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Bend man dead after stabbing two women in NW Bend - 05/16/24

Date: May 16, 2024 

Case #: 2024-00026590

Incident: Bend man dead after stabbing two women

Date / Time of Incident: May 15, 2024 / 7:24 p.m. 

Location: 3000 block of NW Kenwood Court, Bend

Deceased: John Leonard Davis, 61-year-old Bend resident

At approximately 7:24 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, Bend Police responded to a report of a stabbing in the 3000 block of NW Kenwood Court. 

The caller reported that her father had just stabbed her mother and grandmother and then left the area with the 83-year-old grandmother. The suspect was reportedly driving the grandmother’s black Lincoln Navigator. 

An investigation determined that 61-year-old John Leonard Davis had taken his mother-in-law against her will from her home in the 21000 block of Dale Road, then driven to his estranged wife's home in the 3000 block of NW Kenwood Court. He assaulted and stabbed his wife as well as his mother-in-law at that location before fleeing the scene with his mother-in-law in her black Lincoln Navigator. 

At about 7:35 p.m., an off-duty Redmond Police lieutenant located the Lincoln Navigator at Big Sky Park, where Davis dropped the victim and then drove away. Minutes later, officers found the vehicle parked in the Buckingham Elementary parking lot, and witnesses reported they saw Davis running east through the nearby baseball fields.  

Due to the severity of Davis’s crimes and the fact that he was armed and dangerous, the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team responded and conducted a search of the area. Deschutes County SWAT also responded and assisted with the incident.  

Multiple K9s from both Bend Police and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office tracked Davis toward the area of Montara Drive north of Big Sky Park. At approximately 9:35 p.m., CERT members found Davis dead north of Big Sky Park. His death was apparently self-inflicted.  

The two victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to St. Charles Bend.

Bend Police wish to thank the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, the Redmond Police Department, the Sunriver Police Department and Oregon State Police as well as Bend Fire & Rescue for their assistance in this incident. 

UPDATE: Suspect found dead after search east of Bend - 05/15/24


At approximately 9:35 p.m., the suspect was found dead in the search area by members of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team. Residents in the area no longer need to shelter in place. 

A more detailed release will be sent out tomorrow morning. 


-- JOINT RELEASE – Bend Police & Deschutes County Sheriff's Office --

The Bend Police Department and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office are currently searching for an armed suspect east of Bend. 

The search area includes the area east of Hamby Road, south of Butler Market Road, west of Erickson Road, and north of Neff Road. This includes areas around Big Sky Park and Buckingham Elementary School. 

The suspect is described as a white male adult, 6 feet 3 inches tall and 200 pounds, last seen wearing a dark colored shirt and blue or gray pants. He is suspected of attempted murder, first-degree assault and kidnapping and should be considered armed and dangerous.

There is a heavy law enforcement presence in the area east of Hamby Road searching for the suspect. If you live in the search area, please remain inside with your doors and windows locked. Report anything suspicious to Deschutes County 911. 

Founder of D.A.W.N.S. House arrested on warrant for aggravated theft 1 - 05/09/24

Date: May 9, 2024

Case #: 2023-00044022

Incident: Bend non-profit founder arrested for theft of funds

Date / Time of Incident: May 9, 2024 / 9:00 AM  

Location: Bend Police Department, 555 NE 15th Street Bend, Oregon 97701

Arrested: Dawn Marie Holland, 51-year-old Bend Resident

Offenses: Aggravated Theft 1 – 10 counts


On 07-20-2023 the vice president of a local non-profit, D.A.W.N.S. House (Directly Assisting Women Newly Sober), contacted the Bend Police Department to report theft of funds from the non-profit.  The Bend Police Department Detectives conducted an investigation.  During the investigation, a financial investigator from the Oregon Department of Justice’s Charitable Activities Section was consulted.  Based upon the investigation both DOJ and the Bend Police Department believed there was probable cause to arrest former Executive Director Dawn Holland for multiple counts of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree.  


