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PPB Conducts Human Trafficking Mission on 82nd Avenue (Photo) - 07/22/24

The Portland Police Bureau’s Human Trafficking Unit (HTU) continues to conduct proactive anti-trafficking efforts through directed patrol missions along Northeast 82nd Avenue. On Thursday, July 18, 2024, HTU had assistance from East Precinct, North and Central Precinct’s Neighborhood Response Teams, the Specialized Resources Division, Detective Division, Victim Services Unit, and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

During the mission, one gun was seized. The following individuals were arrested or cited for ORS 167.008 Commercial Sexual Solicitation (CSS) and/or Portland City Code 14A.40.50 Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (UPPA):

-Bashar Bashardust, 33, Beaverton
-Soi Choi, 31, Happy Valley
-Agustin Solis Colin, 54, Portland
-Pablo Galicia Martinez, 44, McMinnville
-Jose Calderon Mejia, 43, Vancouver, Washington
-Damola Shuaib, 38, Beaverton

The following individual were also contacted and cited or arrested for the following crime(s):

-Kyree Jackson, 25, Sacramento, California (several warrants)
-Julius Mitchell, 25, Seattle (Disorderly Conduct, Reckless Driving)

Note: The individual below was contacted during the July 10 Human Trafficking mission, but was not identified:
-Demetrius Bass, 26, Columbus, Georgia

During the mission, ten providers were contacted and offered assistance. Several other potential buyers and providers were also identified in the area. Also, HTU coordinated with Detectives from out-of-state to conduct a welfare check on an 18-year old, who was reported to be endangered and at risk for sex trafficking.

PPB and HTU continue to receive several livability complaints from community members, organizations, and business partners regarding illegal activity rampant along this stretch of 82nd Avenue. HTU cases are complex with several identified barriers such as repeated traumatic exposures, trauma bonds with traffickers, and fear of retaliation. The victims in these cases are often reluctant to come forward, make a report, and/or continue through the criminal justice process. HTU continues to offer trauma-informed, victim-centered services, in conjunction with PPB Victim Services Unit advocates and community-based partnerships.

If you or someone you know is being labor or sex trafficked, please call 911 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or report tips to humantrafficking@police.portlandoregon.gov

Earlier this year, PPB released a podcast on efforts to combat sex trafficking in Portland. You can listen to it here: https://www.portland.gov/police/news/2024/5/8/talking-beat-sex-trafficking-portland

And last September, PPB debuted a video on the problem and devastating impacts of sex trafficking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoNshXUDAJw

Photo description: photo of the gun seized during mission

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PPB Seeks Information About 2014 Homicide (Photo) - 07/22/24

Today marks 10 years since a homicide in the Woodstock Neighborhood and the Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Unit is asking anyone with information about the case to come forward.

On Tuesday July 22, 2014, at 10:56 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to reports of a shooting at Southeast 57th Avenue and Southeast Harold Street. When officers arrived, they found Paul W. Krekeler, 19-years-old at the time, deceased. The Medical Examiner determined Krekeler died of homicide by gunshot wound.

PPB’s Homicide Unit continues to investigate Krekeler’s death. Anyone who has information about the case is asked to contact Detective Christopher Traynor at christopher.traynor@police.portlandoregon.gov .

Photo description: Portrait of Paul Krekeler
Photo description: Portrait of Paul Krekeler
Photo description: Portrait of Paul Krekeler

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Two Injured in Shooting at North Portland Park - 07/19/24

Two people were injured in a shooting at a North Portland park.

On Friday, July 19, 2024, at approximately 4:05 p.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting at Dawson Park in North Portland. When officers arrived, they located one gunshot victim who was subsequently transported to the hospital. An additional gunshot victim went to the hospital on their own. Both are expected to survive. The suspect(s) had fled the scene before officers arrived.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Focused Intervention Team (FIT) and Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) responded to the park to investigate. The initial investigation suggests that a vehicle pulled up to the park and at least one person inside fired in the direction of the park. Officers have located more than 70 shell casings at the scene.

“While I am disheartened to learn of the shooting at Dawson Park, I am relieved that the two individuals injured are expected to survive and this did not end with the loss of life,” Chief Bob Day said. “I want the community to know that the Portland Police Bureau takes a holistic approach to preventing gun violence. This work includes interdiction efforts by our Focused Intervention Team and Enhanced Community Safety Team. PPB also works closely with the District Attorney’s Office, Parole and Probation, Ceasefire, Office of Violence Prevention, and other community-based organizations and oversight groups that value the sanctity of life and are committed to tackling this senseless violence head on.”

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-180382.

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UPDATE #3: Suspect In Cully Neighborhood Shots Incident Booked into Jail (Photo) - 07/19/24

The suspect who fired shots in the Cully Neighborhood is identified as David B. Peer III, 29, of Portland. He was interviewed by a Detective with the Portland Fire Investigations Unit before being booked into jail. He was entered into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Arson in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Discharging a Firearm in the City (city code), and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Officers seized two rifles, three handguns, and one airsoft rifle. The guns are shown in the attached photo. The black rifle at the top is the airsoft gun.

The Portland Fire Investigations Unit comprises fire investigators with Portland Fire & Rescue, who are sworn law enforcement officers, and a detective with the Portland Police Bureau. The collaboration leverages the specialized training and skills needed to investigate fires, including analysis equipment and accelerant detecting dogs.

Photo description:
Three rifles, three handguns, and a machete are displayed on a table

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***Original Messages Below***

On Friday, July 19, 2024 at 9:36 a.m., Portland Police Officers assigned to North Precinct responded to a report of shots fired inside an apartment in the 4200 block of Northeast Cully Boulevard. When the arrived they learned that an adult male was alone in the apartment, had fired shots, and had access to multiple guns. Officers surrounded the apartment and began a dialogue with the man. He refused to come out of the apartment and began throwing objects out of windows, including household items and small furniture.

Officers also learned that the next door neighbor was nearly struck by a bullet that pierced the wall from the suspect unit. He was uninjured.

Officers began evacuating units immediately surrounding the location, and sent an alert to the larger neighborhood using the Public Alerts system advising them of the police activity and requesting people stay inside for their safety.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to the scene. As they were getting set up around the apartment, about 11:00 a.m., they reported hearing additional shots fired, saw the suspect through the window with guns in his hand, and saw what appeared to be multiple firearms being thrown out the window. In an ongoing effort to deescalate the situation, officers continued to use time as a tactic to lower the intensity of the situation, and engage in dialogue. The subject refused to come out, and was seen pointing the gun out the window.

At about 12:23 p.m., officers reported seeing fire from inside the unit. That increased the level of concern for safety of the subject involved, police officers, and the neighboring units (not all of which had been confirmed clear). The Critical Incident Commander ordered officers to deploy irritant gas and breach the apartment. The gas was effective and the subject came out and was quickly taken into custody. Portland Fire & Rescue responded to put out the fire.

The subject was transported to the hospital by ambulance for an evaluation. He is currently in police custody pending a criminal investigation. His identity will be released if he is charged with a crime.

The Portland Police Bureau is grateful for the assistance of Portland Fire & Rescue and members of the East County SWAT, who responded to help PPB.

Portland's community notification system is called PublicAlerts. Visit https://www.publicalerts.org to sign up. PublicAlerts sends information by text, email, and voice message about how to stay safe during an emergency.

Photo descriptions:
Front view of apartment with significant fire damage visible above the upper level windows, debris on the ground
Rifle on the ground surrounded by debris
Officers and Firefighters working in front of an apartment with broken windows and blackened sections from the fire
Pistols in a plastic bin inside police evidence bags

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***Original Messages Below***

PPB's tactical teams are clearing the scene of a shots fired call in the Cully Neighborhood. The individual who fired shots is now in custody. More information will be released when appropriate.

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***Original Message Below***

The Portland Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to reports of shots fired in the Cully Neighborhood.

On Friday, July 19, 2024, at approximately 9:40 a.m., PPB officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 4200 block of Northeast Cully Boulevard. When officers arrived, they determined an individual fired shots inside a residence. There are no reported injuries, but the person who fired the shots is refusing to come out of the residence and continues to fire shots. SERT and CNT are responding to the scene.

Several residences in the area have been evacuated as a precaution. Others nearby are being asked to remain indoors during this incident. Northeast Cully Boulevard is currently closed between Northeast Mason Street and Northeast Prescott Street.

