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One Deceased After Shooting in the St Johns Neighborhood - 05/27/22

One male is deceased after a shooting in the St. Johns Neighborhood.

On Friday, May 27, 2022, at 6:03a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a male deceased in a home in the 7100 block of North Columbia Boulevard. When officers arrived they found the victim deceased.

There is no suspect information available for release and no arrests have been made at this time.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is investigating. Detectives are working to determine what took place and are asking anyone with information to reach out to them. The primary investigators are Detective Tony Harris Tony.Harris@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0441 and Detective Shaye Samora Shaye.Samora@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0768.

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

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Remembering George Floyd - 05/25/22

Today marks the two year anniversary since George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer. The Portland Police Bureau acknowledges the sadness still felt as a result of his death, and we join with the community in mourning.

PPB is aware of planned events within the City of Portland commemorating Mr. Floyd's life and death, and we fully support the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to assemble. Although we do not expect these events to be anything but peaceful, the Portland Police Bureau will be monitoring, and will respond should individuals threaten life, safety, or serious property damage.

“We are grateful to the many positive voices who are working to bring about lasting and meaningful change,” said Chief Chuck Lovell. “We are committed to continuing that work with our valued community partners and those who want to engage with PPB to continue to build relationships and trust through community engagement.”

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Evidence and Firearms
Evidence and Firearms
Man Arrested for Bias Crime (Photo) - 05/25/22

Suspect Arrested, Search Warrant Served in Connection with Bias Crime Investigation

In the early morning hours of Wednesday May 25, 2022, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) investigators, assisted by members of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), arrested a 35-year-old man in connection with an April 2022 bias crime at a Northeast Portland community center.

Jarl Judson Rockhill, of West Linn, was arrested after a traffic stop in Clackamas County. After the arrest, a search warrant was served on his vehicle and at his home by members of the CCSO Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and PPB investigators. Evidence linking Rockhill to the crime was seized during the search warrant service. Numerous rifles, handguns, and related items were taken for safekeeping as they were not specifically linked to the criminal investigation.

This investigation began on April 29, 2022, when PPB East Precinct officers took a report from the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), located at 10301 Northeast Glisan Street. IRCO is a Portland-based community organization that assists refugees and immigrants.

The reporting party told officers that an unknown subject placed a neo-Nazi propaganda sticker on the fence of the property in the early morning hours of April 24. Surveillance video given to police showed the suspect and an associated vehicle.

Investigators with the PPB Criminal Intelligence Unit began a follow-up investigation and identified the suspect, Jarl Rockhill, and his vehicle. Investigators applied for and received a search warrant and an arrest warrant for Rockhill, resulting in today’s arrest.

Rockhill was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on the arrest warrant for Bias Crime in the Second Degree. Additional charges of Bias Crime in the First Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree are pending in Multnomah County.

"We have seen the effects of hate and intolerance and the violence it can lead to,” said Chief Chuck Lovell. "We work regularly with IRCO and continue to build relationships so that our immigrant community can trust police and reach out to us when they need to, such as with this case. I'm grateful for the hard work of Portland Police Bureau investigators and members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in protecting all members of our community.”

This remains an open investigation and anyone with information about Rockhill is asked to send it to CrimeTips@PortlandOregon.gov. The information will be forwarded to investigators.

Photo: Evidence and Firearms

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Attached Media Files: Evidence and Firearms
MAX Train
MAX Train
Hostage Standoff Resolved Peacefully (Photo) - 05/24/22

A man who took a MAX train passenger hostage at the Mount Hood MAX Station has been taken into custody. The passenger and MAX train operator are safe, and there are no reported injuries.

On May 24, 2022, at 2:19 p.m., Transit Police Division officers were dispatched to the Mount Hood MAX Station, located at 9299 NE Cascade Parkway, after receiving a report of an individual causing a disturbance. When officers arrived, they found that the subject had armed himself with a knife in one hand, and what appeared to be a skewer in the other, and was holding a rider hostage on the train. The MAX train operator was forced to shelter in place in the train’s cabin. Transit Police officers consulted with the Portland Police Bureau Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), which were then both activated.

As SERT arrived, they used an opportunity to deploy flash-bang devices to distract the suspect. SERT officers quickly boarded the train and took the suspect into custody, then helped the passenger and train operator exit the train safely. Neither the operator nor passenger were harmed during the incident.

The suspect is identified as 41-year-old Marcus Dwaine Tate.

Tate, who did not report injuries, will be booked into the Multnomah County jail on these charges:
• Robbery in the first degree
• Robbery in the second degree
• Coercion
• Menacing, two counts
• Unlawful use of a weapon, two counts
• Harassment, two counts
• Interfering with public transportation

The investigation is being led by the Transit Police Division, which is managed by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. All future media inquiries can be directed the MCSO.

Photograph: MAX Train

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Attached Media Files: MAX Train
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Shooter Captured, Stolen Vehicle Recovered (Photo) - 05/24/22

A man has been arrested for shots fired in North Portland, and the stolen vehicle he was driving has been recovered.

On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at around 2:00a.m., officers at North Precinct began hearing gunfire on the east side of the building. These officers also reported being able to hear the bullets flying past the precinct. Just afterwards, people began calling 911 to report shots being fired on Northeast Killingsworth Street, between Northeast 15th and Northeast 17th. As officers responded, they saw a man jump into a vehicle and drive off at a high-rate of speed. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but the driver refused to pull over. North Officers were able to use a spike strip to puncture the vehicle's tires, and it eventually came to a stop at the intersection of Northeast Grand Avenue and Northeast Broadway. Once the car stopped, the driver exited and ran on foot. Officers were successful in capturing the suspect a few blocks later.

After the suspect, 28-year-old Richard David Simms, was taken into custody, officers located a .45 pistol along his path of travel. Simms had three .45 casings and three live .45 rounds in his pocket. After investigating the vehicle Simms fled from, officers discovered it had been stolen in an armed carjacking on April 22, 2022.

At the scene of the shooting, officers located a total of 60 casings over the two block section of Killingsworth between 15th and 17th, and several buildings were struck by gunfire. Fortunately, it appears nobody was injured as a result of this shooting.

Richard Simms was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle and Attempt to Elude on Foot.

Photo descriptions: Shell casings in street

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Attached Media Files: Shots_Fired_2.png , Sots_Fired_1.png
Man Deceased After Shooting in the Lents Neighborhood - 05/22/22

On Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 2:43 p.m., officers from the East Precinct were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 5800 block of Southeast 99th Avenue. When officers arrived they learned the victim had been taken to a fire station by a private party where he was then transported by ambulance to an area hospital. The man later died at the hospital.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit has responded to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Brian Sims at Brian.Sims@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-2079 or Detective Meghan Burkeen at Meghan.Burkeen@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-2092.

During the investigation Southeast 99th Avenue is closed between Southeast Reedway Street and Southeast Knight Street. Additionally, Southeast Ramona Street is closed between Southeast 97th Avenue and Southeast 101st Avenue. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Update: PPB In Negotiations With Armed Suspect - 05/22/22

The incident in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood has been peacefully resolved. The subject involved in this situation was believed to be in crisis and was transported to an area hospital to be evaluated.

Assistant Chief Jamie Resch who was on scene said, “The use of the Special Emergency Response Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team as a way to deescalate the situation allowed for this person to be safely taken to the hospital and receive the care he needs. We appreciate the cooperation of the businesses and residents who were impacted by this closure. I would also like to thank all the members working East Precinct and SERT/CNT for their teamwork and compassion to safely resolve this incident.”

The subject is not being identified at this time as he was not arrested. Southeast Division Street is back open to traffic.

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###Original Message Below###

Police are negotiating with a menacing suspect in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, who is believed to be armed, prompting a callout of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT).

