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UPDATE: Victim of Madison South Neighborhood Homicide Identified (Photo) - 01/25/22

The victim in this case is identified as Aaron L. Williams, 29, of Clackamas, Oregon. His family has been notified of his death and provided the attached photographs for public distribution. Aaron's mother is willing to speak about Aaron to interested media. Contact ppbpio@portlandoregon.gov for her information.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined Williams cause and manner of death is homicide by gunshot. This is an active investigation. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Tony Merrill at Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-4033 or Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-2079. The case number is 22-21851.

Photo descriptions: Four family photographs of Aaron Williams

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A man is deceased after a shooting in the Madison South Neighborhood.

On Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 11:31p.m., an East Precinct Sergeant was flagged down about a person found deceased near Northeast 82nd Avenue and Northeast Milton Street. He found an adult male deceased with what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

No suspect information is being released and no arrests have been made related to this case.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit responded to investigate. During the investigation, Northeast Milton Street is closed between Northeast 82nd Avenue and Northeast 85th Avenue.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Tony Merrill Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-4033 or Detective Brian Sims Brian.Sims@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-2079.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released when appropriate.

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Man Dies from January 3 Vehicle Crash - 01/24/22

The Portland Police Bureau has learned that a man involved in a serious crash on January 3, 2022, has died. The deceased man is identified as 33-year-old Levi S. Gilliland. His family has been notified.

The crash occurred on January 3, 2022, at 5:31 p.m. on Northeast Glisan Street near Northeast 56th Avenue. East Precinct officers responded to the scene of a major crash involving a vehicle, driven by Gilliland, which was traveling on Northeast Glisan, when he made an illegal U-turn. Gilliland's vehicle collided with two other vehicles, each traveling in opposite directions, east and westbound. East Precinct officers investigated the scene, collected evidence and photographed the scene. No arrests or citations were made.

Two weeks later, on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, PPB was notified by the Oregon State Medical Examiner that Gilliland had died on January 18, 2022, as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

This is the eighth fatal traffic collision in 2022.

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Suspect Arrested in Connection to Two Shootings - 01/24/22

Portland Police have arrested a suspect wanted for two shootings last fall. Members of the Focused Intervention Team (FIT) arrested 39-year-old Carlos Rodriguez-Lanz on Saturday, January 22, 2021, at 5:34 p.m. after conducting a traffic stop of a vehicle driving recklessly in the 7400 Block of North Lombard Street. The driver of this vehicle was identified as Rodriguez-Lanz and he was taken into custody without incident.

The Bureau's Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) had identified Rodriguez-Lanz as the suspect in the following shootings:

The first shooting occurred on August 13, 2021 at 10:06 p.m. in the 500 Block of Northeast Broadway. In this incident, North Precinct officers located a female adult suffering from a serious gunshot wound. Officers provided immediate trauma care until paramedics arrived and the victim was transported to an area hospital where she survived her injuries.

On October 5, 2021, at 1:07 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 500 block of NE Holladay Street on the report of a male adult shot and suffering from significant life-threatening injuries. Arriving officers provided initial lifesaving trauma care until paramedics arrived and the victim was transported to an area hospital, where he survived his injuries.

Rodriguez-Lanz was booked at MCDC on the following charges: Driving Under the Influence; Reckless Driving, Diving While Suspected, Assault in the First Degree (Two Counts), Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Two Counts), Felon in Possession of a Firearm (Two Counts) and Attempted Murder in the First Degree.

Witnesses or individuals with additional information regarding these shootings or any other shootings are encouraged to email crimetips@portlandoregon.gov

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Charlene Otis with black furry hat
Charlene Otis with black furry hat
UPDATE #3: Charlene Otis Found, Reuniting With Family (Photo) - 01/23/22

This morning, East Precinct officers were dispatched to report of a person down in the 3200 block of Southeast 50th Avenue. When they arrived they located Charlene Otis. She was suffering from some effects of exposure but otherwise appeared healthy. She is now enroute to the hospital by ambulance for a medical evaluation. Family has been notified and is on their way to reunite with her. The Portland Police Bureau is grateful to everyone who helped look for Charlene and shared her photos on social media, to the news organizations who spread the word, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and Tri-Met for their assistance.

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The search continues for Charlene Otis. Family is releasing additional photos of her, including one with the black furry hat she is believed to be wearing. We are asking our community to keep an eye out for her, especially in the neighborhoods surrounding Southeast 162nd Avenue and Southeast Mill Street. It's still not clear if she boarded any busses. If anyone sees her please call 911. If anyone has other information about this case, e-mail the Missing Persons Unit at missing@portlandoregon.gov. The case number is 22-19108.

