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Arrest made on Paintball Assault Suspect (Photo) - 09/21/18

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018                                                                  

Case # 2018-287900                            

Date & Time of Incident: September 15 and September 16                            

Type of Incident:  Unlawful Use/Carry of a Weapon                                                           

Location of Incident: Various locations within and around the City of Bend

Victim:

10 victims from 10 separate incidents

Suspect:

Zachary Taylor Richardson            19 year old                             Bend resident

Narrative:

On September 15th, the Bend Police Department received several reports of a white passenger car with multiple people inside shooting paintball guns at other vehicles, people and property. The reports continued into September 16th with no other reported incidents after September 16th. Based on the vast amount of reporting, the similar suspect vehicle description and the concern to the livability of the community inside Bend, and just outside the city limits, the Bend Police established a small task force to investigate the rash of incidents.

This task force, consisting of patrol officers and detectives with the Bend Police Department, spent several hours a day from Saturday through September 20th putting information together to identify suspects.

Bend Police found the suspect vehicle was unique, as it was described as a white Hyundai hatchback with dark markings on it. Checking social media, a similar vehicle was identified as belonging to Zachary Richardson. The investigation consisted of identifying the local dealership who sold Richardson the vehicle and Richardson’s cell phone information. Bend Police did not have a current address or location for Richardson at this time.

Bend Police were able to gain a location for Richardson and found he was residing at 22525 Nelson Road. On September 20th at 9:56 am, Richardson was located in a vehicle stopped by Bend Police on NE Neff and Powell Butte Highway. Richardson was taken into custody without incident.

Detectives and officers with the Bend Police Department served a search warrant at 22525 Nelson Road, specifically into an RV that Richardson resides in. During the search warrant two paintball guns and paintballs were recovered. These items were similar to the ones used during the multiple assaults between September 15 and 16.

Richardson was later transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail where he was lodged on (5) counts of Unlawful Use/Carrying of a Weapon, (4) counts of Recklessly Endangering, (4) counts of Disorderly Conduct II, (7) counts of Harassment and (5) counts of Criminal Mischief III.

The Bend Police Department is continuing to investigate this case, as we are attempting to locate and identify additional persons in the vehicle during September 15 and 16. If the public has any information regarding this incident, or were the victim of similar activities, please contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911.

Below are locations and times each documented incident over last weekend.

On September 15th, Bend Police took the following reports:

NE 3rd/NE Burnside at 6:30pm

  • Bicycle rider hit with a paintball shot.

Hawthorne at the SB Parkway 8:27pm

  • Paintball hit vehicle

Fairway Drive at Murphy Rd 8:44pm

  • Pedestrian hit by paintball.

On September 16th, Bend Police took the following reports regarding similar behavior:

NW Hemmingway/NW Sonora at 1:33pm

  • Pedestrian hit by multiple paintballs.

Northbound Highway 97 near the Lava Lands 3:04pm

  • Vehicle hit by paintballs.

Modoc/Ward Rd at 3:29pm

  • Hit an adult bicyclist with a juvenile on the bicycle.

Rickard/27th 3:37pm

  • Pedestrian hit with a paintball

Powell Butte Highway near the Bend Airport 4:07pm

  • Vehicle shot by a paintball

Century Drive; Entrance of Inn of the 7th Mountain 6:36pm

  • Bicyclist hit with a paintball

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Bend Police Department Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle/Criminal Mischief Arrest - 09/14/18

Date: Friday, September 13, 2018                                                                  

Case #: 2018-285970                          

Date & Time of Incident: September 13, 2018 at 9:56 pm                                 

Type of Incident:  Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle                                                          

Location of Incident: NE Victor Pl (construction site)

Arrestee:

Juvenile Male                     15 year old                             Redmond resident

Juvenile Male                     16 year old                             Bend resident

Victim: 

Jack Robinson and Sons Construction              Bend, Or

Narrative:

On September 13th at 9:56 pm, Officers from the Bend Police Department were dispatched to the area of NE Victor Pl (in a construction zone) for a report of a person or persons tampering with the construction equipment.  The reporting party could see at least two people who had entered the construction companies Bobcat skid-steer loader and Bobcat compact excavator.  It was being reported the subjects were operating the equipment and intentionally crashing them into each other.  The area is under construction and being prepared for new roads and buildings.  There are several pieces of construction equipment located on site and the Bend Police Department has had multiple issues with subjects entering, stealing and attempting to steal the equipment in this area. 

