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Man Arrested for Murder After Assault on Elderly Female - 07/20/18

UPDATE:  Detectives identified the victim of yesterday's homicide as Ms. Wendy Jane Henson, 74 years of age, of Tualatin.  Ms. Henson was the victim of an assault and later died as a result of her injuries.  The suspect in this incident, Mr. Garth Beams, 47 years of age, of Tualatin, was the victim's son.  Ms. Henson and Mr. Beams resided in the home located in the 20000 block of SW 72nd Avenue where the incident occurred. 

There is no further information at this time.



On Thursday, July 19, 2018, at approximately 2:53 pm, Tualatin Police responded to a report of an assault in the 20000 block of SW 72ndAvenue, in Tualatin.

When officers arrived they located a 74 year old female assault victim inside the home.  The female victim was transported to OHSU but later died as a result of her injuries.

Officers also located a 47 year old male suspect inside the home.  The suspect, identified as Mr. Garth Beams, was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Washington County Jail on a charge of Murder.

The Tualatin Police were assisted by members of the Washington County Major Crimes Team and the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.

No further information is available at this time.



Attached Media Files: 18-5717.pdf
Tualatin Police June Minor Decoy Operations Results - 06/27/18

On June 7, 2018 and June 14, 2018, Tualatin Police, in conjunction with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, conducted minor decoy operations. Underage volunteers attempted to purchase alcohol at establishments in Tualatin. Out of 14 establishments visited, a total of one sold alcohol to the minor decoy.

The goal of a minor decoy program is to reduce youth access to alcohol by encouraging licensees to verify that an individual purchasing alcohol is at least 21 years of age. The minors answer any questions about their age truthfully and do not use fake identification.

Sales clerks and servers who furnish alcohol to a minor are charged with a criminal penalty. A first conviction results in a $500 fine; second conviction, $1,000; third or subsequent conviction, $1,500 fine and not less than 30 days of imprisonment (ORS 471.410). For the non-compliant store/restaurant owner or licensee, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission may impose administrative sanctions and a possible license suspension or revocation.

The operation was funded by a grant from the Washington County Health and Human Services. The minor decoy operations will continue through 2018 with the goal of achieving 100% compliance rate (no sales to youth) among Tualatin establishments. In addition to the minor decoy operation, Washington County Health and Human Services is also working with several local coalitions, such as Tualatin Together to prevent and disband unsafe social environments conducive to underage drinking. The groups hope to raise awareness about the dangers of binge and underage drinking, as well as discourage adults from providing alcohol for their kids and their kids’ friends.

“Many adults believe drinking is a harmless rite of passage. They may have no idea what is really happening at these underage parties,” says Rebecca Collett of Washington County Health and Human Services. “And even though data shows that most high school kids in Washington County are, in fact, not drinking, it’s still a serious problem with dangerous consequences.”