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Estella Caballero
Estella Caballero
Three Arrested After Driver Attempts to Flee Deputies in Vehicle and on Foot (Photo) - 01/16/19

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 7:43 a.m., a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to stop a black 2000 Honda Accord for numerous traffic violations in the 5000 block of Southwest Hillsboro Highway in unincorporated Washington County.

The vehicle did not stop and turned eastbound on Southwest Burkhalter Road, and then sped up as it ran a stop sign and turned northbound onto Southwest Minter Bridge Road.

The chase ended when the deputy successfully performed a pursuit intervention technique (“PIT maneuver”) in the 7400 block of Southwest Minter Bridge Road. The female driver fled on foot. Two male passengers were detained at the scene.

Deputies, with the assistance of Beaverton Police K-9s Rizzo and Toa, searched the area extensively but were unable to locate the woman. Nearby Farmington View Elementary School was placed on lockout as a precaution.

Inside the Honda deputies found property that had been stolen overnight from a vehicle in Hillsboro. Deputies returned the recovered property to its owner. The suspect’s vehicle was impounded.

At 12:49 p.m., the driver was located walking on a property near where she had originally fled. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment from exposure to the elements before being transported to the Washington County Jail.

Estella Caballero, 22, of Forest Grove, was charged with felony eluding in a vehicle, misdemeanor eluding on foot, second-degree theft, driving while criminally revoked, and a felony probation violation.

Her boyfriend, 19-year-old Jorge Gandarilla of Aloha, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and a felony probation violation. The other passenger, 24-year-old Dalton Tate of Aloha, was also arrested on a felony probation violation.

Update: Man Fatally Stabbed His Mother Before Killing Himself - 01/12/19

The two deceased individuals from yesterday’s investigation in Aloha are being identified as Lisa Marie Gellings, 49, and David Jaymes Gellings, 23. Based on the investigation, detectives determined David fatally stabbed his mother Lisa inside their home and then shot and killed himself.

The original media release is below.

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Homicide Investigation Underway After Two Found Deceased

January 11, 2019 -- On Friday, January 11, 2019, 5:16 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence at the Pine Ridge Mobile Park, located at 6900 Southwest 195th Avenue in Aloha. A woman reported finding two unresponsive adults.

Deputies arrived and located a deceased male and female inside the home.

Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded and are leading the investigation. They are being assisted on scene by Forensic Science Unit personnel.

Investigators do not believe there is a danger to the public.

Additional information, including identifications of the deceased, will be released at a later date.

Attached Media Files: Media Release
Scene photo
Scene photo
Public's Help Needed to Identify Bank Robbery Suspect (Photo) - 01/12/19

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 11:09 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a robbery at Chase Bank at 4732 NW  Bethany Blvd.

Bank employees reported an unidentified male came up to the counter and used a note to demand money. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. Deputies were on scene almost immediately and extensively searched the area but were not able to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, about 5’8” tall, medium build, with short facial hair and glasses. He was wearing light blue jeans, a black coat, and a beanie hat with black, red, and white stripes.

Detectives responded to the scene and notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office by calling (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Scene photo
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Scene Photo 1
Homicide Investigation Underway After Two Found Deceased (Photo) - 01/11/19

On Friday, January 11, 2019, 5:16 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence at the Pine Ridge Mobile Park, located at 6900 Southwest 195th Avenue in Aloha. A woman reported finding two unresponsive adults.

Deputies arrived and located a deceased male and female inside the home.

Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded and are leading the investigation. They are being assisted on scene by Forensic Science Unit personnel.

Investigators do not believe there is a danger to the public.

Additional information, including identifications of the deceased, will be released at a later date.

Marion County Jail Booking Photo
Marion County Jail Booking Photo
Update: Woodburn Man Arrested on New Sex Charges, Additional Victims Sought (Photo) - 01/11/19

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit detectives continue to investigate 28-year-old Jorge Serrano of Woodburn. Since his arrest on December 7, 2018, detectives have identified and interviewed six additional victims, including underage females who live out of state.

