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The Portland Police Bureau's Gun Violence Reduction Team is conducting enhanced patrols to reduce shootings

MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Robert L. Thomas (left) and Charlie M. BorbonPortland police are continue to make arrests and seize guns during enhanced patrols started late last year.

Two traffic stops by the Gun Violence Reduction Team officers led to two arrests and the seizure of two more guns late Saturday, Jan. 11.

Robert L. Thomas, 29, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the previous charge of attempt to elude by vehicle, plus new charges of felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of loaded firearm in a public place, a city code violation.

Charlie M. Borbon, 18, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, theft in the first degree, and possession of a loaded firearm in public.

PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - One of the guns seized Saturday night.

"In an effort to curb retaliatory violence, the Gun Violence Reduction Team is engaging in enhanced patrols to interdict criminal behaviors," police sain in a press release announcing the arrests and seizures. "In addition, the Gun Violence Reduction Team members will be coordinating with partners, including the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Multnomah County Parole and Probation, the United States Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Oregon Youth Authority, East Metro Gang Enforcement Team, and the Office of Youth Violence Prevention."

Shootings increased late last year and peaked on New Year's Day when officers responded to eight shootings in Portland. There have so far been at least 23 shootings in 2020, inlcuding one homicide.


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