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MCSO declares riot Friday night at Justice Center (Photo) - 11/20/21

Around 8:45 p.m., Friday, November 19, demonstrators attending a protest in Downtown Portland focused their attention on one of the vehicle roll-up gates at the Justice Center on SW 2nd Avenue. At the time, a couple dozen people gathered in front of the gate. Some individuals in the crowd were heard saying “burn it down," referring to the Justice Center.

Individuals were observed tampering with the gate prior to its opening. An estimated 10 to 20 protesters entered and began moving down the ramp in the direction of the jail entrance and the building’s critical infrastructure. Individuals also placed large tree branches to prevent the gate from closing. Deputies met the trespassers on the ramp to prevent entry and began instructing them to exit. The crowd, which was described as hostile, launched urine, alcoholic beverages, water bottles and batteries at deputies during the event. Because a large group of people were engaging in tumultuous and violent conduct, and further entry into the building would have posed significant implications and grave risk of causing public alarm, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) declared a riot. MCSO directed the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) incident command to communicate the riot declaration and force warnings to the demonstrators using the mobile Sound Truck. PPB issued the declarations and force warnings several times.

Even as deputies instructed people to leave, deputies continued to take projectiles and were subjected to hostile behavior. Demonstrators then stood at the garage exit, repeatedly preventing the gate from closing by pushing on it. Again, deputies asked the crowd to step away. Demonstrators ignored the repeated requests and continued blocking the gate. Deputies swiftly moved toward the demonstrators that were preventing the gate from closing to allow space for the gate to close properly. Deputies retreated inside and eventually were able to re-secure the gate. No arrests were made.

We are aware video exists of the event, which we are reviewing. Individuals who would like to share any video or photos with us can contact us by sending an email to IAU@mcso.us.

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Law enforcement seeking public assistance in locating an individual wanted for attempted murder (Photo) - 11/16/21

Around 10 a.m., on Tuesday, November 16, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) patrol deputies received a report of a person attempting to steal a vehicle in the 44000 block of East Larch Mountain Road. The suspect was not found upon arrival.

Based on a person description and information gathered by MCSO throughout the day, the suspect was identified as 23-year-old Logan Allen Cantwell. Deputies learned Cantwell was wanted by law enforcement for shooting at a Wasco County sheriff’s deputy in Shaniko on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Out of an abundance of caution, a reverse 911 call was issued to properties in the area east of Corbett High School to the community of Bridal Veil and north of the Multnomah County line to I-84. The call asked for residents to shelter in place and report suspicious activity to 911.

Based on additional information, and after maintaining a perimeter for several hours, deputies no longer believe Cantwell is in the area. Residents were notified via a reverse 911 call around 4:45 p.m. that the shelter-in-place order was rescinded.

There was no threat to Corbett High School at any time.

Cantwell is described as a white male, approximately 5’ 6” to 5’ 9” and about 150lbs. Cantwell may be going by an alias of Logan Taylor or Kendall Myers. If you see Cantwell, do not approach him, call 911 immediately. He is considered armed and dangerous. ###

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Two Adults In Custody After Striking MCSO Patrol Car (Photo) - 11/13/21

CORRECTION

The correct spelling of RAMSLAND's first name is Alexis.

 

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On November 13, 2021 at approximately 1445 hours deputies on proactive patrol observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the Motel 6 parking lot on NW Frontage Rd. in Troutdale.  The vehicle had extensive body damage and no license plates.  Deputies also noticed two adults passed out in the vehicle with drug paraphernalia in plain view.

When deputies knocked on the window to check on the occupants, the male in the driver's seat, later identified as BRANDON JAMES ANTONIO LOPEZ, age 25, woke up and immediately put the vehicle into reverse and started to turn.  One of the deputies was almost crushed between the suspect vehicle and a parked car in the next parking spot over.  The suspect vehicle then intentionally struck the front of the parked patrol vehicle in an attempt to escape the deputies.

The suspect vehicle became stuck on the push bumper on the patrol vehicle and the suspects refused to exit the vehicle.  After several minutes of verbal commands and the arrival of a K9 at the scene, the two occupants surrendered and were taken into custody.

