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Hancock's vehicle
Hancock's vehicle
Redmond Police Arrest Woman After Intentionally Crashing Into Parked Vehicles (Photo) - 01/15/19

Redmond, OR – On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at approximately 10:23 AM, Redmond Police Officers were notified of a white female adult in a vehicle intentionally crashing into parked vehicles at a vehicle dealership on S Hwy 97, in Redmond (dealership requests not to be identified).  By the time police had been dispatched to the call, additional reports started coming into Deschutes County 911 Dispatch the suspect had driven away from the dealership.

 

Several individuals called Dispatch to report the driving of the suspect vehicle.  Officers located the suspect vehicle driving north on NW 6th Street near NW Maple Ave, as a result of people calling into Dispatch. 

 

Officers initiated a high-risk traffic stop in a parking lot shared by several businesses, including Petco, located on NW 6th Street.  The decision to initiate a high-risk stop was made by Officers on the scene and based in part on an initial report the female may be suicidal, but by unknown means.

 

Officers detained, investigated, and ultimately arrested Ms. Vanessa Hancock, 37-years-old and a Culver resident, for several crimes.  An investigation revealed Ms. Hancock became upset at employees at the business as part of an ongoing civil dispute and intentionally rammed several vehicles parked for sale while leaving the business, and nearly hitting two employees standing nearby.  A total of six (6) vehicles were damaged by Ms. Hancock, all the while damaging her own vehicle in the process.  After leaving the business, Ms. Hancock’s vehicle continued shedding parts onto the roadway.

 

The vehicle Ms. Hancock was driving at the time was a 2011 Kia Sportage.

 

Ms. Hancock was arrested for Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involved in an Accident – Misdemeanor.  She was lodged at the DCSO Adult Jail.  The initial reports of Ms. Hancock being suicidal were deemed inaccurate by investigators.

 

The Redmond Police Department encourages those experiencing civil disputes to seek resolution without resorting to criminal behavior.  Resources are available in the form of attorneys, Legal Aid, and Courts to help resolve disputes.

 

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Your Redmond Police Department serves you by responding to nearly 24,000 calls for service a year, with a professional staff of 45 sworn officers and 11 support staff.

Crash scene
Crash scene
Vehicle vs Pedestrian Crash on S Hwy 97 in Redmond (Photo) - 01/10/19

Redmond, OR – Redmond Police and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash at approximately 5:30 PM, January 9, 2019.  The crash occurred in the 2400 block of S Hwy 97, near Lucky 7 Deli & Lottery and Madeline’s Restaurant.

 

The investigation is ongoing.  At this time, preliminary information indicates a male adult, Mr. Randall Sullenger, 49-years-old, from the Redmond area, was attempting to cross S Hwy 97 from east to west and stepped out in front of oncoming traffic.  A vehicle in the right lane of northbound traffic was able to stop for the pedestrian, while a vehicle in the left lane of northbound traffic did not see the pedestrian and struck him.  The vehicle involved, a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was traveling with the flow of traffic, 40 to 45 miles per hour. 

 

Mr. Sullenger sustained serious injuries and was ultimately transported by ground ambulance to St Charles Medical Center-Bend.  Life Flight was activated but ultimately did not respond to the scene after being canceled by medics at the scene.  Mr. Sullenger is still at SCMC-Bend receiving treatment.  Additional details about the extent of the injuries are unknown at this time.

 

The driver of the Jeep has been identified as Ms. Morgan King-Stevens, 24-years-old and a Terrebonne resident.  Ms. King-Stevens was not injured in the crash, and the vehicle sustained minor damage.  Alcohol or drug impairment is not considered to be contributing factors in the crash, and there is no evidence distracted driving played a role.

 

The area where Mr. Sullenger was attempting to cross the highway is a five-lane roadway, two lanes northbound, two lanes southbound, with a center turn lane.  The posted speed limit is 40 miles per hour.  This section of highway is not well illuminated, and there is no marked crosswalk at the location.  Mr. Sullenger was wearing dark colored clothing, and it was dark with moderate to heavy traffic at the time of the crash.

 

Of note, medical personnel at the scene told investigators Mr. Sullenger survived the crash as a direct result of two nurses who happened to be in the area and stopped to render aid.  The nurses performed CPR on Mr. Sullenger until relieved by on-duty first responders.

 

In Oregon, pedestrians have the right-of-way at marked or unmarked crosswalks.  Pedestrians must yield to vehicles when attempting to cross a roadway, not in a crosswalk (ORS 814.040(1)(b), 2018).  The Redmond Police Department would, again, like to remind pedestrians and bicyclists to wear light colored or reflective clothing.  Pedestrians must yield to vehicles when not in a crosswalk, and not assume drivers see them.  Additionally, drivers must always be paying attention and expect the unexpected.  Please slow down, allow for extra following distance during darkness and poor weather-related driving conditions.

 

The Redmond Police Department does not anticipate any further media releases on this incident.