On Thursday afternoon, with the assistance of Woodburn Police, detectives arrested Mr. Serrano at his Woodburn home. Mr. Serrano is being held at the Marion County Jail without bail on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree encouraging child sex abuse, second-degree sex abuse, and using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct.

Additional charges are likely as the investigation continues.

Investigators have learned that Mr. Serrano used social media to meet women, including  underage girls, some of whom detectives have been unable to identify.

Detectives would like to speak with anyone who has information about this case. The public is asked to contact Washington County Sheriff’s Office detectives by calling (503) 846-2700.

The original media release is below.

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Detectives Seek Additional Victims of Sexual Assault, Uploading of Intimate Images

December 7, 2018 -- On October 15, 2018, detectives assigned to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit received information regarding an intimate video that had been posted on the internet without the consent of a person in it.

During the investigation, detectives learned that from July of 2014 to June of 2015, Jorge Serrano worked as an armed security guard assigned to patrol various residential and commercial areas in the Portland metro area.

In the spring of 2015 and while on duty, Mr. Serrano came across a tenant who lived in an apartment complex in the 19000 block of Northwest Evergreen Parkway in Hillsboro. Detectives learned he drove the tenant to a building nearby and engaged in sexual acts with her, which he filmed and later posted online without her knowledge. After his shift ended, Mr. Serrano met the woman again and then sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious.

Mr. Serrano was employed as a corrections deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office from July of 2017 to November of 2018. Detectives learned he uploaded the video during that timeframe. Mr. Serrano’s employment had been terminated prior to these allegations coming to light.

On the morning of December 7, 2018, Washington County Sheriff’s Office detectives took Mr. Serrano into custody while executing a warrant at his residence, located in the 1600 block of Alexandra Avenue in Woodburn.

Mr. Serrano, 28, was arrested on charges of first-degree rape and three counts of first degree-sodomy. He is being held at the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.

Detectives are working with Oregon State Police to investigate intimate photos and videos of multiple women that Mr. Serrano uploaded to the internet without their knowledge. The investigation into unlawful dissemination of an intimate image is ongoing.

Investigators are working to identify those women and believe there are likely additional victims. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 846-2700.

Detectives have been assisted in this investigation by the Oregon State Police, Jefferson County and Marion County Sheriff’s Offices, and Salem and Woodburn Police Departments.

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Detectives Seeking Public's Assistance Identifying Suspect in Numerous Bank Robberies (Photo) - 01/09/19

On Monday, December 24, 2018, at 9:13 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a robbery at Columbia Bank, located at 4805 Southwest 77th Avenue in the Raleigh Hills community.

Witnesses reported that an unknown male approached the counter and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The suspect then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. Deputies, assisted by Beaverton Police, conducted an extensive search of the area but the suspect was not located. No injuries were reported.

Sheriff’s office detectives are releasing images of the suspect and asking for the public’s assistance identifying him. He is believed to be the suspect in numerous bank robberies in the Portland metro area.

The suspect is described as a 50 to 60-year-old white male, approximately 5-foot-8 tall, medium build, gray-haired, and wearing prescription eyeglasses.

Sheriff’s Office detectives are working closely in coordination with the Beaverton Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, and Federal Bureau of Investigation on related cases.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Washington County Sheriff’s Office detectives by calling (503) 846-2700.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Photo 1 , Photo 2
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Scene Photo
Cornelius Bank Robbed by Unknown Suspect (Photo) - 01/08/19

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at 6:02 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a robbery at U.S. Bank, located at 1735 North Adair Street.

Witnesses reported that an unknown male approached the counter and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The suspect then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Deputies, along with a sheriff’s office K-9 team and Forest Grove Police officers, conducted an extensive search of the area but the suspect was not located. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a 20 to 30-year-old white male, medium build, brown beard, wearing prescription glasses and a light blue hooded sweatshirt with a stripe across the chest.

