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Man Charged With Murder After Beating His Father to Death (Photo) - 07/18/18

July 18, 2018 – A 53-year-old man has been charged with murder after severely beating his father in early March. The 77-year-old man died at the hospital in early June.

On March 2, 2018, at 3:32 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a welfare check at a residence in the 7200 block of Northwest 185th Avenue in unincorporated Washington County.

The caller, 53-year-old Shaun Maki, reported that his father, 77-year-old Melvin Maki, was suffering from self-inflicted injuries inside the home they both lived.

When they arrived, deputies found Melvin suffering from severe injuries that were not consistent with self-inflicted wounds. He was transported to a local trauma hospital with critical injuries.

Based on the suspicious circumstances, detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded to investigate. Detectives collected evidence that led them to believe that Shaun had brutally beaten his father with a wooden shovel handle and waited a substantial time to call 9-1-1.

Detectives arrested Shaun that evening for attempted murder and other related charges, and lodged him at the Washington County Jail.

On June 4, 2018, Melvin died at a medical facility. The Oregon State Medical Examiner has ruled his death a homicide.

On July 18, 2018, a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Shaun Edwin Maki for murder, two counts of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held at the Washington County Jail without bail.

Detectives were assisted in their investigation by Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Unit personnel, Beaverton Police officers from the inter-agency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team, and Oregon State Police Forensics.

The case will be prosecuted by the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo
Chan Woo Hwang booking photo
Chan Woo Hwang booking photo
Detectives Arrest Two Men for Sex Crimes Involving Teenage Girl (Photo) - 07/18/18

July 18, 2018 – Detectives arrested two men for sexually abusing a young teenage girl. Investigators believe there may be additional victims and would like to speak with anyone with information on these cases.

In January, detectives received information from a concerned parent that their teenage daughter had been engaging in sexual contact with adult men. Detectives launched an intensive investigation that culminated with arrests in two different counties.

On June 27, 2018, detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher I. Iverson, 50, at his home in north Portland.

He was charged with the following crimes:

  • Rape in the First Degree
  • Rape in the Second Degree
  • Attempted Rape in the Second Degree
  • Sodomy in the First Degree
  • Sodomy in the Second Degree
  • Using Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct
  • Sexual Abuse in the First Degree
  • Strangulation
  • Purchasing Sex with a Minor (two counts)
  • Luring a Minor
  • Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree
  • Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the Second Degree

Mr. Iverson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail, where he remains. His bail is set at $1,547,500. This case will be prosecuted by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

On July 17, 2018, detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit traveled to Grants Pass. With assistance from the Washington County Air Support Unit and the Oregon State Police, they arrested Chan Woo Hwang, 30, at his home outside Grants Pass.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Mr. Hwang met several females online and agreed to pay them for sex. When he met up with them, he covertly recorded the sex acts and later used the video footage in an attempt to blackmail the victims into additional meetings for sex.

Mr. Hwang was charged with the following crimes:

  • Using Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct
  • Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree
  • Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (three counts)
  • Rape in the Second Degree
  • Sodomy in the Second Degree (two counts)
  • Luring a Minor
  • Commercial Sexual Solicitation

Mr. Hwang was lodged at the Josephine County Jail, where he remains. His bail is set at $1,012,500. This case will be prosecuted by the Washington County District Attorney’s Office and will proceed upon Mr. Hwang’s transfer to the Washington County Jail.

Detectives believe there are additional victims. If you have any information on these cases, please contact detectives at 503-846-2500.

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Driver Crashes Into North Plains Gas Station, Strikes Employee (Photo) - 07/12/18

July 12, 2018 – A 23-year-old driver crashed into a North Plains storefront and struck an employee. Impairment and vehicle maintenance neglect are believed to be factors in the crash.

On Thursday, July 12, 2018, at 7:03 p.m., two North Plains Police Department officers were at an ARCO station, located at 9560 NW Glencoe Road, when they observed a vehicle turn into the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle, a black 1974 Ford F-350 pickup, nearly struck an officer, crashed into the storefront, then struck an employee who was outside. North Plains officers detained the driver, a 23-year-old male, and a 20-year-old female passenger.

Based on the incident location, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to investigate. The driver told deputies he knew the brakes on his vehicle were faulty but admitted he had neglected to replace them.

Investigators believe impairment was likely a factor in this crash. Deputies will investigate further then send the case to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office for review.

The employee who was struck, a 19-year-old male, suffered a broken ankle, concussion, and multiple lacerations. He was transported to a local hospital by Metro West Ambulance.

