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Law enforcement concerned about regional gang violence after recent shootings

Two traffic stops less than 30 minutes apart led to Portland Police officers seizing several firearms during the Bureau's push to curb the uptick in gang violence and shootings across the region.

Both stops were made by officers assigned to the Gun Violence Reduction Team on Sunday, Jan. 5, in east Portland.

Around 12:40 a.m. officers stopped a car near Northeast 162nd Avenue and East Burnside Street. They arrested the driver on a drug charge from a previous incident. During the stop, officers said they saw a passenger in the vehicle with a handgun under his leg. Officers were able to safely take the passenger into custody and seized the gun — a .40 caliber semi-automatic.

Lathaniel J. Patterson, 21, was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm in a public place, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of cocaine. The driver, Antonio L. Cabine, 25, was arrested for possession of cocaine.

Meanwhile, at 12:56 a.m., other officers stopped a car speeding at Southeast 146th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. During the stop, officers said they had probable cause to arrest the driver for assault. Officers also saw a gun, a .40 caliber semi-automatic, and a bundle of suspected cocaine in the car.

Dennis R. Wilson, 33, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in a public place and fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence.

The Portland Police Bureau reported the series of recent shootings the past few weeks throughout the county have been determined to have a gang nexus. This has led to increased concern about retaliatory gun violence. The Gun Violence Reduction Team is investigating the shootings, and are asking for the public's assistance with information about the open cases.

To curb the retaliatory violence, the team is engaging in enhanced patrols to interdict criminal behaviors, like the patrols that led to Sunday's arrests.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the city of Portland is asked to provide information to 503-823-4106 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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