On Sunday, May 22nd, 2022, at 9:03 a.m., officers from the East Precinct responded to an accident involving two vehicles in the 12900 block of Southeast Division Street. One driver called into dispatch and said the other driver had a gun and was sitting inside of his car.

Officers arrived and learned the suspect pointed the gun at the other driver and then put the gun to his own head. Since the suspect was armed and refusing to exit his vehicle, the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were called to assist.

During this incident Southeast Division Street from Southeast 125th Avenue to Southeast 136th Avenue. The PIO is responding to the scene. Additional information will be shared when available.

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replica gun
replica gun
Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested (Photo) - 05/20/22

On Thursday, May 19th, at 12:39 p.m., officers from the Central Precinct responded to an armed robbery call in the 100 block of Northwest Broadway. The victim, who worked at a business there, reported to officers that a suspect had entered the store, pointed a gun at him and demanded money. The victim showed the suspect the empty cash drawer, at which point the suspect demanded the victim’s property. The suspect took the victim’s wallet and iPhone.

With the assistance of the victim, officers were able to track the cell phone to the area of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Pine Street. Officers reviewed surveillance videos from TriMet and local businesses and were able to see the suspect enter into the Embassy Suites Hotel but then leave again. Officers spoke with hotel security and found that the suspect was familiar to them.

Just before 5:00 p.m., officers were called by hotel security and told that the suspect had returned. Officers responded to the area and attempted to contact the suspect, who ran and disappeared into the hotel. Shortly after, a fire alarm inside the hotel was activated and officers responded to that location. Once there, officers found and recovered a fake pistol on the fire escape.

A short time later, a guest in the hotel reported that someone had broken into his room and stole some items, including a distinct backpack, which had an Apple AirTag attached to it. Again, with the help of another victim, officers were able to track the suspect into North Portland. A deputy from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the North Precinct located the subject, with the backpack, in the area of North Interstate Avenue and North Killingsworth Street. Officers attempted to stop the subject but he ran on foot. Officers chased him to the 5800 block of North Minnesota Avenue where they were able to take the suspect into custody.

The suspect was identified as 39 year-old Justin Lee Johnston. Johnston was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Burglary in the First Degree.

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Attached Media Files: replica gun , gun on fire escape
Ash Smith
Ash Smith
UPDATE: Homicide Victim Identified, Suspect Indicted (Photo) - 05/19/22

The victim of this homicide is identified as 31-year-old Ash Smith. Her family has been notified of her death, and they have provided the attached picture for public release.

Wyatt Storm Belcher was indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury on one count of Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm, and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Firearm).

Photograph: Ash Smith

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***Original Message Below***

Wyatt Storm Belcher will be charged with Murder in the Second Degree, as opposed to Murder in the First Degree. Multnomah County Detention Center inmate data initially indicated Belcher was charged with Murder in the First Degree. MCDC has been notified and they have updated the charges.

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***Original Message Below***

The suspect in this case is identified as 25-year-old Wyatt Storm Belcher. Belcher was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the charges of Murder in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The investigation is ongoing.

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***Original Message Below***

On Sunday, May 8, 2022, at 11:43 p.m., officers from the Central Precinct were dispatched to a report of a shooting on the Eastbank Esplanade at Southeast Salmon Street. When officers arrived they located a female who was deceased. A person has been detained as part of the investigation.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit has responded to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Brad Clifton at Brad.Clifton@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0696 or Detective Michael Greenlee at Michael.Greenlee@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-0871.

During the investigation the Esplanade is closed at Southeast Salmon Street. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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Attached Media Files: Ash Smith
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PPB Releases New Podcast on Dangers of Fentanyl (Photo) - 05/18/22

The Portland Police Bureau continues to raise awareness regarding the dangers of illegally produced and sold fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, and can be up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. While it has a medical use under licensed professionals, over the years, fentanyl has become a cheap drug, sold in pill form, usually blue in color and often referred to as M30s. They are often stamped to resemble pharmaceutical drugs, such as oxycodone or Xanax. Fentanyl also can come in powder form and can be cut into other drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), 42 percent of pills tested for fentanyl contained at least 2 mg of fentanyl, considered a potential lethal dose.

PPB's Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit (NOC) has seized nearly 570,000 fentanyl pills and just over 4,000 grams of power since June 4, 2021. One kilogram costs $1,000 to produce--and just one kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people. It is sold for about $1,300 per ounce. Pills are commonly sold for $5-$10 each.

In 2022, the Portland Police Bureau has been notified of 58 confirmed overdose deaths, with 27 of them suspected to be linked to fentanyl. According to the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), in 2021, Oregon saw 11 fentanyl-related fatal overdoses in ages 0-17 and 53 in ages 18-24.

PPB has been using its social media platform during the month of May to raise awareness regarding the dangers of buying counterfeit pills and using fentanyl.

The Bureau recently released a podcast regarding this subject. The podcast can be found here: https://www.portland.gov/police/news/2022/5/18/talking-beat-fentanyl-portland

For more information, please visit: https://www.dea.gov/resources/facts-about-fentanyl

Photo Description: Blue fentanyl pills

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Attached Media Files: Fetanyl_2.jpg
Gun, Magazines, and Gloves
Gun, Magazines, and Gloves
Man Arrested After Indecent Acts (Photo) - 05/17/22

The Portland Police Bureau is seeking additional victims of a man arrested after committing indecent public acts in the Sunnyside and Laurelhurst Neighborhoods.

On the morning of April 1, 2022, a woman was out walking her dog in the area of Southeast 35thAvenue and Southeast Stark Street when a man in a silver Volkswagen pulled up beside her. The man appeared to be trying to get her attention. The woman walked toward the car believing the man needed some assistance. When the woman got up to the car, she noticed the man's pants were down, and he was masturbating. The startled woman was able to get the vehicle's license plate number before fleeing the area.

The officer who took this report recalled similar calls the previous day in which people did not necessarily want to make official reports, but were concerned enough to ask officers to search the area to discourage such behavior. Although there were no reports, the officer was able to find dispatch history of the calls. In the first call, someone observed a man masturbating in a silver Volkswagen. In the second call, a man in a silver Volkswagen masturbated while he followed a woman on a bicycle.

On May 17, 2022, the Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) was conducting focused patrol in the area of Southeast 30th Avenue and Southeast Alder Street. They saw the silver Volkswagen listed in the officer's report and conducted a traffic stop on it. After some initial follow-up, NRT arrested the driver, who is identified as 27-year-old Michael P. Enns, of Portland. Officers located a loaded Glock 19 in his possession.

Further investigation and an additional interview led to the recovery of several handgun magazines, including a high-capacity magazine, two AR-15 magazines, leather gloves, a video camera, and lewd Polaroid photographs.

Enns was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and has been charged with two counts of Public Indecency, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, and Possession of a Loaded Handgun in Public (City Code).

Based on the information developed by Central NRT, officers believe there are additional unreported incidents, or additional victims who have not contacted police. If you had a similar encounter with Enns, or know someone who has, or if you have additional information into Enns' behavior, contact the Portland Police through crimetips@portlandoregon.gov Attn: Sgt. Matthew Jacobsen.

Photographs are being released due to law enforcement's belief that there are additional victims.

Photograph: Michael P. Enns
Photograph: Silver Volkswagen GTI
Photograph: Glock, magazines, and black gloves

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UPDATE: Pedestrian Struck, Killed By MAX Train Identified - 05/17/22

The deceased is identified as 43-year-old Phillip Ellis Allen. Allen's family has been notified of his death.

###PPB###

***Original Message Below***

On Friday, May 13, 2022, at 10:32 p.m., officers from the East Precinct were dispatched to a report of a crash on East Burnside Street and Northeast 160th Avenue involving a westbound MAX train and a pedestrian. Upon their arrival, officers unfortunately found the pedestrian to be deceased.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team is responding to investigate. During the investigation, East Burnside is closed in both directions between Northeast 157th Avenue and Northeast 162nd Avenue.