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The Columbia County Search and Rescue team responded with two search dogs to help track Charlene Otis from her home and their work may offer clues to where she might be. The dogs were following her scent to the area of Southeast 162nd Avenue and Southeast Mill Street, where they lost the trail abruptly at a bus stop. They think it is possible Charlene may have boarded a Tri-Met bus, although she is not familiar with the Tri-Met system. Portland Police Missing Persons detectives are working with Tri-Met to see if they have any information about Charlene. Multnomah County Search and Rescue also responded to assist with the search. The Portland Police Bureau is grateful for the assistance of these highly trained and skilled search teams.

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The Portland Police Bureau is requesting help from the public to look out for a missing person.

Charlene Otis (photo), 79, left her residence, located at in the Hazelwood neighborhood this morning, January 21, 2022. She does not usually go out unaccompanied and has not returned. Charlene is diagnosed with dementia and may be unable to find her way back home.

Charlene is African-American female, 5'7" tall, 160 pounds. She does not have her glasses with her as seen in the photo. She is believed to be wearing a black fur hat, black coat, and either black shoes with a pick Nike swoosh or burgundy clogs. She walks slowly and does not utilize any walking aids.

If anyone sees her, please call 911. If anyone has other information about this case, e-mail the Missing Persons Unit at missing@portlandoregon.gov. The case number is 22-19108.

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Crash Scene
Crash Scene
UPDATE #2: Victim in Fatal McLoughlin Crash Identified (Photo) - 01/22/22

The passenger who died is identified as Douglas J. Kereczman, 40, of Beaverton, Oregon. His family has been notified of his death.

One note of clarification, the 3rd occupant who was believed to have been farther away than the other two actually returned to the scene in a different vehicle and contacted police.

In 2021 Portland City had 67 traffic related deaths. This was the highest number of traffic fatalities in 34 years, since 1987. In 2021 at this time there had been 4 traffic deaths, only 1 of those was criminal in nature. Thursday night’s crash was 2022’s 7th traffic related death. This year, as of Thursday, there have been 5 criminal traffic deaths in the City of Portland (a 500% increase over last year to date).

The 8th fatal crash happened Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast 160th Avenue.

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Three people were detained after a search of the neighborhood after Thursday's night's fatal crash and one man is charged with crimes.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a Honda Accord with three occupants collided with a Toyota Camry with two occupants (photos). The passenger of the Toyota was deceased at the scene despite life saving efforts. The driver of the Toyota was transported to the hospital with serious injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Officers quickly began setting up a perimeter to search for the three people seen running from the Honda. Two were detained nearby, and a third was located a short time later further away. The Major Crash Team determined the driver was Ayzaiah J. Walker, 22. After an investigation, he was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Reckless Driving. No other arrests were made and investigators are not currently seeking any other suspects.

However, during the McLoughlin crash investigation, another driver proceeded into the closure area and nearly hit an officer. That person was determined to be driving impaired and arrested.

This investigation was concurrent with two other significant incidents in Central Precinct.

Central Precinct officers also responded to a serious injury crash that was dispatched at 11:33p.m., two minutes after the McLoughlin crash. This one happened at Southeast Grand Avenue and Southeast Stephens Street, when a driver of a Lexus crashed into a light post and multiple trees. The driver was pinned in the vehicle and later extricated by Portland Fire and Rescue. He was transported to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries, but after several hours of lifesaving efforts by medical personnel his prognosis was upgraded and he is expected to survive. A stolen firearm was located in the vehicle and seized pending further investigation.

Shortly after midnight, officers were dispatched to the area of Northwest 2nd Avenue and Northwest Flanders Street on a report of dozens of people fighting in the street and shots fired. North Precinct officers responded to handle the incident as all Central units were unavailable. Officers discovered evidence of gunfire, but no known injuries or property damage. The Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) is investigating this shooting and is asking anyone with information to e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov attn: ECST and reference case number 22-18823.

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Photo descriptions: two sedans with significant front end damage, debris in the street

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A crash involving two vehicles on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard is a hit and run.

On Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 11:31p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of a serious injury crash on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard and Southeast Holgate Boulevard. When they arrived they found two vehicles involved. One vehicle's occupant was deceased at the scene, and another occupant was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to the hospital. The other car was unoccupied and witnesses reported multiple people running from the scene before police were called.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team is enroute to investigate. During the investigation, Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard is closed between the Ross Island Bridge and Southeast Milwaukie Avenue.

If anyone has information about the incident, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-18796, or call (503)823-2103.

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Attached Media Files: Crash Scene , Crash Scene
Major Crash Team Van
Major Crash Team Van
Pedestrian Struck and Killed on SE Powell Blvd, Driver Left Scene (Photo) - 01/22/22

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a driver who left the scene of the crash in Southeast Portland.

On Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 7:04p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash at Southeast 160th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard. When they arrived they found a person deceased in the roadway. Witnesses said the person was struck by a vehicle, then the driver left the scene. Officers were not immediately able to locate the suspect or suspect vehicle.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team responded and is investigating. During the investigation Southeast Powell Boulevard is closed between Southeast 160th Avenue and Southeast 162nd Avenue. If anyone has information about the incident, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-20716, or call (503)823-2103.