Deputies recovered a loaded handgun in the vehicle, along with a recently stolen catalytic converter.  A short time after the arrest, a citizen contacted MCSO to report that the vehicle involved in the Motel 6 incident was a suspect in a catalytic converter theft.  The citizen showed deputies security camera footage of that theft, leading to additional charges for LOPEZ.

LOPEZ was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges:

  • Felony Elude x 3 warrant (Clackamas County)
  • Failure To Appear / Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle warrant (Yamhill County)
  • Attempt to Elude
  • Attempt to Escape
  • Criminal Mischief in the First Degree (two counts)
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (two counts)
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • Theft in the First Degree

The other occupant, identified as ALEXUS MONIQUE RAMSLAND, age 22, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges:

  • Criminal Mischief in the First Degree warrant (Clackamas County)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teen identified after fatal accident at a Troutdale park (Photo) - 11/08/21

On Saturday, November 6, at approximately 11:15 a.m., Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies and medical responders were dispatched to the report of a young person being struck by a fallen tree limb in the area of Thousand Acres Dog Park at the Sandy River Delta in Troutdale. The incident took place about a quarter-mile from the main road.

Despite lifesaving efforts, the teenager did not survive their injuries. The teenager has been identified as 14-year-old Christopher Kelly of Portland. Kelly was a freshman at Central Catholic High School.

The teenager was in the area with a volunteer group planting trees.

“Our thoughts are with this young man’s family during this tragic time,” said Undersheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell. “This weighs heavy on all of us in the first responder community.”

MCSO would like to acknowledge the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office, Corbett Fire, AMR and TIPNW for their assistance.

No further information will be released.

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Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese responds to annual Corrections Grand Jury Report - 11/08/21

See attached letter from Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese regarding the annual Multnomah County Corrections Grand Jury Report.

“MCSO values the meaningful work by the Corrections Grand Jury, as they review the conditions and management of corrections facilities throughout Multnomah County,” Sheriff Mike Reese said. “This report is constructive and sensible in its recommendations, and we have already taken steps to address impacts to services and resources for adults in custody and improve employee satisfaction.

A full copy of the grand jury report, in compliance with ORS 132.440, can be obtained by clicking here.

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Special Investigations Unit discovers thousands of illegal pills, recovers four firearms during search warrant (video included) (Photo) - 11/01/21

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies discovered thousands of illegal pills and drugs, including large quantities of Xanax and Valium, and seized several illegal firearms during the investigation into a 41-year-old Wyatt Lazar Reed, of Portland.

On Thursday, October 28, deputies assigned to MCSO’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) executed a search warrant at the Wimbledon Court Apartments in Southeast Portland. During a search of an apartment, and a subsequent storage unit, deputies found over 6,000 tablets of Xanax, nearly 2,000 tablets of Valium and 150 suspected fentanyl pills. They also located 1,000 doses of lysergic acid diethylamide, (LSD), three pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, two pounds of marijuana, more than 100 grams of heroin, 80 grams of methamphetamine and various other illicit drugs.

Four illegal firearms were also discovered during the search.

Investigators were surprised by the sheer volume of illegal drugs that were found, making this bust one of the largest pill seizures by MCSO’s Special Investigations Unit in recent history.

Most of the drugs found by deputies were in special packaging bearing the suspect’s moniker. The suspect had also created “ready to use” meth kits, which included new smoking pipes and individual doses of meth. Some of the drugs were also hidden inside soda stash cans, a product used by dealers to conceal drug distribution and transportation in public. (Watch & download video: SIU deputy explains how stash cans are identified and used in drug trafficking.)

Reed was questioned and released, and is subject to further investigation.

This investigation originated in Gresham and was led by a Gresham Police Department detective assigned to the Special Investigations Unit. This case exemplifies the transient nature of drugs, as they are trafficked between cities, counties, states and countries. It also highlights the importance and need for law enforcement agencies to coordinate and collaborate with one another. Drug and weapons seizures, such as this, reduce gun violence and drug overdose deaths in our community.

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