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Washington County K-9 Stark bags two July 4 suspects

One of the men caught after chase in Beaverton area.


K-9 Deputy StarkMichael MastKasim HawashA Portland man lost his independence July 4 after Washington County Sheriff's K-9 Stark tracked him down.

Michael Mast, 45, was the second suspect Stark put on ice Saturday before the more celebratory fireworks got underway.

In the local case, which started at 8:54 p.m., a vehicle ran a red light directly in front of a deputy's patrol car at the intersection of Southwest Scholls Ferry Road and Murray Boulevard in Beaverton.

The deputy attempted a traffic stop but the driver drove off. After a pursuit, Mast stopped near Jesuit High School and ran from deputies.

Stark tracked him down a short distance for the arrest.

Mast was lodged at the Washington County Jail on outstanding warrants and multiple new charges, including attempting elude, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, reckless endangering, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and identity theft.

About three hours earlier, Stark had helped track down Kasim Hawash, 32, of Hillsboro, whose vehicle was allegedly involved in thefts from other vehicles at Henry Hagg Lake earlier in the day.

A deputy performed a traffic stop and Hawash pulled into the Cornelius Wal-Mart store but fled on foot.

Stark tracked him down nearby and Hawash, who also was wanted on warrants, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude, identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, criminal mischief and two counts each of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and first-degree theft. He also was booked into the county jail.

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