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Wanted for Walmart theft, man arrested at Newberg trailer park

Former Newberg resident taken into custody with help from SWAT team


An unarmed Newberg man was arrested after an hours-long “standoff” at a local trailer park last weekend.Martinueau

The man, 55-year-old Dale William Martineau, was wanted on charges related to incidents in Washington County. He was facing charges of first- and third-degree theft after he allegedly stole merchandise, valued at less than $100, from a Walmart and attempted to sell it in May. He was arrested and released on recognizance in late May, but when he missed a resolution conference in mid-August a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

On Saturday evening the Newberg-Dundee Police Department learned Martineau was at a trailer in the Chehalem Mobile Park at the west end of Newberg.

NDPD Capt. Jeff Kosmicki declined to explain how officers learned Martineau was at the trailer park. Martineau was just visiting and did not live in the trailer, Kosmicki said, although he used to live there, but lives in Portland now.

When officers learned about the warrants for Martineau’s arrest and that he was wanted for multiple robberies, they evacuated residents around the trailer and, using a loudspeaker, they ordered Martineau to emerge from the trailer. He did not come out, prompting the NDPD to ask for additional help from the Oregon State Police SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team.

Kosmicki said he was unclear on how the arrest actually occurred, as the SWAT team surrounded the trailer and asked local officers to back out of the situation. He said the OSP had an armored vehicle that was positioned close to the trailer while the SWAT team continued to demand Martineau come out of the trailer.

He was arrested shortly after midnight “without injury,” and was found to be unarmed.

Martineau was transported to the Yamhill County jail and has no bail amount set.