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DA Mike Schmidt statement on historic legislative package of policing bills - 04/06/21

April 6, 2021

DA Mike Schmidt statement on historic legislative package of policing bills

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee of the Oregon Legislature voted out of committee a historic package of policing bills that take a tremendous step in reimagining policing in Oregon. 

“I applaud the Oregon legislature for honoring and responding to the community’s demand for deep and transformative change in the relationship between law enforcement and the community they serve.  This bipartisan legislation will make for a safer, fairer Oregon,” said District Attorney Mike Schmidt.

This package of bills, which covers a range of topics from the arbitration of labor disputes, the identification of officers and the use of munitions like kinetic impact projectiles and tear gas, represents a powerful response to community demands for change in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd.

Included in the package of bills are House Bills 2162, HB 2513, HB 2928, HB 2929, HB 2930, HB 2932, HB 2936, HB 3059, HB 3145, and HB 3355.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office thanks the members of the Oregon House Judiciary Committee and its Chair Representative Janelle Bynum and Vice Chairs Representative Ron Noble and Representative Karin Power.

A recording of today's committee hearing is available on the Oregon Legislature's website

 

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Malik Muhammed charged with attempted murder of police officers during riots - 04/05/21

April 05, 2021

Malik Muhammed charged with attempted murder of police officers during riots

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that the grand jury has indicted Malik Muhammed, of Indiana, on allegations that Muhammed attempted to murder two police officers during separate riots in Portland by using explosive devices.

The 28-count indictment, filed on March 22, 2021, charges Muhammed with the following crimes:

  • Attempted aggravated murder (two counts);
  • Attempted assault in the first degree (two counts);
  • Attempted murder in the first degree (four counts);
  • Attempted murder in the second degree (two counts);
  • Criminal mischief in the first degree (six counts);
  • Riot (four counts);
  • Unlawful manufacture of a destructive device (two counts);
  • Unlawful possession of a destructive device (two counts);
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm (one count);
  • Unlawful possession of a loaded firearm (one count);
  • Unlawful use of a weapon (two counts).

It is alleged that Muhammed traveled to Portland in September of 2020 for the specific purpose of engaging in multiple criminal acts, and that after engaging in these separate criminal episodes, Muhammed returned to Indiana.

On Friday April 02, 2021 law enforcement located and arrested Muhammed without incident at a residence in Indiana. The arrest warrant stemmed from the March 22 indictment. Muhammed is currently booked in the Marion County, Indiana jail awaiting extradition to Oregon.

Incident #1

According to court documents: it is alleged that on September 05, 2020, Muhammed engaged in tumultuous and violent conduct near the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct that resulted in a grave risk of causing public alarm.

Incident #2

According to court documents: it is alleged that on September 21, 2020, Muhammed threw a large burning object toward a police vehicle occupied by a Portland Police Bureau sergeant during a demonstration near the Penumbra Kelly Building. The device did not explode. Police described the object as a large yellow bottle similar to a beer growler. The bottle had a burnt rag stuffed in the mouth of it and contained a large amount of liquid. Investigators tested the liquid and found it to be flammable.

As part of the investigation into the September 21, 2020 incident, law enforcement located a price tag which allowed them to locate where the bottle was purchased. Video from the store shows Muhammed and another person buying a large amount of bats and multiple beer growlers including two that were yellow in color.

Incident #3

According to court documents: it is alleged that on September 23, 2020, Muhammed threw a large burning object toward a group of officers outside the Multnomah County Justice Center. Police described the object as a large yellow bottle similar to a beer growler. On impact, the burning device exploded and a large fireball cascaded outward. While most of the officers were able to move out of the way, one Portland Police officer was sprayed with fire and his lower leg caught fire for a moment.

As part of the investigation into the September 23, 2020 incident, law enforcement searched Muhammed’s cellphone and located a shopping list that included common ingredients used to make a Molotov cocktail, according to court documents.

