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Update: Missing and Endangered Woman Located Safe (Photo) - 07/21/21

Tonight, July 21, 2021, at approximately 10:30 p.m., deputies located Mrs. Poore, and she was safe and unharmed. The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their help.


Deputies Ask for Public's Help Locating a Missing and Endangered Woman

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies learned 77-year-old Carolyn Poore was missing. Mrs. Poore was last seen leaving her home near SW 173rd Ave. and NW Walker Rd. around 5:00 p.m. Mrs. Poore's family told deputies Mrs. Poore left in her red 2001 Ford Crown Victoria (Oregon Plate: YBA415). 

Mrs. Poore is approximately 5'2", 90 lbs., has short gray hair with blue eyes. Mrs. Poore's family says she has dementia and Alzheimer's and may struggle to find her way home.

If you know of Mrs. Poore's whereabouts, please call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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"One Pill Can Kill" Campaign Week Two: Narcotic Task Force Team Member Discusses Current Trends (Photo) - 07/20/21

In week two of the "One Pill Can Kill" campaign, we highlight what the Sheriff's Office Westside Interagency Narcotics Team (WIN) is seeing around Washington County. Our week two video includes an interview with one of our narcotics investigators from the WIN team. Due to our investigators periodically working undercover, we have disguised their voice and identity.  

In the video, the investigator will discuss the impact Fentanyl has had on WIN Team investigations, how overdose cases have changed their priorities, and how Fentanyl affects young people in Washington County.

This year, the WIN team has seized more than 33,000 fraudulent pills suspected of containing Fentanyl. In 2020 they seized 14,000 fraudulent pills suspected of containing Fentanyl and just over 500 in 2019. The WIN Team has investigated 17 overdose deaths in 2021; 13 of them are suspected to be caused by Fentanyl.  

2021 WIN overdose investigation victim age breakdown:

  • Under 18: 1
  • 18-25: 8                                         
  • Over 25: 8

We will provide more information about the dangers of Fentanyl in the following weeks. 

  • Week Three highlights our partners at Metro West Ambulance and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. They will provide details about Fentanyl-related calls, their first-hand experiences, and the usage of Naloxone (aka Narcan). 
  • Week Four will focus on what we can do as a community to help address issues surrounding Fentanyl, provide tools and resources to help combat this deadly drug, and speak with a local community member about their struggles with Fentanyl and other drug usages. 

For more information on this campaign, visit: bit.ly/WCSO_OnePillCanKill

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Canine Deputy Locates Assault Suspect Hiding Near Beaverton Creek (Photo) - 07/20/21

On Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 2:30 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an assault call near the area of SW 197th Ave. and SW Baseline Rd. This area is part of the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD).

Deputies determined 35-year-old Judith Bezzant hit another female in the head with the blunt end of a hatchet during an argument. Bezzant fled on foot as deputies began arriving in the area. Sgt. O’Reilly, and his canine partner, Radar, began searching for Bezzant, who was last seen near Beaverton Creek.

The canine track led deputies north through Beaverton Creek to where Bezzant was hiding in tall grass along the creekbank. Bezzant was arrested for assault in the second degree and several outstanding warrants. She was lodged in the Washington County Jail.

During the canine track, Sgt. O’Reilly was wearing a body camera. A portion of the video from the canine track can be found here.

The Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD) provides law enforcement services for more than 215,000 residents in the urban areas outside of cities in Washington County, including Bethany, Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, Aloha, Reedville, Garden Home, Metzger, Rock Creek, Raleigh Hills, Bull Mountain, Bonny Slope, West Slope, Oak Hills, and more. Voters first approved the ESPD in 1987 and all local option levies since then.

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UPDATE -- FedEx Driver Linked to Multiple New Child Abuse Victims (Photo) - 07/19/21

Over the past several days, Violent Crimes Unit detectives have continued to investigate Mr. Negrete's history and actions. A combination of community reports and investigative work showed Mr. Negrete has at least four additional child victims. Mr. Negrete contacted all of those children during his work as a FedEx driver. Several of those children are still unidentified. 

