Forest Grove Police Log: Aug. 9-15
During the week, Forest Grove police officers were engaged in more than 499 activities, both reported and self-initiated.
Friday, Aug. 9
• While on patrol, an officer noticed a large fire in a vacant field and spotted a man known to police leaving the area. The man refused to stop upon request, and, after a short chase, resisted arrest and was ultimately taken to the ground. The resulting fire caused several explosions, likely from propane tanks in the area. Forest Grove Fire & Rescue responded and extinguished the blaze. The man was arrested.
• Police checked on a man who was reported slumped over in a vehicle in a parking lot. Officers were unable to locate anyone matching the description, but they did find a man nearby heating a spoon full of suspected heroin with related drug paraphernalia in his lap. The man unknowingly posed for a photo while heating his heroin, and he was subsequently cited for unlawful possession.
• A man reported that he had been attacked and his wallet stolen. While on the line, the man then advised that he actually found his wallet and changed his mind about reporting the alleged attack.
Saturday, Aug. 10
• A caller reported their neighbor was digging up bamboo roots and throwing them over their fence.
• A man called police to report finding human blood on his kitchen cutting board, possibly in an attempt to frame him for the murder of his sister. Police contacted the sister and found her to be alive and well.
• Officers responded to a domestic disturbance where a man and woman were allegedly in a physical altercation and throwing things in an apartment complex parking lot. The male half of the couple, believed to be the instigator, attempted to flee but was caught by officers who had surrounded the location. The man surrendered and was arrested on multiple charges.
Sunday, Aug. 11
• A caller reported that a car full of kids was driving around and throwing eggs the prior night. They were advised to call police when the incident was occurring.
• A caller reported that a man parked along a neighborhood street and appeared to be headed in the direction of a possible transient camp under the bridge. Officers conducted an extensive area search and did not locate a vehicle, person or camp matching the description.
• A caller reported two suspicious persons rifling through someone's belongings piled outside a local residence. Officers contacted the pair, who hadn't taken anything but were just simply admiring the resident's lawn decor.
Monday, Aug. 12
• A caller reported that they had left a recording device inside a bedroom safe, which captured what sounded like two individuals enjoying said bedroom, suggesting their fiancé was allowing others into the house. Police found no indication anyone else had been at the location, nor evidence of anything criminal.
• An anonymous caller reported that two people were being held down at gunpoint near a local convenience store. Multiple officers converged on the location but found no evidence of a disturbance. Police located three individuals known to police in the area, all of whom advised they were not aware of any such incident.
• A caller reported a woman, possibly intoxicated, was damaging property at an apartment complex. Police arrived and found a man and woman had been drinking heavily and got into an argument that escalated into a scuffle, during which some property belonging to the male half of the twosome was indeed damaged. Neither party wanted to press charges, and both separated for the night.
Tuesday, Aug. 13
• Officers checked on a man reported to be possibly unconscious inside a running vehicle and found him to have an outstanding felony warrant and to be in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. A search of the vehicle also yielded a substantial amount of marijuana and eight bottles of liquor, among other items. He was arrested.
• A man reported that he received a threatening notice stating if he didn't pay $500 worth of Bitcoin, they would publish "compromising" photos of him. The man further reported that he was homeless and was genuinely curious as to what those photos might entail. He was advised it was a scam.
• A store employee reported a man was throwing things in the parking lot, bothering customers. Police found a man who had dropped a case of water and was throwing items into a garbage can. The man agreed to move along.
Wednesday, Aug. 14
• Police checked on a man who appeared to be stuck in his wheelchair near a busy intersection. The officer found the battery had died and pushed the man back to his apartment, plugged in his wheelchair, escorted his service dog inside and assisted in putting groceries away.
• A caller reported several females screaming and cursing late at night. Officers arrived and found a lone man at the location, who advised he heard no such thing.
• A caller reported a man sleeping in the bus transfer station who was not responding to several horn blasts used to attempt to wake him up. Officers arrived and found the man was just fine but is deaf, which is why he didn't hear the horn.
Thursday, Aug. 15
• A man reported that unknown hooligans had placed a drill bit under his tire, which punctured and damaged it. Officers are investigating.
• A caller reported someone screaming and yelling at a bus stop, possibly experiencing mental health issues. Officers found a man who was upset about losing his bus pass.
• Officers were dispatched to a reported physical altercation between a man and woman in an alleyway near Pacific Avenue late at night. On police arrival, both subjects took off running into a nearby apartment complex. The female half of the couple was stopped and initially uncooperative. Containment of the area was set up and a K-9 unit tracked the male suspect directly to the apartment of a man matching the description, who also had an outstanding felony warrant. While the apartment was dark, officers heard the man inside and attempted to convince the man to come out on his own volition. Forcible entry was made and the man was taken into custody without further incident.
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