This is the 8th fatal crash of 2022 in the City of Portland, and the 2nd in less than 48 hours.

Photo 1: Three Major Crash Team investigators operate a scanning device on the street
Photo 2: Major Crash Team Van and PPB motorcycle at the scene

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BMW with heavy damage
BMW with heavy damage
DUII Suspect Crashes After Eluding Police Stop, Faces Numerous Charges (Photo) - 01/22/22

On Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 12:42a.m., two East Precinct officers were stopped at a red light at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street when a driver in a white 2007 BMW 328i sedan going southbound 122nd Avenue proceeded through a red light. The officers activated their police overhead lights to initiate a traffic stop for the violation. The driver immediately increased his speed, clearly indicating he did not intend to pull over as required by law. The officers did not pursue, turning off their overheads and slowing down. However, despite no police officers pursuing the driver, he continued at a high rate of speed southbound on Southeast 122nd Avenue.

At Southeast Powell Boulevard, the BMW driver ran another red light and collided with a white 2015 Nissan Altima sedan going eastbound on Southeast Powell Boulevard. The impact caused the BMW to roll several times and land in a nearby parking lot on its wheels. The car caught fire. Responding officers saw there was a passenger stuck in the burning BMW. An officer had to climb in the driver's side in an effort to clear enough debris to free the passenger's legs. They were able to pull the patient free and moved him away to a safer area. Another officer used fire extinguishers on the burning car. It seemed to slow the flames but did not put them out.

Other responding officers saw the suspect driver running from the BMW. The officers caught up and arrested him.

Portland Fire and Rescue and AMR paramedics arrived and initiated firefighting and patient care. The driver and only occupant of the Nissan, a 25-year-old male, went to the hospital by ambulance with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Likewise for the passenger who was removed from the BMW, a 21-year-old male.

The suspect driver of the BMW was not badly hurt but was also transported to a hospital by ambulance as a precaution. He was discharged and, after an investigation, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Alejandro R. Velazquez, 19, of Portland, was charged with Assault in the Third Degree (2 counts), Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Reckless Endangering (2 counts), Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver-Injury, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Reckless Driving.

Photo 1: Damaged victim vehicle in front of high-crash intersection warning sign
Photo 2: Officer walks through debris field 122nd Ave south of Powell
Photo 3: heavily damaged front end of Nissan Altima
Photo 4: Front and side of BMW, heavily damaged by crash and fire
Photo 5: Passenger side of BMW with severe rollover and fire damage
Photo 6: Closeup view of front of BMW with heavy crash and fire damage


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ABLE logo
PPB Completes Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement Training (Photo) - 01/20/22

The Portland Police Bureau is announcing that it has completed training its sworn members in Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE). This national training was developed by the Georgetown University’s Law Center and was modeled after a program originally developed by New Orleans Police Department. Today, the Bureau held a media availability to discuss the training and included members of PPB's advisory councils and a representative from the national ABLE program: https://youtu.be/AkvXwRzaON4


The Portland Police Bureau began the process of becoming an ABLE agency in 2019. After an application process, it was selected to join almost 70 other law enforcement agencies and state and regional academies across the country in offering this training. The eight hours of training was provided to all sworn members, from the Chief all the way down to our newest officer, beginning in August and the last members went through in December.

ABLE has three pillars: to prevent misconduct; reduce mistakes; and promote health and wellness.

While there are state laws and PPB directives that guide Bureau members in regard to the duty to intervene and report misconduct, ABLE trains officers on HOW to intervene as well as skills and tools to identify potential warning signs and be proactive in identifying certain conduct before it escalates.

The corresponding directive, 0305.00, Active Bystandership, Intervention, and Anti-Retaliation can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/796477

"What attracted us to this training is that it is an extension of all the progressive training in de-escalation and intervention we have already learned," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "Research shows that ABLE training improves officer wellness, which can have a positive impact on performance, decrease stress, and reduce occupational risks for law enforcement. At the same time, externally, it helps build community trust and relations. I want to thank Assistant Chief Jami Resch who took the lead on this project and was an active trainer. I also appreciate the time, effort and professionalism of all the ABLE instructors who assisted with this training."

The training aims to give law enforcement the tools to effectively intervene and create an institutional culture that supports and encourages peer intervention and one that does not tolerate retaliation. It was developed for PPB with the involvement of the community.

"With the promise of community awareness, PPB has been engaged with community outreach, especially with volunteer, community based advisory groups that work with PPB," said Laila Hajoo, co-chair of the Portland Police Coalition of Advisory Groups.

The Training Advisory Council (TAC) were also active partners in development of this training. Their report can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/797000

"I saw a very promising course that was excellently delivered by the presenters and the objectives were solid," said Dr. Jim Kahan, a member of the PPB Training Advisory Council (TAC), who attended the training. "We at the TAC think this is really promising and we think this could be a great big game changer for PPB and we look forward to seeing it grow."

