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

The Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength, GirStrength and BoyStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about these programs, call (503) 823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength

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Stranger Danger Alert: Suspect Grabs 13-Year-Old Girl in Northeast Portland - Victim Safe (Photo) - 10/07/14
On Tuesday October 7, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 82nd Avenue and Prescott Street on the report that a stranger grabbed a 13-year-old girl on the arm and told her he was going to take her home.

Several officers responded to the area and contacted the victim who told police that she was walking from one bus stop to another when the suspect yelled out to her something similar to, "Hey, come here!" The girl refused and told the man to leave her alone. The girl told officers that the suspect got out of his car, grabbed her arm, and told her that he was going to take her home. The girl kicked the man, ran away and called for help.

Several officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 50s or 60s, 5'8" tall, 125 pounds (very thin), balding, bushy gray or partially gray hair, stubble on his face, and bad teeth. The suspect is described as wearing a gray, stained t-shirt and gray pants. The suspect did not imply or display any weapons.

The suspect vehicle is described as a light blue, mid-90s four-door vehicle.

Detectives are in contact with the victim and are continuing the investigation.

No similar incidents of this nature have been reported to police.

Anyone seeing suspicious behavior consistent with this report is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at (503) 823-0797, heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

The Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength, GirStrength and BoyStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about these programs, call (503) 823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength

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Vice Presidential Visit to Portland will Affect Traffic on Wednesday - 10/07/14
The Portland Police Bureau would like to make the public aware of traffic impacts due to a Wednesday October 8, 2014, visit by Vice President Joe Biden.

Traffic, including mass transit, will be affected from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. due to the Vice President's visit to Portland. Specifically, the area of the Oregon Convention Center will be affected during the middle of the day.

It's important to note that visitors attending events in the South side of the Oregon Convention Center will be able to access their events.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area of the Oregon Convention Center, park away from the area, use mass transit, and to exercise patience during the motorcades.

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Suspect Sketch Released in Michael Olson Homicide - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-39 (Photo) - 10/07/14
The Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred in the Woodstock Neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

On Tuesday September 30, 2014, at 11:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 6100 block of Southeast 52nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 30-year-old Michael William Olson, deceased after suffering from a fatal gunshot wound.

Homicide investigators believe Olson was killed in the course of a robbery.

An eyewitness described the suspect as possibly being a light-skinned African American or Hispanic male.

A forensic sketch of the suspect is being released to the public to aid in the investigation.

Homicide investigators are continuing to follow leads and believe there may be several people with information about the shooting.

Witnesses may contact the investigators directly or, to remain anonymous, they may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigators:
Det. Rico Beniga
(503) 823-0457
rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov

Det. Mark Slater
(503) 823-9319
mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov

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News Conference Supplemental Information - 10/07/14
The Portland Police Bureau is releasing items from today's news conference regarding the retirement of Chief Michael Reese and the appointment of Chief Larry O'Dea. This includes remarks made by both Chief Reese and Chief O'Dea, as well as Chief O'Dea's bio. The video of Chief Reese below was shared with the members of the Portland Police Bureau this morning.

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Chief Mike Reese to Announce Retirement at Noon News Conference - Larry O'Dea Named Successor (Photo) - 10/07/14
Today, Tuesday October 7, 2014, at 12:00 p.m., Chief Mike Reese will announce his retirement from the Portland Police Bureau after more than four years as Chief of Police.

Mayor Charlie Hales will introduce Larry O'Dea as the next Chief of Police. Chief O'Dea is currently the Assistant Chief of Operations in the Portland Police Bureau.

The 12:00 p.m. news conference will be held in the Justice Center Wayne Sullivan Room on the 14th Floor, 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue.

Mayor Hales, Chief Reese and Chief O'Dea are all expected to speak briefly at the news conference.

Media are encouraged to attend.

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Police Bureau Partners with Snowman Foundation to Identify Locations for Public Pianos - 10/06/14
On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11 a.m., in the Central Precinct lobby (located at 1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue), Chief Michael Reese will join with Michael Allen Harrison, pianist and composer and founder of The Snowman Foundation, to present a new initiative for the Play It Forward program.

The Police Bureau is partnering with the Snowman Foundation to launch its public piano initiative. The Police Bureau will help identify locations for pianos to be placed in the community in the hopes of reaching high-need areas, so that the piano is accessible to everyone, including children.

Many kids in the community need and want access to pianos, but are not living in a situation that allows them to have a piano in their home. The Snowman Foundation's objective is to put at least ten pianos in publicly accessible spaces for kids to explore, learn, and be inspired by music.

Sergeant Jim Quackenbush and Hailey Rowden, a Snowman Foundation scholarship recipient, will play at tomorrow's news conference.

The mission of The Snowman Foundation is to provide access to music for all kids. Through Play It Forward, The Snowman Foundation accepts cash and instrument donations from community members and puts those instruments directly into the hands of kids, in their homes, schools, or community spaces. The Portland Police Bureau accepts donations at its precincts.
To learn more about the Snowman Foundation, visit www.snowmanfoundation.org

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North Precinct officer assaulted while taking custody of flasher - 10/06/14
This incident occurred at N. Lombard Street and N. Burlington Avenue. We apologize for the omissions.

