Forest Grove Police Log: March 19-25, 2021
Friday, March 19
While on patrol, a swing shift officer spotted a man known to have an outstanding felony warrant walking along Hawthorne Street. He was arrested and lodged at the jail.
Officers checked on a man who was reported stumbling about and into the roadway, possibly intoxicated. On contact, officers learned the man had an outstanding felony warrant; he was arrested.
A late-night caller reported an individual was impersonating a police officer, even driving a marked FGPD vehicle in a store parking lot. A very brief investigation showed the individual in question was, in fact, a night shift officer.
Officers responded to a location from which a 9-1-1 call had been originated during which dispatchers could hear crying and arguing. On arrival, officers found two women had gotten into a heated argument over one party spending too much time on their phone; the other then attempted to take the phone away, accidentally hitting the emergency button that generated the 9-1-1 call. Officers found no evidence anything criminal occurred, and both parties agreed to separate for the night.
Saturday, March 20
A caller reported a man, possibly intoxicated, had a metal flashlight with which he banged on road signs and shone bright light into people's faces. Officers conducted an area check but found no one in the area.
A man called police concerned that he had some of his newly ex-girlfriend's belongings and that she had items of his in her possession. Officers advised he work out a time to meet with the ex-girlfriend so they could exchange property.
A caller reported a man was "smoking dope" in front of her and her children at a local laundromat. Neither the caller nor the alleged doper were at the location upon police arrival, and officers found no one in the area.
Sunday, March 21
Officers located and arrested a man for whom they had been searching and had probable cause to arrest for assault after a physical altercation and violation of a restraining order the day prior. He was lodged at the jail.
A local business reported a man came into the store and stole the contents of the tip jar. Officers were able to positively identify the suspect from security video; he was located in the area and cited for theft.
Officers responded to a location from which a possible kidnapping had reportedly occurred. On contact, officers learned from the youth involved that the driver said hello then circled the block. Police found no evidence anything criminal had occurred.
A late-night caller reported a man lying in the middle of an intersection on Main Street who appeared to be in an altered state of mind. On arrival, the man told the officers he was suffering depression and wanted to be struck by a car. He was transported to the hospital on a peace officer hold for his own safety.
Monday, March 22
Police responded to an adult group home where a resident had reportedly collapsed and was non-responsive. Officers and medics with Forest Grove Fire & Rescue performed CPR and administered naloxone; a pulse was eventually established and the man was transported to the hospital.
Officers responded a crash scene in which a driver struck two parked cars, causing her vehicle to roll on to its side. The driver did not sustain any injuries but was issued several citations for multiple violations.
A caller reported his dog was found bleeding from the chest. The dog was taken to an emergency clinic where it was determined it had been shot by a pellet or small-caliber bullet. Unfortunately, the dog did not survive. Police are investigating.
Tuesday, March 23
A swing shift officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and found the driver had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. The driver was cited and released. Later that evening, a night shift officer stopped a different vehicle for an equipment violation and found the driver had an outstanding felony warrant. He was arrested and lodged at the jail.
A caller reported they were helping take out their grandmother's garbage and came across several strange glass vials that suggested a possible burglary at a marijuana shop. Officers advised that the FGPD has not had any reports of this type of crime recently, to which the caller advised it had been a while since grandma had emptied her trash. No crime.
A caller reported an unknown person had attempted to file a tax return using the caller's identity. Officers are investigating.
A woman flagged down a night shift officer and asked for medical assistance on account of dehydration. Medics arrived and transported her to the hospital.
Wednesday, March 24
A caller reported they found damage to their shed that appeared to have been caused by a sledgehammer.
A caller requested police presence while opening a box they found buried in the ground at a property they recently purchased. The buried item was found to be a bucket once used as a flower pot.
A caller reported a burglary in progress after a door to an upstairs unit on Main Street was found kicked in and a man was seen exiting an upstairs window, jumping to an overhang and then onto the ground. Officers performed an area check but found no one matching the description in the area; the investigation continues.
Thursday, March 25
A fast-food restaurant reported that a customer attempted to break a window at the location. A second report came from a caller in the drive-thru who reported the subject grabbed her arm and demanded her wallet then left the location on foot. The man was gone on police arrival; however, a quick investigation provided officers with a suspect who was eventually located at a nearby hotel. He was arrested for multiple charges as well as an outstanding warrant. He was lodged at the jail.
A caller reported they found a gun on the roof of the local theater. Police determined it to be wooden, most likely a prop but possibly related to the burglary the day before. Officers took it into evidence.
A caller reported they had a package returned to them that contained more than 2 pounds of vacuum sealed marijuana. However, the caller had sent no such package. It is not uncommon for the address of houses up for sale to be used as "sender" addresses for questionable contents; officers are investigating.
A caller reported they had purchased a dog on the internet and paid up front for transportation and a deposit, however the dog had not been delivered and the seller was now reportedly asking for more money. Pet purchase scams are relatively common and the FGPD reminds citizens to take extra precaution when buying a pet online.
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