Moving forward, PPB will continue working with the national ABLE program to include the concepts in upcoming inservice training. In addition, all new officers will receive ABLE training as part of the Advanced Academy.


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Attached Media Files: ABLE logo
Ivan Gofman
Ivan Gofman
Requesting Community Help to Find Missing Endangered Man (Photo) - 01/20/22

Mr. Gofman was located this morning by an alert staff member at a local shelter. He is back to where he resides and is well. The Portland Police Bureau is grateful to the press for sharing his information and the social service agency for its help in finding him safe.

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The Portland Police Bureau is requesting community help looking for a missing endangered man who left the hospital Tuesday evening and has not yet been located.

Ivan F. Gofman, 60, was last seen leaving Emanuel Hospital at 2801 North Gantenbein Avenue on January 18, 2022 at about 11:00p.m. He has mental health diagnoses and is not his own guardian. Caretakers report he is not able to find food or shelter on his own. Efforts to locate him have so far been unsuccessful.

Gofman is a white male, 60 years old, 5'10" in height and 140 lbs with long white hair. He is pictured with a beard but does not currently have facial hair. He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and blue jeans and was carrying a blue duffel bag. He speaks English and Russian.

A photo of Gofman is attached.

If anyone sees him, please call 911. If anyone has other information about this case, e-mail the Missing Persons Unit at missing@portlandoregon.gov. The case number is 22-17385.


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Attached Media Files: Ivan Gofman
Adela Chapman
Adela Chapman
Missing 85 Year-Old Found by Alert Community Member (Photo) - 01/18/22

Adela was located this morning at about 8:00a.m. in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood by an alert community member who noticed her and recognized her from a news report. She was evaluated by paramedics and is unhurt. Adela is home with her family now. The Portland Police Bureau is grateful to the press for sharing her information, and the community for its help in finding her safe.

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The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 85 year-old.

Adela Chapman left her home in the 16700 block of SE Rhine Street this morning, January 17, 2022, sometime after 7:00 a.m. and has not returned to her home. Adela is not diagnosed with any illnesses, however, she is believed have some difficulties with her memory or becoming confused.

Adela Chapman is an Asian female, weighing approximately 100lbs and is 4’11” tall. Adela was last seen wearing a bright green puffy coat. Adela does not have identification or a cellular phone.

Adela has wondered away in the past and has been located near Southeast 160th Avenue and Southeast Division Street, also in the area of Southeast 177th Avenue and East Burnside, and around Northeast 181st Avenue and I-84. Adela is also familiar with TriMet.

Anyone with information on the location of Adela Chapman is asked to please contact 911 immediately. Any other tips can be emailed to investigators at missing@portlandoregon.gov. The case number is 22-15507.

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Attached Media Files: Adela Chapman
Person Deceased After Shooting in the Eliot Neighborhood - 01/17/22

On January 17, 2022, at 11:00 p.m., officers from the North Precinct responded to a shooting call at the intersection of Northeast Ivy Street and Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. When officers arrived they located a male victim who was deceased.

Portland Police Homicide detectives have responded to the scene to investigate. During the investigation Northeast Ivy Street is closed from Northeast MLK Jr. Blvd to Northeast Rodney Avenue. Additionally, Northeast MLK Jr. Blvd will be closed from Northeast Fremont Street to Northeast Fargo Street.

The identity of the victim, as well as cause and manner of death will be determined by the Oregon State Medical Examiner. Additional information will be released at the direction of investigators.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact Detective Jeff Sharp at Jeff.Sharp@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-9773 or Detective Tony Harris at Tony.Harris@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0400.

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UPDATE #2: Identity of Deceased Pedestrian Released, Public Assistance Requested - 01/15/22

The pedestrian who was killed in this crash is Kyle M. Beck, 35. His family has been notified of his death.

Portland Police Traffic Investigations Unit is asking the public for information about the driver and the vehicle that was involved and left the scene. If anyone has information about the incident, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-10861, or call (503)823-2103.

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The pedestrian involved in last night's crash, an adult male, died at the hospital this morning. His name will be released after family notifications.

This is the 4th fatal crash of 2022, followed by the 5th this morning at 5:53a.m. at Northeast Glisan Street and Northeast 97th Avenue. Of the five, three of the crashes involved pedestrians and two of those were hit and runs.

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A pedestrian suffered life threatening injuries in what is believed to be a hit and run crash in North Portland.

On Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 7:13p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a person down on North Denver Avenue just south of the I-5 overpass. When officers arrived, they found a person with life-threatening injuries. The person was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Initial information suggests the person was hit by a vehicle and then the driver left the scene. No suspect or suspect vehicle information is being released.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team responded to the scene and is investigating. More information will be released when appropriate to the investigation.

If anyone has information about the incident, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-10861, or call (503)823-2103.