The inter-agency Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to assist in the investigation. [read more]

Video and photos from the crash can be accessed here.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Photo 1 , Photo 2
Crash Scene
Crash Scene
Pedestrian Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries Following Traffic Crash on Pacific Highway (Photo) - 07/11/18

July 11, 2018 – A pedestrian suffered critical, life-threatening injuries when she was struck by a vehicle on Pacific Highway south of King City. Speed or impairment are not believed to be factors in this crash.

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 10:10 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a traffic crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian in the 17000 block of Pacific Highway outside of King City.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue provided medical aid and transported the injured 25-year-old female pedestrian to a local hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries. 

Based on preliminary information gathered, investigators believe the pedestrian was crossing Pacific Highway when she was struck by a gray Ford Explorer traveling southbound. The driver, an adult male, remained at the crash scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Speed or impairment are not believed to be factors in this crash.

Pacific Highway was closed to southbound traffic between Southwest Fischer Road and Southwest 124th Avenue for approximately three hours.

The inter-agency Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to assist in the traffic crash investigation [read more]. King City Police assisted during the incident.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Crash Scene
Results: Deputies Arrest 22 Impaired Drivers During Holiday, Continue Enhanced Patrols Through July - 07/09/18

July 9, 2018 – During enhanced holiday patrols between the dates of July 1 and July 8, deputies arrested 22 individuals for impaired driving. Seven of those arrests occurred between the afternoon of July 3 to the early morning of July 5.

In partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA), the Sheriff’s Office will continue enhanced impaired driving patrols through the end of July.

With the summer season upon us, marine patrol deputies would also like to remind the public to also stay sober while out on the water. Operating a boat while impaired, even those non-motorized, is a crime. In addition, using water skis, surfboard or similar device while under the influence is prohibited. [read more]

The Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable summer. Whether on the roadways or waterways, please travel sober.

The original media release is below.

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Deputies Conducting Enhanced Impaired Driving Patrols During Fourth of July Holiday

July 3, 2018 – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA), will be conducting enhanced impaired driving patrols on Independence Day.

The Fourth of July holiday is a wonderful time to celebrate with family, friends, food, and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on our nation’s highways. Unfortunately, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to impaired-driving crashes.

According to statistics from the NHTSA, between the dates of July 2 and July 6, 2016, 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This was a 28 percent increase from 2015 (146 fatalities). In addition, nearly half of those who died were in a vehicle crash involving at least one driver with a BAC of .15 or higher – almost twice the legal limit.

There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home from Fourth of July festivities besides relying on a friend. The options include using public transportation, calling a taxi, or using a rideshare program such as Uber or Lyft. In addition, NHTSA’s SaferRide Mobile App, available in the app store, is another resource to help find a sober ride home – by identifying their location and helping to call a taxi or a friend to pick them up.

The Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July, and asks the public to celebrate responsibly.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
Booking Photo (May 2018)
Booking Photo (May 2018)
Update: Suspect Charged From Cornelius Armed Robbery in December (Photo) - 07/09/18

July 9, 2018 – In December 2017, deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to an armed robbery at a bar in Cornelius. A suspect entered the lounge while brandishing a knife and later fled with over $3,000 in cash. [incident video]

During the investigation, detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit identified the suspect as 23-year-old Diego Sanchez-Lopez.

On June 29, 2018, a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Mr. Sanchez-Lopez on charges of robbery in the first degree, theft in the first degree, and unlawful use of a weapon.

Mr. Sanchez-Lopez was arrested by the Hillsboro Police Department in late May during a separate armed robbery. He is currently being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center without bail.

The original media release is below.

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Detectives Asking for Public’s Help Identifying Cornelius Armed Robbery Suspect

December 20, 2017 – Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s assistance identifying a robbery suspect who stole a significant amount of cash from a bar while brandishing a knife in Cornelius.

On Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 12:00 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to an armed robbery occurring at the Jungle Room, located at 1034 East Baseline Street in Cornelius.

Deputies learned that an unknown suspect entered the bar while brandishing a knife, walked behind the counter, and demanded money from the register. The suspect then fled with a significant amount of cash. A track was conducted by a Washington County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team but the suspect was not located. The Forest Grove Police Department also assisted in the search.

The suspect is described as a Latino male in his mid-20s, 5’1” tall, slim build, with short facial hair. He was wearing a black and red plaid jacket and dark pants. The suspect had a dark-colored sweatshirt underneath his jacket with the hood pulled over his head.

Video of the incident can be viewed through the Sheriff’s Office Facebook and Twitter social media pages. Downloadable files will distributed to local news stations for use.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit are asking for the public’s help identifying the robbery suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (503) 846-2500.