If anyone has information about this crash, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-126853, or call (503)823-2103.

More information will be released when appropriate.

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Gun and ammo
Gun and ammo
Suspect Fires Shots in Lents Neighborhood, Arrested by Tactical Team (Photo) - 05/16/22

The suspect in this incident is identified as 29-year-old Kalin Anthony Duffee. He was discharged from the hospital and has been lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on the charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

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***Original Message Below***

A man fired shots in the Lents Neighborhood, prompting a callout by the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT).

On Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 9:14p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 8800 block of Southeast Flavel Street. When officers arrived they learned that the suspect was shot and down in the street. They also had information that the suspect was the same one that had generated multiple calls for service earlier in the day where he was armed with a handgun, had threatened to kill himself, and kill police. Officers made attempts to contact him in an effort to offer him assistance, as did Project Respond mental health clinicians. However he could not be reached and a plan was made to attempt contact with him again at a later time.

Officers learned that the suspect had fired a shot at a passing car and at some point the suspect was injured by gunfire as well. Officers established a perimeter to prevent anyone else from being injured. A 30 square block area was issued a shelter in place warning via the PublicAlerts system. Due to the fact that the suspect was still armed, SERT and CNT responded. At 10:29p.m., SERT officers were able to approach using ballistic armor and take him into custody. The suspect, an adult male, was transported to the hospital by ambulance and is currently in police custody. He will be identified after he is charged with a crime. It's unclear how the suspect was shot.

A semiautomatic handgun was seized as evidence (photo).

The victim, an adult male, reported that he was shot at as he was driving on Southeast Flavel Street. He was not seriously injured but had some cuts from flying glass. No other victims have been located so far. If anyone has information about this case, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov attn: ECST and reference case number PP22-124957.

Officers received assistance from the K9 unit, the Air Support Unit, the Focused Intervention Team, and the Enhanced Community Safety Team.

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 description: Silver and black semi-automatic Ruger handgun with slide locked back, magazine with ammunition, and a box of 9mm ammunition

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Attached Media Files: Gun and ammo
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PPB Seeks Public Input on Directive (Photo) - 05/16/22

The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing its Directives and seeks public comment.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following Directive(s).

1st Universal Review: 5/16/22 – 5/31/22

• Directive 0631.70, Investigation of Animal Problems

Community members are encouraged to read these Directives at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 and follow the link at the bottom of the draft to provide comments. This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.


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Attached Media Files: Manual.jpg
Pedestrian Struck By MAX Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries - 05/15/22

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 9:02 p.m., officers from the East Precinct were dispatched to a report of an accident at Northeast Jonesmore Street and Northeast 82nd Avenue involving a MAX train and a pedestrian. Upon their arrival, officers found the pedestrian to be severely injured. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team is responding to investigate. During the investigation, the MAX light rail station at Northeast Jonesmore Street and Northeast 82nd Avenue will be closed.

If anyone has information about this crash, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-128626, or call (503)823-2103.

More information will be released when appropriate.

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UPDATE: Search Underway for Suspect Who Is Possibly Armed - 05/15/22

The search for the suspect who eluded police has concluded. The suspect was not located and the area is back open for vehicles and pedestrians. This incident will be referred to investigators for follow up.

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###Original Message Below###

A search is underway in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood for a suspect who is wanted and is believed to be armed, prompting a callout of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT).

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 3:20 p.m., a Portland Police Bureau sergeant from the East Precinct attempted to stop a vehicle in the 5700 block of Southeast 128th Avenue. The sergeant knew the driver to be a wanted suspect. The suspect eluded officers to the area of Southeast 136th and Southeast Ramona Street where the suspect stopped the car and ran off. Evidence recovered at the car left officers to believe that the subject may be armed.

Officers have set up a perimeter and activated SERT and CNT. At this point the perimeter includes Southeast 134th Avenue to Southeast 140th Avenue, Southeast Ramona Street to the Springwater Trail. The PIO is responding to the scene. Additional information will be shared when available.

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Traffic #ALERT: Motorcycle-Involved Fatal Crash on SE Powell Blvd - 05/14/22

A motorcycle-involved fatal crash has closed a section of Southeast Powell Boulevard.

On Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 3:44p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash at Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast 62nd Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a motorcycle rider deceased. Another vehicle, a 4-door sedan, was involved in the crash. The driver of the sedan was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. A passenger in the sedan was not transported.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team is on scene investigating. During the investigation, Southeast Powell Boulevard is closed between Southeast 60th Avenue and Southeast 65th Avenue.

If anyone has information about this crash, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-127451, or call (503) 823-2103.

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Car on tow truck
Portland Police Policy Update Allows for Towing of Vehicles in Certain Circumstances, Including Street Takeovers (Photo) - 05/14/22

The Portland Police Bureau has updated its vehicle towing policy and now authorizes towing for drivers operating vehicles without valid driving privileges and lack of insurance, and to address street takeovers.

The Bureau recently substantially revised Directive 0630.60, Vehicle Dispositions. Most significantly, the revised directive has the following changes:

1) The directive authorizes towing for certain offenses, such as unlicensed drivers, suspended drivers, and lack of insurance.

2) The directive authorizes towing for violating new Portland City Code, 14A.30.080, Unlawful Street Takeover and Unlawful Staging of a Street Takeover Event.

3) The directive provides new guidance on responding to stolen vehicles reported at tow lots, temporary holds for VIN inspections, and abandoned vehicle towing.

The most noteworthy change to revised Directive 0630.60 is the newly authorized towing for certain offenses such as driving uninsured, suspended, without a license, or in a street takeover pursuant to a new Portland City Code provision, 14A.30.080. This change brings the Bureau
in line with both neighboring law enforcement agency common practice and state law authorization
for towing. Additionally, the change was supported in public comments and among internal subject
matter experts and stakeholders within the Bureau, and will serve as an additional tool for the
Bureau to increase traffic safety.

While the policy allows for tows in circumstances where they were not permitted before, the policy does not require them in most cases. The policy specifically encourages Police Bureau members to exercise discretion in impounding vehicles under circumstances that may create undue hardship or risk to the occupants. Such circumstances may include, but are not limited to: the presence of young children, elderly, or disabled persons; vehicles equipped for use by such persons; and vehicles used as homes.

Members of the public are encouraged, before driving on public roads, to verify that their driver's license is current and valid and that they have current proof of insurance.

The Portland Police Bureau began its review of Directive 0630.60, Vehicle Disposition and Impoundment (formerly, “Vehicle Disposition”), in August 2019. The directive had not been updated since 2013. The Bureau posted the directive for Second Universal Review and Public Comment twice – once in February 2020, and again in October 2021, in light of the Bureau making additional revisions during a somewhat lengthy overall review process that spanned much of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bureau received comments during the universal review and public comment periods for the directive. Of note, several commenters indicated support for authorizing towing for certain offenses such as lack of insurance, suspended or unlicensed drivers, and street takeovers. The revised directive brings Bureau policy more in line with state law authorizations for towing as well as common practices of other local law enforcement agencies.

The full executive summary, including the new directive language, the changes made from the last directive, and copies of public comments, is available here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/799148

PPB reminds the public that there continue to be regular special details bringing in officers on overtime to specifically address dangerous street racing/sliding/takeover events. Participants and spectators risk arrest, fines, and towing of vehicles. These details are not being publicized ahead of time and enforcement efforts may happen without warning.

Photo description: silver coupe on a tow truck

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Attached Media Files: Car on tow truck
passenger side of black sedan
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CORRECTION: Police Impersonator Arrested, Additional Victims Sought (Photo) - 05/13/22

CORRECTION: The suspect vehicle is a Dodge Charger. The victim was driving a Ford Mustang. This version corrects the error.

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A police impersonator was arrested during a street racing detail last week, and the Portland Police Bureau is requesting information about any other victims.

On Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 8:14p.m., officers were working a special mission to address dangerous street racing/sliding activity when an officer observed what appeared to be a police vehicle with red and blue flashing lights pursuing another vehicle westbound on North Marine Drive approaching Kelly Point Park. After confirming no officers were involved, officers stopped the vehicle at North Simmons Road and North Lombard Street.

They arrested the driver, Jonathan G. Bautista-Limon, 20. The investigation revealed Bautista-Limon had tried to stop another driver. The victim was suspicious that the vehicle was not a legitimate police officer and did not pull over until contacted by Portland Police officers. Bautista-Limon's black 2019 Dodge Charger had a police-style push bumper with flashing lights, interior windshield lights, and lights in the rear window (photos). He also possessed a realistic looking airsoft handgun and a fake security badge.

Another vehicle, a white 2014 Chevrolet Caprice, was also stopped. It did not have red and blue lights but had a police style spotlight and detachable white flashing lights inside the vehicle along with a tactical vest, airsoft pistol, and duty belt with a gun holster. The driver of that car has not charged with a crime.

Both vehicles were towed. Bautista-Limon was criminally cited for ORS 162.365
Criminal Impersonation of a Public Servant, a Class C Felony. He was issued violation citations for Operating Vehicle Without Driving Privileges and Failure to Carry Proof of Insurance.

If you believe you were a victim of this police impersonator, have information about this case, the two vehicles involved, or the suspects, please e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 22-121134.

Photo descriptions:
1. View of the passenger side of a black 4-door sedan with metal front bumper containing blue flashing lights, red lights flashing in the upper windshield
2. View of the front of the vehicle
3. View of the passenger side
4. View of the rear of the vehicle with red and blue flashing lights in the lower part of the window
5. White sedan with a police-style spotlight
6. Black airsoft gun and belt displayed on the truck of the white sedan
7. Silver airsoft gun with a security badge

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Victim Identified in Fatal Shooting in South Waterfront (Photo) - 05/12/22

The deceased victim in this homicide has been identified as 22-year-old
Sircharles Marc Anthony Jones. Jones was working as a security guard at the time he was killed.

The Medical Examiner's Office has determined his manner and cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Jones' family has been notified of his death, and they provided the attached photograph for public release.

Photograph: Sircharles Jones

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***Original Message Below***

A man is deceased after a shooting in the south waterfront area of Downtown Portland and homicide detectives are investigating.

On Friday, May 6, 2022 at 3:21a.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 2100 block of South River Parkway. When they arrived they located a deceased adult male in a vehicle. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner.

Officers searched for suspects but none were immediately located. No arrests have been made.

Portland Police Homicide Unit Detectives responded to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, South River Parkway is closed east of South Moody Avenue.

The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Michael Schmerber at Michael.Schmerber@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0991 or Detective Erik Kammerer at Erik.Kammerer@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0762 .

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

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Clyde Hunt Family Photo
Clyde Hunt Family Photo
Suspect Arrested for April Murder in Madison South Neighborhood (Photo) - 05/11/22

A suspect has been arrested for an April 2022 murder in the Madison South Neighborhood.

On Thursday, April 7th, 2022 at 8:13p.m., East Precinct officers responded to an assault call at a hotel in the 3800 block of Northeast 82nd Avenue. When they arrived they located the victim, 19-year-old Clyde K. Hunt, in the parking lot of the hotel suffering from serious head injuries from an apparent assault. Hunt was transported to an area hospital for treatment. He succumbed to his injuries and died on April 26th.

The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined Hunt died from delayed complications from traumatic axonal injury and ruled his death a homicide.

Portland Police Homicide Unit and Assault Unit Detectives conducted an investigation and obtained an arrest warrant for Jacauree T. Walker, 25, of Portland. On May 11th, 2022, the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Walker in Portland. Walker was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on his arrest warrant for Murder in the Second Degree and Assault in the First Degree (2 counts).

Clyde Hunt’s family has been notified and provided a photo for media release. Family members are willing to speak to media about Clyde.

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Attached Media Files: Clyde Hunt Family Photo
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Suspect Identified in Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Homicide (Photo) - 05/11/22

During this investigation, PPB Detectives identified the suspect in this homicide case as 33-year-old Nathaniel C. Freeman. On May 10, 2022, the US Marshals, in conjunction with the assistance of Clackamas County Swat, arrested Freeman.

He has been charged with Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm; Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Freeman was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center.

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***Original Message Below***

The victim in this homicide is identified as 30-year-old Morgan “Max” Victor. The Medical Examiner's Office has determined his manner and cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Victor's family has been notified of his death, and they provided the attached photograph for public release. Family members are asking for privacy at this time.

No additional details will be released at this time.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Ryan Foote at Ryan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0781 or Detective Travis Law at Travis.Law@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0395.

Photograph: Morgan “Max” Victor

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***Original Message Below***

Homicide detectives are investigating a shooting death in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood.

On Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 1:34a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 2800 block of Southeast Division Street. When they arrived they located an adult male victim deceased inside an apartment.

The suspect or suspects left before officers arrived and no arrests have been made. No suspect information is being released at this time.

The Portland Police Homicide Unit is on scene investigating. During the investigation, Southeast Division Street is closed between Southeast 26th Avenue and Southeast 28th Avenue. The closure is expected to continue into the morning commute time.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Ryan Foote at Ryan.Foote@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0781 or Detective Calvin Goldring at Calvin.Goldring@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0256.

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

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Adela
Adela
UPDATE: Missing Woman Found(Photo) (Photo) - 05/10/22

Chapman was located this morning pushing a shopping cart on Powell Boulevard, in Gresham, by an alert City of Portland employee during their morning commute. The Portland Police Bureau and Missing Persons Detectives are grateful for everyone's diligence in helping Chapman to be safely reunited with her family.

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***Original Message Below***

A search is underway for a missing endangered woman in East Portland, and the Portland Police Bureau is concerned about her exposure to the cold temperatures tonight. The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public to keep an eye out for her.

On Monday, May 9, 2022 at 5:30 pm., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a missing person in the 16700 block of Southeast Rhine Street. They were told that Adela Chapman, 84, was missing. Adela was last seen leaving her home on foot at 12:00 pm.

Adela is an Asian female, 4 ft 9 in tall, 100 lbs, with shoulder length black and gray hair (photo). Adela was last seen wearing a lime green puffy coat, pink pants and black shoes. Adela has no diagnosed health concerns but does get confused sometimes. Adela has no phone or identification but is familiar with Trimet.

This is not the first time Adela has walked away from her home. In other incidents, Adela has been located at the following locations in the past two years:

Southeast 136th Avenue and Southeast Powell Blvd (pushing a shopping cart), Southeast 160th Avenue and Southeast Division Street, Southeast 177th Avenue and East Burnside Street, Northeast 181st Avenue and I-84.

Officers have searched for Adela without success. If anyone sees Adela, please call 911. If anyone has other information about this case, e-mail the Missing Persons Unit at missing@portlandoregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: Adela
Bicyclist Dies from Injuries Sustained in Southeast Portland Crash - 05/09/22

On May 4, 2022, at 11:17 a.m. East Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast Powell Blvd/Southeast 50th Ave on a report of a bicyclist struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, they located the man, later identified as 43-year-old Shane Johnson, severely injured. Johnson had been riding an electric bicycle when he was struck by a vehicle. Medical arrived to assist and transported Johnson to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Johnson died on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Due to the severity of Johnson's injuries, the Major Crash Team was activated and responded to the scene. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and was cooperative. MCT investigators learned from witnesses and nearby videos that Johnson entered the roadway unexpectedly for an unknown reason and believe the driver had no time to adjust their course of travel.

This death was the 22nd traffic-related death in Portland. It was the first traffic-related bicycle death since December 4, 2020.