A PIO is responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Officers Track Stolen Car, Seize Illegal Firearms (Photo) - 07/19/24

Stolen Car Tracked - 3 Firearms Seized - 1 Arrested

On July 16, 2024, officers from the East Precinct Neighborhood Response Team were notified by LoJack of a stolen 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan that was being tracked in the Portland area. Lojack is a platform that allows law enforcement officers to directly track and locate vehicles equipped with its software. The vehicle was stolen in the early morning of July 16 from the owner's driveway in Wilsonville and reported to Wilsonville Police.

Officer utilized LoJack tracking capability and located the stolen vehicle parked at an apartment complex in north Portland. While enroute to recover the vehicle, officers were notified that multiple suspects entered the vehicle and drove off. Utilizing the tracking technology, officers were able to locate the vehicle being driven throughout the city. Eventually, Officers were able to locate it and safely deploy stop sticks and deflate the tires. Officers attempted to stop the stolen vehicle with lights and sirens; however, the vehicle did not stop and eluded police in southeast Portland.

East Precinct officers were able to locate the vehicle, which was abandoned near Glenwood Park in the 6500 Block of Southeast 88th Avenue. Officer quickly formed a perimeter and PPB's K9 units started a dog track. The driver was soon located by the K9 team in a residential yard a few blocks away from the vehicle. After the suspect was taken into custody, three firearms were recovered. One of the seized firearms was reported stolen. Members of PPB’s Focused Intervention Team were on scene and assisted further with the investigation.

The driver, Ahmed Kassim 23, was taken into custody charged with: Unauthorized Use Of Vehicle; Unlawful Entry Into Vehicle; Possession Of Stolen Vehicle; Reckless Endangering Another Person (two counts); Attempting To Elude Police Officer (While Driving Motor Vehicle); Attempting To Elude Police Officer (on foot); Unlawful Possession Of Firearms; and Unlawful Possession Loaded Firearm In Public. Ahmed also had three active warrants from Multnomah County for his arrest.

Gun violence frequently involves the use of stolen vehicles to conduct shootings, transport firearms, or carry out retaliatory attacks. This successful apprehension of a dangerous suspect highlights the importance of disrupting illegal activity and preventing further crimes, ultimately enhancing public safety for our community.

Photo description 1: 3 seized illegally possessed firearms
Photo description 2: recovered stolen VW Tiguan

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UPDATE: Man Killed in Northeast Portland Shooting Identified (Photo) - 07/18/24

The man killed in a shooting in the Rose City Park Neighborhood on July 14, 2024, has been identified as 30-year-old Aaron McInnis. His family has been notified of his death. They are requesting privacy at this time, but they did provide the attached photograph for public release.

The Medical Examiner determined McInnis died of homicide by gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information about the case, who has not spoken to investigators, is asked to contact Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0768 or Detective Mike Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0991 and reference case number 24-175937.

Photo description: Portrait of Aaron McInnis

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###Original Messages Below###

There has been a change to the listed investigators for this incident. If anyone has information about this, they are asked to please contact Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0768 or Detective Mike Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0991. Please reference case number 24-175937.

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###Original Message Below###

A man has been shot and killed in the Rose City Park neighborhood.

On Sunday, July 14, 2024, at 11:30 p.m., officers from the North Precinct, East Precinct, and the Focused Intervention Team responded to the intersection of Northeast 55th Avenue and Northeast Hassalo Street on reports of a shooting. Prior to officers arriving at the location, it was reported that a person was shot. When officers arrived at the location, they found a male victim who was suffering from life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died.

No arrests have been made and no suspects have been detained.

Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are responding to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective Sean Macomber at Sean.Macomber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0404 or Detective Tony Harris at Tony.Harris@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0441. Please reference case number 24-175937.

During the investigation, Northeast Hassalo Street will be closed between Northeast 55th Avenue and Northeast 57th Avenue. Additionally, Northeast 55th Avenue will be closed between Northeast Hassalo Street and Northeast Irving Street.

The identity of the victim will be released after the Medical Examiner has confirmed the cause of death and after family members have been notified. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Traffic #ALERT: 1 Deceased After Single Vehicle Crash I-5 at Hayden Island Exit - 07/18/24

A man is deceased after a single vehicle crash on the exit from I-5 Northbound to Hayden Island.

On Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 12:21a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to a crash on I-5 Northbound at Exit 308 (Jantzen Beach). When they arrived they found a single vehicle crashed. The adult male occupant was deceased at the scene.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to the scene to investigate the crash. During the investigation, the ramp from northbound I-5 to Hayden Island (Exit 308) is closed, and the ramp from Hayden Island to northbound I-5 is closed. The lanes of the freeway are still open.

If anyone has information about the crash and has not already talked to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-178890.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate. This is the 36th traffic related fatality this year in Portland.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction, and disobeying signals.

The Traffic Division works in partnership with the Bureau of Transportation on making streets safer for all users. You can help by doing your part to obey all traffic laws, whether you are in a vehicle, on foot, bike or scooter. To learn more, visit:
https://www.portland.gov/transportation/vision-zero

For more on the Traffic Division, visit:
https://www.portland.gov/police/divisions/traffic-division

To report a road or area that you believe should have additional traffic enforcement, call (503) 823-SAFE.

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Rider Dies 11 Days After Bicycle Crash - 07/17/24

A bicyclist died this morning, 11 days after falling off his bike in the Multnomah Neighborhood.

On Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 6:50a.m., emergency medical services were called to Southwest Capitol Highway and Southwest Florida Street for the patient, who was injured falling off his bicycle. The Portland Police Bureau was not called to respond at the time as there was no indication of a crime or traffic crash involving anyone else.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division was notified that the bicyclist died at the hospital this morning. He is identified as Gad Alon, 74, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death.

TIU is investigating. At this point, there is no indication that any drivers were involved. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

If anyone has information about this incident, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-178154.

This makes the 35th traffic related fatality for 2024 in the City of Portland.

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Tagger Arrested After I-84 Graffiti Clean-up - 07/17/24

A teenager was arrested and charged with a felony after he was caught spray painting a retaining wall.

On Wednesday, July 17, 2024, at approximately 1:30 a.m., officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct responded to reports of suspicious activity in the area of Northeast Broadway and Northeast 33rd Avenue. When they arrived at the scene, officers saw people spray painting a retaining wall on private property. Officers detained two people and ultimately arrested one of them. He is identified as Asher Bengston, 18, of Portland. Before Bengston was transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center and booked on the charge of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, officers searched his bag and found bottles full of paint.

The arrest came at a time when officers were actively patrolling the streets around I-84, an area targeted for graffiti clean-up as recently as this past weekend. PPB remains committed to stopping vandalism as it negatively impacts livability.

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UPDATE: Suspect in June Homicide Arrested (Photo) - 07/17/24

A suspect has been arrested for the June 27, 2024 homicide of Hunter Hecker in the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood.

On Tuesday, July 16, 2024, detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Unit, with assistance from the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), served a search warrant at a home in the 6700 block of Southeast 86th Avenue. PPB personnel arrested Adrian G. Garcia, 18, of Portland. He was transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center and lodged on the following charges: Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Hecker’s family has been notified of the arrest.

Anyone with information on this incident, who has not yet spoken to police, is asked to contact Detective Sean Macomber at Sean.Macomber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0404 or Detective Eric McDaniel at Eric.McDaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0833 and reference case number 24-159685.

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***Original Messages Below***

The victim in the June 27th shooting in the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood is identified as Hunter Sutherland Lantz Hecker, 30, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death and provided the attached photo for public release. The family has requested privacy, however a prepared statement is available upon contacting family attorney Chris Heywood.

The medical examiner confirmed that Hunter died of homicide by gunshot. The investigation is open and active. No arrests have been made. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective Sean Macomber at Sean.Macomber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0404 or Detective Eric McDaniel at Eric.McDaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0833. Please reference case number 24-159685.

Photo description: family photo of Hunter, wearing a brown coat and brown beanie hat, holding a black-and-white cat

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***Original Message Below***

A man has been shot and killed after a disturbance in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood.

On Thursday, June 27, 2024, at 11:44 p.m., officers from the East Precinct responded to the 5900 block of Southeast 82nd Avenue on reports of a disturbance. Prior to officers arriving at the location, it was reported that shots were fired, and a person was shot. When officers arrived at the location, they found a male victim who was deceased. No arrests have been made and no suspects have been detained.

Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are responding to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective Sean Macomber at Sean.Macomber@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0404 or Detective Eric McDaniel at Eric.McDaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0833. Please reference case number 24-159685.

During the investigation, Southeast 82 Avenue is closed between Southeast Ramona Street and Southeast Woodstock Boulevard.

The identity of the victim will be released after the Medical Examiner has confirmed the cause of death and after family members have been notified. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Attached Media Files: Hunter Hecker family photo
Two People Identified in Double Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Morrison Bridge - 07/16/24

The two people killed in this crash on June 13, 2024, have been identified as Nicholas James Munt-Herrera, 30, (driver) and Angelica Precious Camacho, 24 (passenger). Their families have been notified of their deaths.

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***Original Message Below***

An investigation into a motorcycle crash that resulted in the deaths of two people is underway on the Morrison Bridge and on Southeast Water Avenue.

On Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 8:04p.m., Portland Police officers from Central Precinct responded to a crash at Southeast Water Avenue and Southeast Morrison Street. When they arrived, they located two people deceased at the scene. A crashed motorcycle was found on the ramp from eastbound Morrison Bridge to northbound I-5. Preliminary investigation suggests the rider and a passenger crashed and were thrown over the barrier onto a parking lot below. At this early stage in the investigation, no other vehicles are known to be involved.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team responded to the scene to investigate the crash. During the investigation, the ramp from eastbound Morrison Bridge to northbound I-5 is closed. Also, Southeast Water Avenue is closed between Southeast Yamhill Street and Southeast Alder Street. The Morrison Bridge is open in both directions, as is the ramp from westbound Morrison Bridge onto northbound I-5, and the ramp from southbound I-5 onto the Morrision Bridge into Downtown.

If anyone has information about this crash, and has not already talked to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-146033.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate. This is the 24th and 25th traffic related fatality this year in Portland, the 5th and 6th involving a motorcycle.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction, and disobeying signals.

The Traffic Division works in partnership with the Bureau of Transportation on making streets safer for all users. You can help by doing your part to obey all traffic laws, whether you are in a vehicle, on foot, bike or scooter. To learn more, visit:
https://www.portland.gov/transportation/vision-zero

For more on the Traffic Division, visit:
https://www.portland.gov/police/divisions/traffic-division

To report a road or area that you believe should have additional traffic enforcement, call (503) 823-SAFE.

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UPDATE: Man Killed in Stabbing Identified - 07/16/24

The man killed in a stabbing in the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood on July 15, 2024, has been identified as Kenny L. Housman, 73, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death.

The Medical Examiner determined Housman died of homicide by stab wound.

The individual detained at the scene has been released from police custody. This person has not been charged with a crime and is cooperating with detectives.

This remains an open and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective J.D. McGuire at Jeff.Mcguire@police.portlandoregon.gov or Detective Brent Christensen at Brent.Christensen@police.portlandoregon.gov. Please reference case number 24-175978.

No further information will be shared at this time.

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***Original Message Below***

A man has been stabbed and killed in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood.

On Monday, July 15, 2024, at 12:30 a.m., officers from the East Precinct responded to the intersection of Southeast 136th Avenue and Southeast Clinton Street on reports of a person stabbed. When officers arrived at the location, they found a male victim who was suffering from life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died.

A suspect has been detained.

Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are responding to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective J.D. McGuire at Jeff.Mcguire@police.portlandoregon.gov or Detective Brent Christensen at Brent.Christensen@police.portlandoregon.gov. Please reference case number 24-175978.

During the investigation, Southeast Clinton Street will be closed between Southeast 136th Avenue and Southeast 137th Avenue. Additionally, Southeast 136th Avenue will be closed between Southeast Division Street and just south of Southeast Clinton Street.

The identity of the victim will be released after the Medical Examiner has confirmed the cause of death and after family members have been notified. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Tiara Atencio family photo
UPDATE: PPB Needs Public's Help Locating Person of Interest in Homicide (Photo) - 07/16/24

Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest related to the Tiara Atencio homicide that occurred on October 19, 2023. While Trimet provided the Portland Police Bureau with the attached photos of the person of interest, it is important to note the homicide itself did not occur on a Trimet bus.

Anyone with information on the identity of the person of interest is asked to contact Detective Scott Broughton Scott.Broughton@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-3774 or Detective Eric McDaniel Eric.McDaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-0833 and reference case number 23-274506.

No further information will be released at this time.

Photo Description: Person of Interest
Photo Description: Person of interest

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***Original Messages Below***

*This version corrects the day of the week. The call was Thursday, October 19 at 11:05p.m*

The woman who was assaulted in the South Tabor Neighborhood Thursday died from her injuries at the hospital, and the suspect who stabbed her is being sought.

The victim is identified as Tiara Atencio, 22, of Portland. Her family has been notified of her death and provided the attached photograph for public release. A family member is willing to speak to local news media. Media should contact the Portland Police Public Information Officer for contact information.

The medical examiner determined the cause of Tiara’s death was stab wounds and the manner of death was homicide. No arrests have been made and no suspect information is being released at this stage in the investigation.

This remains an active investigation by the Portland Police Homicide Unit. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Scott Broughton Scott.Broughton@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-3774 or Detective Eric McDaniel Eric.McDaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0833, and reference case number 23-274506.

Photo Description: Portrait of Tiara Atencio

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***Original Message Below***

A woman was assaulted in the South Tabor Neighborhood.

On Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 11:05p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of an assault in the 6800 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard. Officers arrived and located a victim with serious injuries. EMS arrived and transported the victim to the hospital by ambulance.

The suspect or suspects left the area before police were notified and no immediate arrests were made. No suspect information is being released at this time.

Portland Police Detectives are responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, Southeast Powell Boulevard is closed between Southeast 68th Avenue and Southeast 70th Avenue. It will likely remain closed for several hours into the morning commute time.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Scott Broughton Scott.Broughton@police.portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-3774 or Detective Eric McDaniel Eric.McDaniel@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0833, and reference case number 23-274506.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released when appropriate.

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Man Killed in Shooting in Sellwood Riverfront Park Identified (Photo) - 07/15/24

The person killed in the homicide in Sellwood Riverwood Park is identified as Asher Ethan HK Mendes, 20, of Sherwood, Oregon. His family has been notified of his death and request privacy at this time. His family has provided the attached photo of him.

The Medical Examiner determined he died of homicide by gunshot.

Detectives still believe many people were in the area at the time of the shooting and left without speaking to officers. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Michael Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0991 or Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0768. Please reference case number 24-174011.

Photo description: Portrait of Asher Mendes

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***Original Message Below***

A male is deceased after a shooting in Sellwood Riverfront Park.

On Friday, July 12, 2024 at 11:16 p.m., Portland Police Officers from Central Precinct responded to a report of someone shot in the park. When they arrived they found the victim deceased at the scene.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before police were called and no immediate arrests were made.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, Southeast Oaks Park Way is closed at Southeast Spokane Street.

Detectives believe many people were in the area at the time of the shooting and left without speaking to officers. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Mike Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0991 or Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0768. Please reference case number 24-174011.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released when appropriate.

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Third Teen from June Crash Dies (Photo) - 07/15/24

The Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division has been notified of a third death connected to a crash on June 25, 2024.

On July 8, 2024, Cole Johnson, 18, died at a local hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a crash at Southeast 139th Avenue and Southeast Division Street. Johnson’s family was notified of his death.

All three killed in this crash were teenagers.

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***Original Messages Below***

The two teenagers killed in a crash on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, have been identified as Dylan M. Brasky, 16, of Portland, and Jayden M. Rolon-Ekis, 16, of Portland.

Investigators determined Rolon-Ekis was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. Brasky was a passenger in the vehicle.

Anyone with information about the incident, who has not yet spoken to authorities, is asked to contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 24-156826.

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On Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at 12:14 a.m., officers from the Gresham Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Southeast 159th Avenue and Southeast Division Street. The vehicle did not stop for police and eluded them. Minutes later, Gresham Police found the car crashed near the intersection of Southeast 139th Avenue and Southeast Division Street. Officers from the East Precinct responded to assist.

Officers arrived to find the vehicle crashed into another vehicle and a utility pole, which cut power to area residents. Officers found two male occupants of the eluding vehicle deceased at the scene and another male occupant who was seriously injured. The injured male was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, an adult female, suffered minor injuries and remained at the scene.

After the crash, PPB officers learned that the eluding vehicle had been reported stolen.