Mr. Negrete has delivered for FedEx for approximately one year, and his routes included southwest Portland, Beaverton, Aloha, and Tigard. Detectives are renewing their request to have parents in those areas speak with their children. Anyone with information can call the Sheriff's Office 24/7 at 503-846- 2700. 

Mr. Negrete is expected to face additional charges as the investigation continues. On July 19, 2021, a Washington County judge increased his bail to $250,000, and he remains in jail. 


Deputies Arrest FedEx Driver for Trying to Sexually Assault a Child 

July 16, 2021

On Friday, July 16, 2021, at 1:09 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of an attempted sexual assault of a child in Aloha, part of the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD).

A parent told deputies that a 9-year-old girl had been playing outside her home in the 4000 block of SW 160th Ave. The child said a FedEx driver made a delivery at a neighboring home and then offered her candy. The driver then tried to sexually assault the girl, who was able to get away and tell her parent what happened. She was also able to provide a description of the suspect.

Deputies went to the home to speak with the parent and child while other deputies searched the area for the FedEx truck. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit also assisted with the investigation. While looking for the suspect, deputies contacted FedEx which immediately provided its full help to find the involved driver.

Deputies found the FedEx truck and driver in the 18300 block of SW Shaw St. The driver was identified as 24-year-old Alejandro Negrete of Portland.

Mr. Negrete was arrested for attempted sexual abuse in the first degree and attempted sodomy in the first degree. He was lodged at the Washington County Jail where his bail was set at $20,000.

Deputies learned there is at least one other person who Mr. Negrete sexually assaulted, however that incident did not occur while Mr. Negrete was delivering for FedEx.

Mr. Negrete’s regular FedEx routes covered the Aloha and Tigard areas, on all seven days of the week. Detectives are concerned there may be more victims and are asking anyone with additional information to call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.

The Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank FedEx for their immediate and full cooperation, which was crucial in helping deputies locating Mr. Negrete quickly.

Detectives assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit are called upon to investigate serious violent crimes such as homicides, suspicious deaths, sexual assaults, kidnappings, robberies, extortion, serious assaults, elder abuse, and missing persons.

The Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) provides law enforcement services for more than 215,000 residents in the urban areas outside of cities in Washington County, including Bethany, Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, Aloha, Reedville, Garden Home, Metzger, Rock Creek, Raleigh Hills, Bull Mountain, Bonny Slope, West Slope, Oak Hills, and more. Voters first approved the ESPD in 1987 and all local option levies since then.

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"One Pill Can Kill" Campaign Seeks To Educate On Dangers of Fentanyl (Photo) - 07/13/21

As Fentanyl continues to impact Oregon and the Metro area drastically, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to highlight the dangers of Fentanyl. In an effort to bring awareness, the Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with partners from around the county to educate community members about its effects on the community. Many have been affected by what Fentanyl can do; learning a tiny amount of the synthetic opioid in your system can be deadly. Fentanyl is roughly 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Today, alongside our community partners, the Sheriff’s Office will begin a four-week campaign titled "One Pill Can Kill.”

  • Week One will give an introduction of what Fentanyl is, which will include an interview with Washington County’s Health Officer Dr. Christina Baumann, M.D.; 
  • Week Two focuses on the type of cases the Sheriff’s Office Westside Interagency Narcotic’s Team are seeing around Washington County;  
  • Week Three highlights our partners, Metro West Ambulance and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, providing details about Fentanyl related calls, their first-hand experiences, and the usage of Naloxone (aka Narcan); 
  • Week Four will focus on what we can do as a community to help address issues surrounding Fentanyl, provide tools and resources to help combat this deadly drug, and speak with a local community member about their struggles with Fentanyl and other drug usages.  

Dr. Christina Baumann with Washington County’s Department of Health and Human Services says, “In 2020, the western states, in particular, had the largest increases in fentanyl availability in the illegal drug market; and in our state, there was nearly a 70% increase in drug overdose deaths in compared to 2019.” 

