Armed robbery, shootings, rankle outer East Portland neighborhoods

Week #138 Shooting Report | INCLUDES VIDEO | See how Montavilla armed robbery suspects are captured, learn about an unresolved injury shooting in Lents – and learn how our police are working to reduce armed crime …

On their second call-out in less than 12 hours, members of the Portland Police Bureau Special Emergency Reaction Team are dispatched to another incident – this time, suspected armed robbers.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

After a week of relative shooting-free serenity, this week crimes committed by violent people using guns picked up again – 138 weeks after Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler disbanded the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Gun Violence Reduction Team.

February 1
‘Bonnie and Clyde Bandits’ captured after robbing convenience store

Running low of police officers, PPB Public Safety Specialists are dispatched to close off SE 96th Avenue at Division Street, after an armed robbery four blocks to the west.

The early morning armed robbery of a convenience store by a man and woman, in the Montavilla neighborhood on February 1st, led to an arrest – hours later – across the I-205 Freeway, in the Hazelwood neighborhood.

On that Wednesday morning, PPB East Precinct officers were sent to a “Robbery-with Weapon” at 6:33 a.m. at the Plaid Pantry convenience store near the intersection of SE 92nd Avenue and Division Street.

Additional PPB Public Safety Specialists block westbound SE Market Street at 92nd Avenue.

The store’s counter person told officers that two had people robbed him, and he saw firearms, before the suspects departed on foot. The clerk wasn’t injured during the robbery.

“Officers searching the area found the suspects nearby and attempted to stop them, but the suspects ran off,” a PPB official said.

Watch, as Portland Police SERT close in on a man and woman suspected of an armed robbery of the nearby Plaid Pantry store.

More officers responded to assist – eventually, 41 PPB cruisers were assigned to the incident, including three PPB K-9 Teams, plus the Bureau’s Air Support Unit looking down from above. Officers set up a containment area from SE 96th Avenue to 101st Avenue, and from Lincoln Street to Caruthers Street.

PPB’s Special Emergency Reaction Team and Crisis Negotiation Team are dispatched to this incident.

The Incident Commander activated the “Community Emergency Notification System”, notifying residents, by phone, to stay inside, lock doors and windows as a precaution, and to call 911 if they saw anything suspicious. Schools near the area were asked to secure their perimeters, but operate as usual inside.

Due to the danger of armed suspects possibly hiding in the blocks, the PPB’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were also brought in.

The focus of their dragnet became the Lassam Terrace Apartments, in the 2100 block of SE 96th Avenue. The suspects were hailed via a public address system. While many other residents came out and cooperated, the suspects didn’t respond to the announcements.

Outside the apartment building along SE 96th Avenue, SERT and CNT officers continue to request for the suspects to surrender.

Hours later, just after 1 p.m., the suspects finally emerged and were taken into custody.

PPB Major Crimes Unit detectives arrested 29-year-old Leon Delmar Vaughn Jr. of Portland, and 25-year-old Chelsea Carillo Grey, of Lake Oswego.

Vaughn Jr. was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 6:46 p.m. that evening on Felony charges of Robbery in the Second Degree, and Theft in the First Degree. Grey was booked into the MCDC for those felony charges at the same time.

Currently, both Vaughn Jr. is being held in Inverness Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. And Grey are being held in the MCDC in lieu of $5,000 bail.

If you have information about this case, please e-mail; Attention: Major Crimes Unit and reference Case No. 23-29469.

January 28
Man wounded in Lents shooting

Along SE 92nd Avenue, officers come to investigate a “Shooting-with Weapon” call.

PPB East Precinct District Officers were the first ones sent to a long driveway serving three residences on a “flag lot” on SE 92nd Avenue, just south of Cooper Street, on January 28 at 11:16 a.m. It was another a “Shooting-with Weapon” report.

At first glance, it appeared that a shooting victim had crumpled and fallen to the concrete driveway. But what we saw in the driveway was just a bedroll or pile of clothing, we learned. No paramedics were called to the scene.

“It’s been confirmed that an adult male was shot by a known suspect, who left the scene,” PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Nathan Sheppard told East Portland News.

Officers head back into the flag lot driveway to further investigate this injury shooting.

“No immediate arrests were made, but the ECST responded to the scene to investigate,” Lt. Sheppard continued. “The victim is at the hospital and conscious, so all indications are that the injury is not life-threatening,” he added.

If you have information about this case, please e-mail; Attention: ECST and reference Case No. 23-25929.

Neighborhood Response Team officers seize stolen vehicle, guns

The PPB East Precinct and Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) officers have been keeping an eye out for guns, and stolen trucks.

January 27 – Gun and stolen truck recovered

This is the gun officers said they found in the lap of a woman, fast asleep, behind the wheel of this (right) stolen pickup truck. PPB Images

In the process of being watchful, East Precinct officers found a woman passed out behind the wheel of what turned out to be an unreported stolen truck. She had a gun in her lap, which officers were able safely to retrieve. She drove off when confronted, the tires of the truck were spiked, and she was taken into custody several blocks away when found hiding in an RV.

January 30 – Felon found with stolen gun

This stolen semiautomatic pistol was found in the car driven by a convicted felon.

East Precinct NRT officers came across a vehicle at NE 122nd Avenue at East Burnside Street that had eluded police multiple times. After they attempted a stop, the driver took off again.