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Hillsboro Man Arrested After Attempting to Run Over Deputy (Photo) - 07/07/18

July 7, 2018 – A Hillsboro man is in custody after nearly hitting deputy while attempting to flee from a traffic stop.

On Saturday, July 07, 2018, at 1:52 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop in the area of SW 185th Avenue and SW Sandra Lane in the community of Aloha. Deputies were attempting to identify the driver, 30 year-old Trevor Bosworth, of Hillsboro, when he drove away from the traffic stop in a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. Mr. Bosworth’s vehicle grazed a deputy as he fled the scene. 

A few minutes later, deputies located Mr. Bosworth’s vehicle near SW Tualatin Valley Highway and SW 170th Avenue. Mr. Bosworth refused to stop for deputies and led deputies on a pursuit into a neighborhood near SW 170th Avenue and SW Sarala Street. Deputies ended the pursuit by pinning Mr. Bosworth’s car with a patrol car and he was taken into custody without incident.

Thankfully, the deputy Mr. Bosworth nearly struck was not injured. A patrol car received minor damage as a result of blocking Mr. Bosworth’s vehicle.

Mr. Bosworth was booked into the Washington County Jail and charged with Assault in the Second Degree, attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felony Attempting to Elude, Reckless Driving, Failure to Carry or Present License, and Giving False Information to a Peace Officer.

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Booking Photo
Detectives Arrest Bethany Man During Child Predator Sting Operation (Photo) - 07/05/18

July 5, 2018 – Beginning July 3, 2018, detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit began conducting a child predator sting operation to proactively combat child exploitation. During the mission, detectives posed as a 15-year-old girl and used various social media platforms to communicate with individuals seeking sexual acts with a minor.

Over a two-day period, detectives communicated with a 37-year-old man who engaged in explicit communication and later arranged to meet for sexual contact. The man knew he was corresponding with an individual identifying as 15-years-old.

On July 4, 2018, at 11:20 a.m., detectives arrested the suspect, Abdullah Sevincer of Bethany, when he arrived at a meeting location in the Tanasbourne area. Detectives located evidence in his possession corroborating his intent to engage in sexual contact.

Mr. Sevincer was booked at the Washington County Jail on one count of luring a minor, a felony. The case has been referred for prosecution to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, a collaborative partner in the ongoing mission to protect victims of sexual exploitation and violence.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office continues to conduct proactive missions as part of ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking and child exploitation. Last month, seven local law enforcement agencies from across the Portland metro area conducted a joint mission to proactively combat human trafficking in the region, resulting in 37 individuals being charged for prostitution-related crimes. [read more]

Detectives would like to remind parents to monitor cell phone and computer use, set parental controls on electronic devices, and educate their children about the dangers online. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) offers tips to help parents on how to be aware and involved. [read more]

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo
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Deputies Conducting Enhanced Impaired Driving Patrols During Fourth of July Holiday (Photo) - 07/03/18

July 3, 2018 – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA), will be conducting enhanced impaired driving patrols on Independence Day.

The Fourth of July holiday is a wonderful time to celebrate with family, friends, food, and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on our nation’s highways. Unfortunately, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to impaired-driving crashes.

According to statistics from the NHTSA, between the dates of July 2 and July 6, 2016, 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This was a 28 percent increase from 2015 (146 fatalities). In addition, nearly half of those who died were in a vehicle crash involving at least one driver with a BAC of .15 or higher – almost twice the legal limit.

There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home from Fourth of July festivities besides relying on a friend. The options include using public transportation, calling a taxi, or using a rideshare program such as Uber or Lyft. In addition, NHTSA’s SaferRide Mobile App, available in the app store, is another resource to help find a sober ride home – by identifying their location and helping to call a taxi or a friend to pick them up.

The Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July, and asks the public to celebrate responsibly.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Graphic
Results: Deputies Arrest 78 Impaired Drivers in June - 07/02/18

July 2, 2018 – During enhanced patrols in the month of June, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 78 impaired drivers. That equates to an average of over two and a half DUII arrests each day. Thirteen of those drivers were arrested for drug impairment.

The summer season brings increased social gatherings and deputies urge the public to always celebrate responsibly. The original media release is below.

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Deputies Arrest 18 Impaired Drivers Over Memorial Day Weekend, Continue Enhanced Patrols in June

May 31, 2018 – Between Friday, May 25 and Monday, May 28, 2018, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 18 impaired drivers. Deputies would like to remind the public that impaired driving is a preventable offense and to always designate a sober driver.

In partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA), will be conducting high visibility enforcement patrols looking for impaired drivers during the entire month of May.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release