April police blotter


The following is a summary of incidents as reported by the Portland Police Bureau. The Connection does no original reporting on these incidents and presents them as the police's accounting of the events described.


Feb. 21, 6:49 p.m.: Offi cers at the Burlingame Fred Meyer, 7555 S.W. Barbur Blvd., spotted two white males in the parking lot and recognized one as having a warrant out for his arrest. One man, Alexander Mitchell, had been walking around the garage nervously after coming out of the store without any bags. The second man, Ian Merrit - who was wanted for arrest - got into the driver's seat of a car, and Mitchell got in on the passenger's side. They then drove to the north side of the lot and waited in the car.

Officers became suspicious, contacted both and instructed them to step out of the vehicle. They found no weapons but saw that there was cash was lying in a pile in the car as well as shoved in Merrit's wallet. They also found a spoon coated with heroin residue and a dirty syringe. A small baggie of cocaine had also fallen to the ground. Merrit gave consent for police to search his cell phone, in which they found drug-related texts.

Both Merrit and Mitchell were charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance, and Merrit was also driving with a suspended license and driving while uninsured. They were taken to jail.

Feb. 22, 10:51 p.m. An 80-year-old female in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease was reported missing from the 1700 block of Sunset Boulevard by her son. He claimed that she had snuck out of the house after putting dirty dishes back in the cabinet and getting upset with herself. It was cold outside, and he said that she had no particular destination.

Police checked several possible locations and requested back up from detectives as well as air support. A 1:03 a.m., dispatch received a call saying there was an elderly female who had been found at the intersection of Southwest Capitol Highway and Southwest Bertha Boulevard. Officers responded, identified her as the missing woman and took her home. She was unhurt.

Feb. 28, 10:30 p.m.: Police received a report of a cold burglary. Th e homeowners, who had been out of town since Feb. 24, returned home to find their front door unlocked and a window open with a step ladder beneath it. They found muddy boot prints on the floor and fresh-looking prints in the mud outside. The home's outdoor sheds were opened and - while most of the house was largely undisturbed - various closets and cabinets had been opened. Antique silverware and a computer monitor had been taken. Police have no suspects.

Feb. 27, 11 p.m.: An employee of a church in the 2300 block of Southwest Vermont Street called to report that, sometime between 11 p.m. and 1 p.m. that afternoon, someone had stolen the church's offering box from its lobby along with about $200. Police have no suspects.

March 3, 4:45 p.m.: A victim from the 800 block of Southwest Westwood Drive had gone to work at 6:30 a.m. and come back to discover his house had been burglarized. The burglar had broken a pane of glass in the home's back door to reach in and turn the deadbolt and had made his or her way through each room, scattering items such as mail. In the bathroom, a travel bag, vanity case and dresser drawers had been left open, and the victim discovered that some of his medication was missing. The burglar only took small items, and the television and stereo were left untouched. There were no witnesses, and there are no suspects.

March 9, 3:50 p.m.: A caller reported that, as he'd been waiting for a bus at the corner of Southwest Capitol Highway and Southwest Sunset Boulevard, he'd set his backpack down near the bus kiosk and walked a few feet away. When he turned back, he saw someone going through the bag. The victim walked toward the suspect, yelling that the backpack was his, and the suspect handed the items back and walked away eastbound on Capitol Highway. The victim then discovered that more than 200 of his Magic the Gathering cards were missing, which were valued at around $200. Police did an area check and could not find the suspect.

March 11, 5:56 p.m.: A caller reported a man having been hit by a car at the intersection of Southwest 19th Avenue and Southwest Barbur Boulevard. One witness had been driving through the intersection when he saw the victim crossing the street in the car's rearview mirror. The witness then saw a green truck hit the man, who landed on its hood and then hit his head on the ground. The witness believed the driver of the truck did not see the man in the crosswalk.

A second witness said they'd seen the man start to cross the street as he was arguing with his wife and children, who were standing on the corner. He'd been looking back at them when the truck hit him and he 'flew in the air.'

March 12, 2:30 p.m.: A resident of the 8000 block of Capitol Hill Road called to report a home burglary that had occurred sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. that morning. The homeowners had found a window broken out of the home's back door along with marks on the door from a screwdriver the burglar had used to pry it open. Police found the screwdriver on the ground outside, and the homeowners said they store a lot of tools near the home's back entrance. Police also found a small blood smear next to the handle of the outer screen door. No items were missing from the home, and there is no suspect information.


Feb. 20, 11:41 p.m.: An employee of the Boom Boom Room, located at 8345 S.W. Barbur Blvd., called to report that an intoxicated man who'd been kicked out of the bar was arguing with staff and refusing to leave. When officers arrived, they offered to give the man a ride home, but he refused and said he wanted to walk. As the man was unable to do so, officers decided to take him to detox and, during a routine pat down, discovered a six-inch buck knife concealed in his waistband. The man was then taken to detox.

Feb. 21, 4:51 p.m.: A caller reported that an 11-year-old boy who had been riding his bike through the intersection of Southwest 30th Avenue and Southwest Barbur Boulevard had collided with a car.

One witness, traveling eastbound on Barbur Boulevard, had been driving through the green light at the intersection when they saw the boy, who was wearing a helmet, shoot out from 30th Avenue and run into the car. A second witness, who'd been in a car behind the boy on 30th Avenue waiting for the light to turn, had said the boy had signaled with his arm that he planned to make a left turn, made eye contact with the witness and then run the red light. The boy then hit a car driving through the intersection and hit the ground. The police report contained no information about injuries sustained.

March 2, 7 a.m.: A caller reported a hit-and-run accident at the corner of Southwest 35th Avenue and Southwest Alice Street. The caller had parked their car at 5 p.m. the night before on the street in front of the house, and in the morning they had found the driver's side mirror knocked off. There were no witnesses, and police have no suspects.

March 2, 4:55 p.m.: Police received a disturbance call from 7 Eleven, located at 8635 S.W. Barbur Blvd., where a man had come in and asked for a pack of cigarettes and two hot dogs. He then walked around, grabbing a burrito and a block of cheese and, when he reached the counter, the cheese had disappeared. He explained that he'd put the cheese back, paid for the cigarettes and hot dogs and then demanded he get his money back. When the clerk refused, the man started yelling and refused to leave. He then grabbed the hot dogs and a Slurpee from the counter, threw them at the clerk and left in the direction of the Budget Lodge. The clerk was uninjured.

March 7, 8:30 a.m.: A resident of the 2700 block of Southwest Nevada Court called to report that, sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. the previous night, someone had stolen his pickup truck's catalytic converter. When he'd gone to get in the truck that morning, he'd found his tail pipe on the ground with a cut in the middle. Police have no suspect information.

March 13, 4 a.m.: A woman called from the 2200 block of Southwest Troy Street to report that she'd been assaulted by a male friend. She said the pair had been driving when she'd asked to be dropped off, as she knew he had been drinking. They then started to argue, and the man hit her on the side of the face with an open hand. He then stopped the car, opened the door and shoved her out. The woman told him, 'Fine, I'll take a cab' and took out a $20 bill. The man grabbed the money from her hand and drove off. He wasn't found at the time of the incident.