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ECST Investigations Lead to Two Arrests for Shootings (Photo) - 05/09/22

Two dangerous offenders wanted for shootings in Old Town were recently apprehended after investigations by the Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST).

On February 5, 2022, at 4:36 p.m., Central Officers responded to Northwest 6th Avenue and Northwest Glisan Street regarding a male actively shooting at people. When officers arrived, they canvassed the area, but did not locate any shooting victims and were unable to locate the suspect. Almost 24 cartridge casings were recovered from the scene. PPB's Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) detectives assumed control of the investigation and were able to identify the suspect as 40-year-old Julius Banks as one of the individuals involved in this shooting. An arrest warrant for Attempted Murder II, Robbery I with a Firearm, Attempt Assault I, Two Counts of Unlawful Use of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm was obtained for Banks.

On May 4, 2022 at 12:49 p.m., members of the US Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force and ECST located Banks in the 2600 Block of Northeast Lombard Street. Banks was observed in possession of a semi-automatic pistol at this time. A residence in this area was also determined to be associated to Banks. Members of Portland Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), K9 Unit and Air Support Unit were requested to assist in the apprehension of Banks. At about 2:30 p.m., SERT attempted to take Banks into custody, but he ran into the associated residence and refused to surrender. After a lengthy negotiation, Banks eventually surrendered to officers and was successfully taken into custody. ECST investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for the related residence, which resulted in three firearms recovered (9mm semi-auto pistol with an extended magazine, a .45 caliber semi-auto pistol and an AR-15 style rifle--pictured with this release).

Banks was booked into Multnomah County Detention Center on the outstanding arrest warrant.

Anyone with information related to this shooting is encouraged to contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case # 22-33966

In a separate case, a woman wanted for a shooting in Old Town was apprehended.

On March 17th, 2022, at 6:58 p.m., Central Precinct and Focused Intervention Team (FIT) officers responded to Northwest 4th Avenue and Northwest Flanders Street on the report of a person shot. When officers arrived, they located a male suffering from a gunshot wound. The male was provided lifesaving first aid by the responding officers. Medical arrived and the male was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. ECST Detectives responded to the scene and assumed control of the investigation.

Detectives were able to develop probably cause to arrest a suspect in this case and obtained an arrest warrant for 40-year-old Serithia Binns for Attempted Murder II, Assault I, Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Firearm), and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

On May 4, 2022, at 10:30 p.m., an Oregon State Police Trooper conducted an unrelated traffic stop of Binns in the area of Southeast 82nd Avenue/Southeast Mill Street, where she was subsequently arrested and booked into Clackamas County Jail on unrelated arrest warrants. ECST detectives presented their arrest warrant for Binns to Clackamas County and she was subsequently transferred to Multnomah County Detention Center on the additional charges connected to this shooting.

Anyone with information related to this shooting is encouraged to contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case # 22-72205

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Photos: Three Firearms seized from warrants associated with Julius Banks

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PPB Responds to Fatal Crash on Morrison Bridge on Sunday - 05/09/22

On Sunday, May 8, 2022, at 4:55 p.m., Central Precinct Officers responded to a report of a crash at the Morrison Bridge westbound near the southbound I-5 ramp to the bridge. When officers arrived, they found a pedestrian who had appeared to have been struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and was cooperative.

Medical arrived and began providing aid, but the man died at the scene. The Portland Police Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation.

The identity of the subject will be released after the Medical Examiner’s Office confirms cause and manner of death, and after family has been notified.

If anyone has information about this crash, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-121917, or call (503) 823-2103.

More information will be released when appropriate.

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Hammer
Hammer
Man Stabbed and Attacked With Hammer During Robbery (Photo) - 05/08/22

On Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 5:15 p.m., officers from the Central Precinct responded to a stabbing call in the area of Southeast Grand Avenue on the overpass of I-84. Officers arrived on scene and located the male victim who was lying in a pool of blood, suffering from multiple cuts and stab wounds. Paramedics arrived and transported the victim to an area hospital. The victim is expected to make a full recovery.

A crime scene was located by officers and officers spoke with witnesses who stayed at the scene. The witnesses told officers the suspect struck the victim on the head with a hammer repeatedly. Witnesses also heard the suspect demanding the victim’s coat and wallet. The witnesses gave a good suspect description and arriving officers saw the suspect enter the Convention Center.

A perimeter was set up around the Convention Center. Officers contacted Convention Center security and gave them the suspect description. Security found the suspect and told officers the suspect was exiting out of the east side of the building. Officers went to that location and were able to take the suspect into custody. Robbery Detectives were notified and responded to investigate.

The suspect, 28 year-old, Luke Joel Andrade, was arrested for Robbery in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Aggravated Assault. Andrade was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Photo: Hammer with blood on it

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Attached Media Files: Hammer
Officers Involved in Exchange of Gunfire Identified - 05/07/22

Four officers were involved. They are:

-Officer Adi Ramic, a 12-year veteran of PPB
-Officer Michelle Petty, a 5-year veteran
-Officer Whitney Anderson, a 3-year veteran
-Officer John Bartlett, a 5-year veteran

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Detectives have confirmed that there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and four Portland Police Officers. During the incident it was initially believed that an officer was struck by gunfire. Officers assessed him and it was determined he was not. A semiautomatic handgun was seized as evidence.

The officers, all of whom are assigned to the Focused Intervention Team, are on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard protocol. They will be identified later today.

The suspect remains in the hospital with critical injuries. He is an adult male. He will be identified only after he is charged with a crime.

"This was an incredibly dangerous situation in a residential neighborhood where families live," said Acting Chief Mike Frome. "I'm so grateful that the officers and community members are okay. It highlights not only the danger officers face each day as they work to keep the community safe, but underscores the importance of addressing our gun violence problem."

The investigation remains active. No additional information is being released.

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A suspect was injured after an officer involved shooting in the Roseway Neighborhood.

On Friday, May 6, 2022 at 9:12p.m., two Portland Police officers assigned to the Focused Intervention Team (FIT) were on patrol when they conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for multiple violations at Northeast 78th Avenue and Northeast Mason Street. During the encounter the suspect was shot. An initial report that an officer had been shot was not accurate and no officer was injured.

The suspect was transported to the hospital by ambulance with life threatening injuries.

Per policy, the Portland Police Homicide Unit is on scene and investigating. If anyone has information about this incident and has not already spoken to police, please contact Detective Jeff Sharp at Jeff.Sharp@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-9773 or Detective Rico Beniga at Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0457 and refer to case number 22-120339.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Investigators are expected to be here for several hours collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. Additional information will be released at the direction of investigators.

"I'm grateful that no officers were injured," said Acting Chief Mike Frome, who responded to the scene. "There is a lot to be learned about what took place, and I respect the investigative process."

Acting Chief Frome, who is filling in for Chief Lovell while he's out of state, has briefed Mayor's office.

As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident, including the initial response, resources requested, tactics used, and post shooting actions. The case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is composed of community members, Bureau members, and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

The Portland Police Bureau directive outlining the procedures followed after an officer involved shooting may be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/656780 .

Once the entire investigation and legal process is complete, the investigative files and any grand jury transcripts will be posted on the Bureau's Open Data page. Information available about past officer-involved shootings can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/76940 .

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Suspect Picture 4
Suspect Picture 4
UPDATE #3: Arson Suspect Arrested, Charged with Crimes Related to Multiple Incidents (Photo) - 05/07/22

A suspect has been arrested in connection with these arson and vandalism cases at houses of worship.