Under current policy, officers are unable to pursue a vehicle. Officers later found the vehicle, and inside was a stolen firearm. The driver – not yet publicly identified – was taken into custody, and charged with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Follow up:
Powellhurst-Gilbert July shooting murder suspect arrested

On the evening of July 15, 2022, PPB Homicide Unit detectives used the Bureau’s Mobile Command Center as their headquarters to investigate a deadly shooting in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood. East Portland News archive image

As mentioned in our Week #105 Shooting Report, in mid-July last year, as Mayor Ted Wheeler was rolling out his then-new “shooting reduction plans”, three more victims died in gunshot homicides that week; one was in outer East Portland in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood.

And, as we reported, on Friday, July 15, 2022, at 7:52 p.m., East Precinct officers, on a “Shooting-with Weapon” call along SE Powell Boulevard, at the intersection with 124th Avenue, found a dead man. The victim was later identified as 44-year-old Aaron H. Follstad-Martin.

See video of that investigation, as it got underway:

As the months passed, homicide detectives Rico Beniga and Sean Macomber doggedly kept on working this case – along with so many others which came after it.

On a fence near where shooting victim Aaron H. Follstad-Martin was found dead, a shrine was soon created.

Then, on January 27, as a result of the diligent efforts of the Portland detectives, 43-year-old Janae T. Kelley was arrested by the US Marshals Violent Offender Task Force in Chandler, Arizona. Kelley is charged with Murder in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and he’ll remain in Arizona pending the extradition process.

Five injury shootings reported

Another outer East Portland shooting victim is brought to a “local hospital” for treatment.

Although detailed information was not available on these five outer East Portland injury shooting cases, each of them was verified to have emergency medical first responders sent to each incident.

Case No.         Date and Time                     Location

23-23716         01/25/2023 at 22:30:48           4400 Block of NE 86TH AVE
23-24187         01/26/2023 at 12:04:49           10400 Block of SE FOSTER RD
23-25080         01/27/2023 at 11:33:06           15900 Block of E BURNSIDE ST
23-25929         01/28/2023 at 11:16:31           6800 Block of SE 92ND AVE
23-26692         01/29/2023 at 04:54:04           NE 99TH AVE / NE GLISAN ST

 ~ Shots Fired Log ~

To where were officers dispatched for “Shots Fired” calls this week? Here’s the list. When investigating, officers may, or may not, find “evidence of shooting” at an incident.

January 25 [+4 incidents outside our area]
23-23547         01/25/2023 at 18:41:16           SE 98TH AVE / SE CLINTON ST
23-23729         01/25/2023 at 22:55:43           12300 Block of NE SISKIYOU ST
23-23712         01/25/2023 at 22:56:09           9600 Block of NE ALDERWOOD RD

January 26 [+7 incidents outside our area]
23-23812         01/26/2023 at 01:40:55           SE 162ND AVE / SE DIVISION ST
23-23836         01/26/2023 at 02:26:14           00 Block of NE 160TH AVE
23-23891         01/26/2023 at 04:58:32           15200 Block of E BURNSIDE ST
23-24119         01/26/2023 at 10:54:35           2900 Block of SE 98TH AVE
23-24581         01/26/2023 at 20:26:52           17100 Block of SE POWELL BLVD
23-24610         01/26/2023 at 21:06:55           4500 Block of NE 125TH PL

January 27 [+6 incidents outside our area]
23-24738         01/27/2023 at 00:44:38           12600 Block of SE MADISON ST
23-24808         01/27/2023 at 02:33:19           8000 Block of SE MILL ST
23-24814         01/27/2023 at 03:14:03           3400 Block of NE 131ST AVE
23-24902         01/27/2023 at 06:55:49           7200 Block of SE DUKE ST
23-25563         01/27/2023 at 23:42:33           2700 Block of NE 102ND AVE

January 28 [+8 incidents outside our area]
23-25658         01/28/2023 at 02:14:46           10500 Block of SE RAYMOND ST
23-25695         01/28/2023 at 03:25:12           NE 85TH AVE / NE MILTON ST
23-26459         01/28/2023 at 22:49:37           800 Block of NE 90TH AVE

January 29 [+3 incidents outside our area]
23-26590         01/29/2023 at 01:46:43           8800 Block of SE ELLIS ST
23-26809         01/29/2023 at 09:17:44           2200 Block of SE 119TH AVE
23-04528         01/29/2023 at 16:01:31           8300 Block of SE SHORT RD
23-27186         01/29/2023 at 18:15:34           5200 Block of SE 68TH AVE
23-27323         01/29/2023 at 21:39:25           3000 Block of SE 148TH AVE
23-27332         01/29/2023 at 21:56:19           9700 Block of NE SANDY BLVD
23-27336         01/29/2023 at 22:03:17           12300 Block of NE SISKIYOU ST

January 30 [+4 incidents outside our area]
23-28182         01/30/2023 at 19:56:35           NE 118TH AVE / NE SANDY BLVD
23-28327         01/30/2023 at 23:22:06           9200 Block of SE COOPER ST

January 31 [+3 incidents outside our area]
23-28931         01/31/2023 at 15:17:29           SE FLAVEL ST / SE 122ND AVE

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

We truly enjoyed not needing to produce a Weekly Shooting Report last week – another in this lengthy series of shooting expositions – because of a lack of shootings!

We hope for another more weeks of quiescence soon. But, then again, hope isn’t a public safety strategy.

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