Security footage of the incident is not available for release at this time.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Forensic Science Unit personnel. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office by calling (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Scene Photo
Scene Photo
Scene Photo
Deputies Search for Suspected Impaired Driver Near Bethany Lake Park (Photo) - 01/08/19

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at 1:16 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a blue 2000 Chevrolet Blazer driving erratically on Highway 26 westbound. One of the two callers witnessed the vehicle strike the highway guardrail near the Oregon Zoo exit and continue on.

The vehicle was seen taking the Northwest 185th Avenue exit and continuing northbound towards the Rock Creek community. At 1:28 a.m., deputies located the vehicle and a short pursuit ensued, ending when the driver crashed through a park fence and fled on foot from a dead end street in the 4800 block of Northwest Columbia Avenue.

Two K-9 teams, from the sheriff’s office and Hillsboro Police, responded to search the area. At one point during the search, deputies heard splashing from the vicinity of Bethany Lake. Personnel from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and their water rescue team responded and assisted deputies in searching the Bethany Lake Park area.

After an extensive search the driver was not located. The whereabouts of the suspect are not known. Deputies are attempting to contact the vehicle’s registered owner.

The driver is described as a darker-skinned male, 5-foot-8 tall, slim build, wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Scene Photo
Ling Booking
Ling Booking
Impaired Driver Arrested After Hitting Pedestrian, Leaving Crash Scene (Photo) - 01/04/19

On Friday, January 4, 2019, at 4:59 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an injury crash between a pedestrian and a vehicle near SW 185th Avenue and SW Farmington Road in Aloha. Witnesses reported that the involved vehicle, an older model tan Acura, left the scene. One of the witnesses, off-duty Sergeant L. Schoenfeld with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, followed the suspect and called 9-1-1.

As the suspect was attempting to flee the area, he caused a crash with another vehicle near SW 179th Avenue and SW Oak Street, before hitting a fence in a yard near the intersection. Using his personal vehicle, Sergeant Schoenfeld pinned the suspect’s vehicle to prevent him from leaving. Deputies arrived soon after and took the driver, 53-year-old Edgar Ling, into custody without incident.

The pedestrian, a 62-year-old woman, was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries and released. The driver of the vehicle Mr. Ling hit was uninjured. Mr. Ling faces the following charges:

  • Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Felony)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Assault in the Fourth Degree
  • Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (2 counts)
  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants

A June 2018 booking photo of Mr. Ling is attached. A current booking photo is not yet available.

Booking Photo
Booking Photo
K-9 Stark Captures Car Prowler in Bethany, Stolen Property Recovered (Photo) - 01/04/19

On Friday, January 4, 2018, at 2:33 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of car prowlers in the 6000 block of Northwest Calypso Terrace in Bethany. A community member reported that three people were trying to enter a vehicle and later seen running away.

Corporal Micah Akin and his partner, K-9 Stark, responded to assist. After 15 minutes of searching, Stark located Ramon Zendejas-Holt, 19 of Portland, hiding in a residential backyard.

In his possession, deputies located a wallet they later learned had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked nearby. Deputies were able to find the owner of the wallet and return it.

Deputies located Mr. Zendejas-Holt’s Volkswagen sedan nearby‎, which was occupied by two females. Inside the vehicle, deputies located a large quantity of foreign currency, which they believe was likely stolen from an unlocked vehicle, as well.

Mr. Zendejas-Holt was arrested on charges of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, three-degree theft, and an outstanding felony warrant. Additional charges are likely as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information about the recovered foreign currency is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office encourages the community to follow the 9PM Routine. Every night at 9:00 p.m., lock up property, turn on lights and bring in valuables to reduce the likelihood of falling victim to property crimes.