Incident #4

According to court documents: it is alleged that on October 11, 2020, Muhammed used a metal baton to smash out the windows of the Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University, Sprint T-Mobile, Bank of America, and Ben Bridge Jewelers. When law enforcement located and arrested Muhammed on that date, they located a loaded pistol magazine in his pocket. During a police search of the nearby vicinity, police located a loaded pistol. The magazine located on Muhammed was designed to fit the firearm located at the nearby arrest location. In total, the pistol and magazine contained 30 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

Muhammed remains in the Marion County Jail in Indiana.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office would like to acknowledge the Portland Police Bureau, the Portland Fire Bureau, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Oregon State Police, the United States Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (Indiana) for their assistance with the investigation of this case.

No additional information can be released at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Muhammed is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: PR-21-56-Malik_Muhammed.pdf
Bias crime case ends with restorative justice agreement - 04/02/21

April 01, 2021

Bias crime case ends with restorative justice agreement

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Daniel Hutchens pleaded guilty to committing a bias crime against an Asian American and that as part of the sentencing, Hutchens agreed to participate in restorative justice with the Oregon Chinese Coalition.

Hutchens pleaded guilty to one count of bias crime in the second degree. The court put Hutchens on three years of formal probation. The probation will be referred to the Mental Health Unit of the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice.

The victim supported the resolution of this case and asked the state to seek a resolution that did not include any additional jail time.

Hutchens will be required to undergo drug, alcohol and mental health evaluations and complete any recommended treatment.

District Attorney Mike Schmidt said:

“This is an important resolution. Daniel Hutchens is now taking responsibility for his inexcusable actions that were rooted in hate. But he’s also demonstrating that he is willing to make amends to our community and specifically the Asian American community and to approach his rehabilitation seriously. We sincerely appreciate and respect the victim’s wishes to find an alternative sentence to this case that doesn’t involve more jail time. The recent increase in hatred, intolerance and bigotry against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is appalling. Our office stands with our AAPI community members and we support them fully.”

The court imposed 90 days of jail with credit for time already served. At the time of sentencing, Hutchens had already spent more than 100 days in custody.

While on probation, Hutchens will not be able to: contact the victim or possess knives or other weapons.

This investigation started on December 15, 2020 when Hutchens approached the victim at a transit stop, asked the victim, “are you Chinese?” and then punched the victim in the face.

By pleading guilty, Hutchens admitted to intentionally and knowingly causing physical injury to the victim because of his perception of the victim’s national origin.

The restorative justice will be facilitated by the Oregon Chinese Coalition, which released the following statement:

As Portland and America suffer from elevated rates of racial prejudice, it is of the utmost importance to call out, address, and mitigate the hate crimes that have directly harmed our communities. Cases involving anti-Asian hate such as Mr. Hutchens's act of criminality reflect growing trends of America's racial biases plaguing this nation. By holding the defendant accountable for his reprehensible actions, the DA’s Office is taking a righteous step to address anti-Asian injustice. Racially motivated violence will not be tolerated at any time, but education through accountability is one of the first steps we, as a city, can take towards resolving these injustices. 

The victim in this case does not want media contact.

This case was prosecuted by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney BJ Park.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office was an active participant of the Oregon Attorney General’s Hate Crimes Task Force and helped draft the language that was in Senate Bill 577. The law, which went into effect on July 15, 2019, renamed the crime of “intimidation” to “bias crime,” added gender identity to the list of protected categories and removed the requirement that two or more people commit the crime in order to make it a felony in certain circumstances.

All potential bias crime cases, whether they are a felony or misdemeanor, are reviewed by the Violent Crimes Unit within the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. If a misdemeanor bias crime is issued, the felony-level attorney will retain the case.

If you are the victim of a bias crime assault or you are witnessing one, immediately call 9-1-1. If you are the victim of a bias crime and the suspect is no longer present or if you have information about a bias crime committed in the past, call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

 

[VIDEO] Catalytic converter thief receives 366-day prison sentence - 03/31/21

Catalytic converter thief receives 366-day prison sentence

March 31, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Dereck Conant received a 366-day prison sentence for stealing a catalytic converter.

Conant pleaded guilty to one count of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.

By pleading guilty, Conant admitted that he unlawfully and knowingly exercised control over a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

The state alleged that by jacking up the victim’s vehicle, Conant took control of the car in an effort to steal its catalytic converter.