Please take the time to watch a short video where Dr. Baumann answers numerous questions about Fentanyl. 

Resources mentioned by Dr. Baumann during her video interview: 

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Mr. Brown
Update: Ralph Brown Still Missing After Nearly Two Months (Photo) - 07/13/21

Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives continue to search for 76-year-old Ralph Brown, who has been missing from Cornelius since Sunday, May 16, 2021. Friday, July 16, is the two-month mark of Mr. Brown going missing.

Mr. Brown left his Cornelius home on May 16 in his 2014 Blue Nissan Sentra with  Oregon plate 319KQV and has not been seen since. To date, the Sheriff's Office has not received any confirmed sightings of Mr. Brown.

If a community member has any information about Mr. Brown, they should immediately contact their local law enforcement agency.


Update: Detectives Continue To Search for Missing and Endangered, Ralph Brown

Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies and detectives continue to search for 76-year-old Ralph Brown, who has been missing from Cornelius since Sunday, May 16, 2021. On the evening he was reported missing, deputies immediately entered Mr. Brown into local and national law enforcement databases identifying him as missing and endangered. Mr. Brown's vehicle, a 2014 Blue Nissan Sentra with Oregon plate 319KQV, was also listed in the same databases. If any law enforcement officer enters Mr. Brown's name, driver's license number, vehicle's license plate, or vehicle identification number (VIN) into one of the databases, they will be notified that Mr. Brown is a missing and endangered person.

Each missing person case is unique. WCSO personnel has canvassed Newberg, Oregon, Mr. Brown's last known location determined by GPS signals from his cell phone (map attached). Deputies and detectives have searched on foot, in vehicles, via drones (some equipped with forward-looking infrared or commonly known as FLIR), by boats (some equipped with sonar), and air. Since the evening he went missing, he has not turned on his cell phone or completed any financial activities. Additionally, Mr. Brown's Sentra is not equipped with any form of GPS.

Detectives have also checked area hospitals, airports, and frequently visited locations where Mr. Brown has been. Additionally, detectives continue to review Mr. Brown's cell phone activity and financial records and investigate new leads from community members.

Detectives continue to ask for the community's help in locating Mr. Brown. To date, we have had reports from community members saying they have seen Mr. Brown, but none of the sightings have been confirmed. Washington County Search and Rescue Supervisor Sgt. Jesse Baker says, "If Mr. Brown's vehicle is located, it can be an essential start location for a Search and Rescue operation."

Tomorrow morning, Thursday, June 3, 2021, searchers from the Washington County Search and Rescue Team will be searching the Hess Creek area south of Newberg.

If a community member has any information about Mr. Brown, please contact your local law enforcement agency right away.

On June 3, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., the Washington County Sheriff's Office and family members of Mr. Brown will be holding a press conference in front of the Sheriff's Office located at 215 SW Adams Avenue in Hillsboro. Please Email the Sheriff's Office PIO to RSVP.

We want to extend our thanks to several outside agencies who have provided assistance in this critical investigation. They include the Astoria Police Department, the Benton County Sheriff's Office, the California Highway Patrol, the Civil Air Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Oregon State Parks, the Oregon State Sheriff's Association, the Oregon State University Police Department, the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Washington State Patrol, the Western Oregon University Department of Campus Public Safety, the Newberg Police Department, the Forest Grove Police Department, and the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office.


Update: Detectives Ask for Public's Help Locating Missing and Endangered Man 

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to provide an update on the search for 76-year-old Ralph Brown who has been missing from Cornelius since Sunday.

Detectives are continuing to follow up on leads, including some in the Newberg area, but stress Mr. Brown could be anywhere at this point.

On Monday, May 17th, deputies received a tip from a community member who said they saw Mr. Brown in his blue 2014 Nissan Sentra in the Newberg Area. Detectives are requesting that anyone who lives along the Willamette River or near Rogers Landing County Park in Newberg to check around for Mr. Brown and his car. The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and other local police departments have been notified of this missing persons case.

