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Sandy man arrested on federal weapons charges, local domestic violence allegations


A man and woman from Sandy are behind bars following an arrest in Gresham as part of an ongoing investigation by the Portland Police Bureau's gun task force.

Gustavo Isabel Vega, 21, and Kathleen Olinger, 33, both of Sandy, are being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on accusations stemming from the arrest on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Vega, who is a convicted felon and can't legally possess a firearm, faces weapons, drug and domestic violence charges, while Olinger is being held on a federal warrant for identity theft.

Members of Portland's gun task force and gang enforcement team arrested the two at 4 p.m. in the Fred Meyer parking lot in the 2400 block of Southeast Burnside Road, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland Police spokesman. During the arrest, police seized a .22-caber handgun and $600.

Officers searched their home in the 38600 block of Dubarko Road in Sandy, where they seized mason jars and a Tupperware container of suspected marijuana. Police also found a safe containing digital scales, packaging materials and narcotic paraphernalia.

In addition, officers found a live .22-caliber round and a black gun holster.

The investigation began on Jan. 22 after the mother of Vega's 3-year-old son reported that Vega, who she'd recently separated from, threatened her with a gun while visiting their son, according to court records.

He allegedly pointed a gun in her face and said, “You're lucky you're the mother and I didn't kill you,” before leaving the house. Then, while he was in the driveway, he turned toward the woman who was in the doorway and reportedly pointed the gun at her before he left.

While booking Vega into jail, a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputy reportedly found a small baggie containing 2.8 ounces of heroin in Vega's sock.

Vega is being held on $72,500 bail on allegations of heroin and marijuana possession, delivery of marijuana with consideration, domestic violence menacing, domestic violence reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

He also is being held on two no-bail holds — one from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and another for violating his probation on a first-degree burglary charge.

Olinger also is being held on a no-bail US Marshal's hold on a federal identity theft warrant.