This appears to be the first time that a prosecutor’s office in Oregon has secured a conviction for the crime of “Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle” under the theory that the suspect jacked-up the victim’s vehicle to then steal the catalytic converter.

On November 14, 2020, the victim, parked her vehicle at the Multnomah County Albina Library. After work, the librarian started her vehicle and heard unusually loud sounds so she left the vehicle in place and got a ride home. The next day, the victim’s neighbor, a mechanic, looked at the vehicle and determined the sound’s source to be from the missing catalytic converter.

Video from the library shows it took approximately two minutes to lift the vehicle up, steal the catalytic converter and then lower the vehicle.

A copy of that video can be obtained by clicking here.

Earlier this month, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt testified in support of Oregon Senate Bill 803 to reduce catalytic converter thefts.

A catalytic converter contains expensive metals that can be sold for several hundred dollars each to scrap metal businesses.

Oregon Senate Bill 803 will:

  • Directly target the underground market for catalytic converters.
  • Require that a scrap metal business retain the make, model year, vehicle identification number and license number associated with any catalytic converter they receive.
  • Provide law enforcement with crucial information to identify, investigate and ultimately prosecute those businesses who choose to profit by skirting the law.

Oregon is not alone in this proposal to address the theft of catalytic converters. At least 15 other states are currently considering legislation attempting to shut down the black market.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office wants to recognize Portland Police Officers Amy Li, Joshua Dyk, and Thomas LeCarno for their dedicated efforts investigating this case.

Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Demer prosecuted this case.

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: PR-21-53-Dereck_Conant.pdf
DA Mike Schmidt announces support of HB 3265 - 03/25/21

March 25, 2021

DA Mike Schmidt announces support of HB 3265

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt proudly announced his support for House Bill 3265, which removes barriers to justice and maintains Oregon’s courts as welcoming and available for all.

District Attorney Mike Schmidt said:

Access to our courts is among the most foundational rights of our democracy.  When any member of our community is denied access to the courts or made afraid to report a crime against themselves or anyone else, we are all less safe.  HB 3265 maintains the integrity of our judicial system for all those who come in pursuit of justice.”

House Bill 3265 is first and foremost a public safety bill. It will decouple local law enforcement databases and resources from ICE enforcement; maintain clear lines of separation between state and Federal enforcement, protects state resources from appropriation for non-state purposes; and will maintain the integrity of our judicial system for all those who come in pursuit of justice.

House Bill 3265 further allows Oregon prosecutors and the court to deploy the state’s library of evidence based rehabilitative programs to undocumented defendants who are incarcerated in Oregon’s jails and prisons, decreasing the odds that they will reoffend in the future.

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt would like to recognize Latino Network for their effort working on HB 3265.

 

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

DA Mike Schmidt testifies in support of Senate Bill 401 - 03/23/21

March 23, 2021

DA Mike Schmidt testifies in support of Senate Bill 401

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt testified in support of Oregon Senate Bill 401, which would convert mandatory minimum sentences for specified felonies other than murder to presumptive sentences.

To download a copy of the District Attorney’s remarks, please click here.

In his testimony before the Oregon Senate Committee on Judiciary and Ballot Measure 110 Implementation, District Attorney Schmidt said:

“Senate Bill 401 is a tremendously important bill, arguably the most important public safety bill in recent memory. For all of its importance, it is an incredibly easy bill to explain. It simply returns control over sentencing to judges. They’re free to impose a harsher sentence when the circumstances require it, and a more lenient sentence when the defendant is deserving. They are free to treat these cases, in other words, the same way they treat all others – by weighing the facts, hearing from both sides, and making a fair and reasoned decision – the thing that they, and not we, were elected to do.”

Noting that Ballot Measure 11 was born during an era when many now misguided practices were ascendant in the criminal justice system, including the War on Drugs, officially sanctioned racial profiling by law enforcement, and other now discredited practices, District Attorney Schmidt said:

“In the 27 years that have followed the passage of Ballot Measure 11, we have learned much about what works in criminal justice. We’ve become educated about the troubling racial and ethnic disparities that occur at every level of our system, from policing to sentencing. We’ve learned that much of what we believed was true nearly three decades ago was not only untrue but actively harmful, creating deep systems of inequity that we are still wrestling with today.”