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Today, October 6th, 2014 at 12:37 a.m., a North Precinct officer was direct toward a male, later identified as 19-year-old Joey D Vandervort, who was exposing himself in public, for purposed of sexual gratification, while looking at a female. The officer contacted Vandervort, who attempted to punch the officer in face. The officer was able to avoid being struck in the face but the punch hit is lapel microphone, damaging it.

Vandervort then attempted to flee. However, he had not secured his pants and as a result tripped when his pants became tangled around his ankles. Vandervort flipped onto his back and assumed a ground fighting stance. The onscene officer requested cover.

Vandervort then attempted to flee, again. He again failed to secure his pants and again fell to the ground when they became tangled around his ankles. Cover officers arrived and were able to take custody of Vandervort, who continued to vigorously resist arrest.

During the arrest an officer suffered a minor injury to his hand. The officer was treated and released. Vandervort claimed to be under the influence of stimulant and was transported to an area hospital to be treated. He was then taken to the Multnomah County Jail and booked on charges including, assaulting a police officer, disorderly conduct in the 2nd degree, indecent exposure, interfering with a police officer, public indecency and resist arrest.
Central Precinct responds to possible suicide - 10/06/14
This morning, October 6,2014, at 5:33 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to S.W. Morrison Street and S.W 10 Avenue on a call involving a man on the ground bleeding. Officers arrived and began an investigation. Early indicators point toward a possible suicide but the onscene officers have request detectives and the medical examiner to assist.

This investigation is ongoing. To protect the scene of the investigation S.W. Morrison is closed to commuters attempting to board the MAX between S.W. 9th and S.W. 10th Avenues. Commuters are being allowed to de-board at this MAX stop in order to connect with the street car.
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UPDATE #3 - SERT activation in the 3200 block of NE 16th avenue (Photo) - 10/05/14
Portland Police Bureau detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect in yesterday's home invasion assault. Detectives have determined that the suspect, a male black in his 20's, approximately 6' tall with a muscular build wearing dark clothes, forced his way into a residence in the 3200 block of NE 16th avenue. He then assaulted the homeowner, who was able to escape and summon police. The homeowner suffered injuries but they are not life-threatening.

Officers and detectives have been unable to locate the suspect despite the use of K-9 and SERT officers. Additionally, the suspect and victim do not appear to be related.

A sketch of the suspect is attached. Anyone who may have information about this case is asked to contact Detective Sharp at 503-823-9773 or email at Jeff.Sharp@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE #2

Officers are clearing the scene. Officers have not located the suspect in this incident and are asking anyone with information about the location of the suspect to call 911. Investigators have not identified a motive for this incident. The investigation is ongoing.

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###UPDATE #1####

Officers are looking for a male black in his 20's, approximately 6' tall with a muscular build wearing dark clothes. Witnesses describe him as clean-shaven and "handsome". Officer are attempting to determine if the suspect is still inside the home of the initial incident and are requesting SERT to assist with searching the location.

The PPB is requesting that area residents call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, October 4, 2014 at approximately 1:21 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of an individual breaking into a home in the 3200 block of N.E. 16th avenue. Officers arrived and learned that a person had forced his way into a home in the area and assaulted a resident. The victim was able to flee and contact the police.

Officers are searching the area now with a K-9 unit. SERT is responding to assist uniform officers.

The incident is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time. Updates will follow.


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UPDATE #3 - Southbound I-5 closed at I-84 for accident - 10/05/14
The truck driver in this incident has been identified as Nicholas Braun, a 33-year-old male. He has not been charged or cited and is cooperating with the investigation.

The motorcycle riders name is being withheld while the investigation continues and until his family can be notified. He remains in an area hospital receiving treatment.

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###UPDATE #2###

Crash investigators have re-opened I-5 southbound. The investigation is ongoing. The uninjured driver of the truck continues to cooperate with investigators, did not show any signs of intoxication and has not been cited or arrested. The rider of the motorcycle remains at an area hospital and is seriously injured.

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###UPDATE #1###

Major Crash Team investigators have determined that a motorcyclist was heading southbound on I-5 when he collided with the rear end of truck. The motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries and is at an area hospital. The driver of the truck remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. I-5 remains closed while this incident is under investigation.

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

The Portland Police Bureau's Major Crash Team is investigating a serious injury accident at I-5 southbound and I-84. The accident, which occurred at 5:25 p.m. on October 10, 2014, involved a motorcycle and car. At least one person has suffered a trauma injury and has been transported to an area hospital.

I-5 will be closed for an unknown period of time with traffic diverted onto I-405 southbound. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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Central Precinct officers respond to subject "high on bath salts" with a gunshot wound - 10/05/14
Today, October 5, 2014, Central Precinct officers responded to a home in the 3600 block of SE Gladstone Street to assist a subject with a gunshot wound. Officers arrived and were able to locate the subject who was erratic due to his intoxication and injuries. Officers were able to detain the subject, without additional injury, and get him medical attention. The subject was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers were also able to determine that the call location was not the scene of the shooting. Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Portland Police Detective Division at 503-823-0400.
Robbery in North Portland - 10/05/14
Early this morning, October 5, 2014 at 12:30 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to N. Mason Avenue and N. Mississippi Street on a report of a robbery. Officers arrived an contacted two victims (one adult male and one adult female) had been robbed at gun point. The officers learned the suspect, a black male wearing a bandanna to cover his face, about 6'2" and 30 to 40 years of age had approached the couple, demanded their belongings. The victims gave the suspect a wallet and purse and the suspect left.

Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. Detectives are continuing to investigate this case. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Portland Police Detective Division at 503-823-0400.
Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Tuesday October 7 - 10/04/14
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau until Tuesday October 7, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.

Sgt. Stewart can be reached by email, greg.stewart@portlandoregon.gov, or via the media-only pager for urgent breaking news.

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UPDATE #2: Stabbing Investigation Underway on Southeast Stark Street (Photo) - 10/04/14
The suspect in Friday morning's stabbing turned himself in to police. 27-year-old Tiai Yalap was charged with Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Yalap was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Monday in Multnomah County Court.

The victim's name is expected to be released next week after further investigation.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The 39-year-old male stabbing victim remains in a Portland hospital in serious condition after being stabbed early this morning. For investigative reasons, the victim's name is not being released at this time.

Detectives are continuing to follow leads in this case but have not yet identified any suspect or made any arrests.

Anyone with information on the stabbing is asked to contact Detective Steve Forland at (503) 823-0400, steven.forland@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Friday October 3, 2014, at 1:00 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing at Southeast 99th Avenue and Stark Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the adult male victim suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

Witnesses told police that the victim and suspect were involved in an argument then the suspect chased the victim down and stabbed him. It does not appear the two men know each other.

Several officers checked the area for the suspect but did not locate anyone matching his description.

The suspect is described as an Asian male in his 20s wearing a white t-shirt and tan pants.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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Driver Robbed at Gunpoint on Lower Eastside - No Injuries - 10/04/14
On Saturday October 4, 2014, at 7:24 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 1300 block of Northwest Glisan Street on the report that a driver had been robbed at gunpoint 45 minutes earlier on Southeast Grand Avenue.

Officers responded and spoke to the victim who told police that he was robbed at gunpoint while stopped at a red light on Southeast Grand Avenue at Ankeny Street.

The victim told police that the suspect ran up to the driver's side pointing the gun at the victim and demanded his wallet. The victim gave the suspect his wallet then the suspect ran around to the passenger side and attempted to get into the car but approaching traffic appeared to scare him off. The victim told police a second male walked in front of his car and dropped a bag during the robbery. The victim perceived that the second male may have been assisting the robbery suspect.

The victim described the suspect as a white male in his 20s, black hair, a long black beard, wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt, shorts, armed with a handgun. The victim did not get a good look at the second suspect.

The victim waited to call 9-1-1 because he had to get to work.

Anyone seeing this type of suspicious behavior is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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15-Year-Old HS Student Taken to Hospital on Mental Health Hold After Bringing Gasoline and Matches to School - 10/03/14
On Thursday October 2, 2014, at 4:34 p.m., North Precinct and Youth Services Division (YSD) officers responded to De La Salle North Catholic High School, located at 7528 North Fenwick Avenue, on the report of threats by a student to burn the school down.

Officers arrived and contacted the 15-year-old student in the principal's office and took him into custody.

Officers learned that the student left school then returned after classes had been dismissed with a gas can and matches, and went into the chemistry room where he indicated an intent to light his notebook on fire.

No fire was ever started and the student voluntarily went with the principal to the office.

The student was taken to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation and the investigation is continuing.

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Suspect Arrested in April 2014 Gang Shooting in Northeast Portland's Irvington Neighborhood (Photo) - 10/03/14
On Thursday October 2, 2014, investigators from the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) arrested 18-year-old Patrick Shariff Paden in connection with an April 2014 shooting in the Irvington Neighborhood of Northeast Portland.

Paden was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, Attempted Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

This investigation started on April 27, 2014, at approximately 6:30 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 9th Avenue and Stanton Street on the report of gunshots heard in the area.

Officers arrived and located evidence of gunfire, including at least one house and one vehicle hit.

No victims were located and the GET responded to conduct an investigation. The investigation led to GET detectives obtaining an arrest warrant for Paden in connection with the shooting.

On Thursday, GET officers arrested Paden without incident at North Albina Avenue and Killingsworth Street. GET detectives then worked with investigators from the Vancouver (WA) Police Department to serve a search warrant in Clark County related to the case.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

Gun crimes in progress should immediately be reported to 9-1-1.

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ECIT Officers Convince Suicidal Man to Climb Over Railing and go to Hospital (Photo) - 10/03/14
On Thursday October 2, 2014, at 6:51 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) Tram access bridge (3300 block of Southwest Bond Avenue) on the report that a man was over the railing and threatening to jump.

Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) Officers responded and began to talk with the man after he was handed a phone by a witness.

Officers remained out of sight but in phone contact with the man. During the conversation, officers consulted with Project Respond as well as the Bureau's Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) to assist in the negotiation.

The 37-year-old man eventually agreed to climb back over the railing and accepted a ride to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu

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UPDATE: Two Suspects in Custody for Pedestrian Robberies on the Burnside Bridge (Photo) - 10/03/14
The suspects in this morning's robbery have been identified as 27-year-old Benjamin Timothy Moore and 26-year-old James Wooten.

Wooten was charged with four (4) counts of Robbery in the First Degree and two (2) counts of Assault in the Second Degree.