The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team has responded to the scene to investigate. During the investigation Southeast Division will be closed between Southeast 136th Avenue and Southeast 142nd Avenue.

If anyone has information about the incident, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 24-156826.

Photo: Crashed car on its roof in the street

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Pedestrian Killed in June I-84 Crash Identified - 07/15/24

The pedestrian killed in the June 14, 2024 crash has been identified as Tony Marvin Stephenson, 53. His family has been notified.

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***Original Messages Below***

The on-scene investigation into this morning's fatal crash on I-84 is completed and cleanup efforts have finished. The freeway is reopening to traffic. The Portland Police Bureau is grateful for our partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation on this incident, and for the patience of the public during the crash investigation.

The involved driver was interviewed and released. No arrests have been made. The investigation is continuing.

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A fatal crash investigation is underway on I-84 and the eastbound lanes of the freeway are closed at Northeast 68th Avenue.

On Friday, June 14, 2024 at 4:41 a.m., Portland Police officers from East Precinct responded to a report of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on eastbound Interstate-84 just west of the I-205 interchange. When officers arrived they found the pedestrian was deceased at the scene. The involved driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to the scene to investigate the crash. The eastbound lanes of the freeway are closed and drivers are being detoured off the freeway at Northeast 68th Avenue onto Northeast Halsey Street to go eastbound. Significant traffic delays are expected.

If anyone has information about this crash, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-146316.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate. This is the 26th traffic related fatality this year in Portland and the 10th involving a pedestrian.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction, and disobeying signals.

The Traffic Division works in partnership with the Bureau of Transportation on making streets safer for all users. You can help by doing your part to obey all traffic laws, whether you are in a vehicle, on foot, bike or scooter. To learn more, visit:
https://www.portland.gov/transportation/vision-zero

For more on the Traffic Division, visit:
https://www.portland.gov/police/divisions/traffic-division

To report a road or area that you believe should have additional traffic enforcement, call (503) 823-SAFE.

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Pedestrian Killed In June Crash Identified - 07/15/24

The pedestrian who died in a crash on June 3, 2024, is identified as Ryan Leaston, 34. His family has been notified of his death.

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***Original Message Below***

On Monday, June 3, 2024, at 9:57 p.m., officers from the North Precinct responded to a crash near the 9500 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. Officers arrived to find a crash between a pedestrian and a small car. The pedestrian died at the scene. The driver of the car remained at the scene.

The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team is responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation Northeast Sandy Boulevard will be closed from Northeast 94th Avenue to Northeast 98th Avenue.

If anyone has information about the incident, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 24-136909.

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Pedestrian Struck and Killed in the Cully Neighborhood - 07/14/24

A pedestrian was struck and killed in a collision with a car on Northeast Lombard Street in the Cully Neighborhood.

On Sunday, July 14, 2024 at 3:11a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash in the 5800 block of Northeast Lombard Street, near the intersection with Northeast Holman Street. When officers arrived, they found the pedestrian, an adult female, deceased at the scene. The involved driver, in a 2015 Nissan Altima, left the scene but called police from nearby.

The Portland Police Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to the scene to investigate the crash. Northeast Lombard Street has been closed for about 5 hours but is expected to reopen shortly.

No arrests have been made. The investigation is continuing.

If anyone has information about this crash, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-175171.

This is the 33rd traffic fatality and the 12th pedestrian-involved fatal crash for 2024 in the City of Portland.

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Shooting at Near Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp, Two Deceased - 07/13/24

Two males were killed after a shooting near the Broughton Beach area off Northeast Marine Drive.

On Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 7:50 p.m., North Precinct and Focused Intervention Team officers responded to a report of shots heard at the M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp at 4325 Northeast Marine Drive. When officers arrived, they located two males deceased at the scene.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before police were called and no immediate arrests were made.

Detectives with the Portland Police Homicide Unit are responding to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, Northeast Marine Drive is closed both directions between Northeast 33rd Avenue and Northeast 122nd Avenue.

Detectives believe witnesses and others with information may have left the scene before police arrived. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Brent Christensen at brent.christensen@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-2087 or Detective J.D. McGuire at jeff.mcguire@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-2081, and reference case number 24-174823.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released as appropriate.

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UPDATE: Victim in July 5 Old Town Homicide Identified (Photo) - 07/12/24

The victim in the July 5th Old Town homicide is identified as Jose L. Galindo-Maldonado, 35. He has connections to Portland and Gresham. His family has been notified of his death and is asking for privacy, but provided the attached photograph for public release.

The medical examiner determined that Galindo-Maldonado died of homicide by gunshot wounds.

No arrests have been made. This remains an open and active homicide investigation, and detectives are asking to hear from anyone with information who has not already spoken to police. Please contact primary investigator Detective Travis Law at travis.law@police.portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-0395 or Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-0781. Please reference case number 24-167376.

Photo description: Family photo of Jose Galindo-Maldonado

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***Original Message Below***

A man has died after a shooting in the Old Town Neighborhood.

On Friday, July 5, 2024 at 11:48p.m., officers from the Entertainment Detail heard shots fired from the area of Northwest 3rd Avenue and Northwest Everett Street. They immediately responded and located an adult male victim. They summoned EMS while providing trauma first aid. The man was transported to the hospital for treatment. After 2 hours of attempts to save his life by hospital staff, the man succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before police arrived and were not immediately located. No suspect description is being released at this time.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, Northwest 3rd Avenue is closed between Northwest Flanders Street and Northwest Davis Street. Northwest Everett Street is closed between Northwest 2nd Avenue and Northwest 4th Avenue.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Travis Law at travis.law@police.portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-0395 or Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-0781. Please reference case number 24-167376.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released when appropriate.

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Attached Media Files: Jose Galindo-Maldonado
Walter Mulberry
Walter Mulberry
UPDATE: Victim Killed in Buckman Neighborhood Shooting Identified (Photo) - 07/11/24

The victim of the July 7 homicide in the Buckman Neighborhood is identified as Walter E. Mulberry, 49, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death. They are requesting privacy, but provided the attached photo of him.

The medical examiner determined he died of homicide by gunshot. The preliminary investigation revealed that Mulberry was serving as a security guard at the time of the shooting.

This remains an open and active homicide investigation, and detectives want to speak to anyone who has information but has not been interviewed by police. The lead detectives are Detective Jeff Pontius (Jeffery.Pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0433) and Detective Steve Gandy (Stephen.Gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0449). Please reference case number 24-168326.

Photo description: Walter Mulberry photo

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***Original Message Below***

One man is dead, and a teenager is injured after dozens of shots were fired in the Buckman Neighborhood.

On Sunday, July 7, 2024 at 1:11a.m., Central Precinct, Entertainment Detail, and Central Bike Squad officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 100 block of Southeast 9th Avenue. When they arrived, they found two people injured. Both were transported to the hospital by ambulance. Despite lifesaving efforts by hospital staff, one of the patients, an adult male, died. The second victim, a 17-year-old male, is expected to survive his injuries.

Officers also found evidence that dozens of rounds were fired, and numerous parked cars and other objects struck by bullets. Preliminary investigation suggests the suspect or suspects fired from a moving vehicle towards a group on the sidewalk. The suspect or suspects left the scene before police were called and no immediate arrests were made.

Officers have closed several blocks around Southeast 9th Avenue and Southeast Ankeny Street during the investigation.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is responding to investigate the shooting. Detectives believe that numerous people left the scene before police arrived and set up the crime scene. If anyone was there or has information, and has not been interviewed by police, please contact Detective Jeff Pontius at Jeffery.Pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0433, or Detective Steve Gandy at Stephen.Gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0449 and reference case number 24-168326.

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Attached Media Files: Walter Mulberry
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Multi-Agency Stolen Vehicle Operation Results in Recovery of Multiple Stolen Vehicles (Photo) - 07/11/24

Significant decline in stolen vehicles - 2024 currently seeing a 44% reduction in stolen vehicles compared to 2023.


On Tuesday, July 9, 2024, the Portland Police Bureau conducted a multi-agency Stolen Vehicle Operation (SVO) with the Gresham Police Department, Port of Portland Police Department, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Auto Theft Task Force, PPB’s K9 Unit, and PPB’s Air Support Unit. The community group, PDX Stolen Cars, also assisted in recovering stolen vehicles. This operation focused on the North Portland metropolitan area.

The collaborative effort resulted in the recovery of eight stolen vehicles. Additionally, six people were arrested, six vehicles eluded police, and two vehicle pursuits were initiated.