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James Kelly & Lulu
James Kelly & Lulu
UPDATE: 1 Found, 1 To Go (Photo) - 01/13/22

We have good news, but not great news. James Kelly has been found in the area of Northeast 28th and Glisan, and reunited with his family. However, his chihuahua Lulu is still missing. Our work is not done yet. Let's make this great news by bringing Lulu home. Anyone who finds Lulu (wearing a pink sweater) is asked to call animal control.

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The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the help of the community in locating a missing person and his dog.

James Kelly left his home on the morning of January 12, 2022, to take Lulu, his Chihuahua, for a walk. Mr. Kelly’s phone was tracked to the area of Northeast 30th and Couch at around 4:30pm., before it died. Mr. Kelly is not familiar with this area and will most likely not be able to find his way home.

James Kelly is battling several health conditions, including a history of strokes, and has recently been exhibiting memory issues and confusion. James Kelley, 59, is described as a Caucasian male who is 5’7” tall and weighs 160 lbs. He was last seen wearing the same Navy shirt and gray pants and hat depicted in the photograph. He may also be wearing a black leather jacket. Lulu is wearing her pink sweater.

James Kelly is considered medically endangered. Anyone with immediate sightings should call 911. All other tips can be sent to missing@portlandoregon.gov.

Photograph: James Kelly & Lulu

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Attached Media Files: James Kelly & Lulu
Karen Friedstrom
Karen Friedstrom
UPDATE: Two Deceased Individuals Identified (Photo) - 01/13/22

The two people found deceased in the 2100 Block of Southeast 103rd Drive have been identified as Karen Friedstrom, 74, and her son Justin Friedstrom, 47. Homicide Detectives at the scene determined Justin shot his mother, then shot himself. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined the manner of death for both to be by gunshot wound. Karen Friedstrom’s death was ruled a homicide, and Justin Friedstrom’s death was ruled a suicide.

The family provided the attached photo for public release. The family does not want contact with media at this time.

Photograph: Karen Friedstrom

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On January 11, 2022, at 2:40pm, an officer self-dispatched to conduct a welfare check on a female resident living in the 2100 Block of Southeast 103rd Drive. Officers arrived and heard what they believed to be a gunshot from the other side of the property. Officers entered the home and found a deceased female. An emergency alert was sent to area residents asking them to shelter in place. Supervisors at the scene consulted with and paged both the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT).

Very shortly after the specialty teams arrived, they discovered indications that the shot they heard was of a subject shooting himself. SERT made their way to the area of the property from which the gunshot originated, and found a man deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After finding the bodies and ensuring there was nobody else on the property, the scene was converted from a tactical operation to an investigation. The alert to shelter in place has been lifted.

The identities of these individuals, as well as their cause and manner of death, will be determined by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. Additional information will be released at the direction of investigators.

The Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit is at the scene and has assumed control of the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joe Corona at (503)823-0508 joseph.corona@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Jennifer Hertzler at (503)823-1040 jennifer.hertzler@portlandoregon.gov.

Attached Media Files: Karen Friedstrom
UPDATE #2: Identity of Man Killed in Crash on Southeast 82nd Avenue Released - 01/13/22

The man killed in the Sunday crash is identified as Mark W. Barnette, 60, of Portland. His family has been notified.

Criminal charges are possible but no one has been booked or cited at this point in the investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-7187, or call (503)823-2103.

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Update: The occupant has died. PPB will identify the person after next of kin has been notified. This is the third fatal crash in 2022.

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An occupant of a vehicle is in the hospital with life threatening injuries after a Sunday morning crash.

On Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 2:52a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash on Southeast 82nd Avenue just south of Southeast Foster Road. They arrived and found two damaged vehicles at Southeast Ellis Street. At least one occupant was pinned in a vehicle. Portland Fire & Rescue and AMR responded. The pinned occupant was extricated from the vehicle. Three patients were transported to the hospital for their injuries. They were conscious and talking at the scene and their injuries were believed to be non-life threatening.

Officers conducted a crash investigation and Southeast 82nd Avenue was closed for about 40 minutes, reopening at 3:41a.m. While following up on the crash at the hospital several hours later, officers were advised one of the occupants condition had deteriorated and the patient's injuries were life threatening. The Portland Police Major Crash Team was consulted and the investigation is ongoing. More information will be released when appropriate.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-7187, or call (503)823-2103.


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Pedestrian Killed on Glisan Street on-ramp to I-205 - 01/13/22

A pedestrian has been struck and killed on the on-ramp to I-205 at Northeast Glisan Street.

On January 13, 2022, at 5:54am, East Precinct Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Northeast Glisan Street at the on-ramp to I-205 Northbound on the reports that a pedestrian was pinned under a vehicle. When officers arrived, they found the pedestrian was deceased. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team is responding to the scene and will assume control of the investigation. Northeast Glisan Street will be closed from Northeast 96th Avenue to Northeast 109th Avenue, including the Northbound on-ramp to I-205.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-11218, or call (503)823-2103.