District Attorney Schmidt told the senate committee that he is troubled by Ballot Measure 11’s one-size-fits-all approach, the extent to which it has contributed to mass incarceration along racial and ethnic lines, the flawed belief it has made Oregonians safer and most of all - the extreme extent that Ballot Measure 11 has concentrated power in the hands of the prosecutor.

District Attorney Schmidt joined Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel and Wasco County District Attorney Matt Ellis in submitted joint written testimony in support of Senate Bill 401. A copy of that written testimony can be obtained by clicking here.

A copy of District Attorney Schmidt’s full prepared remarks can be obtained by clicking here.

For more information on Senate Bill 401, please click here.

Oregon Senator Floyd Prozanski is the chief sponsor of this bill.

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Suspect identified in alleged intentional vehicular homicide - 03/22/21

March 22, 2021

Suspect identified in alleged intentional vehicular homicide

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt filed criminal charges against 29-year-old Roy Bennett Jr. for the alleged murder a 57-year-old individual.

While the name of the deceased victim may be known to media and available in the public record, the District Attorney’s Office is asking media refrain from publishing the name until the medical examiner can perform an autopsy.

Bennett Jr. is charged with one count of murder in the second degree, one count of failure to perform the duties of a driver and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

This investigation started on March 19, 2021 at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the area of North Crawford Avenue and North Pittsburg Avenue.

Bennett Jr. is accused of intentionally crashing into the victim and then leaving the scene.

Paramedics transported the victim to the hospital in critical condition. The victim died on March 22, 2021.

Police later determined the vehicle Bennett Jr. was driving was stolen. 

The probable cause affidavit in this case is sealed pursuant to a court order.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Bennett Jr. is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Ryan Foote yan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov">Ryan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0781 or Detective Travis Law avis.Law@portlandoregon.gov">Travis.Law@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0395.

Community members can also use the District Attorney’s Case Tip Line at 503-988-0340 or CaseTips@mcda.us

 

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Attached Media Files: PR-21-49-Roy_Bennett_Jr..pdf
Suspect in Gresham homicide charged with murder, abuse of a corpse - 03/22/21

March 22, 2021

Suspect in Gresham homicide charged with murder, abuse of a corpse

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 43-year-old Lewis Phillips is charged with the alleged murder of 58-year-old Mark Whitaker.

Phillips is charged with one count of murder in the second degree and one count of abuse of a corpse in the first degree.

Both the charging instrument and probable cause affidavit in this case are sealed pursuant to a court order.

This investigation started on March 18, 2021 at approximately 3 p.m. when Gresham Police received information about a possible homicide in the 16400 block of Northeast Glisan Street.

On March 19, 2021, Gresham Police located and arrested Phillips.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Phillips is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Gresham Police Detective Brandon Crate at 503-618-3103.

Community members can also use the District Attorney’s Case Tip Line at 503-988-0340 or CaseTips@mcda.us

 

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Attached Media Files: PR-21-50-Lewis_Phillips.pdf
DA Mike Schmidt announces charges in grocery store homicide investigation - 03/19/21

March 19, 2021

DA Mike Schmidt announces charges in grocery store homicide investigation

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced the filing of criminal charges against 38-year-old Blake Daniels who is accused of murdering 60-year-old Jay Underwood.

Daniels is charged with one count of murder in the second degree with a firearm, one count of robbery in the first degree with a firearm, one count of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle with a firearm.

The Portland Police Bureau previously released information about this case, which can be obtained by clicking here.

The probable cause affidavit in this case is sealed pursuant to a judge’s ruling.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Daniels is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brad Clifton at 503-823-0696, or Brad.Clifton@portlandoregon.gov, or Detective Michael Greenlee at 503-823-0871, or eenlee@portlandoregon.gov">Michael.Greenlee@portlandoregon.gov.