The Vancouver Police Department also coordinated a SVO at the same time. Two vehicles eluded police in Portland and chose to recklessly drive north leaving Oregon for Vancouver. PPB’s Air Support Unit monitored the vehicles and notified Vancouver Police, who were able to successfully apprehend both vehicles and take the drivers into custody.

Members of the crowdsourced Facebook group PDX Stolen Cars assisted in locating four stolen vehicles – three unoccupied, one occupied. This is the 22nd Stolen Vehicle Operation that PDX Stolen Cars has assisted with. The group has helped PPB recover 56 stolen vehicles.

The Portland Police Bureau is using evidence-based practice methodology to greatly increase the chances of stopping occupied stolen vehicles. This operation yielded a low ratio of one stolen vehicle located out of every two traffic stops/encounters. The Stolen Vehicle Operation utilizes data-driven evidence-based practices. In order to ensure these missions were informed and data driven, PPB SVO leadership collaborates with scientists and data analysis experts at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. As a result of this unique continuing collaboration, the OHSU team of scientists have provided valuable peer review and ideas used to improve the process.

Below are the initial results from the July 9th multi-agency Stolen Vehicle Operation:
20 - traffic stops/encounters
8 - stolen vehicles
7 – custodies
7 - active arrest warrants serviced
6 - vehicles eluded
2 - vehicle pursuit

Impressive Decreasing Trend in Stolen Vehicles
Compared to the same time period in 2023, stolen vehicles in 2024 have decreased by 44%.
Over the last 14 months, stolen vehicle operations have consistently delivered results in reducing vehicle theft rates. In May 2023, there were 650 vehicles reported stolen. In May 2024, it was 434, an incredible 33% decrease.

More statistics:
April 2023: 24.4% decrease compared to the previous year (892 to 674)
May 2023: 23.7% decrease compared to the previous year (849 to 648)
June 2023: 26.7% decrease compared to the previous year (829 to 607)
July 2023: 29.7% decrease compared to the previous year (862 to 606)
August 2023: 35.3% decrease compared to the previous year (939 to 608)
September 2023: 25.5% decrease compared to the previous year (861 to 644)
October 2023: 36.6% decrease compared to the previous year (931 to 590)
November 2023: 44% decrease compared to the previous year (966 to 538)
December 2023: 42% decrease compared to the previous year (895 to 523)
January 2024: 56% decrease compared to the previous year (984 to 437)
February 2024: 48% decrease compared to the previous year (802 to 420)
March 2024: 40% decrease compared to the previous year (747 to 442)
April 2024: 39% decrease compared to the previous year (676 to 407)
May 2024: 33% decrease compared to the previous year (650 to 434)

Community members can find out more about stolen vehicle trends in Portland by visiting PPB’s Open Data portal: https://www.portland.gov/police/open-data/stolen-vehicle-statistics

There are a lot of factors that go into crime trends, but enforcement efforts driven by data analysis, efficient use of limited resources, and interagency partnerships have been key factors in the reduction in car thefts in Portland. Car thefts are extremely impactful for victims, especially those who rely on their vehicles for their livelihoods. It's not just about the vehicles, either. Stolen vehicles are often used by suspects in other crimes including robberies and shootings. Interdicting those occupied stolen cars can prevent other crimes.

For more on East Precinct’s innovative use of data, to make fewer stops, resulting in better outcomes, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=462764

Photo 1: Silver-colored vehicle being towed away
Photo 2: Officers inspect a black SUV

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PPB and OHSU Doernbecher Release PSA on Child Safety Seats (Photo) - 07/11/24

The Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with OHSU Doernbecher Hospital, have created a public service video regarding child safety seats. Oregon law requires children to be in child safety seats until they weigh 40 pounds, or they reach the upper weight limit for the car seat in use; infants must ride rear-facing until they reach two years of age. Children over forty pounds or who have reached the upper weight limit for their forward-facing car seat must use a child seat with harness or a booster to 4'9" tall or age eight and the adult belt fits correctly.

The video focuses on practical information for deciding when a child is ready to progress to the next stage of a child safety seat. Infants begin with a rear facing seat with harness and when appropriate, transition to a forward facing seat with a harness. The next stage is a belt-positioning booster seat and then finally a regular seatbelt. Most kids are not ready to fit into most seatbelts in most cars until somewhere between 8 and 12 years of age.

In the video, Sgt. Betsy Hornstein discusses the importance of the appropriate seat for older children with Dr. Ben Hoffman, Professor of Pediatrics in the OHSU School of Medicine, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, and President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (who is also a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician).

“We want to keep children safe in vehicles, but our traffic officers often find that children are not in the most appropriate safety seat for their height, weight and age,” said Sgt. Hornstein. “Parents focus so much attention on that first newborn seat and we commend their efforts to ensure it is properly fitted into their vehicle. However, there needs to be more information for parents to know when children should transition into a different seat.”

“The best way to protect children in cars is to use the right car seat or booster seat for the child’s age, weight and height, and developmental status,” said Dr. Hoffman. “We know that car seats can be confusing and hard to use, and that’s why Doernbecher has certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians to help families use the right seat correctly. It’s important for families to make sure that their car seat or booster seat meets current U.S. safety standards. Sadly, we are seeing more dangerous counterfeit car seats being bought online. These counterfeit seats can’t protect kids in a crash, and so we encourage caregivers to only purchase certified car seats from a reputable online or brick-and-mortar retailer.”

Dr. Hoffman says that though Oregon law requires children to remain in rear-facing car seats until the age of two, it's much safer for them to remain in the rear-facing seat as long as possible. If a child is in a forward-facing car seat with a harness it's important to keep them in that as long as possible until the manufacturer's weight and/or length limits are exceeded by the child. When they get close to exceeding the weight or length limit then they can transition into the belt positioning booster seat.”

Dr. Hoffman illustrates in the video how to tell if your child is ready to transition to a booster seat. They must be able to sit comfortably with the seat belt fit across their shoulder/chest and over their lap without fidgeting or moving or unbuckling the seatbelt. Belt positioning booster seats lift the child up and ensure that the seat belt fits correctly in the same way that your seat belt would fit a teenager or adult. The shoulder belt should fit across the strong parts of the shoulder and the breastbone the lap belt should be over the top part of the legs and the bottom of the hips. Finally, experts want to remind parents that the backseat of the car is the safest place for kids until at least the age of 13.

To watch the video, visit: https://youtu.be/JckrGbWelDo

To make sure your child is safe, get your car seat checked. You can contact OHSU Doernbecher to schedule an appointment or find an event near you. Call the Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center at 503-418-5666.

Photo description:
Photo 1: Child in car seat
Photo 2: Dr. Hoffman and Hornstein pictured with car seats

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Missing Person Sergey Shirokiy Found (Photo) - 07/11/24

Sergey Shirokiy was located this morning in Beaverton after someone called about a man hiding in some bushes. He was reported to be physically fine, but is going to the hospital for a precautionary evaluation. The Portland Police Bureau is grateful to the Beaverton Police Department for its help, and to the community for keeping an eye out for Sergey.

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***Original Message Below***

The Missing Persons Unit has been alerted of a photo of Sergey Shirokiy that was taken by a bank on July 9, 2024, at 3:30 p.m. This photo shows him wearing plaid shorts, a blue shirt, a green jacket and black tennis shoes. He is wearing glasses in the photo.

If you see Sergey, please call 911. Anyone with information that is not time sensitive is urged to contact detectives at missing@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-171086.

Photo description: Photo of Sergey Shirokiy

***Original Message Below***

The Portland Police Bureau is requesting the public keep a lookout for a missing 77-year-old man who has health concerns and may be in the area of Mall 205.

Sergey Shirokiy drove off from his home yesterday, July 9, 2024 at about 11:00a.m. with the intention to run errands. He did not make it to any of his intended destinations and has not been heard from since.

Sergey has some early-stage dementia symptoms and gets disoriented at times. He also requires medication for diabetes.

His vehicle was located this morning near Southeast 103rd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street, so he could be walking in the area of Mall 205. Efforts to locate Sergey have not been successful.

Sergey Shirokiy is a Caucasian male, 77-years-old, 5’9” tall, 195 lbs, last seen wearing glasses, a cream button down shirt, light colored pants.

If you see Sergey, please call 911. Anyone with information that is not time sensitive is urged to contact detectives at missing@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-171086.