Attached Media Files: Crash scene
Kia damage
Kia damage
Redmond Man Dies In 3-Vehicle Crash On NW Maple Ave (Photo) - 12/28/18

Redmond, OR – On Wednesday, December 26, 2018, shortly after 9:30 PM, Redmond Police Officers were notified of a three-vehicle crash on the Maple Ave Bridge which spans the Dry Canyon in Redmond.  A Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy arrived on the scene immediately after the crash occurred and rendered aid to injured persons.  Redmond Officers and Redmond Fire & Rescue medics responded to the crash scene to provide additional aid and to investigate.

 

At this time, the crash is still under investigation.  Preliminary information indicates a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Anesha Slocum, 39-years-old and a Redmond resident, was driving westbound on NW Maple Ave across the Maple Ave Bridge.  Randy Slocum, 52-years-old and a Redmond resident, was riding in the front passenger seat.


While driving across the bridge deck, Slocum’s vehicle began sliding and slid into the path of an oncoming vehicle, a 2016 Kia Optima being driven by Cristina Vasquez, 26-years-old and a Redmond resident.  Vasquez had two passengers in her vehicle, both of whom are 7-years-old.

 

Slocum’s vehicle collided head-on into Vasquez’s vehicle.  After the crash, a third vehicle, a 2000 Jeep Cherokee driven by Brian Beamer, 36-years-old and a Redmond resident, crashed into the rear of Vasquez’s vehicle.  Beamer’s vehicle had one passenger at the time.

 

All the occupants of the Slocum vehicle and Vazquez vehicle were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries.  On Thursday, December 27, Redmond Police was informed Mr. Randy Slocum died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.

 

One of the 7-year-old children in Vasquez’s vehicle suffered a broken femur, wrist, and arm.  The other 7-year-old child did not sustain a significant injury, according to her mother.

 

Initial investigation indicates alcohol and/or drug impairment are not considered contributing factors in this crash.  Child safety restraint usage is being considered as contributing factors in the injuries sustained to the children involved.

 

This crash remains under investigation, no citations have been issued or arrests made.  After the investigation is complete, the Redmond Police Department will review the facts of the case to determine if a crime or traffic violations have been committed.

 

At the time of the crash, all of Redmond’s roadways were covered in ice after earlier precipitation in the day had frozen.  Redmond Police Officers had responded to other minor crashes in other parts of the City and were investigating a robbery in the area of SW 25th Street and SW Fissure Loop North at time of this crash.

 

The Redmond Police Department desires to remind all drivers to slow down when driving in winter weather and ensure proper child safety restraints are being utilized whenever transporting young children.  Child safety seats and supplemental restraints often prevent injury to children, when properly installed and used.  Redmond Fire & Rescue conducts a monthly child safety seat check-up at their downtown station.  Please go www.redmondfireandrescue.org to inquire further.

 

Every winter season, your Redmond Public Works Transportation Division maintains our roadways during snow and ice events.  To view the City of Redmond 2018/2018 Snow & Ice Control Plan, please visit https://www.ci.redmond.or.us/home/showdocument?id=11347.

Attached Media Files: Kia damage , Kia and Ford
Suspect mug 2017
Suspect mug 2017
Redmond Police Arrest Suspect After Robbery/Assault (Photo) - 12/27/18

Redmond, OR – On Wednesday evening, December 26, 2018, Redmond Police Officers were dispatched to the intersection of SW 25th Street and SW Fissure Loop North for a reported dispute between two adult males.  One of the involved males was reported to be armed with a knife.

 

Officers arrived on the scene and investigated.  Officers were told by the victim and a witness, that another male, later identified as Mr. Rudy Gandarilla, 40-years-old and a Redmond resident, became upset at the victim and threatened him with a knife after the victim drove an acquittance of Mr. Gandarilla to his house.  Mr. Gandarilla confronted the victim while the victim was seated in the driver seat of his vehicle.  During the confrontation, Mr. Gandarilla slashed two of the victim’s tires, punched the victim in the face several times, and demanded the victim turn over other personal items, including a cell phone and wallet, all while threatening the victim with a knife.

 

Mr. Gandarilla retreated inside his residence located on the corner of SW 25th Street and SW Fissure Loop North before law enforcement arrived.  Mr. Gandarilla cooperated with law enforcement at the scene and ultimately was arrested for several crimes, to include: Robbery in the First Degree, Theft in the First Degree, Menacing, Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.  He was lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail in Bend.

 

Redmond Police was able to recover the victim’s cell phone, wallet, and the knife believed to have been used to threaten the victim.

 

At this time, drug-impairment by Mr. Gandarilla is suspected of being a contributing factor in this incident.  The victim and the suspect were known to each other before this incident.

 

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Your Redmond Police Department serves you by responding to over 23,000 calls for service a year, with a professional staff of 45 sworn officers and 11 support staff.

 

Attached Media Files: Suspect mug 2017 , Damaged tire