Community members can also use the District Attorney’s Case Tip Line at 503-988-0340.

 

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Attached Media Files: PR-21-48-Blake_Daniels.pdf
DA Mike Schmidt, Portland Police seek information on sex crimes investigation - 03/18/21

March 18, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced the arrest of 34-year-old John Damron III as part of a complex and ongoing criminal investigation being handled by the Portland Police Bureau’s Enhanced Community Safety Team.

The Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office are seeking immediate information from the community to determine whether there are additional victims. Based on the investigation, law enforcement believes there are multiple, unknown victims who have not talked with either police or prosecutors.

Damron III is charged with 190 counts. The charges include using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, purchasing sex with a minor, luring a minor, online sexual corruption of a child, sodomy in the third degree, sexual abuse in the third degree, coercion, and encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree.

Law enforcement have identified more than six individual victims as part of their investigation.

The ages of the victims range from 14-17 years old.

In an effort to determine whether there are additional victims, the district attorney’s office is releasing the following information for the public’s awareness to help with the ongoing investigation:

Darmon III is accused of contacting minors using social media apps and then paying them to provide sexually explicit images, and luring them to his residence in Northeast Portland where he would take sexually explicit images of the victims and engage in sexual contact with them while knowing their ages. Darmon III is also accused of threatening the minors to post the sexually explicit images online.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and Portland Police Bureau have met with the families of the known victims to discuss the status of this case.

The families and victims are requesting privacy and do not want media contact.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Portland Police Bureau Detective Meghan Burkeen at 503-823- 2092 or via e-mail at urkeen@portlandoregon.gov">Meghan.Burkeen@portlandoregon.gov.

Community members can also use the District Attorney’s Case Tip Line at 503-988-0340.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Darmon III is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

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[PHOTO] Grand jury indicts 2018 homicide suspect (Photo) - 03/18/21

March 18, 2021

Grand jury indicts 2018 homicide suspect

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that a grand jury indicted 46-year-old Alphonzo Johnson for the alleged murder of 44-year-old Kenneth Lamont Coleman.

Johnson is charged with one count of murder in the second degree with a firearm and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This investigation started on June 29, 2018 when Portland Police responded to the 12200 block of Northeast Halsey Street to conduct a welfare check on someone unconscious and not breathing. Officers arrived and located Mr. Coleman deceased in a wooded area.

The indictment alleges Johnson unlawfully and intentionally caused the death of Mr. Coleman using a firearm and that at the time of the homicide Johnson, a felon, was unlawfully in possession of the firearm.

Mr. Coleman was a son, brother and an uncle. His family wants to stress that Mr. Coleman was not homeless at the time of his death.

Mr. Coleman’s family is requesting privacy and does not want media contact. However, they wish to thank everyone involved in the case for their hard work and diligence in finding Mr. Coleman’s accused killer.  

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Detail for their continued efforts investigating this case during the past two and a half years.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Johnson is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Portland Detective Anthony Merrill Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-4033.

Community members can also use the District Attorney’s Case Tip Line at 503-988-0340.

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

DA Mike Schmidt statement on attacks against Asian Americans - 03/17/21

March 17, 2021

DA Mike Schmidt statement on attacks against Asian Americans

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released the following statement after eight people, including six Asian women, were shot and killed at three spas in the Atlanta-area on Tuesday.

Click here to download a video copy of the District Attorney’s statement.

“The heinous murders in Atlanta are an unspeakable tragedy. While there’s still much we don’t know about these murders, we do know this – six of the eight murder victims are Asian American. Attacks on Asian communities are growing nationally. Many of these instances are rooted in hate – including some of the cases being prosecuted by this office. Hate will never have a place in our society. I stand with our Asian American Pacific Islander community. I condemn all acts of hate, and I mourn the lives lost in Atlanta and elsewhere. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will always hold those who commit hate crimes accountable.”

On March 16, 2021, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office successfully argued that 38-year-old Daniel Hutchens should be held in-custody pretrial. Hutchens, based on his perception of the victim’s race and national origin, is accused of punching an Asian American in North Portland on December 15, 2020.