Please continue to keep an eye out for Mr. Brown and report any information regarding his location to the Sheriff’s Office.


Deputies Ask for the Public's Help Locating a Missing and Endangered Man

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies serving the city of Cornelius learned 76-year-old Ralph Brown was missing. Mr. Brown was last seen leaving his home near the 600 block S 12th Avenue in the City of Cornelius shortly before deputies were called. Family told deputies Mr. Brown left in his 2014 Blue Nissan Sentra (Oregon Plate: 319KQV).

Mr. Brown is approximately 5'10", 210 lbs., has gray hair with blue eyes, and is missing the tip of his right-hand index finger. Mr. Brown's family says he has memory issues and may struggle to find his way home.

If you know of Mr. Brown's whereabouts, please call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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Detectives Identify and Arrest Suspect in Convenience Store Robbery (Photo) - 06/30/21

On May 19, 2021, at 12:28 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an armed robbery call at the 7-Eleven store near the intersection of SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and SW 91st Avenue. This area is in the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD). The suspect, described as a white male wearing a full-face ski mask, all black clothing, with black fingerless gloves, pointed a handgun at the cashier’s head and demanded money from the cash register.

The suspect grabbed a handful of cigars and placed them along with cash into a black reusable grocery-style bag that they brought with them and left the store on foot.

A subsequent search by deputies did not locate the suspect.

In June, detectives found evidence linking Jarrod Deferrari, age 24, to the robbery of the 7-Eleven in an abandoned home on SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway where Deferrari had previously been trespassing. Social media posts by Deferrari also appeared to link him to the robbery.

On Monday, June 28, 2021, detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit arrested Deferrari on charges of robbery in the first degree, unlawful use of a weapon, and menacing.

Deferrari was already in custody at the Washington County Jail related to previous charges of burglary in the first degree, possession of burglary tools, interfering with a peace officer, contempt of court, and criminal mischief in the second degree.

If anyone was in the area of the 7-Eleven during the time of the robbery and has any information, please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Case No. 50-21-7061.

Members of the Violent Crimes Unit are called upon to investigate serious violent crimes such as homicides, suspicious deaths, adult sexual assaults, kidnappings, robberies, extortion, serious assaults, elder abuse, and missing persons.

The Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) provides law enforcement services for more than 215,000 residents in the urban areas outside of cities in Washington County, including Bethany, Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, Aloha, Reedville, Garden Home, Metzger, Rock Creek, Raleigh Hills, Bull Mountain, Bonny Slope, West Slope, Oak Hills, and more. Voters first approved the ESPD in 1987 and all local option levies since then.

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Alden French booking photo
Two Felony Elude Suspects Arrested in 24-Hour Period (Photo) - 06/27/21

On Friday, June 25, 2021 at 5:40 p.m., a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy tried to stop a white Ford Mustang near Oak Way and Main Street in the city of Banks. The driver attempted to elude the deputy and the deputy stopped following for safety reasons. With the assistance of the Forest Grove Police Department, the deputy was able to identify the driver as 31-year-old Donald M. Santos, of Forest Grove. Later that evening, Mr. Santos again attempted to elude deputies. Again, deputies stopped following for safety reasons.

The same evening, while searching for Mr. Santos, deputies saw a motorcycle leaving a property associated with him near Banks. Deputies later attempted to stop the motorcycle on Highway 26, west of the city of North Plains. The motorcyclist attempted to elude deputies and later parked the motorcycle in the city of North Plains. He walked away on foot and was located by deputies. He was arrested and identified as 33-year-old Alden D. French, of Aloha.

Mr. French was booked into the Washington County Jail on the following charges:

  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer
  • Reckless Driving
  • Unlawful Possession of Heroin
  • Probation Violation

On Saturday evening, June 26, 2021, around 7:15 p.m., deputies located and arrested Mr. Santos in the 12300 block of NW Main Street in Banks.

Mr. Santos was booked into the Washington County Jail on the following charges:

  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer (two counts)
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (two counts)
  • Reckless Driving (two counts)
  • Parole Violation