More guns seized as Portland police put focus on shootings
Six guns seized, and five were arrested — call it a bit more than a week's work for the Portland Police Bureau.
Three of the five incidents involved patrols by the bureau's Gun Violence Reduction Team. Here's what happened.
Friday, Sept 6.
The Gun Violence Reduction Team said it stopped a stolen car in the 11700 block of Southeast Stark Street around 9 p.m. on Sept. 6. A Smith & Wesson handgun was seized, but authorities declined to name a suspect, saying criminal charges were "pending further investigation."
Later that night, the GVRT stopped a vehicle in the 13100 block of Southeast Divison Street, where they found a SAR Arms handgun. Police say Jermyah Lamont Washington, 20, will face charges for unlawful possession of the loaded gun.
Washington has been released on bail.
Thursday, Sept. 5
East Precinct's Street Crimes Unit said a traffic stop yielded more than $11,000 in cash, a gun and copious amounts of drugs.
Aaron Key III was arrested around 9 a.m. after being pulled over near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Stark Street. Officers said they found three pounds of meth and three ounces of heroin in the car, as well as the gun, which police said the suspect did not use during the incident.
However, during the arrest, Key allegedly "began fighting, finally pushing an officer and running away on foot. He was soon taken into custody after a scuffle," officers said.
Key, 28, remains in custody at the North Portland jail, where he is being held for the feds.
Wednesday, Sept. 4
The Gun Team, once known as the gang team, also said it seized two guns after a traffic stop near Southeast 162nd Avenue and Alder Street around 12:13 a.m. on Sept. 4.
Police say they found two "concealed" firearms inside a satchel in the vehicle. Kelemete F. Gase, 32, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a loaded gun.
Gase told officers he had just given a friend a ride, and the friend must have put the guns in the bag, according to court docs. Gase faced similar gun charges last year. He remains in custody at the North Portland jail.
Thursday, Aug. 27
Police say Tactical Operation Divsion officers have been focusing their patrols on guns and shootings, which led to an encounter on Aug. 27 in the 8200 block of Northeast Klickitat Street.
Police say they spotted a group of people and began to engage them, when one took off on foot.
The man, Trenal Le Clark, 31, was "quickly stopped," and police say they found a gun, apparently listed as stolen in Bend, Oregon.
Clark was charged with possession of the loaded gun, plus first-degree theft, second-degree criminal trespass, criminal mischief and interfering with police. All charges in this case were dropped by prosecutors.
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