Moore was charged with two (2) counts of Robbery in the First Degree and one (1) count of Assault in the Second Degree.

Wooten and Moore were booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Monday in Multnomah County Court.

Detectives learned that the first two victims, 22-year-old Jacob Harris, and 22-year-old Joseph Tadlock, were walking eastbound across the Burnside Bridge, along the Northwest sidewalk, when the two suspects approached them and demanded their property and demanded they remove all of their clothes.

Wooten was armed with a box cutter during the robbery, which he used to cut Tadlock on the upper body. Harris was kicked by Moore and both suspects fled with some of the victim's property.

Neither Tadlock or Harris received serious injuries.

As officers were talking with Harris and Tadlock, two people approached officers and told police that the suspects also tried to rob them approximately 20 minutes earlier. 28-year-old Meghan Manheim and 34-year-old Luis Cruz were not injured in the incident.

All four victims were visiting Portland from other states.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Friday October 3, 2014, at 2:15 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the West end of the Burnside Bridge on the report of a disturbance involving four people. The caller reported two men were "naked and bloody."

Officers arrived in the area and located the two adult male victims who told police that they were robbed and attacked by two men on the bridge. One suspect was armed with a box cutter that he used to cut one of the victims. The suspects demanded the victim's property, including all of their clothes.

Officers learned that two additional people were walking by and the suspects tried to rob them as well.

None of the victims received any serious injuries.

The suspects fled to below the Burnside Bridge but were located and arrested by officers. The suspects appear to be local transients while the victims were passersby.

Robbery detectives are continuing the investigation and there is no longer a risk to the public.

Updates will be provided late Friday morning.

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UPDATE #2 - ARRESTS: Residential Robbery Investigation Underway in Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood of Southeast Portland (Photo) - 10/03/14
Two robbery suspects were booked into the Multnomah County Jail on Thursday evening. 25-year-old Robert McCollum and 41-year-old James David Mack were booked on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree.

The third suspect was released without charges.

Detectives had suspect and vehicle descriptions, as well as a photo of both taken by an alert neighborhood resident, as they used the "Find my iPhone" App to locate the suspects and the vehicle in a motel parking lot in Clackamas County.

A rifle was recovered from the vehicle.

The Robbery Detectives would like to acknowledge and thank the alert community member who took a quick photo of the suspects in the vehicle after becoming concerned that they were "suspicious." This piece of information was key to quickly locating the suspects and arresting them without incident.

Mack and McCollum will be arraigned today in Multnomah County Court.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detectives, with the assistance of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, have arrested the three suspects in this morning's armed robbery in the Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood.

The three male adult suspects were taken into custody in Clackamas County after detectives followed investigative leads in the case.

No additional information is available at this time and updates on the investigation and arrests will be released when the become available.

There are no outstanding suspects in this case.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Thursday October 2, 2014, at 7:30 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 25th Avenue and Franklin Street on the report of three armed men walking along 25th Avenue.

As officers were enroute, additional information was received that a resident of a home in the 3300 block of Southeast 25th Avenue was robbed and assaulted in his home by three men armed with guns. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the assault.

Cleveland High School was placed into a precautionary lockdown during the incident.

Preliminary information indicates that the suspects left the area in a vehicle and there is no longer any danger to the neighborhood and normal school operations at Cleveland have resumed.

Robbery detectives are responding to investigate and additional information will be released when it becomes available.

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Sex Crimes Detectives Seek Public's Help to Locate Additional Victims in Abuse Case (Photo) - 10/02/14
The Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit is asking for the public's help in identifying any additional victims that may have had contact with 39-year-old Joseph William Wehage.

Wehage was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on Wednesday October 1, 2014, after being extradited from Tennessee after being indicted for multiple felony sex crimes.

Detectives began an investigation in August 2014, after learning that Wehage sexually abused a young teen boy when the boy would babysit for the Wehage family in Southwest Portland.

Wehage attended a Southwest Portland area church and may have had access to additional victims who were used as babysitters for the Wehage family.

Wehage was charged with 11 felony charges including seven (7) counts of Sodomy in the First Degree, two (2) counts of Attempted Sodomy in the Second Degree, and one (1) count each of Attempted Sodomy in the First Degree and Sodomy in the Second Degree.

Anyone with additional information about Wehage or additional victims is asked to contact Detective Jason Christensen at (503) 823-0894, jchristensen@portlandoregon.gov

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Today is the 1st Annual "Choose to be G.R.E.A.T. Day" (Photo) - 10/01/14
Today, October 1, 2014, is the first annual "Choose to be G.R.E.A.T. Day" across the United States. In recognition of the national event, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber issued a proclamation on August 19, 2014, encouraging all Oregonians to join in this observance.

G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

The G.R.E.A.T. Families program is a research-based, family-strengthening program consisting of a six-session family curriculum and a family/community resource guide. By linking a practical curriculum to a process of engaging local family assistance resources, G.R.E.A.T. Families provides G.R.E.A.T. instructors with the basic tools needed to work effectively with families and with other family-serving organizations in their community.

About G.R.E.A.T.