Photo descriptions:
1-ID photo of Sergey
2-Snapshot of a surveillance video showing Sergey wearing glasses, a green coat, black pants.

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UPDATE: North Columbia Blvd Reopens, Pedestrian Struck Hit and Run Crash Investigation Continues - 07/11/24

The Major Crash Team wrapped up the on-scene portion of the investigation and North Columbia Boulevard reopened to traffic at about 6:30 a.m. The investigation is continuing.

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***Original Message Below***

A pedestrian is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a hit-and-run crash in the Kenton Neighborhood, and North Columbia Boulevard is closed during the investigation.

On Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 2:35 a.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a man laying injured in the street on North Columbia Boulevard at North Argyle Way. When officers arrived, they found the man suffering serious injuries. EMS responders transported the man to the hospital with injuries that are believed to be life-threatening.

The suspect driver left the scene and was not immediately located. No suspect description is being released at this time.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to the scene. During the investigation, North Columbia Boulevard is closed between North Interstate Place and North Peninsular Avenue.

If anyone has information about this crash and has not talked to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-172226.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate.

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Suspect Fires Shots At Police, No Officers Injured (Photo) - 07/10/24

A suspect who fired shots at Portland Police, not causing injury to officers, is deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 3:42 p.m., two Portland Police Officers assigned to the Traffic Division initiated a traffic stop on a driver near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Taylor Street. The driver, an adult male, eluded the stop. The officers did not pursue, but checked the area.

As officers drove up to Southeast 88th Avenue between Southeast Taylor Street and Southeast Main Street, they saw the suspect vehicle parked and the suspect outside of it. They challenged the suspect. The suspect turned and ran as he fired shots at the officers. The officers did not fire shots. They radioed for additional police resources to respond as they coordinated a perimeter to contain the suspect.

The suspect fired shots at an additional victim who was driving past him as he attempted to flee. That adult female driver was not hurt. The suspect ran into Berrydale Park at 9004 Southeast Taylor Street. There, as officers surrounded the park, the suspect shot himself. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance and later died.

No officers or community members were injured.

Due to the use of deadly force against police officers, Detectives with the Homicide Unit and Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene and are investigating.

Detectives believe there may be additional video evidence captured by residential surveillance systems in the area. Residents living between Southeast 86th Avenue and Southeast 92nd Avenue between Southeast Taylor Street and Southeast Main Street are asked to check their video recordings between 3:40 p.m. and 3:47 p.m. to see if any footage of evidentiary value was captured.

If anyone has video, evidence, or witness statements, and has not already spoken to police, please contact Detective Ryan Foote at ryan.foote@police.portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-0781 or Detective Travis Law at travis.law@police.portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-0395. Please reference case number 24-171766.

“This incident illustrates that there is no such thing as a routine stop or routine call,” said Chief Bob Day. “While I grieve the loss of life, I’m relieved to know that the officers are not physically hurt, nor were the community members in the area of the suspect when he chose fire shots in a neighborhood.”

Photo description: black semiautomatic handgun lying in grass next to a yellow police placard with the letter B

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Human Trafficking Mission Results in Arrests (Photo) - 07/10/24

During the last week of June, Portland Police Bureau’s Human Trafficking Unit (HTU) conducted proactive anti-trafficking initiatives through directed patrol along 82nd Avenue. Personnel from East, North, and Central Precincts, PPB’s Specialized Resources Division and Victim Services Unit, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office also assisted in the mission.

The following individuals were arrested or cited for ORS 167.008 Commercial Sexual Solicitation (CSS) and/or Portland City Code 14A.40.50 Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (UPPA):

-Elijah Grant, 38, Vancouver, WA
-Dominick Iaderaia 49, Camas, WA
-Nicholas McGuffin, 42, Oregon City, OR
-Terry Sanborn, 43, Portland, OR
-Douglas Stoker, 43, Maricopa, AZ
-Brandon Weaver, 35, Portland, OR

The following individual was also contacted and arrested for the following crime:

-Kenny Christensen, 30, Portland, OR, probation violation detainer

During the mission, four vehicles were towed, and eight providers were contacted. Providers were offered assistance with resources and/or other advocacy efforts were made available. Several other potential buyers and providers were also identified in the area.

PPB and HTU continue to receive several livability complaints from community members, organizations, and business partners regarding illegal activity rampant along this stretch of 82nd Avenue. HTU cases are complex with several identified barriers such as repeated traumatic exposures, trauma bonds with traffickers, and fear of retaliation. The victims in these cases are often reluctant to come forward, make a report, and/or continue through the criminal justice process. HTU continues to offer trauma-informed, victim-centered services, in conjunction with PPB Victim Services Unit advocates and community-based partnerships.

If you or someone you know is being labor or sex trafficked, please call 911 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or report tips to humantrafficking@police.portlandoregon.gov.

Earlier this year, PPB released a podcast on efforts to combat sex trafficking in Portland. You can listen to it here: https://www.portland.gov/police/news/2024/5/8/talking-beat-sex-trafficking-portland

And last September, PPB debuted a video on the problem and devastating impacts of sex trafficking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoNshXUDAJw

Photo description: File photograph shows Portland Police making a stop during an HTU mission

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PPB Seeks Input on Directives (Photo) - 07/10/24

The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through its policies, procedures, and rules, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing the following Directive(s) and seeks community input.

Community members are encouraged to read the directives using the links below, then follow the link at the bottom of the PDF copy of the directive to provide comments.

Second Universal Review link: https://www.portland.gov/police/2ur

Review Period: 7/1/2024 – 7/31/2024
• 0910.00, Use of Force Reporting, Review, and Investigation

Review Period: 7/10/2024 – 8/9/2024
• 0635.10, Portland Police Bureau Response to Public Order Events
• 1010.00, Use of Force
• 1015.00, Less Lethal Weapons and Tools

All Bureau Directives are available at https://www.portland.gov/police/directives. This webpage also enables community members to sign up to receive email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.

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Man Killed in Shooting in the Madison South Neighborhood Identified (Photo) - 07/09/24

The man killed in a shooting in the Madison South neighborhood on July 6, 2024, has been identified as Donte Eugene Mathis 25, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death. They are requesting privacy at this time, but they provided the attached photo for public release.

The Medical Examiner determined Mathis died of homicide by gunshot wound.

Photo description: Portrait of Donte Eugene Mathis

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***Original Message Below***

A man is deceased after a shooting in the Madison South Neighborhood.

On Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 11:48p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a man shot in the 3600 block of Northeast 82nd Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a man deceased in a motel parking lot.

The suspect or suspects left the scene before police were called and no immediate arrests were made.

Detectives with the Portland Police Homicide Unit are responding to investigate. During the investigation, Northeast 82nd Avenue is closed between Northeast Milton Street and Northeast Beech Street.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2092 or Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@police.portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2079, and reference case number 24-168278.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate.

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UPDATE #2: Church Burglar Arrested (Photo) - 07/05/24

On June 18, 2024, an arrest warrant was issued for Jacob C. Blanchard, 33, of Portland, for his involvement in the burglaries at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in May. On Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 8:34a.m., Blanchard was arrested at Southwest 11th Avenue and Southeast Market Street by Portland State University Campus Public Safety officers. Blanchard was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on his warrant for two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, one count of Theft in the First Degree, and one count of Criminal Trespass in the First Degree.

The Portland Police Bureau is grateful for the assistance of PSU Public Safety.

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Last night, the Enhanced Community Safety Team, Special Emergency Reaction Team, and Crisis Negotiation Team served a search warrant in Southwest Portland related to the burglaries at St. Michael Church. During the warrant service, detectives received information about the last known location of the stolen monstrance. They followed up on that tip and were able to recover the monstrance in Northeast Portland. The monstrance was immediately returned to St. Michael Church. A photo of the recovered item is attached.

The investigation into the burglaries is continuing.

Photo description: golden monstrance

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A venerated receptacle stolen from a Catholic church during a burglary last month has been recovered, but another cherished item is still missing.

During the overnight hours of May 28th and May 29th, 2024, St. Michael the Archangel Church, 424 Southwest Mill Street, was burglarized, and items were stolen. One of them, a golden tabernacle made of wood, is precious to the church membership. They put up flyers around the neighborhood offering a reward for its return. On the morning of Saturday, June 15, 2024, the church was notified that a woman had the tabernacle and wanted to return it. The meeting was set, and PPB members from the Specialized Resources Division and Central Precinct ensured the tabernacle (photo) was recovered and the reward was provided. The woman who had it is not a suspect in the burglaries and is cooperating with the investigation.

