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Deputies Arrest Two Men Driving Stolen Vehicle; Third Suspect Wanted (Photo) - 01/19/22

On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at around 6:50 p.m., deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report that a stolen vehicle was spotted in the parking lot of a grocery store on NW West Union Road in the Bethany area of the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD). Deputies were told two men had just parked the stolen car and had gone inside the grocery store. Moments later, several deputies arrived and located the two men leaving the store with multiple items they failed to pay for. The two men were questioned about the stolen vehicle where property was also recovered from a recent burglary on NW Wenmarie Drive, near NW Springville Road.

Steven Bottcher, age 32, was arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail on charges of burglary in the first degree, theft in the second degree, theft in the third degree, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and an outstanding warrant from Clackamas County.

Patrick Brogdon, age 25, was arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft in the third degree, and an outstanding warrant from Multnomah County.

Charges will be referred to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. Detectives are working to locate an additional suspect related to other recent burglaries in the area. If you have any information about the identity or location of the suspect shown in the attached surveillance photo, please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-629-0111. Case No. 50-22-790.

The Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) provides law enforcement services for more than 237,000 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.

Snohomish County Booking Photo
Snohomish County Booking Photo
Man Arrested, Linked to Over 20 Sexual Assaults in Oregon and Washington (Photo) - 01/14/22

In January 2022, Washington County Sheriff’s Office detectives assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit received information from the Everett (Washington) Police Department about an ongoing sexual assault investigation involving multiple victims. In October 2021, detectives with the Everett Police Department arrested 35-year-old Christian Sayre. As their investigation continued, they learned Sayre had over 20 victims in Washington state. 

Sayre owns the Anchor Pub in Everett and many of the victims, both male and female, reported going to the Anchor Pub, having a few drinks, and then blacking out. Upon waking up, the victims believed they had been sexually assaulted.

Everett Police detectives executed a warrant on Sayre’s home and business and uncovered additional evidence linking him to victims in Washington County, Oregon. Sayre grew up in Washington County and attended Century High School and Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus. Sayre also lived in multiple other states.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office detectives have identified multiple victims in Oregon, dating back to 2002. Based on the evidence in this case, detectives strongly believe there are additional victims. 

Tonight, Everett Police detectives arrested Mr. Sayre on additional charges. Mr. Sayre is currently in custody in the Snohomish County Jail (Washington) with bail set at $1 million. Criminal charges in Oregon are pending.

Anyone who may have been a victim in Oregon or anyone with any information about these crimes in Oregon is asked to contact investigators at 503-846-2700. Anyone with information related to crimes in Everett, Washington is asked to call the Everett Police Department Tip Line at 425-257-8450.

The Everett Police Department is expected to post a media release soon at everettwa.gov/EPDNews.

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.

Son Arrested for Stabbing Father; Charged with Attempted Murder - 01/10/22

On Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 2:43 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an assault with a weapon call on NW Oak Knoll Place, near NW Shadow Hills Lane. This is in the Bethany area, part of the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD). A 58-year-old man called 9-1-1 to report that his 18-year-old son, Aiden Samson had just stabbed him.

The suspect had left the area prior to deputies arriving at the scene. The victim was transported to a local trauma hospital with numerous stab wounds to his head, neck, shoulders, arms, and buttocks. The wounds ended up being non-life-threatening.

The victim told deputies it was an unprovoked attack using kitchen knives.

The suspect was located Sunday evening by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. He was transported to the Washington County Jail on charges of assault in the second degree and attempted murder. The case will be referred to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

The Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) provides law enforcement services for more than 237,000 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.

Attached Media Files: PDF Version
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Stolen Truck Photo - 2
North Plains Public Works Vacuum Truck Stolen. Suspect Arrested. (Photo) - 01/07/22

On Friday, January 7, 2022, at 1:09 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of North Plains responded to North Plains Public Works at 31360 NW Commercial Street and were told a city vacuum truck had been stolen. A witness saw the truck drive through a gate at North Plains Public Works and followed it northbound on NW Mountaindale Road. Shortly after, the truck went off the road and got stuck in a field near NW Mountaindale Road and NW Old Pumpkin Ridge Road. 

The witness saw a male get out of the vehicle and run back towards the city. The witness was on the phone with 911 dispatch and described the suspect and the direction he was running. Deputies, including a Washington County canine unit, got to the scene and searched for the suspect.

During the search, the suspect entered the garage of a residential home on the east side of North Plains Elementary School and stole the keys to a Ford F-350. He also entered another vehicle at the residence before stealing the F-350. A deputy searching for the suspect saw the Ford F-350 driving in the area without its lights but unfortunately lost sight of it. 

Another deputy searching for the suspect came across a female who claimed to be searching for her boyfriend, Benjamin Feigert, who was last seen walking their dog in the area.

A deputy at North Plains Public Works said he had located an abandoned German shepherd at the location. Deputies suspected Feigert was the suspect who stole the vacuum truck.

Deputies went to Feigert’s home, which is within the city of North Plains, and contacted him. After speaking to Feigert, deputies showed a picture of Feigert to a witness who saw him steal the vacuum truck from North Plains Public Works. The witness confirmed Feigert was the one who stole the vacuum truck. Deputies arrested Feigert.

Following the arrest, deputies continued their investigation and discovered Feigert entered three other vehicles at North Plains Public Works, along with entering a pump house. They also found out the stolen F-350 that they had seen earlier was located at the Jessie Mays Community Park at 30975 NW Hillcrest Street. Jessie Mays Community Park is less than a block from Feigert’s residence.