Hutchens is charged with two count of bias crime in the second degree and one count of harassment.

At the release hearing, Honcheng Zhao, President and Chairperson of the Oregon Chinese Coalition, provided a statement read into the record by the District Attorney’s Office.

A copy of the statement can be obtained by clicking here.

A YouTube link to the District Attorney’s statement will be available shortly using this link.

Hutchens is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office was an active participant of the Oregon Attorney General’s Hate Crimes Task Force and helped draft the language that was in Senate Bill 577. The law, which went into effect on July 15, 2019, renamed the crime of “intimidation” to “bias crime,” added gender identity to the list of protected categories and removed the requirement that two or more people commit the crime in order to make it a felony in certain circumstances.

All potential bias crime cases, whether they are a felony or misdemeanor, are reviewed by the Violent Crimes Unit within the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. If a misdemeanor crime is issued, the felony-level attorney will retain the case.

If you are the victim of a bias crime or you are witnessing one, immediately call 9-1-1. If you are the victim of a bias crime and the suspect is no longer present or if you have information about a bias crime committed in the past, call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

 

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

[VIDEO] DA Mike Schmidt testifies in support of SB 803 to reduce catalytic converter thefts - 03/16/21

March 16, 2021

DA Mike Schmidt testifies in support of SB 803 to reduce catalytic converter thefts

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt testified in support of Oregon Senate Bill 803 which aims to stop the skyrocketing theft of catalytic converters.

Click here for a video statement from District Attorney Mike Schmidt.

District Attorney Mike Schmidt said:

“I keep hearing from community members across Multnomah County and the state demanding action to address this issue that is plaguing Oregon. The rampant theft of catalytic converters must be met by using smart tactics that won’t put even more strain on our already exhaustively taxed law enforcement community. Oregon Senate Bill 803 does just that. It will work to quell the thefts of catalytic converters and to help stop their illegal sale.”

 “The theft of these devices can happen so quickly. The risk of apprehension is often very low yet the cash return for thieves is significant. This has created an exploding black and gray market for stolen catalytic converters that is driving significant losses to Oregon businesses and vehicle owners across the state.”

Oregon Senate Bill 803 will:

  • Directly target the underground market for catalytic converters.
  • Require that a scrap metal business retain the make, model year, vehicle identification number and license number associated with any catalytic converter they receive.
  • Provide our law enforcement with crucial information to identify, investigate and ultimately prosecute those businesses who choose to profit by skirting the law.

Oregon is not alone in this proposal to address the theft of catalytic converters. At least 15 other states are currently considering legislation attempting to shut down this black market.

Oregon Senate Bill 803 is at the request of Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt. Senator Chris Gorsek and Senator Lew Frederick are the bill’s chief sponsors.

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

DA Mike Schmidt statement on March 12, 2021 events in the Pearl District - 03/15/21

March 15, 2021

DA Mike Schmidt statement on March 12, 2021 events in the Pearl District

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released the following statement regarding events that occurred in the Pearl District during the evening hours of Friday March 12, 2021

“As District Attorney, I continue to prioritize the limited resources of my office on those engaged in violence and property destruction. We will independently review and evaluate each case as police reports are completed and submitted. The issue of mass detention by police to identify individuals and to investigate a potential crime may result in future litigation. As some of the cases from Friday night involve mass detention, it is prudent that we not comment any further,” said District Attorney Mike Schmidt.

Of the 13 arrests made on Friday, two were referred to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for review on March 15, 2021. Ten of the 13 cases were criminal citations in lieu of jail booking. We expect the receive, and then review, those police reports within 2-3 weeks. One of the cases is a juvenile matter and the District Attorney’s office is prohibited from commenting on that case.