On 05-03-2024 the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office presented the case facts to the Grand Jury who indicted Dawn Holland on 10 -counts of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree.  An arrest warrant was issued by the Deschutes County Circuit Court for Holland for those charges.


On 05-09-2024 Dawn Holland was arrested at the Bend Police Department based upon the arrest warrant.  She was lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the listed charges.


The Bend Police Department would like to thank the Oregon Department of Justice – Charitable Activities Section for their assistance with this investigation. 

Person arrested for Burglary at Lucy's Taco Shop - 05/06/24

Date: May 6, 2024

Case #: 2024-00024382

Incident: Person arrested for Burglary at Lucy's Taco Shop

Date / Time of Incident: May 6, 2024 / 6:01 AM 

Location: Lucy's Taco Shop; 916 NE Third Street

Arrested: Aaron L. Mikesell, 41 year-old Bend Resident

Offenses: Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I

At 6:01 AM, Bend Police Officers responded to Lucy's Taco Shop for the report of a burglary. Employees had arrived to open the business for the day, and they saw an unauthorized person inside. Officers found Aaron Mikesell sleeping inside the business. Investigation at the scene revealed that Mikesell had forced entry into the closed business by breaking a window. Mikesell was arrested and lodged at the jail.

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UPDATE: Missing, endangered 17-year-old located (Photo) - 05/02/24

UPDATE: Ashlynn was located at approximately 3:43 p.m. and is no longer considered missing and endangered. Thank you to Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Black Butte Police Department for their assistance in this case. 


Date: May 2, 2024

Case #: 2024-00023606

Incident: Bend Police seek assistance locating missing, endangered 17-year-old

Date / Time of Incident: May 2, 2024 / 12:03 a.m. 

The Bend Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing and endangered 17-year-old. 

Ashlynn Marie Martin reportedly left her home in Bend between 7 p.m. and midnight on Wednesday, May 1. 

She is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall, with brown hair and green eyes. She has a septum piercing, four eyebrow piercings and three lip piercings. 

She is believed to be driving a 2006 silver Acura MDX with Oregon license plate 280MVB. The vehicle has damage to the right front fender. 

If you see Ashlynn, please call nonemergency dispatch at 541-693-6911. 

Attached Media Files: Ashlynn 2 , Ashlynn 1 , Back of Car , Front of Car
UPDATE: One dead in crash on NE Highway 20 - 05/02/24


Deceased: Chad Jeremy Bernhardt, 48-year-old Bend resident

Arrested: Kyle Lamont Cofer, 46-year-old Bend resident
Offenses: Manslaughter II, DUII - Drugs, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering

A preliminary crash investigation determined that 46-year-old Bend resident Kyle Lamont Cofer was driving a green GMC Envoy when he attempted to make an illegal left turn out of the Stonebriar Apartments to turn westbound onto U.S. Highway 20. Cofer’s Envoy collided with a motorcycle, operated by 48-year-old Bend resident Chad Jeremy Bernhardt, who was traveling eastbound on Highway 20. 

Bernhardt died at the scene. 

Cofer was arrested on suspicion of DUII, second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving and reckless endangering and was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail. The investigation is ongoing. 

The road reopened at approximately 4:20 p.m. ODOT assisted the Bend Police Department with road closures and detours. 


Date: May 2, 2024

Case #: 2024-00023712

Incident: One dead in motorcycle-versus-vehicle crash on NE Highway 20

Date / Time of Incident: May 2, 2024 / 1:03 p.m. 

Location: NE Highway 20 near NE Dalton Street

At approximately 1:03 p.m., on Thursday, May 2, Bend Police responded to a report of a serious crash between a car and a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 20 near NE Dalton Street. 

When officers arrived, they found the motorcycle rider trapped under the vehicle. The rider was dead at the scene.

The driver remained on scene and cooperated with officers. 

U.S. Highway 20 between NE 27th Street and Hamby Road will remain closed for several hours as the investigation continues. 

More information will be released as it becomes available.