The Gang Resistance Education And Training Program or G.R.E.A.T., is a thirteen (13) week, middle school based, law enforcement taught classroom curriculum. The program's primary objective is prevention and teaches life skills that help immunize students against youth violence, delinquency, and gang involvement. The program also works as an effective bridge between police and the community's youth, allowing relationships to be forged that extend outward from the school into your cities or towns neighborhoods.

The Portland Police Bureau was chosen as headquarters for the G.R.E.A.T. Program's West Region, which is one of four (4) regional training sites in the U.S. Our region covers eleven (11) states: Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Alaska and Hawaii. The West Region Training Center offers training several times a year to law enforcement officers that want to teach the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum in schools.

Currently, 19 Oregon law enforcement agencies, from Portland to Nyssa and South to Medford are teaching G.R.E.A.T. in local middle and elementary schools.

During the 2013-2014 school year, approximately 8,900 students statewide were presented the G.R.E.A.T. program, including 50 exclusively in Spanish.

Approximately 69 Portland Police officers are trained to present the G.R.E.A.T. program.

The G.R.E.A.T. Program in Portland was in twenty (20) locations during the 2013/2014 school year, serving six (6) public school districts and two (2) private schools. Twelve (12) schools received the 13-week curriculum, with an additional nine (9) receiving the six (6) week elementary curriculum.

Since G.R.E.A.T. began in Portland in 1994, 1,789 classes have been taught with 52,060 students graduating from the program. Additionally, the G.R.E.A.T. Families program has served 119 families for a total of 412 people.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, visit: www.great-online.org or contact Portland Police Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186, mike.paresa@portlandoregon.gov.

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Crime Stoppers Offering a Reward in Woodstock Neighborhood Homicide - Featured Case #14-39 (Photo) - 10/01/14
The Portland Police Bureau's Homicide Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve a homicide that occurred in the Woodstock Neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

On Tuesday September 30, 2014, at 11:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 6100 block of Southeast 52nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 30-year-old Michael William Olson, deceased after suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. Olson resided in the Woodstock Neighborhood.

Homicide investigators believe Olson was killed in the course of a robbery.

An eyewitness described the suspect as possibly being a light-skinned African American or Hispanic male.

Homicide investigators are continuing to follow leads this morning and believe there may be several people with information about the shooting. This is the 19th homicide in Portland in 2014.

Witnesses may contact the investigators directly or, to remain anonymous, they may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigators:
Det. Rico Beniga
(503) 823-0457
rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov

Det. Mark Slater
(503) 823-9319
mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov

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#CS
Police Bureau Seeks Public's Input on Directives - 10/01/14
The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all its directives.

At the beginning of every month, the Bureau will post directives for public review and ask for comments.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding its directives pertaining to legal updates, which include:

* Directive 060.60, Operating Orders and Procedures
* Directive 220.40, Lawsuits and Claims
* Directive 630.60, Vehicle Disposition
* Directive 631.60, Premises Entry
* Directive 650.00, Search, Seizure, and Inventories
* Directive 835.20, Posting/Cleanup of Established Campsites

Community members are encouraged to read the directives and provide drafting comments at:
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757

This web page also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new directives are posted.

These directives will remain posted and comments collected for thirty days (30), from Wednesday October 1, 2014, through Thursday, October 30, 2014.

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UPDATE - HOMICIDE: Shooting Investigation Underway in Woodstock Neighborhood - 09/30/14
The shooting investigation is now a homicide investigation. One person is deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim is an adult male.

Homicide detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are responding to the scene to conduct a homicide investigation.

At this point, there is no confirmed suspect information to share with the public.

Southeast 52nd Avenue, from Woodstock Boulevard to Duke Street, is closed to all traffic at this time.

No additional updates are expected until mid-morning on Wednesday at the earliest.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Tuesday September 30, 2014, at 11:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 6100 block of Southeast 52nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a victim suffering critical injuries.

Multiple officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, are searching the neighborhood for a suspect or suspects in the shooting. The area affected is Southeast 49th to 57th Avenues, Woodstock Boulevard to Duke Street.

This is an active investigation and no additional information is available at this time. Updates will be provided when they become available.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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New York Man Arrested in Portland for Human Trafficking (Photo) - 09/30/14
Since the beginning of August 2014, members of the Portland Police Bureau Prostitution Coordination Team have been investigating a suspected human trafficker from the state of New York.

The human trafficker identified himself as "Tay" and responded to an undercover online advertisement PCT had posted during one of their missions. "Tay" contacted our undercover officer and offered to be their pimp.

Undercover PCT officers maintained contact with "Tay" and he eventually agreed to come to Portland and meet the undercover officer believing they were a prostitute willing to work for him.

With the assistance of Homeland Security Federal Agents, "Tay" was identified as 24-year-old Clive Taguoa Morrison. Morrison purchased a plane ticket to Portland and notified the undercover officers when he would arrive.

With the assistance of Homeland Security Federal Agents, Morrison was arrested at the Portland International Airport when he got off his flight on Monday September 29, 2014 in the evening.

Morrison was transported to the Multnomah County Jail and lodged on two counts of Promoting Prostitution.

The investigation is continuing by the Prostitution Coordination Team.

The Portland Police Bureau investigates reports of human trafficking and has created an email address for people to provide tips and non-emergency information to possible human trafficking activities. Tips can be emailed to stopslavery@portlandoregon.gov

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Officers Arrest Donut Thief (Photo) - 09/30/14
Central Precinct officers pursue stolen donut delivery truck -- Driver arrested, pastry in hand.