# Name Referred Charge(s) DA Case # Court Case # Charging Decision Other Notes
#1 Tara Walker Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place, Resisting Arrest 2433621 21CR12378 Declined: Investigative Follow-up Necessary & Requested of law enforcement Referral packet to DA's Office missing information
#2 Cody Connel Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree 2433582 21CR12379 Issued: One count of Interfering with a Peace Officer  

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office prioritizes the prosecution of crimes that endanger life safety and crimes involving property destruction, and reviews all felony and misdemeanor criminal cases that are referred by law enforcement. These misdemeanor crimes, among others, include Attempted Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Interfering with a Peace or Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Connel is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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DA Mike Schmidt files attempted murder charge; police recover 5 AR-15 rifles - 03/12/21

March 12, 2021

DA Mike Schmidt files attempted murder charge; police recover 5 AR-15 rifles

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 32-year-old Cole Miller is charged with the attempted murder and assault of a person that happened last month in the Hazelwood neighborhood. As part of this investigation, law enforcement recovered multiple firearms, including five AR-15 rifles and a ghost gun.

Miller is charged with one count of attempted murder in the second degree with a firearm, one count of assault in the first degree with a firearm, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm with a firearm enhancement and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm.

This investigation started when Portland Police responded to a shooting on February 1, 2021 in the 10500 block of East Burnside Street. When they arrived, they located a person shot inside a vehicle.

According to court documents, the shooting victim said, “in case I die, I want someone to know that it was Cole Miller who shot me.”

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that Miller and the shooting victim are known to each other and have been involved in a dispute.

The shooting victim told police at the hospital the bullet lodged near or in his spine and that doctors were unable to remove it.

Police continued their investigation into the attempted murder.

On March 10, 2021, Portland Police received information about a disturbance involving a firearm at a convenience store at Southeast 42nd Avenue and Southeast Woodstock Street. The store employee reported a disturbance involving someone who tried to microwave food inside the business, which is against their policy. During the incident, the suspect allegedly pointed a gun at the employee. A description of the vehicle and suspect were provided to Portland Police.

Hours later, Portland Police responded to the 3700 block of Southeast 42nd Avenue to conduct a welfare check involving a vehicle and suspicious activity involving the driver. When police arrived, they identified the vehicle as being the same car involved in the incident at the convenience store.

Police identified the driver of the car to be Miller, according to court documents.

Miller was later identified as the suspect in the convenience store disturbance. 

During a search of Miller’s vehicle, police recovered five AR-15 rifles, a Glock 17 handgun, two Glock 43 handguns, a ghost-gun resembling a Glock 19 and a loaded .45 caliber handgun. Officers also located other gun paraphernalia, including a rifle scope.

According to court records, Miller is a convicted felon and therefore prohibited from being in possession of a firearm.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Miller is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: PR-21-42-Cole_Miller.pdf
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DA Mike Schmidt charges person accused of destroying property during protest - 03/12/21

March 12, 2021

DA Mike Schmidt charges person accused of destroying property during protest

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 22-year-old Darby Howard is charged with destroying property inside the Wells Fargo Center during a protest in which individuals associated with the group accessed the building’s lobby.

Howard is charged with one count of criminal mischief in the first degree, one count of resisting arrest, and one count of attempting to assault a public safety officer.

This investigation started on March 11, 2021 when a group of approximately 50 people went inside various businesses in downtown as part of a protest. Portland Police responded to the Wells Fargo Center, located at 1300 Southwest 5th Avenue, after receiving information from building employees that protesters refused to leave.

Police spoke with a witness who reported seeing a person, later identified as Howard, inside the Wells Fargo Center’s lobby hit a TV with his fist and then kick an automatic sliding door causing damage to both.

The damage to the building’s property is estimated by employees to be more than $1,000.

Portland Police located and contacted Howard after the group left the Wells Fargo Center. It is alleged Howard punched a Portland Police officer in the head when police attempted to arrest Howard outside the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse.

While being taken into custody, Howard attempted to push his way through a line of police officers but fell to the ground, which is when police placed Howard into handcuffs.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Howard is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

Email: rent.Weisberg@mcda.us">Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

 

 

DA Mike Schmidt statement on potential criminal activity - 03/12/21

March 12, 2021

DA Mike Schmidt statement on potential criminal activity

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt reiterated the following statement about potential criminal activity being planned in parts of Portland including downtown and the Pearl District.

