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  • WCSO Lieutenant Bob Ray Sworn-In as New Cornelius Police Chief
    on January 11, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    On January 4, 2021, the Cornelius City Council, in partnership with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, named Lieutenant Bob Ray the new Chief of Police for the city. Chief Ray has nearly 23 years of experience in law enforcement, serving most of that time in leadership positions. In addition to his many years as a Patrol Sergeant, Chief Ray was the Public Information Officer for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office from 2012 through 2017. Recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, Chief Ray supervised three of our municipal partners in Washington County. According to Cornelius City Manager Rob Drake, “The City of Cornelius is pleased to have Bob Ray serve as our new Police Chief. He brings a broad depth of experience to the position, has supervised the other contract cities of Banks, Gaston and North Plains, and has a positive and approachable style to serving the public. Chief Ray is serving on the Sheriff’s Office Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team (DEI) and is very supportive of bringing his cultural outreach efforts and sensitivity to his work in Cornelius.” The Sheriff’s Office has provided police services to the City of Cornelius since 2014. The department serves more than 12,000 residents with 13 employees, patrolling an area of 2.2 square miles. Chief Ray replaces former Chief John Bennett, who has been promoted to Commander of the Services Division at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Man Stabbed Several Times During Robbery
    on January 8, 2021 at 1:40 am

    On Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 1:25 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a robbery near the 100 block of SW 138th Avenue in Beaverton, Oregon. When deputies arrived, they discovered the victim had been stabbed several times in the upper body and face by an unknown male. The victim told deputies he had just arrived home and met his friend outside, 25-year-old Katherine Garrido. As the victim was unlocking his front door, a man ran up to the victim and demanded his wallet. When the victim explained he didn't have a wallet, the man began stabbing him in the upper body and face, then ran off on foot. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later released. Ms. Garrido told deputies she witnessed the attack and gave a brief statement, then left the scene on foot. Deputies were able to view video surveillance footage from the victim's home that captured the incident. Shortly before 3:30 a.m., deputies located a 2009 Hyundai Sonata registered to Ms. Garrido traveling eastbound on Highway 26. After observing multiple traffic violations, deputies stopped the vehicle on Highway 26, near SW Cedar Hills Blvd. As deputies approached the vehicle, they recognized the male driver, 25-year-old Stephen Jajeh, as the robbery suspect from the surveillance video. Ms. Garrido was also in the vehicle. Mr. Jajeh and Ms. Garrido were both arrested. Deputies searched the vehicle and found a knife with blood on it located in the trunk. Mr. Jajeh was arrested for robbery in the first degree, assault in the second degree, and unlawful use of a weapon. Ms. Garrido was arrested for robbery in the first degree, assault in the second degree, criminal conspiracy, and unlawful use of a weapon. Both Ms. Garrido and Mr. Jajeh were lodged in the Washington County Jail. ***The surveillance video is not releasable to the media or the public.***

  • Sheriff Garrett Sworn-In During Virtual Ceremony Tuesday Morning (Photo)
    on January 7, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett was sworn-in for his third term as Sheriff. The ceremony took place during a morning work session of the Washington County Board of Commissioners. Sheriff Garrett has been with the Washington County Sheriff's Office since 1988 when he started as a Recruit Deputy in the Patrol Division. Since then, he has held every uniformed rank and earned state certification in both police and corrections. During the commissioner work session, Sheriff Garrett thanked voters for having confidence in him to continue serving as their Sheriff. "It's important that as individuals, organizations, and communities, we know what's worth fighting for. 2020 made us all think about this, and we found ourselves fighting for equity, connections, community, safety, change, and the democratic process. As your Sheriff, I fight for our community's crime victims and survivors; for public safety services that are just, fair, and equitable; for community trust through professional public safety service, excellent training and partnerships; and for our staff who put their lives on the line daily with the community's best interests at heart." said Sheriff Garrett. "One of many appreciated characteristics of Sheriff Garrett's approach to his job has been his successful use of a continuous improvement model in managing his multifaceted organization," said Board of Commissioners Chair Kathryn Harrington after the ceremony. "We are honored to continue to have Pat Garrett serving with us here in the community." Sheriff Garrett holds a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University and a master's degree from Portland State University. He also served our country in the United States Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Sheriff Garrett was activated twice since 2003 and spent a year in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom on a provincial reconstruction team. Sheriff Garrett lives in Hillsboro with his wife, Coleen. They have two children. Tuesday morning's ceremony is available to view on the Washington County YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/WashingtonCntyOregon In other command-level changes, Undersheriff Shawn Fischer is retiring on January 9, and will be succeeded by current Chief Deputy John Koch. Services Commander Al Roque will be promoted to one of two Chief Deputy positions, alongside Chief Deputy Karlyn Degman.

  • Neighbors Help Locate Man Accused of Attacking Garbage Truck Driver
    on December 23, 2020 at 12:21 am

    On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a theft in progress near SW Crestdale Drive and SW Canyon Road in the West Slope area. A resident reported to dispatchers that he caught a man on his doorbell security camera trying to steal some shoes and a hat from their front porch. The resident was able to yell at the man to drop the items, and he ran off. The caller told dispatchers the man appeared to be high on drugs and was speaking incoherently. The suspect was described as a white man with red hair and a goatee, wearing a black jacket, no shoes, and one sock. As deputies began to swarm the area, the driver of a nearby garbage truck told deputies that he had just been attacked by a man with a similar description. A Sheriff’s Office K9 unit was in the area and joined in searching for the suspect as more reports came in that a man was running through people’s yards. At approximately 1:15 p.m., alert neighbors, including a group of bicyclists and people out walking their dogs, were able to point deputies to the location of the suspect. He was arrested without incident. The suspect has since been identified as Austin Roach. Mr. Roach was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of theft in the third degree, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, and harassment.