Stolen vehicle leads to arrest for Manslaughter, in Hazelwood

Two police agencies teamed up for this outer East Portland apprehension in the Gateway area that led to an additional arrest …

Portland Police Bureau East Precinct officers help Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies move in to arrest a wanted woman along NE 100th Avenue.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Neighbors along NE 100th Avenue, south of Glisan Street, say it’s common to see law enforcement activity along their blocks – which are dotted with abandoned structures and run-down rental houses.

So, on Thursday, September 5, when a dozen patrol cars – from both the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct – filled the 300 block of NE 100th at 1:06 p.m. that afternoon, neighbors weren’t surprised.

“Stolen cars, drugs, prostitution – it all goes on here, making this a terrible place to live, but I’m kinda stuck here – this is where I can afford to live,” resident Jimmy Boggs remarked as he watched all the activity.

After subjects scatter, officers collar them, and two of those are taken into custody.

“This was a warrant service at the location described,” MCSO Public Information Officer Deputy John Plock drily told East Portland News after it was over. “When our Civil Deputies surveilled the location prior to making contact, they discovered a stolen vehicle and a number of subjects around it,” Deputy Plock continued. “As contact was initiated, the subjects [near the vehicle] took off running.”

A number of squad cars responded from both the MCSO and PPB, forming a perimeter to locate the subjects who’d fled. “One of those fleeing subjects was arrested and booked on a Clackamas County warrant,” Deputy Plock remarked..

MCSO sergeants talk with the warrant service subject for whom they were searching, 32-year-old Cassandra May Steele.

Located and arrested on the initial warrant service was 32-year-old Cassandra May Steele. “The warrant stems from a 2021 fatal vehicle crash where Steele was the driver,” said Deputy Plock.

Steele was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 4:27 p.m. the same afternoon on the warrant for Manslaughter II, Reckless Driving, DUII, and Assault III. Currently, she’s being held without bail in the MCDC on four Felony charges and four Misdemeanor charges.

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