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Southwest Portland suspicious death now a homicide investigation

SOUTHWEST HILLS — On Dec. 25 at 9:56 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to a residence in the Park Terrace Apartments, located at 2073 Southwest Park Avenue, on the report of a deceased adult female.

Based on the officers' initial investigation inside the residence, homicide detectives and criminalists from the forensic evidence Division were called to the scene to continue the death investigation.

On Dec. 26, the Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy and determined the woman died of homicidal violence.

The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Jamie Lyn Larson, a resident of the Park Terrace Apartments.

Larson's family has been notified of her death and requests complete privacy.

To maintain investigative integrity, detectives will not be releasing any additional information at this time.

Homicide detectives are asking for anyone in the community who has information about her death, has seen Jaime Larson in the past few days, or has any information about suspicious activity in the area of the Park Terrace Apartments to contact Homicide detectives.

A photo of Larson is being released to assist community members in recalling any details that might assist in the investigation.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Detective Molly Daul at 503-823-0991 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Portland Police investigating Christmas Eve robbery in Southwest Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND — On Dec. 24 at 3:01 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Swan Mart, located at 4440 SW Barbur Blvd.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke with the victim who told police that the suspect displayed a handgun in his waistband as he demanded money from the clerk.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled into the neighborhood on foot.

Officers conducted an extensive neighborhood search for the man but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-30s, wearing camouflage pants and a gray long-sleeve T-shirt.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the Robbery Detail at 503-823-0405.

Portland police investigate a pedestrian fatality in Southwest Portland

HAYHURST — On Dec. 18 at 6:27 a.m., officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Shattuck Road.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and determined that the female adult pedestrian was deceased. The driver of the vehicle, a large box truck, remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators.

The traffic division's Major Crash Team investigated the crash.

The entire intersection of Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Shattuck Road remained closed for approximately two hours as investigators processed the crash scene.

The pedestrian was identified as 27-year-old Mara Rosanne Forsythe-Crane of Southwest Portland.

Investigators determined the woman was crossing Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway in the western crosswalk with the "walk" signal. The box truck, driven by 42-year-old Michal Robert Albino of Southwest Portland, was traveling northbound on Shattuck Road and turned right (westbound), striking the woman in the crosswalk. The driver continued past the corner but returned to the scene and cooperated with investigators. Alcohol was not a factor.

The investigation is continuing and no citations have been issued at this time.

Portland police investigate a stabbing in Southwest Portland's Multnomah neighborhood

MULTNOMAH — On Nov. 30 at 3:46 p.m., Portland police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to Southwest 40th Avenue and Multnomah Boulevard on the report of two men bleeding in a parking lot in the 3800 block of Southwest Multnomah Boulevard.

Officers arrived and located one man suffering from a stab wound. The victim in the stabbing was identified as 41-year-old Benjamin Knepper. Knepper remains in a Portland hospital recovering from stab wounds. Assault detectives determined the stabbing occurred at an apartment in the 1900 block of Southwest Hume Court and Knepper was driven from the scene and dropped off in the 3800 block of Southwest Multnomah Boulevard.

Police have not located a second victim.

Officers checked an apartment in the 1900 block of Southwest Hume Court as a possible crime scene but cannot confirm that it's related at this point.

A possible suspect is described as a short, white male in his 20s, blue shirt, possible blue jeans, carrying a handgun. He was last seen walking northbound on Southwest 19th Avenue.

Assault detectives are still working to determine what happened leading up to the stabbing and why Knepper was driven from the crime scene.

Portland police investigate armed robbery at South Waterfront convenience store

SOUTH PORTLAND — On Nov. 28 at 8:05 p.m., Portland police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the report of an armed robbery at Urbana Market, located at 3550 SW River Parkway.

Officers arrived and spoke with the victim who told police that the suspect, armed with a handgun, entered the store and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect ran away into the neighborhood.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s, 6'1", thin build, wearing a gray hoodie and a bandana over his face.

Officers, including a police K-9, searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-0842 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Public help needed to locate missing endangered man

HOMESTEAD — Oregon Health & Sciences University Hospital is seeking the public's help in locating a 20-year-old man who was receiving treatment at an inpatient unit at the hospital on the afternoon of Nov. 26.

Wade Koch is considered a vulnerable individual who requires medical attention and could present a danger to himself. He is not considered violent and is not believed to present any danger to others.

Koch was last seen was wearing an olive-colored short-sleeved shirt, jeans and no shoes. He has curly shoulder-length, dark-brown hair. He is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

Currently there is no photo of Koch available but he is described as resembling the late Jim Morrison, lead singer for The Doors.

Anyone seeing Koch is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. For non-emergency information, contact the OHSU Department of Public Safety at 503-494-7744.

Portland police investigate a bank robbery in Southwest Portland

MULTNOMAH — On Nov. 26 at 2:18 p.m., Portland police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the report of a bank robbery at the Key Bank branch, located at 3515 SW Troy St.

Officers arrived and talked to bank employees who told police that the suspect implied a weapon as he demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect left the bank and was last seen walking eastbound on Southwest Capitol Highway.

Officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20s, 5'6", 170 pounds, dark curly hair, possibly slight facial hair, old acne scars, wearing dark-rimmed glasses, a blue windbreaker, a dark stocking cap and wearing a backpack.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact the robbery detail at 503-823-0405.

Crime Stoppers case #09-45 Nancy Bergeson homicide remains unsolved

BRIDLEMILE — The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for help in solving a 2009 homicide.

On Nov. 24, 2009, at approximately 3 p.m., Portland police officers were called to the 4100 block of Southwest Hamilton Street. Upon arrival, the officers found Nancy Bergeson deceased in her home. The officers notified the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

The medical examiner at the scene initially believed that Bergeson died as a result of natural causes. Bergeson was removed from her home and was transported to the Medical Examiner's Office. While performing the autopsy, the medical examiner determined that she died as a result of homicidal violence. Investigators determined there were signs that Bergeson fought back against her attacker.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit is helping with this investigation. The Cold Case Unit investigators and personnel represent additional resources to assist in following up on and developing investigative leads.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony. You can remain anonymous. Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at crimestoppersoforegon.com, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit tipsoft.com/ to download the Crime Stoppers app for the iPhone or Droid.

Portland police arrest bank robbery suspect in Southwest Portland

HILLSDALE — On Nov. 21 at 3:04 p.m., Portland police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the report of an armed bank robbery and carjacking at the U.S. Bank branch, located at 7300 SW Terwilliger Blvd.

As officers were en route they learned that the suspect, armed with a handgun, entered the bank and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect ran outside and attempted to carjack two different cars before running away. Arriving officers saw the suspect and were able to get him into custody after a brief struggle.

Nobody was injured during the robbery and subsequent attempted carjackings. Police recovered the suspect’s gun.

Daniel Arthur Carter, 31, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a U.S. marshals hold with federal bank robbery charges pending.