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PPB Officers Recover Multiple Guns over the Weekend (Photo) - 01/11/22

On Sunday, January 9, 2022, North Precinct officers responded to reports of a shot fired at an apartment complex in 13400 Block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard following a disturbance. Officers captured a video of the suspect and compiled witness descriptions.

Thirty minutes later while patrolling, a North Precinct sergeant located the suspect vehicle. After coordinating a high-risk stop, officers noted the front passenger was wearing what appeared to be the same clothing as the suspect in the video. When the front passenger was removed from the car, two spent casings were found in his pocket and a live round was located on the floorboard where he sat. A magazine with rounds that can defeat body armor was located in the vehicle and a firearm was found underneath a jacket on the back seat. An additional handgun was located in the vehicle as well.

Thirty-year-old William Charles Nickson Sr was arrested and charged with Reckless Endangering of Another Person and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

In addition to these recovered firearms on January 9, from January 7 to January 10, 2022, officers recovered 13 additional firearms, including a pistol that featured a device to make it fully automatic.

Photo: Firearm recovered in shooting

Photo: 13 firearms seized over the weekend

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Attached Media Files: 13_Firearms.png , January_9_Firearm.jpg
PPB Releases Name of Victim Killed in October Fatal Crash on SE Powell Blvd - 01/06/22

UPDATE: The deceased is identified as 31-year-old Tralee Ariel McClain.

***Original Message below***

On Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 9:49p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast 29th Avenue. When they arrived they located an injured pedestrian, an adult male. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance, where he died.

The driver of the involved SUV remained at the scene. The Portland Police Major Crash Team (MCT) is on scene. During the investigation, Southeast Powell Boulevard is closed both directions between Southeast 28th Place and Southeast 30th Avenue.

If anyone has information about this incident, please reference case number 21-304326 and contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov attention Traffic Investigations Unit or call 503 823-2103.

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Isaiah Hurst
Isaiah Hurst
CORRECTION: Piedmont Neighborhood Homicide Victim Identified (Photo) - 01/05/22

**This release is being updated to reflect Isaiah Dewyane Hurst's correct age of 39**

The man killed in this homicide is identified as Isaiah Dewyane Hurst, 39, of Portland. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined his manner and cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Hurst’s family has been notified, and they provided the attached picture for public release.

Photograph: Isaiah Hurst

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On January 2, 2022, at 9:00 a.m., officers from the North Precinct responded to a shooting call in the 100 block of North Morgan Street. When officers arrived they located a male victim who was deceased.

Portland Police Homicide detectives have responded to the scene to investigate. During the investigation North Morgan Street is closed from North Commercial Street to North Williams Street. Additionally, North Vancouver Avenue will be closed from North Lombard Street to North Dekum Street.

The identity of the victim, as well as cause and manner of death will be determined by the Oregon State Medical Examiner. Additional information will be released at the direction of investigators.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Jeff Pontius Jeffery.Pontius@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0433.

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Attached Media Files: Isaiah Hurst
CORRECTION: Deceased Driver Identified, Wrong-Way Driver Charged - 01/05/22

**Although we were initially informed Mr. Rodriguez-Lopez was a Navy Veteran, we have since learned he served for 7 years in the United States Army, and is an Army Veteran.**

The driver who died as a result of this crash is identified as Salvador Manuel Rodriguez-Lopez, 34. Mr. Rodriguez-Lopez was a disabled Army Veteran who had just celebrated his birthday.

The driver of the vehicle driving the wrong way is identified as Amr Elzagh, 40. He is in custody and has been charged with:

● Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII);
● Reckless Driving;
● Assault in the Second Degree;
● Criminally Negligent Homicide;
● Manslaughter in the First Degree; and
● Manslaughter in the Second Degree.

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***ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW***

On January 2, 2022, at 11:21 p.m., officers from the Central Precinct responded to reports of a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Interstate 405. As officers were responded, they were notified of a head-on crash on northbound I-5 involving two vehicles, just north of the South Macadam Avenue exit.

Officers arrived and found the driver of a vehicle headed northbound was deceased. The driver traveling in the wrong direction was transported to an area hospital. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time.

The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team (MCT) was activated to investigate. Northbound I-5 is closed and traffic is being diverted at exit 299A, South Macadam Avenue, while the MCT investigates.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-1617, or call (503)823-2103.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Quayan Foster
Quayan Foster
Correction: New Year's Morning Shooting Victims Identified (Photo) - 01/03/22

The previous release identified Andre Foster and Quayan Foster as father and son. Andre Foster is the uncle to Quayan Foster. The Portland Police Bureau regrets this error.

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The victims of an early morning New Year’s Day shooting in the Argay Terrace Neighborhood are identified as Andre Lashun Foster, 43, and his son, Quayan Johnell Foster, 21, both of Portland. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined their cause and manner of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. The Foster family has been notified and they provided the attached pictures for public release. The family requests privacy as they mourn.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0768 or Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0762.

