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Road Rage Suspect Arrested for Menacing - 05/23/24

Beaverton, Oregon – Around 3PM on May 17th, 2024, Beaverton Police Department patrol officers responded to the report of a road rage incident which occurred on SW Murray Blvd. near SW Allen Blvd. in Beaverton. 

The reporting party, a young mother, was driving her children home from school when a male on a motorcycle began screaming and yelling at her. The male, later identified as 33-year-old Joseph Lee of Portland, accused the young mother of cutting him off.

The victim was driving a Tesla which was equipped with multiple on vehicle cameras which captured the incident. Those cameras show Joseph Lee hitting and kicking the victim’s Tesla. At one point, Joseph Lee appears to pull a knife and reportedly tells the victim he is going to kill her.

Images of the incident were released to the public and the Beaverton Police Department received a tip identifying Joseph Lee.

Beaverton Police Department officers followed up and determined that Joseph Lee was already in custody at the Washington County Jail. He had been arrested May 18th, 2024, by the Washington County Sheriff's Office for DUII, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing and Disorderly Conduct. All charges stemming from a separate incident which occurred around 9PM on May 18th, where Joseph Lee reportedly pulled a knife on man at Brooklyn Trattoria, a restaurant located at 4708 NW Bethany Blvd.

Beaverton Police Department officers added charges of Menacing, Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief stemming from the incident on May 17th on Murray Blvd. Joseph Lee is still in custody at the time of this writing. He is due in Washington County Circuit Court today (5/23/2024) at 2PM. 


Oregon Police Agencies at Police Memorial Week in Washington D.C.
Oregon Police Agencies at Police Memorial Week in Washington D.C.
Local Police Travel to D.C. for National Law Enforcement Memorial Week (Photo) - 05/15/24

Three Washington County Police Agencies traveled to Washington, D.C. this week for police memorial week. Today, May 15, 2024, is National Police Officer Memorial Day. Members of the Beaverton Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and the Hillsboro Police Department met at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor the nation's fallen police officers. 

National Police Week, including National Police Officer Memorial Day, holds a significant place in American history. It was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962 to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The week-long observance, typically held in May, serves as a time for communities and law enforcement agencies to come together to honor and remember the sacrifices made by officers across the nation.

According to statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, over 23,000 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty throughout the history of the United States. National Police Officer Memorial Day and National Police Week provide an opportunity to reflect on their service and express gratitude for their dedication and bravery. 

* Representatives from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon Department of Corrections and the Oregon State Police also attended and are depicted in the photograph attached to this press release. #BPD# 

37 DUII Arrests Made in April (Photo) - 05/09/24

Beaverton, Oregon- During the early morning hours of May 9th, 2024, Beaverton Police Department officers were dispatched to the report of a vehicle which had struck a construction trailer and then flipped onto its roof near the intersection of SW Scholls Ferry Road and SW Murray Blvd.

Once officers arrived, they located the vehicle, a 2010 Ford Escape (pictured) and the driver (sole occupant), 37-year-old Jayla Kang Cowan of Aloha, Oregon. Kang Cowan was uninjured. 

Witnesses indicated Kang Cowan was driving her vehicle westbound on SW Scholls Ferry Road through the intersection at SW Murray Blvd when she traveled through caution tape and around traffic cones into a closed-off area. Her Ford Escape then reportedly hit a detached fork to a backhoe before traveling up the back of a construction trailer, causing her vehicle to overturn before it finally came to rest. 

Beaverton Police Officers arrested Kan Cowan for DUII and her vehicle was towed away from the scene. 

According to the Center for Disease Control, 32 people in the United States are killed every day in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver—this is one death every 45 minutes. Drinking and driving do not mix. 

The Beaverton Police Department is participating in a yearlong National Traffic Safety Campaign in 2024. The focus of this campaign is taking impaired drivers off our streets and keeping Beaverton a safe city to travel and live. Officers participated in targeted patrols for impaired drivers throughout April and made 37 total DUII arrests. Of the 37 DUII arrests in April, eight drivers refused to take a breath test and a warrant for a blood draw was granted. 

This May and throughout the rest of 2024, officers will continue their efforts to take impaired drivers off the streets of our no-refusal city. This High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) detail was paid for by grant funds from Oregon Impact and ODOT. ##BPD## 

Attached Media Files: DUII_3.JPG , DUII_2.JPG , DUII_1.jpg
Gun seized during arrest
Gun seized during arrest
Sex Trafficking Enforcement Operation Yields Arrests in Beaverton (Photo) - 05/09/24

Beaverton, Oregon – On April 30, 2024, members of the Beaverton Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division conducted a targeted enforcement operation aimed at combatting sex trafficking within the Beaverton area. The operation was part of ongoing efforts to identify and address individuals involved in sex trafficking and related activities.

During the operation, four adult women were identified and contacted by Beaverton Police Detectives after they agreed to engage in sex acts in exchange for monetary compensation. Rather than arresting these individuals, they were provided with resources and support aimed at assisting them in exiting the cycle of trafficking and exploitation.

Additionally, two individuals were arrested, in separate incidents, during the operation for promoting prostitution. These individuals are identified as 33-year-old Keith Kelly of Portland, Oregon and 21-year-old Julius Lavant Mitchell of Auburn, Washington. During the arrest of Julius Mitchell, he was in possession of a handgun. During a subsequent search of the vehicle operated by Julius Mitchell, detectives seized and additional handgun, which was listed as stolen, 8.5 grams of cocaine, and $1,800 in cash. 

On May 8, 2024 a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Julius Mitchell of Promoting Prostitution. Julius Mitchell was also indicted on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine and two counts of Tampering with a Witness. Keith Kelly was cited and release from custody on April 30. He is set to appear in court in late May 2024.

The Beaverton Police Department remains steadfast in our commitment to combatting sex trafficking and supporting survivors. We encourage anyone with information related to sex trafficking or suspicious activity to contact the Beaverton Police Department or the National Human Trafficking Hotline.


Attached Media Files: Gun seized during arrest