Feigert was lodged in the Washington County Jail on the following charges:

  • Burglary in the first degree
  • Aggravated theft in the first degree 
  • Burglary in the second degree 
  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle 
  • Unlawful entry into a motor vehicle X4

 

Photo of Kim
Photo of Kim
Update: Missing and Endangered Man Located (Photo) - 01/05/22

Chong Ho Kim has been located and is home safe with his family. 

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the community for their help spreading Kim’s missing status via social media and other means.


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

On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 1:10 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies learned 79-year-old Chong Ho Kim was missing. Family members said Kim has been missing since Tuesday afternoon, January 4, 2022. Kim was last seen near the Stafford Court Apartments on SW 180th Avenue in Aloha. 

Kim is 5'3", 140 lbs., with grey hair and brown eyes. Kim was wearing black shoes, grey pants, a long winter coat, and has eyeglasses. Kim does not have a vehicle or cell phone. He is familiar with public transportation but has some memory and medical concerns that could endanger him. If you see Kim, please contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.

Scene Photo 2
Scene Photo 2
Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash on New Year's Eve (Photo) - 12/31/21

On Friday, December 31, 2021, at 2:22 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Hillsboro Fire and Rescue responded to a single-vehicle crash at SW Farmington Road and SW Rood Bridge Road, south of the city of Hillsboro. Witnesses reported that a vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed before it lost control and went airborne, ultimately coming to rest in a ditch.

The driver was transported to a local trauma hospital with serious injuries. He later died of injuries sustained in the crash. He has been identified as William L. Bartels, 65, of Forest Grove.

An injured border collie puppy was also located at the scene. Deputies transported the dog to a local emergency veterinarian for treatment. The dog is expected to fully recover.

Investigators confirmed that unsafe speed was a factor in this crash. Deputies remind the public to obey all traffic laws and drive cautiously in the current winter conditions.

Tonight’s temperatures are expected to stay below freezing all night. Please celebrate the new year responsibly and plan a safe ride home. 

Deputies recommend the following:

  • Designate a safe driver before you go out;
  • Use a rideshare service, widely available in Washington County;

For those traveling to/from Portland tonight, Tri-Met is offering free rides on buses, MAX, and Portland Streetcar after 8 p.m.

If you are behind a suspected impaired driver, call 911 or non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Scene Photo 2 , Scene Photo 1
Booking Photo
Booking Photo
Detectives Seek Additional Victims of Man Charged with Child Abuse (Photo) - 12/26/21

In September of 2021, Washington County Sheriff’s Office detectives assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit began investigating a case of child sex abuse after getting a report of an adult man having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl. Detectives identified 50-year-old Rodrigo Maya Juarez as the suspect. As the investigation continued, detectives learned there were multiple underage victims. 

Juarez, who lives in Beaverton, was arrested on September 21, 2021. On September 27, a grand jury indicted him for the following charges:

  • Sexual abuse in the first degree (seven counts)
  • Sexual abuse in the third degree (six counts)

Juarez remains in jail on $250,000 bail. Additional charges are possible in the future. Detectives believe there are additional victims in this case and are asking other victims to report any abuse to law enforcement. 

Anyone with information about this case or any other potential victims, please contact Detective Charles Anderson at 503-846-2704.

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.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Booking Photo
HPD Patrol Car (1)
HPD Patrol Car (1)
A Driver of Stolen Truck Crashes Into a Tree After Hitting Two Police Cars (Photo) - 12/23/21

On Wednesday, December 23, 2021, 3:09 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a hit-and-run crash in the 16,000 block of NW Brugger Road in the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) community of Bethany. Deputies learned a community member saw someone attempting to free their Ford F-150 truck that was stuck in a field. As the community member tried to help, the F-150 became free. The driver of the F-150 backed into the community member’s car and left the scene.

A deputy located the F-150 in the Tanasbourne area of the city of Hillsboro. The deputy saw the truck driving recklessly by running a red light and driving into oncoming lanes of traffic. The deputy activated their overhead lights and siren to stop the F-150, but the truck continued to accelerate at a high rate of speed in an attempt to elude the deputy. The deputy did not pursue the F-150.

A short time later, a Hillsboro Police Officer located the F-150 entering Highway 26 eastbound from the NE Cornelius Pass Road onramp. Hillsboro officers and Sheriff's deputies followed the F-150 at a distance until it exited the highway at NW Barnes Road and went into a parking lot near Providence St. Vincent's Hospital.

The F-150 exited the parking lot onto NW Barnes Road and hit a Beaverton Police vehicle. The Beaverton Officer in that vehicle stated that the driver of the F-150 intentionally hit him. The collision caused minor damage to the vehicle. The Beaverton officer was not injured. 

Deputies and Hillsboro Officers again tried to stop the F-150 by activating their overhead lights and sirens, but the F-150 did not stop. The F-150 eventually turned into a hotel located at 15042 NW Cornell Road. As the truck was driving through the parking lot, it made a turn and began to fishtail. The driver lost control, side-swiped a Hillsboro Police car, and crashed into a tree. The Hillsboro Officer, whose car was side-swiped, was not injured.

The driver, 35-year-old Anthony DeHerrera, was taken into custody without incident. Deputies determined the truck was stolen and believed DeHerrera was under the influence of narcotics. DeHerrera was transported to a local hospital for precautionary reasons and later lodged in the Washington County Jail for the following crimes:

  • Attempted assault in the second degree
  • Reckless driving
  • Fleeing or attempting to elude police officer (Felony)
  • Recklessly endangering another person
  • Driving under the influence of intoxicants
  • Failure to perform duties of driver – two counts 
  • Unlawful entry into a motor vehicle – three counts 
  • Possession of weapons by certain felons 
  • Possession of a stolen vehicle
  • Theft in the second degree

The Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) provides law enforcement services to more than 237,000 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.