“Acts of violence against people and damage to property are unlawful and unacceptable. I have adamantly and repeatedly said that property damage and violent behavior will not be tolerated. Recent riotous activity and wanton destruction of private property that targets businesses struggling to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic does not appear connected to the calls for social justice and system reform, which I strongly support. Instead, these destructive acts only serve to harm our community. My office will continue to prosecute acts of violence and property destruction.”

This office prioritizes the prosecution of crimes that endanger life safety and crimes involving property destruction, and reviews all felony and misdemeanor criminal cases that are referred by law enforcement. These misdemeanor crimes, among others, include Attempted Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Interfering with a Peace or Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.

 

#MCDA#


 

DA Mike Schmidt announces recent indictments in riot cases - 03/12/21

March 12, 2021

DA Mike Schmidt announces recent indictments in riot cases

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced the recent filing of two indictments connected to prior riots that occurred in the City of Portland.

State v. Minira Snead-Alsaud

The grand jury recently indicted Snead-Alsaud, 20, with one count of riot and one count of attempting to assault a public safety officer.

This case originated May 30, 2020. The case was referred to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office but could not be immediately initiated without additional material being provided by law enforcement for review. After law enforcement re-submitted the case, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office presented the case to the grand jury. It is alleged that Snead-Alsaud repeatedly pushed law enforcement officers, yelled obscenities, and attempted to incite other nearby protestors and that Snead-Alsaud struck a Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputy forcefully in the head with a water bottle.

State v. Brandon Bartells

The grand jury recently indicted Bartells, 38, with one count of riot and one count of criminal mischief in the first degree.

It is alleged that on October 11, 2020, a group of approximately 250 people gathered in the South Park Blocks. Members of the group used a van and ropes to topple a statue of President Theodore Roosevelt. Police identified Bartells as the driver of the van. The grand jury made findings that the damage done to the City of Portland’s property to be more than $10,000.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office continues to review referred police reports from past riots and continues to prosecute these cases. There are currently 16 civil unrest-related cases in warrant status involving individuals charged with crimes who have either failed to appear in court or who have arrest warrants issued following a grand jury indictment.

A charging document is only an allegation of a crime. Bartells and Snead-Alsaud are innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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DA Mike Schmidt announces 216-month prison sentence in 2019 homicide - 03/12/21

March 12, 2021

DA Mike Schmidt announces 216-month prison sentence in 2019 homicide

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 19-year-old Jacob Cadle received a 216-month prison sentence for causing the death of 23-year-old Joshua Cermack.

In January, Cadle pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the first degree, one count of robbery in the first degree with a firearm and one count of attempted assault in the first degree.

Sentencing in this matter occurred March 10, 2021. The families of Joshua Cermack and the surviving victim are in support of this case resolution and were involved with the case settlement discussions.

This investigation started on December 31, 2019 when the Gresham Police Department located the body of Cermack in the driver’s seat of his pick up near the intersection of Northeast 188th Avenue and Irving Court.

Officers also located an injured person in the passenger seat of Cermack's pickup.

Both victims had been shot multiple times. Cermack died inside his vehicle. 

Detectives assigned to the East County Major Crimes Team interviewed neighbors, the surviving victim and searched social media accounts and cell phones located in Cermack’s pickup.

Detectives learned that the surviving victim had arranged to sell marijuana to an acquaintance named Zion Evans and someone who referred to themselves as "smokeboy" on Snapchat, later determined to be Cadle.

Law enforcement learned that Evans and Cadle formulated a plan to rob the surviving victim of the marijuana.

Based on evidence found at the scene, Evans and Cadle both fired into the vehicle.

According to court documents, after the shooting, Evans went back to his house and hid the gun under his bed. He then arranged to have the gun transported and sold out of state.

This case is being investigated by the Gresham Police Department and the East Multnomah County Major Crimes Team.

The surviving victim in this shooting does not want media contact. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is requesting media refrain from contacting him.

Evans is charged with one count of murder in the first degree, one count of attempted murder in the first degree, two counts of robbery in the first degree and one count of assault in the first degree.

Evans’ case is currently pending trial, which is tentatively set for July of 2021.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Evans is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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Attached Media Files: PR-21-38-Jacob_Cadle.pdf