On Tuesday September 30, 2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., a Central Precinct officer responded to the 1100 block of Southwest 5th Avenue on the report of a stolen delivery vehicle.

The officer contacted the victim and learned that he'd parked the van on 5th Avenue and left it unlocked with the keys inside as he made a delivery of pastries. The officer learned that the 2004 Chevy Astro Van was owned by Donut Land, located on Southwest Boones Ferry Road in Tualatin.

As the officer was taking the initial report, another Central Precinct officer spotted the stolen van traveling eastbound on Powell Boulevard near Southeast 21st Avenue. The officer got behind the van and activated his overhead lights, but the driver of the stolen donut van did not stop and the officer engaged in a traffic pursuit.

The suspect pulled the van over at Southeast 59th Avenue and Mall Street, and the officer began to give him commands to put both of his hands out the window. The suspect put his hands out the window and the officer observed a pastry fall from the suspect's hands.

Additional officers arrived and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect, 34-year-old Peter Leon Johansen, was transported to the Multnomah County Jail and booked on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Theft in the First Degree and Attempt to Elude by Vehicle.

The victim was transported to the scene to take possession of the Donut Land van. Officers noted that there were donuts all over the inside of the van, but otherwise there was no damage to the vehicle.

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Acting PIO through tomorrow - 09/29/14
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau this evening.

Sgt. Stewart can be reached by email, greg.stewart@portlandoregon.gov, or via the media-only pager for urgent breaking news.

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UPDATE: Major Crash Team Investigating Single Vehicle Crash on SE Division at 138th (Photo) - 09/29/14
The woman injured in this crash has been identified as 24-year-old Heather Post. She remains in a Portland hospital receiving medical care.

The driver, 23-year-old Troy Lee Ducre, was treated and released.

No arrest or citations have been issued at this time.

The case remains under investigation.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

On Saturday September 27, 2014, at 6:51 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the intersection of Southeast 138th Avenue and Division Street on the report of a vehicle that crashed into a telephone pole.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the adult male driver and a 24-year-old female passenger who is suffering from traumatic injuries.

Both people have been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment. The female's injuries are believed to be potentially life-threatening.

The telephone pole was damaged at the base and traffic in the area is affected.

Due to the severity of the female's injuries, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to investigate the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call (503) 823-3333.

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CORRECTION: Man Steals Two Guitars from the Bing Lounge - Arrested by the Chief of Police (Photo) - 09/27/14
The location of the Bing Lounge is actually at Alpha Media USA, not Alpha Broadcasting as previously released (same company, new name). The Bureau regrets the error.

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On Friday September 26, 2014, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Portland Police Bureau Chief Mike Reese was flagged down at Southwest 5th Avenue and Madison Street about a man who stole two guitars from the Bing Lounge, located at Alpha Media USA in the Pacwest Center.

Security directed the Chief to Chapman Square, located at Southwest 4th Avenue and Madison Street, where the suspect was taken into custody without incident. Assistant Chief Larry O'Dea, in plain clothes, was with the Chief at the time of the arrest.

The suspect, 52-year-old Shawn Rene Wasil, was in possession of the two stolen guitars that had been on display at the Bing Lounge as part of an event.

The guitars were returned to the Bing Lounge and the suspect was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Theft in the Second Degree.

Chief Reese, an avid guitar player and member of The Usual Suspects band, tweeted, "Just arrested a guitar thief! Flagged down by security at Alpha Broadcasting and captured thief two blocks away." - @ChiefReese

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Prescription Drug Turn-In Event Today at Southeast Precinct (Photo) - 09/27/14
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Crime Prevention Program and the Portland Police Bureau will hold a Prescription Drug Turn-In event on Saturday September 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street.

This event is a partnership with the DEA Nationwide Drug Turn-In Day.

To search for additional locations in Oregon and nationwide refer to http://www.justice.gov/dea/ and click on "Got Drugs?"

Portland Police Officers and Crime Prevention staff will be on site for the anonymous turn-in of unused or expired prescription medications, to share information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and to answer community and media questions regarding this issue.

This is a timely event, as it addresses the skyrocketing problem of prescription drug abuse among teenagers. Teenagers are easily accessing these prescriptions from the medicine cabinets of their own homes, and the homes of friends and grandparents.

The Portland Police Bureau's Drugs and Vice Division created an educational video titled, "Generation RX: The Pill Problem" that can be viewed here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/426624

We encourage the community to clean out their medicine cabinets during this one day event.

All medications turned in at this event will be incinerated. Sharps and medical waste will not be accepted.

Acceptable items for deposit: Prescription medications and samples, all over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not acceptable for deposit: Thermometers/Sharps/Syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens.

For questions please contact Jenni Pullen at jenni.pullen@portlandoregon.gov

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UPDATE: Man Injured by Vehicle after Robbery of Phones in Southeast Portland's Centennial Neighborhood - 09/26/14
Officers have learned that the victim was not meeting anyone to sell iPhones. The victim was unloading newly purchased iPhones from his vehicle when the suspect or suspects robbed him of several units, before hitting him with the vehicle as they backed away.