Michael E. Bivins, 34, of Portland was booked this morning into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following cases and charges:

22-912375 April 30th, 2022 – Congregation Shir Tikvah 2420 NE Sandy Blvd - Broken Window.
Charge: Criminal Mischief in the First Degree

22-680557 May 2nd, 2022 – Congregation Beth Israel 1972 NW Flanders – Graffiti on Synagogue
Charge: Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree

22-118101 May 3rd, 2022 – Muslim Community Center of Portland – Fire to occupied Mosque
Charge: Arson in the First Degree (Measure 11)

22-801609 May 4th, 2022 – Congregation Beth Israel 1972 NW Flanders – Large rock thrown through library window
Charge: Criminal Mischief in the First Degree


Bivins was arrested with the assistance of the Beaverton Police Department after he visited a television news station where he demanded to speak to a reporter. A Beaverton Police Detective followed up, coordinated with Portland Police, and Bivins was taken into custody. The Portland Police Bureau is grateful to the Portland Fire & Rescue Investigation Unit, the Beaverton Police Department, and KPTV staff for their assistance and collaboration in this case.

Additional investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible. PPB detectives have also been in contact with federal authorities regarding these cases. If anyone has information about Bivins or any of these crimes, they're asked to contact Detective Meredith Hopper at (503)823-3408 or meredith.hopper@portlandoregon.gov . Please refer to case number 22-118101

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The same suspect involved is believed to be connected to a recent broken window vandalism. The ongoing investigation revealed that a large window pane was broken on April 30, 2022 at about 10:30p.m. at the Congregation Shir Tikvah/Eastside Jewish Commons at 2420 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Arson Investigators continue to work on this case and are requesting public help to identify the suspect. No new photographs are available at this time, but if anyone can identify the suspect they're asked to contact Detective Meredith Hopper at (503)823-3408 or meredith.hopper@portlandoregon.gov . Please refer to case number 22-118101.

Photo description: large pane of glass shattered, small bits of glass piled on the ground

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Here is a copy of the surveillance video of the arson suspect: https://youtu.be/PoXAqnblvqw

Video is being released by the Portland Police Bureau for public distribution to further a criminal investigation and broadcast usage rights are granted.

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The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public’s help to identify an arson and possible bias crime suspect.

On May 3, 2022, at around 6:48pm, an individual was captured by surveillance cameras pouring an undetermined type of accelerant on the back of the Muslim Community Center of Portland’s building, then lighting the substance on fire. After unsuccessfully starting the building on fire, the suspect tried a second time. Fortunately, there was only minor damage to the structure. Portland Police Bureau's Arson Investigator and a Portland Fire & Rescue Investigator are working together to investigate this crime.

MCC is located at 5325 North Vancouver Avenue. If you were in the area at the time of the attempted arson and believe you have pertinent information, or if you recognize the pictured individual, please contact Detective Meredith Hopper at (503)823-3408 or Meredith.hopper@portlandoregon.gov . Please refer to case number 22-118101.

Photograph: Male wearing a blue hoodie and facemask walking towards camera.
Photograph: Male wearing a blue hoodie facing away from camera.
Photograph: Male wearing a blue hoodie bending down.

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UPDATE: Officer Involved Shooting Involved an Exchange of Gunfire - 05/07/22

Detectives have confirmed that there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and four Portland Police Officers. During the incident it was initially believed that an officer was struck by gunfire. Officers assessed him and it was determined he was not. A semiautomatic handgun was seized as evidence.

The officers, all of whom are assigned to the Focused Intervention Team, are on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard protocol. They will be identified later today.

The suspect remains in the hospital with critical injuries. He is an adult male. He will be identified only after he is charged with a crime.

"This was an incredibly dangerous situation in a residential neighborhood where families live," said Acting Chief Mike Frome. "I'm so grateful that the officers and community members are okay. It highlights not only the danger officers face each day as they work to keep the community safe, but underscores the importance of addressing our gun violence problem."

The investigation remains active. No additional information is being released.

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A suspect was injured after an officer involved shooting in the Roseway Neighborhood.

On Friday, May 6, 2022 at 9:12p.m., two Portland Police officers assigned to the Focused Intervention Team (FIT) were on patrol when they conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for multiple violations at Northeast 78th Avenue and Northeast Mason Street. During the encounter the suspect was shot. An initial report that an officer had been shot was not accurate and no officer was injured.

The suspect was transported to the hospital by ambulance with life threatening injuries.

Per policy, the Portland Police Homicide Unit is on scene and investigating. If anyone has information about this incident and has not already spoken to police, please contact Detective Jeff Sharp at Jeff.Sharp@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-9773 or Detective Rico Beniga at Rico.Beniga@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0457 and refer to case number 22-120339.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Investigators are expected to be here for several hours collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. Additional information will be released at the direction of investigators.

"I'm grateful that no officers were injured," said Acting Chief Mike Frome, who responded to the scene. "There is a lot to be learned about what took place, and I respect the investigative process."

Acting Chief Frome, who is filling in for Chief Lovell while he's out of state, has briefed Mayor's office.

As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident, including the initial response, resources requested, tactics used, and post shooting actions. The case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is composed of community members, Bureau members, and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

The Portland Police Bureau directive outlining the procedures followed after an officer involved shooting may be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/656780 .

Once the entire investigation and legal process is complete, the investigative files and any grand jury transcripts will be posted on the Bureau's Open Data page. Information available about past officer-involved shootings can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/76940 .

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more broken panes of glass
more broken panes of glass
UPDATE: Suspect Video/Photos Released of Criminal Suspects Involved in May 3rd March (Photo) - 05/06/22

The Portland Police Bureau continues to investigate the criminal damage done to businesses downtown during a free speech event held in the evening hours of May 3, 2022. Investigators have retrieved video from several damaged properties. PPB is requesting the public’s help in identifying the people actively damaging the property as well as the people holding umbrellas and concealing the criminal actors.

Included are several photos and videos of these vandals. In one video, a person applying graffiti is dressed in a black sweatshirt, blue jeans, and distinctive black and white shoes.

In another, a person dressed all in black with a distinctive hat is suspected of breaking several windows. The still photos are attached to this press release. The video and still photographs are available here: https://youtu.be/3bxhxkWknRk . All photos and video included in this document are being released for public distribution in an effort to further a criminal investigation. All usage rights, including broadcast, is granted.

Anyone with information on these suspects is asked to send that information to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case 22-117206.


Photo descriptions:
1. view from inside looking out through glass doors at vandalism suspect black-and-white shoes circled
2. person dressed in all black with a distinctive hat
3. A wider view of the suspect with an arrow pointing to him.
4. person dressed in all black with a full-face mask with a slit for eyes, wearing a dark colored backpack


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On the evening of Tuesday, May 3, 2022, a group gathered in the downtown area and marched at various times. During the marches, some participants committed acts of vandalism, including graffiti and broken windows that damaged government buildings, coffee shops, and others (photos). Some burning material and incendiary devices were thrown at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, but it's unknown if any damage was caused. No known injuries.

One arrest was made. Luke S. Anderson, 31, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center of charges of Reckless Burning and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

Officers are assessing the scope of the damage and investigating the crimes committed. If anyone has information, including witness statements, photos, video, or other evidence, please e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 22-117206.

Photo descriptions:
5 photos of broken glass windows in various businesses

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Gun
Gun
Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder for Shooting Airbnb host through Door (Photo) - 05/05/22

A suspect is in jail on Attempted Murder charges after shooting and critically wounding an Airbnb host in the King Neighborhood.

On Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 8:38p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting at a house in the 4600 block of Northeast Grand Avenue. They located a shooting victim, an adult female, with an injury to her chest. Paramedics initiated lifesaving efforts and transported the victim to the hospital by ambulance. Despite critical, life threatening injuries, medical staff were able to save her life and she is expected to survive.

Officers learned that the suspect was in a room in the house. After containing the scene and ensuring there was no one else inside, officers began communication with the suspect. After a protracted negotiation, the suspect agreed to surrender and was detained by officers.

