‘Gun mission’ snatches illegal pistols from felons

See where, and how, police were able to arrest suspects for gun crimes in outer East Portland …

In the Centennial and Montavilla neighborhoods, Portland Police Bureau officers stop vehicles in which they suspect they’ll find people with illegal guns.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Members of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) continue taking action against gun violence; most recently during two “directed patrol traffic stops” in outer East Portland on February 6 and 7.

“These stops by the GVRT led to three illegally-possessed guns being seized, and to five arrests,” said a PPB spokesperson.

February 6 – Centennial neighborhood

In the Centennial community at 11:07 p.m., on February 6, GVRT officers stopped a vehicle on SE 148th Avenue, between Stark and Alder streets.

“During the stop, officers located a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in the front waistband of a passenger in the vehicle,” the PPB official told us.

Police say this Smith & Wesson handgun was found on a passenger riding in the Centennial neighborhood. PPB image

The driver and another passenger were arrested – one for an outstanding warrant, and the other on a parole violation. Officers took 29-year-old Ossie L. Spencer into custody.

Facing a felony and several misdemeanor charges is 29-year-old Ossie L. Spencer. MCDC booking photo

Spencer was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on February 7 at 2:16 a.m. on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place, Furnishing False Information to Police, Interfering with a Peace Officer, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

After her arraignment, Spencer was moved to Inverness Jail, where she’s being held in lieu of $12,500 combined bail. She’s also being held on a no-bond “County Hold”.

February 7 – Montavilla neighborhood

Taking cover behind a patrol vehicle, an officer watches as other officers approach a vehicle in which two gun-toting suspects are located.

In the Montavilla neighborhood, another area that has experienced substantial gun violence, the GVRT officer on patrol February 7, 2020 rolled up on a car at 10:50 p.m. and conducted a traffic stop while proactively patrolling the 82nd Avenue of Roses corridor

During this stop, along NE 82nd Avenue of Roses near Hassalo Street, officers found that both the driver, and passenger were packing pistols.

24-year-old Misael Misael Mendoza faces a felony and two misdemeanor charges after being caught with a gun. MCDC booking photo

The driver, 24-year-old Misael Misael Mendoza, was found to have a .357 Magnum revolver tucked into his waistband; the firearm was later discovered to be stolen.

On February 8 at 12:09, Mendoza was booked into the MCDC on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place.

At his arraignment later that day, Mendoza learned that he’d face all three charges, for which he was assigned a combined bail of $10,000 – but was also ordered to be held, without bail, on a “Parole Violation” charge.

Police say the upper weapon in this image was found in the possession of Mendoza, the other lower gun was associated with another suspect in the car, Darin Carter. PPB image

Police also arrested the passenger in that vehicle, 21-year-old Darin Christian Carter. “Another gun, a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, was located near Carter in the vehicle,” the police official said.

Carter is well known to law enforcement officials and the justice system. He was most recently arrested on November 5, 2019, on gun and drug charges. To read about that arrest, CLICK HERE. It’s unclear why a judge released Carter after that incident, but he wasn’t released after this one.

21-year-old Darin Christian Carter now faces current, and past criminal charges. MCDC booking photo

Carter was booked into the MCDC February 8 at 12:11 a.m. on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Public Place.

At his arraignment, Carter learned he’d be facing all three charges, and was moved to Inverness Jail to be held in lieu of $10,000 combined bail. And, records show he’s also being held, without bail, on previous charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Reckless Driving.

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