Forest Grove Police Log: Sept. 4-10, 2020
Friday, Sept. 4
• Police stopped a man for drinking in public along Main Street and quickly discovered he was on temporary leave from the restitution center. He was promptly returned to the center for violating a no-alcohol stipulation on his probation.
• A caller reported a man was walking around a convenience store with a large flashlight and "creeping people out." The man was gone upon police arrival.
• A swing shift officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and found the driver to have outstanding misdemeanor warrants. He was issued a citation for the warrants in lieu of a trip to jail.
Saturday, Sept. 5
• A bus driver reported a woman was at one of the stops and appeared to have been assaulted. Officers arrived and the woman advised she had been attacked and had injuries consistent with that account, however were unable to ascertain any suspect details at that time. Police are investigating.
• A caller reported a man was hiding in trees along Main Street late at night scaring people, further advising the man had an axe but was not threatening anyone with it. Police were unable to find anyone in the area.
• Officers responded to a residential location where an argument had broken out between neighbors. Police found the argument was verbal only and advised all parties to separate for the night, which they did without incident.
Sunday, Sept. 6
• A caller reported his girlfriend was refusing to let him leave their residence. Police arrived and found the man to be heavily intoxicated, thus the girlfriend's insistence. The caller got a ride from a friend to his intended destination.
• Officers responded to a report of a physical altercation between a man and a woman. On arrival, officers found the male half to be heavily intoxicated, but both parties advised they had a verbal argument only. Police spoke with the caller and witness, who explained they hadn't actually seen anything physical occur. The couple agreed to separate for the night.
• Police responded to a location where a woman reported her adult son had attacked her. Officers determined he was experiencing symptoms of a mental health crisis, and the countywide Mental Health Response Team responded and took the son into custody on a director's hold. He was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
Monday, Sept. 7
• A store reported a woman came into the location, refused to put on a mask, grabbed several items and walked away without paying. Police are investigating.
• A caller reported she had loaned her truck to a friend from whom it was stolen, and the subject who now was in possession of the vehicle was sending taunts to the caller. Officers located the vehicle at a gas station and sorted out that the alleged "stealing" of the truck was a civil matter. However, they subsequently arrested two of the three involved parties who had outstanding warrants.
• A caller reported blinking lights coming from their neighbor's house in what appeared to be the pattern for SOS in Morse code. Officers contacted the neighbor and found kids had been playing with lights.
• Dispatchers advised police that a man with whom police have had regular contact with during the week had called to make a report, but was confused and unable to articulate if he was in trouble. Officers located the man and found him heavily intoxicated, but otherwise fine.
Tuesday, Sept. 8
• A caller reported tools had been stolen from a garden shed at a local school.
• A caller reported the theft of two paint sprayers from their garage.
• A convenience store reported a man was at the location causing a scene and refused to leave when asked. Officers convinced the man to leave and provided him with directions out of town.
• Police assisted Forest Grove Fire & Rescue in responding to multiple small fires around town. During the week officers also responded to numerous reports of downed power lines, fallen limbs, and other hazards created by high winds.
Wednesday, Sept. 9
• Officers checked on a person who was reported sleeping on the sidewalk along Pacific Avenue. On contact, the woman wanted nothing to do with officers and walked into the street, creating a traffic hazard in the busy road. After failing to obey multiple commands from officers to get out of the street, the subject attempted to flee but was ultimately detained. Police also found heroin in her possession and that she had an outstanding warrant from another county. She was arrested.
• A caller reported they had struck up a friendly conversation with a woman on the internet and had shared some very personal photographs, and now the woman was threatening to post the images unless money was sent. The caller was advised to report the profile. No funds had been sent. This is a common scam called "catfishing." Police strongly encourage citizens to use extreme discretion prior to sending any intimate photos to someone they meet online.
• A caller reported a man trying car door handles, including one successful entry, up and down C Street. On scene, officers contacted one individual, who immediately fled when asked to identify themselves. They were briefly detained but released when it was determined that, despite running, they were not the suspect. Police later located an individual matching a description of the suspect at a bus stop, but he denied involvement. The investigation continues.
Thursday, Sept. 10
• A store employee reported a man had been sitting in the pharmacy section for multiple hours but was refusing to communicate with staff. Officers located a man whom they had encountered the previous day, as he had been found wandering around inside one of the dorms at the college. The man had a concerning history and had been recently released from incarceration, but officers initially had no grounds on which to take him into custody despite being on campus. Due to diligent efforts by detectives and officers, a detainer was issued by his parole officers to take him into custody for violating his parole. Officers tracked him to an eastbound bus, which they were able to stop and subsequently arrest the man without incident.
• Police responded to a residence where multiple youths were reportedly playing with fire. Officers located two juveniles who were attempting to ignite a stick with a lighter on the concrete. They were offered a strong admonishment about the seriousness of such activity. The apologetic youths surrendered their lighter to a guardian.
• Officers stopped a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Cornelius and took the driver into custody without incident.
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