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On Friday September 26, 2014, at 3:20 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 16300 block of Southeast Yamhill Street on the report of that a man had possibly been shot and was lying in the street.

As officers were enroute, additional information was received that the man had actually been struck by a vehicle which fled the scene.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and began treatment of the male adult victim, who was transported to a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Due to a language barrier, officers have not been able to get much information at this point. Officers have been able to ascertain that the victim was meeting someone to sell some cellular phones. The victim was robbed of the phones and then hit by the suspect vehicle, described as a dark blue or gray smaller SUV driven by a white male.

Officers are continuing to investigate and updates will be released when they become available.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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UPDATE - ARRESTS: Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-37 University Club Burglary (Photo) - 09/26/14
The two female suspects in this case saw themselves on the news and turned themselves in to Portland Police on Thursday evening.

18-year-old Dejha Olivia Carol Islam Roberts, aka Dejha Roberts; and, 19-year-old Raeven Seamoan Scheidl were both booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree and Theft in the Second Degree.

Detectives are continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of the final suspect, 20-year-old Julien Perez.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Burglary Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify two burglary suspects and locate a third suspect.

On Saturday September 20, 2014, at 2:15 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary in progress at the University Club, located at 1225 Southwest 6th Avenue.

An officer arrived and saw two men removing a case of liquor out of the club. The officer identified himself as a Portland Police officer but the two men ran away. The officer was able to catch up to one of the men after he slipped and fell down on Southwest Broadway. The officer took the man into custody and later identified him as 21-year-old Michael Anthony Carreon of Hillsboro.

Investigators learned that Carreon and the other male (identified as 20-year-old Julien Perez) were accompanied by two females during the burglary. All four suspects remained in the club for quite a while drinking liquor, damaging Club property and stealing employee property.

Surveillance video has been obtained and is being released to assist investigators in identifying the two females. Video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/D6H2d0YI9UI

Carreon was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Escape in the Third Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer.

Anyone with information about the identity of the two women or where police can locate is asked to contact the investigator.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Det. Mace Winter
(503) 8497626
mace.winter@portlandoregon.gov

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Prescription Drug Turn-In Event Scheduled for Saturday at Southeast Precinct (Photo) - 09/25/14
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Crime Prevention Program and the Portland Police Bureau will hold a Prescription Drug Turn-In event on Saturday September 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street.

This event is a partnership with the DEA Nationwide Drug Turn-In Day.

To search for additional locations in Oregon and nationwide refer to http://www.justice.gov/dea/ and click on "Got Drugs?"

Portland Police Officers and Crime Prevention staff will be on site for the anonymous turn-in of unused or expired prescription medications, to share information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and to answer community and media questions regarding this issue.

This is a timely event, as it addresses the skyrocketing problem of prescription drug abuse among teenagers. Teenagers are easily accessing these prescriptions from the medicine cabinets of their own homes, and the homes of friends and grandparents.

The Portland Police Bureau's Drugs and Vice Division created an educational video titled, "Generation RX: The Pill Problem" that can be viewed here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/426624

We encourage the community to clean out their medicine cabinets during this one day event.

All medications turned in at this event will be incinerated. Sharps and medical waste will not be accepted.

Acceptable items for deposit: Prescription medications and samples, all over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not acceptable for deposit: Thermometers/Sharps/Syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens.

For questions please contact Jenni Pullen at jenni.pullen@portlandoregon.gov

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-38 Sunnyside Neighborhood Burglary & Touching Suspect (Photo) - 09/25/14
The Portland Police Bureau's Sex Crimes Unit, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify a suspect who entered a woman's home and touched her as she slept.

On Monday September 22, 2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Southeast 29th Avenue after a woman called 9-1-1 to report that she woke up in her bed to someone touching her body.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 responded to the area and began searching for the suspect.

The victim told police that she was sleeping and she awoke to an unknown male touching her body. The victim yelled at the suspect, who ran through her residence and out the front door. The victim chased the suspect to the front door and last saw him running through a parking lot towards Southeast 29th Avenue. The victim was not physically injured in this incident.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male, unknown race, 5'10" tall, medium build, brown hair approximately 6" to 7" long, wearing a t-shirt and pants (unknown type or color).

A forensic sketch of the suspect is being released to the public to assist in this investigation.

Several officers and the Police K-9 searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

There have been no similar reports of this type in the neighborhood.

Anyone with information about the identity of this man is asked to contact the investigator.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Det. Tony Cavalli
(503) 823-0836
anthony.cavalli@portlandoregon.gov

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Police Bureau to Recognize Officers and Community Members (Photo) - 09/24/14
On Thursday September 25, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will be hosting an awards ceremony at City Bible Church, located at 9200 N.E. Fremont Street.

The public and the media are invited to attend the event honoring police officers and community members who are being recognized for their service.

Awards being given out on Thursday include: Certificate of Appreciation, Unit Commendation Medal, Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, the Mark Zylawy Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Life Saving Medal, Civilian Medal for Heroism, Police Star and Medal of Valor.

The ceremony is expected to last one hour.

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Vandal Damages Montavilla Neighborhood Businesses During Power Outage - 09/24/14
On Wednesday September 24, 2014, at 2:44 a.m. , East Precinct officers responded to the Montavilla Sewing Center, located at 8326 Southeast Stark Street, to conduct a premise check after a report that someone broke out a window and tripped an alarm at the business.