The burglaries remain under investigation, and no one has been charged with the crimes. However, detectives believe the same suspect committed the burglaries.

Police and church members were not able to recover a sacrament, known as a monstrance. A photo of a similar item is attached. If anyone has information about the location of the monstrance, please contact Detective Carlos Ibarra at Carlos.Ibarra@police.portlandoregon.gov or call (503)823-0950. Please reference case number 24-130958.

Photo descriptions:
An ornamented gold tabernacle with engravings in Latin
A circular golden monstrance

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ECST Investigation Leads to Arrest, Seizure of Firearms (Photo) - 07/03/24

A shooting investigation resulted in the arrest of an adult male on felony charges and the seizure of several firearms.

On Thursday, May 30, 2024, at approximately 11:15 p.m., officers assigned to North Precinct responded to a shooting in the 8600 block of North Lombard Street. When they arrived, officers located three spent casings. In addition, officers located three people who reported being menaced by a suspect who fired three rounds into the ground.

The Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) picked up the investigation and identified a suspect, Lindell D. Betts, 39, of Portland.

On Wednesday, July 3, 2024, ECST, with the assistance of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), served a search warrant at a home in the 9500 block of North Lombard Street. ECST found three firearms inside the home. The team also located Betts and arrested him. He was transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center and lodged on the following charges: Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Photo description: Three firearms seized

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UPDATE: Suspicious Death Determined Not to be Homicide - 07/02/24

The Medical Examiner determined the suspicious death in the Eliot Neighborhood on May 9, 2024, was not a homicide. Family of the deceased has been notified. No further information will be released.

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Detectives are investigating a suspicious death in the Eliot Neighborhood.

On Thursday, May 9, 2024, at approximately 5:05 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to reports of a death at a home in the 2800 block of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found an adult male deceased.

Based on evidence found at the scene, Homicide Detectives responded to investigate.

Additional information will be released when appropriate.

Anyone with information about this case, who has not yet spoken with investigators, is asked to contact Detective J.D. McGuire at jeff.mcguire@police.portlandoregon.gov or Detective Brent Christensen at brent.christensen@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-114610.

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UPDATE: Homicide Suspect in Custody (Photo) - 07/01/24

On the evening of Monday, July 1, 2024, Moyasar Osman Mohamed-Ahmed, the suspect in the shooting death of Sean K. Smeeden, turned himself in by making contact with a deputy with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. CCSO confirmed Mohamed-Ahmed’s murder warrant and contacted the Portland Police Bureau. Mohamed-Ahmed was then transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center and lodged on the following charge: Murder in the Second Degree.

PPB would like to thank the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

Anyone with information about this case, who has not yet spoken to investigators, is asked to contact Detective William Winters at William.Winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466 or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-159543.

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The Portland Police Bureau needs the public’s help locating the suspect involved in a homicide in the Overlook Neighborhood.

Since the evening of Thursday, June 27, 2024, PPB’s Homicide Unit has been investigating the shooting death of Sean K. Smeeden, 39, of Portland. Through the investigation, detectives identified Moyasar Osman Mohamed-Ahmed as the suspect, but they have not been able to locate him. Detectives have reason to believe the 29-year-old fled the area, if not the country. Anyone who sees the suspect is urged to call 911 immediately.

Anyone with non-critical information about this case, who has not yet spoken to investigators, is asked to contact Detective William Winters at William.Winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466 or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-159543.

Photo description: Photo of Moyasar Osman Mohamed-Ahmed
Photo description: Photo of Moyasar Osman Mohamed-Ahmed

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The man who was found deceased after a shooting Thursday evening on the TriMet MAX platform at North Interstate Avenue and North Prescott Street is identified as Sean K. Smeeden, 39, of Portland. His family members have been notified of his death and have not indicated an interest in speaking to the media.

The medical examiner determined that Smeeden died of homicide by gunshot wound. There were no TriMet trains or busses in the vicinity when the shooting happened.

No arrests have been made. This remains an open and active investigation, and detectives are still seeking witnesses and anyone with information about this shooting. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective William Winters at William.Winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466 or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov. Please reference case number 24-159543.

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On Thursday, June 27, 2024, at 8:30 p.m., officers from the North Precinct responded to the TriMet MAX platform at North Interstate Avenue and North Prescott Street on reports of a person shot. When officers arrived at the location, they found a male victim who was deceased. No arrests have been made and no suspects have been detained.

Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives are responding to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective William Winters at William.Winters@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0466 or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@police.portlandoregon.gov. Please reference case number 24-159543.

During the investigation, North Interstate Avenue is closed between North Skidmore Street and North Going Street. Additionally, the MAX train is currently unable to travel through the location and service is interrupted.

The identity of the victim will be released after the Medical Examiner has confirmed the cause of death and after family members have been notified. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Police Bureau Seeks Public Input on Directives (Photo) - 07/01/24

The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through its policies, procedures, and rules, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing the following Directive(s) and seeks community input.

Community members are encouraged to read the directives using the links below, then follow the link at the bottom of the PDF copy of the directive to provide comments.

Second Universal Review link: https://www.portland.gov/police/2ur

Review Period: 7/1/2024 – 7/31/2024
• 0910.00, Use of Force, Reporting, Review, and Investigation

All Bureau Directives are available at https://www.portland.gov/police/directives . This webpage also enables community members to sign up to receive email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.


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Driver Facing Felony Assault Charges After Crashing Into Motorcyclist (Photo) - 06/29/24

A driver is facing felony assault and other charges after crashing into a motorcyclist on the Sunset Highway.

On Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at 3:05p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct were dispatched to a report of a crash involving a car and a motorcycle on eastbound Highway 26 at the Southwest Sylvan Road overpass. When they arrived, they encountered an overturned 2006 Subaru Legacy Outback and a downed 2016 Yamaha motorcycle (photo). The motorcycle rider was seriously injured and was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. The Subaru driver, David J. Bumgardner, 60, of Beaverton, Oregon, did not report himself to be injured.

Members of the PPB Traffic Division and the Major Crimes Team responded to investigate the crash. Preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcycle rider was lane splitting (riding between lanes), which is not legal in Oregon. Bumgardner believed that the motorcycle hit his car and kept going. Bumgardner pulled onto the shoulder and pursued the motorcyclist at high speed. When the motorcyclist slowed for a lighted traffic control sign on the shoulder, Bumgardner was unable to stop, hit the motorcyclist, and his car overturned on top of the motorcyclist’s body. Passing motorists stopped to help and lifted the vehicle enough to free the motorcyclist.

Bumgardner was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

The motorcyclist, Tha Ouk, 47, of Vancouver, Washington, was served a citation for Driving Uninsured, Careless Driving, Failure to Drive Within Lane, Driving without a Motorcycle Endorsement, and Failure to Register Motor Vehicle.

Photo description: An overturned silver Subaru and a downed Yamaha “sport” motorcycle on the freeway. Skid marks, roadway gouges, clothing, and debris can be seen scattered about.

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UPDATE: Motorcyclist Killed in June 14 Crash Identified - 06/29/24

The motorcyclist who died in a crash on June 14th is identified as Devin M. Ratliff, 40, of Portland.

The Traffic Investigations Unit determined that Ratliff, driving a 2023 Harley-Davidson Softail, was southbound on Southeast 82nd Avenue at a high rate of speed when the driver of a 2020 Honda CRV proceeded from a stop sign eastbound on Southeast Mitchell Street, intending to turn northbound onto Southeast 82nd Avenue. The motorcyclist struck the driver’s side of the Honda. Speed of the motorcyclist was determined to be a factor in the crash. No arrests have been made.

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The on-scene investigation into this afternoon's fatal crash on Southeast 82nd Avenue is wrapping up, and the road is reopening to traffic. The investigation into the crash is continuing. No further updates are available at this time.

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Southeast 82nd Avenue is closed north of Southeast Foster Road for a fatal crash investigation.

On Friday, June 14, 2024 at 12:40 p.m., Portland Police officers from East Precinct responded to a report of a collision involving a vehicle and a motorcycle at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Mitchell Street. When officers arrived, they found the motorcyclist deceased at the scene. The involved driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to the scene to investigate the crash. During the investigation, Southeast 82nd Avenue is closed between Southeast Raymond Street and Southeast Foster Road.

If anyone has information about this crash, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-146567.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate.

