Gun Violence Reduction Team reports arrests, guns seized
The city's police squad combating gun violence has announced multiple arrests and confiscated weapons over the last few days.
Here's what kept the Gun Violence Reduction Team busy:
On Wednesday, March 11, GVRT officers say they stopped a vehicle near Southeast 104th Avenue and Harold Street around 1:30 a.m. — targeting an auto known to be occupied by a suspect in a recent shooting who had fled from authorities before.
Police say the vehicle refused to stop and sped off, but was eventually spotted by a Clackamas County sheriff's deputy near Southeast 77th Avenue and Harney Street.
Police seized a Smith & Wesson .357 caliber revolver, and say the people inside the car were "interviewed." Charges are expected when the investigation concludes.
The Gun Violence team made an arrest around 7:30 p.m. on March 12 after officers spotted a vehicle driving "erratically" at a high rate of speed, about 70 MPH, near Northeast 121st Avenue and Sandy Boulevard — an area that has been the scene of at least one recent shooting.
Police say the car refused to stop, and the driver, later ID'd as Roosevelt Lee Baker III, 40, tried to escape on foot after crashing the car into a building. No injuries were reported in the crash, and the foot pursuit ended with Baker in custody.
Authorities report finding a Ruger .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol in the car, and say Baker was driving under the influence of alcohol.
He faces charges of felon in possession of a gun, unlawful use of a gun, DUII, reckless driving, attempt to elude by vehicle and on foot, and a parole violation.
Court docs report that Baker has 15 felony convictions on his record, including for assault and menacing.
Baker remains in the downtown jail at this time.
Police say they were patrolling the St. Johns neighborhood as follow-up to a January shooting when they stopped a motorist parked on the side of the road at North Oberlin Street near Macrum Avenue.
Officers say they ran the license plate and ID'd the driver as Trevor Samson Smallwood, 32 — who is allegedly a suspect in a recent theft of a rifle. Police say they searched the car and found a box of .22 ammunition and a .22 Ruger MK III semi auto handgun.
They also found 6.87 grams of methamphetamine, but not the allegedly stolen rifle.
Smallwood, who is homeless, faces charges of felon in possession of a gun and for possession of drugs.
Court records show Smallwood has been charged by police more than a dozen times in the past few years. He has been convicted for first-degree robbery and on drug charges, court docs say.
Smallwood remains in the downtown jail at this time.
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