Gun Violence police squad arrests 5, seizes 3 guns
Portland Police Bureau officers assigned to the Gun Violence Reduction Team say two targeted traffic stops ended with five arrests and three guns seized as evidence.
The first traffic stop — on Thursday, Feb. 6 around 11:07 p.m. on Southeast 148th Avenue near Stark Street — began with officers allegedly finding a .40 caliber semi-automatic gun in the front waistband of Ossie Lynn Spencer, 29, who police say was a passenger in a Hyundai Sonata without license plates.
Spencer, whose address is a downtown shelter, was charged with being a felon in possession of a gun, giving false info to police and interfering with police.
"Anytime you stop me, you better check my pockets 'cause I'm always gonna carry a gun," Spencer said, according to court docs.
Another man in the car, Mikey Andre Hammick-Washington, was arrested for a felony warrant for eluding police in Clackamas County, and a felony warrant issued by U.S. Marshals, according to court docs. Another person in the car was arrested as well, according to a news release.
Spencer remains in the North Portland jail at this time.
Then, on Friday, Feb. 7, police say they were patrolling the 82nd Avenue corridor, "which has seen a high number of gun violence incidents."
Around 10:50 p.m., officers say they stopped a car in the 1100 block of 82nd Avenue and learned that the driver was allegedly armed with a gun.
Police claim they recovered an allegedly stolen .357 magnum revolver from the waistband of Misael Moreno Mendoza, 24, of Portland. The passenger in the car, Darin Christian Carter, 21, of Portland, was also arrested after police say they found a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun "near" him in the vehicle.
Mendoza and Carter were charged with being a felon in possession. Carter was convicted of felony attempt to elude last year, per court docs. Mendoza was convicted of felony strangulation and theft of services in recent years, court records show.
Mendoza and Carter are being held in the North Portland jail.
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