Detectives with the Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) responded to assume the investigation. They learned that the victim was the property owner and Airbnb host who was attempting to contact the tenant in the short-term rental, Caveion L. Lett, 21, when Lett fired multiple rounds from a 9mm handgun through the door. One of the rounds struck the victim. A gun was seized as evidence (photo).

Lett was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Photo description: black handgun with extended magazine, partially out of a plastic holster, rests on a silver appliance

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PPB Seeks Public Input on Directive (Photo) - 05/05/22

The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing its Directives and seeks public comment.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following Directive(s).

1st Universal Review: 5/5/22 – 5/20/22

• Directive 0635.10, Crowd Management/Crowd Control

Community members are encouraged to read these Directives at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 and follow the link at the bottom of the draft to provide comments. This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.


Graphic Description: Cover of Directive Manual

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Recovered Guitars
Recovered Guitars
PPB Continuing to Reunite People with Stolen Property (Photo) - 05/03/22

The North Neighborhood Response Team investigation continues to reunite suspected stolen property with the rightful owners after a recent camp abatement. So far, officers have identified the owners of the following items and returned them:

* More than $10,000 worth of LED lighting equipment taken in a burglary in early April in North Portland

* Tattoo machines and artist portfolios stolen in a burglary in Tigard in mid-April. Thanks to Grizzly Tattoo for helping us locate the impacted tattoo artist!

* A steel drum, saxophone, and instrument cases worth more than $5,000 taken in a vehicle prowl in North Portland in mid-April. This involved a person who was moving from California to Washington State with a stopover in Portland who found their items stolen from a U-Haul. There is still one saxophone in a hard case and other personal items missing from this incident.

This remains an ongoing investigation and investigators are trying to identify any suspects who may be involved in the burglaries and thefts. There are also three recovered laptops with identifying information the officers are working to get returned to the owners, including two local school districts.

The investigators were able to quickly identify the rightful owners of several items because the owners had contact information or unique identifiers on the items. We encourage community members to photograph or write a list of serial numbers for their valuables in the event of a theft and mark them with identifiers whenever possible. If you are the victim of a theft, please report the crime at: https://www.portland.gov/police/police-report-online-submission

“Getting these items back to the owners is very meaningful for our investigators and the owners because it means they can continue their passion and their livelihood,” said Commander Tina Jones. “Many of these cases are impacting small business owners, musicians, and artists who rely upon these items to provide service and bring joy to our community.”

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On Thursday, April 28, 2022, the North Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) worked with two patrol district officers to abate a camp by the I-405 onramp near North Kerby Avenue. Recently, there has been a homicide and a number of stolen vehicles recovered in the area near the camp. The night shift district officer has been working several investigations related to criminal activity associated with the camp and collaborated with the NRT Officers to come up with a plan to address the public safety threat posed by the criminal activity.

During the abatement, officers recovered 5 of 6 stolen guitars and other equipment taken in a April 18, 2022 theft from The Brian Jonestown Massacre band that was touring in Portland. These guitars are reportedly from the 1960’s and have enormous sentimental value and are not easily replaceable, according to members of the band. Additionally, Officers located and recovered a stolen Subaru, suspected Fentanyl pills and drug paraphernalia, damaged car parts, including a catalytic converter, and other brand-new property suspected of being associated with thefts or burglaries. This remains an on-going investigation as the team attempts to identify rightful property owners and potential suspects.

During the clean-up, officers encountered a large litter of 3-week-old puppies with the owner. They were being well-cared for and the owner had a plan to take them to another location.

“I am extremely proud of the efforts of our dedicated district and NRT officers who worked together to address this criminal base of operations,” said North Precinct Commander Tina Jones. “We are happy to be able to locate and reunite valuable and sentimental items with their rightful owners and hope the actions taken improve public safety in this area. The conditions of the area were deplorable and a public safety hazard. We also appreciate our partners who assisted in cleaning up the detritus to improve the condition of our city.”

The North Neighborhood Response Team focuses on livability issues and works with a variety of partners to identify opportunities to problem solve and increase public safety.

Photo descriptions:
1. Five guitars in cases and other musical equipment
2. Items strewn about encampment
3. a silver catalytic converter lying in the dirt
4. Nine propane tanks
5. Various narcotics, including blue fentanyl pills
6. Blue canvas wagon filled with puppies
7. A smiling Portland Police officer holding up two puppies

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Driver Killed in Highway 30 Crash Identified - 05/02/22

The driver killed in this crash is identified as 44-year-old Joseph Dubois. His family has been notified of his death. An investigation by Portland’s Major Crash Team determined that Dubois was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control after a sweeping right curb in the roadway. There were no other vehicles involved in this crash. The injured passenger was treated at a local hospital and has since been released.

This is Portland’s 21st traffic related fatality of 2022.

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A fatal crash investigation has closed down all lanes of Northwest St. Helens Road (Highway 30) in both directions near the St. Johns Bridge.

On Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 6:10a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash on Highway 30 at milepost 6, which is just south of the St. Johns Bridge interchange. When officers arrived they found a single vehicle crashed into a power pole, with live wires on the street. Paramedics arrived and confirmed that one occupant was deceased. A second occupant, an adult female, was injured and transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Officers have closed Northwest St. Helens Road in both directions between the St. Johns Bridge and Northwest Kittridge Avenue. It's expected to remain closed for several hours.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team is enroute to investigate the crash.

If anyone has information about this incident, including information about what may have led up to the crash, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov , attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-114077, or call (503)823-2103.

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

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Deceased Driver Identified in Kenton Neighborhood Crash - 05/02/22

The driver killed in this crash has been identified as 21-year-old Andrew Michael Bachman. His family has been notified of his death. The investigation determined the vehicle driven by Bachman was driving on Columbia Blvd, eastbound, in the center turn lane in a fast, reckless manner. As the vehicle approached the intersection of North Peninsular Avenue, it went into the westbound lane of traffic and struck the other vehicle head-on. All five of the family that were in the vehicle were wearing their seatbelts and were soon released from the hospital.

The passenger in Bachman's vehicle was also treated and released from the hospital.

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***Original Message Below***

A fatal crash has caused a closure of North Columbia Boulevard in the Kenton Neighborhood as the Major Crash Team investigates.

On Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 2:23p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash at North Columbia Boulevard and North Peninsular Avenue. When they arrived they found 2 vehicles involved. One person was deceased on scene. One person ran off, but was located nearby and transported to the hospital with injuries. In the other involved vehicle, there were 5 occupants, including three children. All were transported to the hospital. Their conditions are not available.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation. During the investigation, North Columbia Boulevard is closed in both directions between North Peninsular Avenue and North Argyle Way. Traffic is detouring on North Columbia Boulevard Frontage Road.

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

This is the 26th Major Crash Team activation of the year and the 3rd activation in less than 24 hours, and 21st traffic related fatality in Portland.

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Two Deceased From Weekend Shooting Identified - 05/02/22

The victim in this homicide has been identified as 31-year-old Sharline Esah. The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined she died from a gunshot wound and ruled her death a homicide. Esah’s family has been notified and is requesting privacy at this time.

The suspect has been identified as Sharline Esah’s husband, 30-year-old Lopez Uehara. The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined Uehara died from a gunshot wound and ruled his death a suicide.

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***Original Message Below***

Two are deceased after a murder-suicide shooting in the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood.

At 2:06a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 14100 block of Southeast Woodward Street. When they arrived they located two adults deceased. Based on initial information at the scene, officers are not currently looking for any suspects and it's being investigated as a murder-suicide.

Portland Police Homicide Unit Detectives are responding to investigate. The area is blocked off to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

If anyone has any information about this case, please contact Detective Meghan Burkeen Meghan.Burkeen@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-2092 or Detective Travis Law Travis.Law@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0395.

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

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Suspects Cause Injuries to 2 People Using Fireworks Downtown - 04/30/22

A group assaulted another group using fireworks in downtown Portland, causing injuries to two people, and Arson Investigators are asking for public assistance.

On Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 12:03p.m., Central Precinct officers were notified of a group throwing items such a smoke grenade at another group in the area of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Main Street. A PPB Sergeant began monitoring the situation and gathering available resources, although there were only a few officers available in the precinct. Updated information was that paint and larger fireworks were being thrown, and significant explosions were heard in the area. The sergeant requested the callers try to drive away to meet officers at another location in an attempt to deescalate the situation and allow officers to investigate. The group was able to drive away and meet with officers nearby.

They learned that two people had been hurt by mortars. One adult male had an injury to the hand, an adult female complained of hearing loss. There was also evidence balloons filled with paint and/or other substances were thrown at people and vehicles. The injured victims planned to seek medical care on their own and were not transported.

Once sufficient resources were in place, officers set up a crime scene at the location of the incident. Portland Police and Portland Fire & Rescue Arson Investigators responded to the scene. The suspects had left the scene and no immediate arrests were made, but the investigation is continuing.

If anyone has information about this incident, including any video and/or photographic evidence, and has not already spoken to police, they're asked to e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov attn: Arson Unit and reference case number 22-114219.

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Extremely Busy Night Strains Resources - 04/30/22

An extraordinarily busy evening of significant events strained Portland Police Bureau resources overnight. The following is a brief roundup of the events, and is not a comprehensive list of all calls during this time period. All information is preliminary and subject to change as additional investigation is done.

On Friday, April 29, 2022 at 5:01p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of a stolen van located near Southeast 20th Avenue and Southeast Division Street. The van's driver eventually crashed at Southeast Ash Street and Southeast 26th Avenue, striking two pedestrians, one with life threatening injuries. Multiple suspects ran off into the neighborhood, prompting numerous officers to respond and set up a perimeter to search for them. See related press release: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=412291 (22-113627)

At 6:54p.m., North Precinct and East Precinct officers responded to a report of a group throwing objects off the Northeast Glisan Street overpass over Interstate 205, and that a shot had been fired. Portland Police were monitoring a protest "convoy" that was driving through Portland and counterdemonstrators confronting them. Officers determined that the shot fired call was likely related. They did recover evidence of one shot fired, but no known victims. Several officers were required as a group of about 15 people were yelling at and harassing the officers as they conducted the investigation. No immediate arrests were made, but the investigation is continuing. (22-113690)

At 7:48p.m., Central Precinct officers were notified that Oregon State Police (OSP) were pursuing a stolen ambulance into Portland. Several calls came in about the driver of the ambulance driving recklessly, including driving on sidewalks and going the wrong way on some one-way streets. OSP later stopped the vehicle outside of Portland and arrested the suspect. PPB officers assisted by looking for any potential hit and run victims. See related OSP press release: http://www.flashalert.net/news.html?id=1002 (22-113738).

At 11:59p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Henderson Street. When they arrived they located an adult male with severe injuries. The driver who struck him left the scene and was not immediately located. The victim was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Officers did initial investigation, and the Traffic Investigations Unit will do follow-up. If anyone has information about this crash and the vehicle and/or driver involved, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov , attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-113910, or call (503)823-2103.

On Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 12:37a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to the 7200 block of Southeast Woodstock Boulevard on a report that someone was shot in or near a convenience store. When officers arrived they found it was actually two shooting victims. Officers applied a tourniquet to stem the bleeding of once victim. Both victims were transported by ambulance to hospitals. Their injuries are non-life threatening. No arrests have been made and no suspect information is being released at this time. (22-113943)

At 1:17a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 00 block of Southeast 127th Avenue. One shooting victim was located and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No arrests, no suspect information is being released at this time. (22-113966)

At 2:06a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 14100 block of Southeast Woodward Street on a report of two people shot. See related press release: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=412292 (22-113989)

At 2:18a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of a shooting at a bar in the 3200 block of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. They located one victim on scene who was transported to the hospital by ambulance. A short time later, another possible victim arrived at a hospital by private vehicle, although it is not clear if he was related to this shooting. A third male was hurt by possible shrapnel and arrived at the hospital by private vehicle. All victims were adult males and their injuries are considered non-life-threatening. No arrests were immediately made, and no suspect information is being released at this time. The Enhanced Community Safety Team responded and is investigating. (22-113992)

At 6:10a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a crash on Northwest St. Helens Road just south of the St. Johns Bridge. One person was killed in the crash, which also knocked down power lines. The Major Crash Team responded and is investigating. See related press release: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=412293 (22-114077)

As a result of the extremely heavy call load and series of significant events, all three precincts were placed on high priority (life safety) calls only for various times most of the night. The Portland Police Bureau is aware that many lower priority calls have not gotten a response, and we are grateful for the patience from the community as we work through the calls. Some reports can be made on our website at https://www.portland.gov/police/police-report-online-submission .

If anyone has information about any of these incidents, and has not already spoken to police, they are asked to e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and include the applicable case number.

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

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 can remain anonymous.

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 smart phone or tablet.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100 percent 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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Driver of Stolen Van Eludes Police, Crashes and Injures 2 Pedestrians - 04/29/22

A driver of a stolen van eluded police, then crashed and injured 2 pedestrians. One pedestrian has life threatening injuries.

On Friday, April 29, 2022 at 4:44p.m., Central Precinct officers were notified that a caller reported a stolen box truck van in the area of Southeast 20th Avenue and Southeast Division Street. At 5:01p.m., officers responded and requested assistance from the Air Support Unit (ASU). As the van was driving, spike strips were deployed. Officers did not pursue the van. The driver continued and crashed the van near Southeast 26th Avenue and Southeast Ash Street, hitting another driver and two pedestrians. Both adult male pedestrians were hurt, one with life threatening injuries. They were both transported by ambulance to the hospital. The adult female driver of the vehicle struck was uninjured and not transported.

Multiple suspects ran off on foot from the van. Numerous officers from Central, North, and East Precincts as well as the Focused Intervention Team responded to contain the area while K9 officers worked to track the suspects. No arrests were immediately made.

Due to the life-threatening nature of the injuries, the Portland Police Major Crash Team responded to investigate. During the investigation, Southeast 26th Avenue is closed between Southeast Ankeny Street and Southeast Pine Street. Southeast Ash Street is closed between Southeast 24th Avenue and Southeast 27th Avenue.

If anyone has information about this incident, including information about the identity of the suspects, or photos or video of them, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov , attention Traffic Investigations Unit, and reference case number 22-113627, or call (503)823-2103.

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Internet Crimes Unit Arrests Suspect for Encouraging Child Sex Abuse - 04/29/22

After a month-long investigation led by Portland Police Bureau’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, a suspect has been arrested and charged with 12 felony crimes related to child pornography and luring a minor.

In March of 2022, the Portland Police Bureau became aware of a suspect who may be in possession of child sex abuse imagery. After an investigation, they determined that Kellen D. Nicholson, 18, of Portland, possessed and duplicated child pornography, and then connected online to a 13-year-old victim and engaged in illegal conduct. Nicholson was grooming the victim using online chat rooms and appears to have purposely targeted the victim based on many factors including their LGBTQ2S+ identity. The family of the minor victim was not aware of this online behavior and was grateful for PPB's intervention.

On April 29, 2022, Nicholson was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges including:

-Five counts of Encouraging Sex Abuse in the First Degree (duplication of child sex abuse imagery)
-Five counts of Encouraging Sex Abuse in the Second Degree (possession with intent to view)
-Luring a minor (inducing the minor or purported minor to engage in sexual conduct)
-Online Sexual Corruption of a Child In the Second Degree (knowingly uses an online communication to solicit a child to engage in sexual contact or sexually explicit conduct)

April is Child Abuse Awareness month. For current resources on online safety, child abuse awareness, age appropriate education, and to make a report of suspicious online behavior, please visit https://www.missingkids.org/HOME .

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