Body camera video from the K-9 track can be viewed and downloaded here.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Booking Photo
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Graphic
Deputies Arrest 55 Impaired Drivers in December, Enhanced Patrols Continue Through January (Photo) - 01/03/19

During the month of December, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 55 impaired drivers. Deputies will continue to conduct enhanced impaired driving patrols through the month of January and for the College Football Playoff. The Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to always drive sober or plan a safe ride home ahead of time.

The original media release below.

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Deputies Conducting Enhanced Impaired Driving Patrols Over the Holidays

December 3, 2018 -- The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting high visibility enforcement patrols looking for impaired drivers between the dates of December 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019. The enhanced patrols are being done in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA).

According to NHTSA, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016, and 28 percent (10,497) of those fatalities were in crashes during which a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08.

On average, a driving under the influence arrest costs $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs, and more.

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

This holiday season, deputies are asking the public to do their part in keeping our roadways safe by always planning a sober ride home before the festivities begin.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Graphic
Booking Photo
Booking Photo
Cornelius Man Arrested After Shooting Neighbor's House (Photo) - 01/01/19

On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at 12:06 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a report of someone recklessly shooting a firearm.

A resident in the 300 block of South Dogwood Place reported that shortly after midnight there were many gunshots heard from the neighbor’s back yard behind their house. The resident reported their house was then struck by the third barrage of gunshots. Deputies located several bullets that penetrated the rear exterior wall of the house with at least two bullets entering the home. One of the bullets landed next to a child’s slide in the living room. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries.

Deputies arrived and located the house in the 200 block of South Cherry Drive where the gunfire originated. Deputies found several dozen empty handgun shell casings in the front and back yard. The residents were reportedly celebrating the New Year by having a large party and firing handguns in the air within the city limits.

Deputies seized a handgun and arrested 46-year-old Juan Humberto Garfias-Campos of Cornelius. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail, charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Recklessly Endangering another Person and Second Degree Criminal Mischief. He was held on $10,000 bail. There is the possibility of additional charges as the investigation continues.

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Deputies Evacuate Gaston Residents after Man Overcome by Chemicals (Photo) - 12/24/18

On Monday, December 24, 2018, at 5:04 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to assist Gaston Fire at the Riverside Apartments at 98 2nd Street in Gaston. A woman located a man down in his apartment.

A Forest Grove Police officer was the first to arrive and found a man overcome by a strong chemical smell. The officer dragged that man to safety, where he could be evaluated by medical personnel. The 55-year-old patient was chemically decontaminated and then transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Deputies quickly began notifying and evacuating residents from the apartment building and surrounding area.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue’s Hazardous Materials Response Team responded to assess the situation. The Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit also responded out of an abundance of caution.

After an investigation, the origin of the chemical smell could not be determined and nothing hazardous was located.

At 8:30 a.m., fire officials determined it was safe for residents to return home.

Photo from crash scene
Photo from crash scene
Man Arrested on Multiple Charges after Crash Involving Five Cars (Photo) - 12/23/18

On Saturday, December 22, 2018, 2018, at 10:40 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an injury crash involving five vehicles at SW 170th Avenue and SW Farmington Road in Aloha.

When deputies arrived, they were told that the male driver who caused the crash ran from the scene. Witnesses reported that he had been driving recklessly prior to the crash and had intentionally rammed one vehicle before losing control and striking the other vehicles. One person was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Hillsboro Police Officer Matthew Schmidt deployed his K9, Blazer, who located the suspect a short distance from the crash scene, hiding in vegetation.

The suspect was identified as 51-year-old Wesley Howard Scott, of Beaverton. Mr. Howard was arrested and taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries before being booked into the Washington County Jail. He is charged with the following:

  • Felony hit and run
  • Criminal mischief in the second degree (two counts)
  • Reckless endangering
  • DUII (alcohol and controlled substance)
  • Assault in the fourth degree
  • Reckless driving

Mr. Scott refused to provide a breath sample. His blood-alcohol level will not be available until toxicological testing is completed in the future by the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory.