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One arrested following shots fired call at MAX station - 02/25/21

On February 25, 2021, at about 4:25 p.m., Transit Police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the Washington Park MAX Station. MAX trains were held at platforms as police responded.

When officers arrived, they located evidence of gunfire, but no apparent victim. As they searched the area, they located the suspect, Russell Andrew Martinez, 41. Martinez was taken into custody. Officers recovered a firearm.

Martinez is being charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, disorderly conduct in the second degree and interferring with public transportation.

TriMet MAX train service has been restored, and police have cleared the area.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information can be released at this time.


MCSO deputies arrest one, seize gun & drugs during high-risk traffic stop - 02/25/21

Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Special Investigations Unit arrested one man, and seized a loaded firearm and drugs following a high-risk stop Tuesday morning. At approximately 10:30 a.m. on February 23rd, deputies saw a vehicle matching the description of a suspect wanted on several warrants parked at a motel in the Wilkes neighborhood of Northeast Portland. The wanted suspect, identified as Wayde Paul Silva, 38, was known to elude police.

As deputies approached the car, they activated their lights and siren and parked their vehicles in a way to prevent Silva from escaping. Silva then reversed his vehicle and rammed a deputy’s vehicle several times in an attempt to flee. Because Silva’s window tint made it impossible for deputies to see who else was inside the car, deputies punched out a rear window. When this occurred, Silva surrendered. He was taken into custody without further incident.

On the vehicle’s front passenger seat, deputies found 10 grams of heroin and firearm with a loaded magazine (photo attached) inside of a backpack. Deputies also located 12 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Silva is charged with four counts of attempted assault in the second degree, reckless endangering and criminal mischief in the first degree.

Two members, a deputy and a sergeant, sustained minor injuries to their hands during the incident. One deputy received medical care at a local hospital. They have returned to their assignments.

The case is under investigation, and no further comment can be made at this time.


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Deputies rescue infant, arrest one following domestic violence assault - 02/19/21

On Friday, February 19, 2021, at approximately 1:13 a.m., Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported assault at a home in unincorporated Multnomah County near Powell Butte Nature Park. An adult female reported being physically assaulted by an adult male before fleeing the residence to call for help. The woman also reported that, in her escape, she left her three-month-old infant behind. She feared her child was in grave danger. As deputies responded, they learned the suspect, Zaday Atenogenes Rojas, 35, was reportedly in possession of weapons.

As deputies rushed to her aid, they witnessed the suspect’s vehicle, a red Ford SUV, leaving the area at a high rate of speed. They observed it crash into another car and a snowbank in the 17400 block of SE Franklin Court in Southeast Portland, (pictures attached). The deputies immediately approached the vehicle and noted the suspect was holding the infant on his lap. Rojas did not cooperate with deputies’ lawful orders and did not surrender the infant. Instead, Rojas refused to exit his vehicle and used the infant as a shield. After a short period of time, deputies eventually took Rojas into custody and rescued the infant. Deputies ensured the child was safe and was reunited with the mother. The woman was transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. She is expected to survive. The infant was also transported for a medical evaluation and was not injured.

Members assigned to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit and members of the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) were activated for this investigation. 

Mr. Rojas was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of:

  • Assault II
  • Strangulation
  • Kidnap I
  • Menacing
  • Custodial Interreference I
  • Reckless Endangering Another Person
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Interfering with a Police Officer

The investigation is ongoing, and no further comment can be made at this time.


Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) works to increase victim safety and offender accountability in high risk/high lethality domestic violence cases through a collaborative interagency response that considers the needs of victims and their children.

Additional, web-based resources are available from Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Coordinator's office:

Call to Safety provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. The 24-hour crisis line can be reached at 503-235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.


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One dead in house fire, death investigation ongoing (Photo) - 02/08/21

UPDATE: The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of a man who was found inside a burned Wood Village home on Saturday morning as Daniel John Nemeth, 48. The County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Nemeth took his own life prior to the fire. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.


Need help? Someone is always available. The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center’s team of mental health professionals is prepared to help anyone experiencing mental health issues at any time, in any language with free, 24/7 mental health support: 503-988-4888.

You can also call the Oregon Health Authority Safe + Strong Helpline at 800-923-4357 (800-923-HELP). The line offers free, 24-7 emotional support and resource referral to anyone who needs it – not only those experiencing a mental health crisis.

This information from the National Institute of Mental Health can help you decide if your symptoms are mild or severe, and whether to seek treatment. More resources are available here.


ORIGINAL RELEASE: On Saturday, February 6, 2021, around 2:45 a.m., the Gresham Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 100 block of Maple Blvd. in Wood Village. Multiple callers reported seeing flames burning through the home’s roof. When firefighters arrived, they established a perimeter and began an initial attack. At approximately 4:15 a.m., Gresham Fire reported the fire was out. Firefighters performed an initial search of the home. During a secondary search, firefighters located a body inside the home. Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene and confirmed the fatality.

Detectives determined the deceased is an adult male.

The death investigation is ongoing, and no further details can be released at this time.

*Credit Gresham Fire for firefighting photos 1-3.


Sheriff Reese selects new Chief of Business Services - 02/08/21

Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese selected Erin Hubert as Chief of Business Services earlier this year. Hubert fills big shoes left by former Chief Kezia Wanner last year.

Hubert brings a wealth of experience in working for and managing large, diverse organizations. Most recently she served as the CEO for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, a youth development services organization. In her eight years as CEO, she oversaw nine Club and school sites across the metro area.

Hubert has more than three decades of experience in radio sales and sales management with media and communications companies, including a nine-year period where she served as vice president and general manager of seven radio stations and digital sites. She also worked for the hometown Portland Trail Blazers from 1991 to 2003 in various roles, including Director of Corporate Sales, Senior Vice President of Sales Operations and VP/COO of Business Operations.

Hubert is very active in the community. She’s served on numerous boards, such as the YMCA, Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon Partnership/Lines for Life, Governor’s Drug & Alcohol Taskforce, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) Advisory Board, Citizens Crime Commission, Portland State University Advisory Board, Positive Coaching Alliance and Warsaw Sports Marketing Center.

Hubert grew up in Oregon. She attended the University of Oregon and graduated from Portland State University.

“With her diverse experience in managing large, complex organizations and direct involvement in the community, Erin Hubert is an exceptional candidate,” Sheriff Reese said. “We look forward to her start in March and making a positive impact right away.”


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