Officers arrived and contacted a business employee who responded to the alarm call. The front door to the business was broken out and a witness reported seeing an unknown person wearing a dark hoody walking westbound on Stark Street breaking out business windows.

Ultimately officers located six businesses along Stark Street, between 80th and 87th Avenues that appeared to have window damage, including Lets Brew, The Chevy Store, and Monti's Cafe.

Area residents or businesses discovering damage today, or with information about the suspect, are encouraged to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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Sunnyside Neighborhood Alert: Stranger Enters Woman's Home, Touches Her then Flees - 09/23/14
On Monday September 22, 2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Southeast 29th Avenue after a woman called 9-1-1 to report that she woke up in her bed to someone touching her body.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 responded to the area and began searching for the suspect.

The victim told police that she was sleeping and she awoke to an unknown male touching her body. The victim yelled at the suspect, who ran through her residence and out the front door. The victim chased the suspect to the front door and last saw him running through a parking lot towards Southeast 29th Avenue. The victim was not physically injured in this incident.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male, unknown race, 5'10" tall, medium build, brown hair approximately 6" to 7" long, wearing a t-shirt and pants (unknown type or color).

Several officers and the Police K-9 searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

There have been no similar reports of this type in the neighborhood.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Sex Crimes Unit Detectives Jason Christensen or Tony Cavalli at (503) 823-0400.

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Lents Neighborhood Alert: Detectives Investigating Sexual Assault by a Stranger in Lents Park - 09/23/14
On Monday September 22, 2014, at 11:52 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Lents Park, located at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard, on the report of a sexual assault.

Several officers arrived in the area and located the 24-year-old female victim who told police she was walking in the neighborhood when she was struck on the head by the suspect then sexually assaulted in the southeast area of the park, near the basketball courts.

The victim described the suspect to officers as an African American male, 30 to 49 years old, 6'1" tall, 170 to 180 pounds, "sunken" hazel to gold-colored eyes, wearing a red FUBU hooded sweatshirt, old white ragged shoes without laces, and that he was armed with a small bat and had a gun in his waistband.

The victim told officers that she may have seen the suspect in Lents Park in the past but could not be sure.

Sex Crimes Unit detectives are in contact with the victim and are investigating the case.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Jennifer Musser at (503) 823-1097, jennifer.musser@portlandoregon.gov.

The Portland Police Bureau collaborates with government agencies and community organizations that provide access to advocacy services to victims of sexual assaults.

A victim may be accompanied by a sexual assault advocate or other appropriate support person during the reporting process and/or criminal investigation.

* Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: (503) 988-3270.

* Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources: 24 hour crisis line: (503) 235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.

* Project UNICA - (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: (503) 232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength, GirStrength and BoyStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about these programs, call (503) 823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength

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UPDATE - ARREST: Bank Robbery Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Mill Park Neighborhood (Photo) - 09/23/14
On Saturday September 20, 2014, East Precinct officers spotted and arrested a bank robbery suspect near Northeast 82nd Avenue and Glisan Street.

49-year-old Harvey Ernest Mathnay was arrested without incident and turned over to Robbery detectives.

Mathnay was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a Federal Hold for Bank Robbery.

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On Thursday September 18, 2014, at 3:01 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Bank of America branch, located at 10201 Southeast Washington Street on the report of an armed bank robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted bank employees who told police that the suspect was armed with a handgun as he demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank and was last seen on the North side of the bank.

Several officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early-40s, 5'2" tall, thin build, scruffy face, close-cropped hair and bald on top, wearing a green t-shirt and tan pants. The suspect was armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at (503) 823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov; or, the Portland office of the F.B.I. at (503) 224-4181.

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Prescription Drug Turn-In Event Scheduled for Saturday at Southeast Precinct (Photo) - 09/23/14
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Crime Prevention Program and the Portland Police Bureau will hold a Prescription Drug Turn-In event on Saturday September 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Southeast Precinct, located at 4735 East Burnside Street.

This event is a partnership with the DEA Nationwide Drug Turn-In Day.

To search for additional locations in Oregon and nationwide refer to http://www.justice.gov/dea/ and click on "Got Drugs?"

Portland Police Officers and Crime Prevention staff will be on site for the anonymous turn-in of unused or expired prescription medications, to share information about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and to answer community and media questions regarding this issue.

This is a timely event, as it addresses the skyrocketing problem of prescription drug abuse among teenagers. Teenagers are easily accessing these prescriptions from the medicine cabinets of their own homes, and the homes of friends and grandparents.

The Portland Police Bureau's Drugs and Vice Division created an educational video titled, "Generation RX: The Pill Problem" that can be viewed here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/426624

We encourage the community to clean out their medicine cabinets during this one day event.

All medications turned in at this event will be incinerated. Sharps and medical waste will not be accepted.

Acceptable items for deposit: Prescription medications and samples, all over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointments, and liquid medication in leak proof containers.

Items not acceptable for deposit: Thermometers/Sharps/Syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, EpiPens.

For questions please contact Jenni Pullen at jenni.pullen@portlandoregon.gov

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Attached Media Files: 2014-09/3056/78020/ONI.tiff