Officers arrived and set up containment on the area.  A Bend PD UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) and Police K9 (Kim) were utilized to contain and subsequently arrest the subjects.  Officers attempted to contact the two subjects, prompting one of them to flee the area on foot.  The other subject was contacted and taken into custody without incident.

The UAS, K9 Kim and several officers followed the fleeing subject taking him into custody without further incident after a lengthy foot chase.  Both subjects arrested were found to be juveniles.  The juvenile caused extensive damage (over $1000.00) to the construction equipment.  The juveniles were lodged at the Deschutes County Juvenile Detention Center on the below listed charges. 

Charges:

15 year old Redmond resident: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief I, Reckless Endangering, Fleeing or Attempt to Elude (misdemeanor), Criminal Trespass II, Minor in Possession of Alcohol (by consumption) and Hit and Run (misdemeanor/property damage)

16 year old Bend resident: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief I, Reckless Endangering, Minor in Possession of Alcohol (by consumption) and Criminal Trespass II 

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Bend Police Department Arson Investigation and Arrest (Photo) - 09/14/18

Date: Friday, September 14, 2018                                                                  

Case #: 2018-285970                          

Date & Time of Incident: September 14, 2018 at 12:26 am                                 

Type of Incident: Arson                                                           

Location of Incident: 61430 S Highway 97, Kendall Toyota of Bend

Arrestee:

Michael Neal Gaskill                     50 year old                             Transient

Victim: 

Kendall Toyota of Bend                                                                Bend, Or

 

Narrative:

On September 14th at 12:26 am, Officers from the Bend Police Department and Bend Fire Department were dispatched to 61430 South Highway 97, Kendall Toyota of Bend, for a report of a vehicle on fire in the fenced parking lot of the business near Parrell Rd.  Officers and fire personell arrived to find a 2007 Polaris Ranger UTV (owned by Kendall Toyota) fully engulfed in flames.  Bend Fire was able to extinguish the fire, but not before a 2015 Toyota Camry (which was in for service) and a 2016 Toyota 4Runner (owned by Kendall Toyota) were damaged by the fire and heat.  The total damage estimate is in excess of $60,000.00. 

Officers located a transient male, later identified as Michael Gaskill inside another vehicle parked in the dealership parking lot.  Subsequent investigation revealed Gaskill was attempting to start a small warming fire in another area of the parking lot earlier in the night/morning and despite him initially denying lighting the Polaris Ranger on fire, physical evidence located on scene linked Gaskill to both fires. 

Gaskill was arrested and transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail where he was lodged on the below listed charges.    

Charges:

Arson II, Reckless Burning, Criminal Mischief I, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) 

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Drug Search Warrant at 455 NE Quimby (Photo) - 09/07/18

Date: Friday, September 07, 2018                                                                  

Case # 2018-277034                            

Date & Time of Incident: September 6, 2018 at 9:30 am                                 

Type of Incident:  Drug Distribution on NE Quimby                                                           

Location of Incident: 455 NE Quimby #114

Arrestee:

Stacey Wade Sibert                      47 year old                             Bend resident

Ronald John Bergevin                   53 year old               Bend resident/transient

Narrative:

On September 6th at 9:30 am, members with the Bend Police Department executed a search warrant at 455 NE Quimby #114. Officers with the Bend Police Department Intelligence Led Policing Team received information that a resident in apartment #114 had been selling methamphetamine. This case became a priority case due to the fact the facility at 455 NE Quimby is designed to house people 62 or older as well as people living with disabilities.

Several of the residents and other neighbors have been calling regarding an increased amount of short term traffic going to apartment #114. Offices were able to take information gathered from several sources to apply for a search warrant for apartment #114. The warrant was granted and it was served on September 6th.  