This is the 27th traffic related fatality this year in Portland and the 7th involving a motorcyclist. It is also the 4th traffic death in a 17-hour period. At this point last year, there had been 28 traffic deaths.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction, and disobeying signals.

The Traffic Division works in partnership with the Bureau of Transportation on making streets safer for all users. You can help by doing your part to obey all traffic laws, whether you are in a vehicle, on foot, bike or scooter. To learn more, visit:
https://www.portland.gov/transportation/vision-zero

For more on the Traffic Division, visit:
https://www.portland.gov/police/divisions/traffic-division

To report a road or area that you believe should have additional traffic enforcement, call (503) 823-SAFE.

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One Deceased After Wrong Way Crash On Freeway, Major Crash Team Responding - 06/29/24

On Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 1:32 a.m., officers from the East Precinct responded to reports of a crash involving two vehicles on westbound I-84 at Northeast 162 Avenue. Officers arrived to find a head-on collision and both drivers injured. The driver of the westbound vehicle was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries were he later died. The driver of the vehicle that was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes was also transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team has responded to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, all lanes of westbound I-84 will be closed between Northeast 181st Avenue and I-205.

If anyone has information about the incident, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 24-160773.

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UPDATE: Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Death Confirmed to be Homicide, Victim Identified (Photo) - 06/28/24

The shooting incident in the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Wednesday is a confirmed homicide. The victim is identified as Tracy S. Rasberry, 24, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death and is asking for privacy at this time.

The medical examiner confirmed his identity and determined that he died of homicide by gunshot wound.

This case is still under investigation and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Detective Tony Harris at tony.harris@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0441 or Detective Jeff Sharp at jeff.sharp@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-9773 and reference case number 24-157877.

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One person is deceased following a shooting in the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood.

On Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 5:27 a.m., officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct responded to reports of a shooting in the area of North Atlantic Avenue and North Buffalo Street. When they arrived, officers found one adult male deceased. The suspect(s) had fled the area. No arrests have been made.

PPB’s Homicide Unit responded to the scene to investigate. Streets in the area will be closed for the duration of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Detective Tony Harris at tony.harris@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0441 or Detective Jeff Sharp at jeff.sharp@police.portlandoregon.gov 503-823-9773 and reference case number 24-157877.

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Attached Media Files: Tracy S. Rasberry family photo
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Suspects Face Felony Charges After Seizure of a Full Auto Pistol and Revolver (Photo) - 06/27/24

Two suspects face felony charges after officers seized a pistol modified to fire fully automatically.

On Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 4:43p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to the Focused Intervention Team (FIT) conducted a traffic stop at Northeast 74th Avenue and Northeast Lombard Street on a vehicle occupied by a 16-year-old wanted on a menacing case and linked to multiple gun-related crimes. During his arrest, officers found a semiautomatic handgun outfitted with an aftermarket auto-sear switch that made the pistol capable of fully automatic fire (photo).

The 16-year-old was booked into the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Machine Gun, Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts), Unlawful Possession of Firearms (2 counts), and Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (city code).

The driver, Demaria D. Preston, 23, was found with an illegally possessed revolver (photo) and was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Unlawful Possession of Firearms, Unlawful Possession of a Machine Gun, and Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public (city code).

Both suspects were referred to services under the Portland Ceasefire program.

For years, Portland Police officers have seized pistols with auto sears attached, which make them capable of firing an entire 17-round magazine in less than half a second. The devices are widely available for purchase online. A handgun with an auto sear switch attached fits the definition of a machine gun under United States federal law and are unlawful to possess under most circumstances. The penalties for possession of an unregistered machine gun in the United States are up to a $250,000 fine and prison sentences of up to 10 years. PPB does not keep statistics on how many such firearms are seized, but anecdotally, officers regularly encounter them.

The Bureau’s Focused Intervention Team (FIT) and Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) work in partnership with the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR) on a focused deterrence strategy to reduce gun violence called Portland Ceasefire. This citywide strategy centers on collaboration among Portland’s Community Safety Division and Office of Violence Prevention, City leaders, the Portland Police Bureau, and community groups.

More information about Portland Ceasefire is available here: https://www.portland.gov/community-safety/ceasefire

The Focused Intervention Team (FIT) is comprised of a Lieutenant, two Sergeants and 12 Officers who were selected to be a part of this specialty unit tasked with helping address gun violence in the city. In between emergency calls, FIT builds relationships with community members and proactively deters violence consistent with their mandate. FIT is overseen by a group of community volunteers known as the Focused Intervention Team Community Oversight Group, or FITCOG. The FITCOG commenced in June 2021 in response to the gun violence crisis in Portland to work with the Focused Intervention Team (FIT) and assist with recommendations to reduce gun violence through prevention, intervention, and response. For more information, see their website: https://www.portland.gov/fitcog . FIT also collaborates with ECST, a team of Sergeants, Detectives, and Officers which focuses on investigating shootings.

FIT and ECST consider all gunfire aimed at Portland community members to be attempted murder cases. Eyewitnesses or video evidence are crucial in solving these cases and these crime victims need people to come forward with any information. If anyone has information about any shooting case, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov .

Information can be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers of Oregon. Anyone wishing to submit a secure and anonymous tip regarding any unsolved felony crime should visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com or visit the App Store and download P3 Tips for your mobile device.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters remain anonymous.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, or to view other unsolved cases, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/ .

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Thousands of Dollars in Spray Paint Seized During Search of Graffiti Vandal's Home (Photo) - 06/25/24

Thousands of dollars in paint and vandalism materials were seized during the search of a graffiti vandal’s home in the Centennial Neighborhood.

On Tuesday, June 25, 2024, the Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) assigned to Central Precinct, with assistance from the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Strategic Services and Prosecution Unit and Unit A at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, served a search warrant at a home in the 1800 block of Southeast 174th Avenue in the Centennial Neighborhood. James S. Fischel, who is responsible for GIMER (Graffiti Is Me Escaping Reality) tags across the city and supplying graffiti vandals with supplies, resides at the home. During the service of the search warrant, more than 1,500 cans of spray paint totaling more than $10,000 was seized.

The investigation into 40-year-old Fischel began in mid-May when Officers Nathan Kirby-Glatkowski and Amelia Flohr were alerted to a YouTube-published docuseries called CHAOSTOWN. An episode titled ‘Portland is losing the graffiti war’ features Fischel, who went to great lengths to try to conceal his identity. Ultimately, Officers Kirby-Glatkowski and Flohr positively identified Fischel and the home where he stashes his abundant supply of spray paint, or as Fischel called it in the docuseries, “every graffiti writer’s fantasy.”

While Fischel is currently out of the area, law enforcement is aware of his location and pursuing criminal charges. Central NRT is continuing active investigations into this case and other graffiti vandalism cases in the city. Anyone with information on vandals is asked to email tips to investigators at crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Central NRT.

Photo description: Spray paint seized during search warrant
Photo description: Law enforcement searching garage
Photo description: Assortment of tips for spray paint cans
Photo description: GIMER canvas print seized during search warrant
Photo description: Officer briefing before search

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PPB Begins Bureau-wide Roll Out of Body-Worn Cameras (Photo) - 06/24/24

The Portland Police Bureau has begun a Bureau-wide implementation of body-worn cameras, beginning today with Central Precinct.

On Monday, June 24, 2024, PPB members who work at Central Precinct were issued their body-worn cameras. This comes after a months-long pilot project in 2023 that included Central Precinct Officers and officers from the Focused Intervention Team (FIT).

Following the rollout at Central Precinct today, body-worn cameras are slated to be distributed at North Precinct in mid-July, other divisions and units and then East Precinct sometime in late August (this implementation is slightly delayed due to an upgrade in internet connection).

PPB has been eagerly awaiting this day as body-worn cameras play a pivotal role in 21st Century Policing. The cameras will enhance the community-police relationship, provide all stakeholders with greater accountability and a better understanding of critical events. In addition, the cameras will facilitate fair and transparent adjudication across criminal and civil matters.

Video of officers obtaining their body-worn cameras can be found here: https://youtu.be/O11p-UqV5PU

Information on PPB’s body-worn camera program can be found here: https://www.portland.gov/police/community/body-worn-camera-project

The policy can be found here: https://www.portland.gov/policies/police-directives/field-operations-0600/062000-body-worn-camera-use-and-management

Photo descriptions: Officer removing camera from docking station
Close up of a body-worn camera

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