Police arrest three suspects, seize four guns
Members of the Portland Police Bureau Gun Violence Reduction Team arrested three people and seized four firearms in recent days.
Those arrested include an adult and two juveniles.
The adult is Steven Newcomb, 25. He is charged with unlawful possession of a loaded firearm (a city code violation) and unlawful possession of a firearm.
The juveniles are not being identified because of their ages. A third juvenile was released to his parents.
According to police, on Saturday, May 25, East Precinct officers took a report of threats involving a black Mercedes in the 7000 block of Southeast Carlton Street. At approximately midnight, GVRT members located a similar vehicle driving through the same area, in close proximity to the location where the threats happened.
The GVRT officers stopped the car in a convenience store parking lot nearby and the driver, Newcomb, was taken into custody. Two handguns were found in the vehicle, and Newcomb admitted to carrying them and being involvement in other recent shootings. The involved Mercedes had been the victim vehicle in recent shootings a few days prior, and had numerous bullet strikes over the entire car.
Then, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, East Precinct and GVRT officers responded to a shots call in the area of the 1400 block of Northeast 82nd Avenue. Witnesses reported several juveniles were seen running from the area of the shots.
Police say that GVRT officers arrived and searched the nearby 82nd Avenue Max platform , where they and noticed a group of three teenagers on the platform. Officers spoke with the juveniles, who appeared very nervous. During the course of the interaction, officers seized a firearm, which was hidden in one of the juvenile's clothing. Another juvenile tried to flee, but was captured, and a firearm was seized from his backpack.
GVRT detectives are looking into whether the suspects or firearms are connected to other incidents.