During the warrant service, ILP Officers and Detectives contacted Stacey Siebert (resident of #114) and Ronald Bergevin. Evidence was found to show Siebert was distributing methamphetamine from his apartment. When Siebert was contacted, he was in possession of a loaded handgun concealed on his person.

Bergevin was also contacted and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and suspected LSD. Bergevin was also found to be a registered sex offender and there was evidence he had failed to register at the new address within 10 days.

Both Siebert and Bergevin were transported to the Deschutes County Jail, where they were lodged. Siebert was lodged on charges to include; Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used/Kept/Sold, Possession of Methamphetamine, Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1000’ feet of a school (Marshall High School) and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. Bergevin was lodged on charges to include; Possession of Methamphetamine, Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used/Kept/Sold, Fail to Register as a Sex Offeder and Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (LSD).

Bend Police made this case a priority, as most of this activity occurred in or around 455 NE Quimby. Our goal is to make the residents of 455 NE Quimby feel safe within their community. The investigation was completed within two weeks based on the circumstances presented.

The Bend Police Department encourages our community members to contact us when they feel their community or neighborhood is experiencing criminal behavior.

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Bend Man Arrested following Sex Abuse Investigation - 09/02/18

Date: Saturday, September 2, 2018

Case # 2018-00269671

Date & Time of Incident: August 30th – September 1st

Type of Incident: Sex Offense

Location of Incident: City of Bend

Suspect Information: Greg Michael Thoma / 50 year old Bend Resident

Victim Information:  Child under 16 years of age / Bend Resident

 

Narrative:

On August 30th 2018, Officers with the Bend Police Department began an investigation into a reported sex abuse that occurred in the City of Bend. During the investigation, officers learned that a child under 16 years of age connected with a 50 year old male on the internet. The male, later identified as Greg Michael Thoma, met with the juvenile at the juvenile’s residence and committed multiple sex crimes. Thoma continued communications with the juvenile following this incident.

On September 1st 2018, officers with the Bend Police Department contacted and arrested Greg Thoma at Sawyer Park located at 62999 O. B. Riley Road in Bend. A search warrant was served on Thoma’s vehicle following his arrest. A search warrant was served at Thoma’s place of business in Bend and another warrant was served at Thoma’s residence in Bend.

Thoma was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on the below charges:

Charges:

Rape III

Sodomy III / Three counts

Sex Abuse II

Sex Abuse III

Online Sexual Corruption of a Child, First Degree

Luring Minor for Sexual Conduct

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Distracted Driving Enhanced Enforcement results from August 30th (Photo) - 08/31/18

The Bend Police Department conducted a distracted driving enhanced enforcement in the Downtown Bend area from 1:30pm to 4:30pm on August 30th. The results of this detail were:

27 citations issued for illegal use of cellphones while driving

11 warnings issued for illegal use of cellphones while driving

5 citations issued for other violations not associated with cellphone usage

This detail was conducted in an effort to continue improving safety on the roadways in the City of Bend. Distracted driving is one of the top reasons for crashes nationwide. The law in Oregon regarding cellphone usage while driving has become more strict. A driver is not allowed to hold, manipulate, text or talk on a cellphone while the vehilce is being driven. This includes being stopped at a traffic control device. If a driver needs to use a cellphone while in their vehicle, the options are; use a bluetooth device or stop the vehicle and park. 

The goal of the Bend Police Department is to reduce injuries and crashes throughout our community. By enforcing the mobile device statue, we are attempting to reduce the amount of people driving distracted by using cellphone or mobile devices. 

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Women's Safety Class (Photo) - 08/28/18

The Bend Police Department will be hosting a Women’s Safety Class on September 22nd at the Bend Police Department. The class is scheduled from 9:00 am to 12:00pm at the Bend Police Department in the Municipal Courtroom. This class will be lecture based, working on building knowledge regarding situational awareness and personal defense tactics. 

The class is open to women ages 15 years or older. If you are under 18 years old, you will need to be accompanied by an adult. The class will be limited to 50 people and entry into the class will be completed on a first come, first serve basis. 

An application must be filled out and turned in prior to September 18th. You can find an application by reaching out to the Bend Police Department at 541-322-2960 or emailing Misha Knea at MKnea@bendoregon.gov.

An application has been added to this release.

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