Photographs: Andre Foster and Quayan Foster

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###Original Message Below###

Two victims are deceased in a shooting in the Argay Terrace Neighborhood.

On Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 1:47a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 4400 block of Northeast 131st Place. When they arrived, they located three male victims. Paramedics arrived and found one of the victims had died on scene. Another was transported to the hospital but did not survive. A third male victim was transported by ambulance. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. No suspects were immediately located and no arrests have been made at this time.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is responding to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0768 or Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0762.

During the investigation, Northeast 131st Avenue is closed between Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast Prescott Drive. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Attached Media Files: Quayan Foster , Andre Foster
Gun and Rounds
Gun and Rounds
Arrest Made After Shots Fired Near Montessori School (Photo) - 01/03/22

On Monday, January 3, 2022, at 12:49pm, Central Precinct Officers were dispatched to the area of Northwest 15th Avenue and Northwest Thurman Street after someone called 911 to report hearing two shots they believe came from a distinctive vehicle, which left the scene at a high rate of speed. A Central Precinct Sergeant located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on it at Northwest 3rd Avenue and Northwest Davis Street. A handgun, and other evidence, was clearly visible inside the vehicle, and its occupant, Crystal Lee Bartlett, was taken into custody.

The Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) was conducting an investigation on a separate incident and was unavailable, so the Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) provided investigative support. They were able to locate video which corroborated the 911 caller’s information. Central NRT recovered the pictured .380 caliber pistol, 17 rounds of ammunition, and a spent shell casing from Bartlett’s vehicle.

No bullet strikes were located as a result of this shooting, and nobody was injured, however, since the shooting occurred in front of Childpeace Montessori School, this caused extra concern for responding officers. Central NRT members contacted the school and provided appropriate information for concerned parents and staff.

Crystal Bartlett was transported to a local hospital due to a pre-existing medical condition. She has been charged with:
o Felon in Possession of a Firearm
o Unauthorized Use of a Weapon (two counts)
o Reckless Endangering (two counts)
o Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm (City Code – two counts)
o Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm (City Code)

Photograph: Handgun and Rounds

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Attached Media Files: Gun and Rounds
Manual.jpg
Manual.jpg
PPB Seeks Public Input on Directives (Photo) - 01/03/22

The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing its Directives and seeks public comment.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following Directive(s).


1st Universal Review: 1/3/2022 – 1/17/2022

• Directive 0010.00, Directives Review and Development Process
• Directive 0312.50, Identification
• Directive 0630.25, Cadet Program
• Directive 0630.26, Public Safety Support Specialist Program
• Directive 0630.50, Emergency Medical Aid
• Directive 0635.20, Community Member Observation of Police
• Directive 0660.32, Agent/Informant Processing
• Directive 0730.00, Bureau Response to Active Violence Incidents
• Directive 0810.10, Bureau Contact with Members of Immigrant Communities and Individuals with Diplomatic Immunity
• Directive 0850.20, Police Response to Mental Health Crisis
• Directive 0850.21, Peace Officer Custody (Civil)
• Directive 0850.22, Police Response to Mental Health Director Holds and Elopement
• Directive 0850.25, Police Response to Mental Health Facilities
• Directive 0850.30, Temporary Detention and Custody of Juveniles
• Directive 0870.20, Custody and Transportation of Suspects

Community members are encouraged to read these Directives at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 and follow the link at the bottom of the draft to provide comments. This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.


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Attached Media Files: Manual.jpg
Deadly Hit and Run on Northeast Alderwood Road - 01/03/22

On January 3, 2022, at 5:33am., North Precinct Officers were dispatched to the area of Northeast Alderwood Road and Northeast Cornfoot Road on the report of a hit and run to a pedestrian. Officers and Medical arrived to find the pedestrian deceased. Officers identified and taped off the crime scene, and the Major Crash Team responded to assume control of the investigation.

Northeast Alderwood Road will be closed from Northeast Cornfoot Road to Northeast 82nd Avenue while the investigation continues.

The driver of the vehicle which hit the pedestrians did not stay at the scene, and their identity is unknown at this time. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-1793, or call (503)823-2103.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Evidence markers in snow
Evidence markers in snow
Nearly 100 Shots Fired in Parkrose Heights Neighborhood (Photo) - 12/29/21

A shooting involving nearly 100 shots fired in the Parkrose Heights Association neighborhood is under investigation.

On Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 9:42p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the 10800 block of Northeast Weidler Street. When officers arrived, they located evidence of gunfire, including almost 100 cartridge casings of multiple calibers (photos). They found multiple parked vehicles in a nearby restaurant parking lot had been damaged by bullets. At this time, there are no known physical injuries connected to this event.

Upon investigation, officers located video from a residential surveillance system that captured the shooting and appeared to involve a group of people.

The Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) is investigating this shooting and is asking anyone with information, including additional surveillance footage, to e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov attn: ECST and reference case number 21-361241.

Anonymous tips can be sent through Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips. Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823 Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/

Photo descriptions:

Photo B: Overall crime scene showing police officer working and police car with emergency lights flashing
Photo C: Yellow evidence markers in the 80s in the snow
Photo D: Numerous evidence markers show the locations of cartridge casings on the street and sidewalk
Photo E: Another angle of the numerous evidence markers

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Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson
UPDATE: Portland Homicide Detectives Request the Public's Help (Photo) - 12/28/21

Portland Police Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help with their investigation into the homicide of Michael Johnson.

Detectives would like anyone who was in Farragut Park on Thursday, December 23, 2021, between the hours of 9:00am and 10:30am, to contact them. Detectives are also asking for contact from anyone who believes they captured video, through technology such as their Ring Doorbell, of the park or its immediate surroundings during that same time period.

Please contact Detective Ryan Foote at Ryan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov (503)823-0781 or Detective Travis Law at Travis.Law@portlandoregon.gov (503)823-0395.

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Piedmont Neighborhood Homicide Victim Identified

The man killed in the Piedmont Neighborhood is identified as Michael Johnson, 53, of Portland. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Officer determined his cause and manner of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Johnson’s family has been notified, and they provided the attached picture for public release.

Photograph: Michael Johnson

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***ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW***

What began as a death investigation is now a homicide investigation in the Piedmont Neighborhood.

On December 23, 2021, at 10:18am, North Precinct Officers were dispatched to the area of North Vancouver Avenue and North Farragut Street after a 911 caller reported someone had been shot. Officers discovered an adult male inside of a tent who appeared to be deceased of a probable gunshot wound.

Officers checked the area but believe the suspect left in a vehicle after the shooting. There is no suspect(s) in custody at this time. As officers searched the area, others established and secured the crime scene.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit has responded to the scene to assume control of the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to please contact Detective Ryan Foote at Ryan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov (503)823-0781 or Detective Travis Law at Travis.Law@portlandoregon.gov (503)823-0395.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

Attached Media Files: Michael Johnson
Segway and Firefighter Coat
Segway and Firefighter Coat
The Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team is looking for the communities help in finding the owners of stolen property they have recovered. (Photo) - 12/28/21

Over the last month, Central Precinct’s Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) has been investigating a series of burglaries which occurred in Southeast Portland. Burglars broke into one specific house several times, stealing a vehicle and numerous collectible heirlooms. Their exhaustive investigation uncovered vital evidence which led the Neighborhood Response Team to apply for a warrant to search the residence located at 1324 Southeast 14th Avenue.

On December 21, 2021, with the assistance of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), Central Precinct NRT served the search warrant and several people were taken into custody. A search of the residence resulted in the recovery of property stolen from the home originally burglarized, as well as a firearm, an electric motorcycle, a Segway, suspected stolen industrial equipment, a stolen firefighter turnout coat, a key-cutter and several dozen stolen, forged and fraudulent checks and financial documents. In all, over 70 items of evidence were sized. Property seized by the Neighborhood Response Team suggests these individuals were involved in numerous criminal events within inner-Southeast Portland, at both commercial and residential locations.

Jay Lamb, 35, of Portland, was charged with Theft in the First Degree, Theft by Receiving, and Burglary in the Second Degree, and lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center. Additional charges are expected as this investigation continues.

Karen Brown, 27, was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on two existing felony warrants, with additional charges expected as this investigation continues.

Jeffrey Garder, 45, and Koy Hill, 52, both of Portland, were cited for outstanding warrants.

Central Precinct’s Neighborhood Response Team is asking for the public’s assistance with identifying the owners of a recovered Segway, and tan Fire Fighter turnout coat (not belonging to Portland Fire). Anyone with information is asked to email crimetips@portlandoregon.gov attention Central NRT.

Photograph: Segway and Firefight Coat

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Attached Media Files: Segway and Firefighter Coat
EDIT: Skateboarder Killed in Hit-&-Run in Kenton Neighborhood - 12/28/21

** Case number changed from 21-354996 to 21-358457 **

On Saturday, December 25, 2021, at 2:04pm, North Precinct Officers were dispatched to an injury accident near the intersection of North Interstate Avenue and North Mississippi Avenue. While officers were still driving to the scene, they received updates that an individual riding a skateboard had been struck by a vehicle. Another 911 caller reported that this was a hit-and-run crash. A community member started CPR on the skateboarder. AMR arrived on scene and confirmed that the skateboarder had died from their injuries.

Officers searched the area but did not immediately locate the suspect vehicle. Officers established a crime scene and Portland’s Major Crash Team was activated to resume control of the investigation.

North Interstate Avenue will be closed from North Albina Street to North Russell Street. MAX will be closed in both directions.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 21-358457, or call (503)823-2103.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.