November 28Night November 27Foggy and quiet. Patrick Andrew Logan was casing cars near 15th & Willamette. When an officer spotted him he ran away. The officer tracked him to the 1400 block of Olive and arrested him on his Theft 3 warrant, and found meth in his sock.
At around 11:20 last night, two armed home invasion robbers threatened a male victim at gunpoint in his residence in the 700 block of E. 17th Avenue. The robbers left with cash, cell phones and other potential items.
The victim had a tracking application on his phone and police were able to track the suspects as they fled. A sergeant at 13th and Agate spotted the Dodge Stratus, driven by Demetrius Earl Hillman, age 20, of Portland, with passenger Conor Thurston Williams, age 19, of Portland.
The sergeant then saw the Dodge turning west on 13th, disregarding the closed-off section of University and he initiated a stop near 15th and Onyx. The Dodge fled and failed to negotiate the turn from Orchard Street to Franklin Boulevard and got stuck, straddled on the EM-X bus lane. Both occupants got out of the car ran toward Garden Avenue.
A perimeter was set up and an EPD K-9 team found Williams hiding in a brushy slough behind 1933 Garden Avenue. The K-9 located the driver, Hillman, in dense shrubbery next to 1997 Garden Avenue. The K-9 team and another officer extracted Hillman from the bushes. Then, Hillman fought with the police dog, and tried to run but was quickly taken back into custody, then to a hospital for evaluation following his fight. Doctors found other matters of concern, and admitted Hillman. It is unknown whether these matters are the result of Hillman resisting arrest or a pre-existing condition.
Williams was charged with Robbery in the First Degree, Interfering with Police, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Menacing. Charges for Hillman are pending.
November 22Burglary IIEPD investigated a burglary at 439 W. 11th Ave. (Pro Audio and Video). It occurred sometime in the night. A front window was broken and unknown thieves made off with equipment.
Then, there was also a residential burglary in the 1500 block off Bogart Lane. On Nov. 21, the resident returned home to discovered her front door window had been broken. The hole was big enough to reach a hand in the door and unlock it from the outside. This happened during the day between 09:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. hours. Electronic equipment was stolen.
November 21, 2013An officer contacted Joshua Damon Abdon, age 31, in the intersection of 3rd and Lawrence. He appeared to be searching for something. An officer stopped to check on him. Abdon made strange comments to the officer and began fiddling with his hands. The officer used his flashlight to illuminate Abdon’s hands, and observed a swiss-type pocket knife in his hand, with the cork screw deployed. The officer called for emergency cover. Two officers were already on their way to cover him when the request came out, and they activated their lights and sirens. Abdon took off running. The officer pursued him on foot as the other two arrived in their patrol cars. An officer in a patrol car was able to block his path at 3rd. Abdon was still holding the knife in his hand. An officer was able to get him on the ground from the back. A struggle followed with Abdon actively resisting their efforts, and officers had to resort to pepper spray. He continued to fight while in handcuffs and at the Jail. Two officers received minor injuries. Abdon was charged with Menancing, Interfering, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct.
November 20, 2013
A short time before 1:30 this morning, an officer responded to the report of a dispute between two vehicles possibly with one of the involving a gun in the Winco parking lot on Barger Drive. The officer was able to talk to the driver of one of the vehicles, but the driver of the other vehicle, a black Suburban, driven by Christopher Ray Beller, age 35 of Eugene, fled the scene after police attempted to stop him. Police became aware Beller had a warrant for arrest.
The pursuit lasted a short distance before another officer came across the black Suburban on Royal Avenue. The officer attempted to forcibly stop the vehicle. This was almost successful, however when the officer’s vehicle died, Beller rammed into it head-on with significant force. The officer received minor injuries.
Beller continued to flee north from Royal Avenue on the bike path that is parallel to Beltline. At that point, Beller bailed out of his vehicle and ran, but was located with the help of a K9 unit and Lane County Sheriff’s Office cover. Beller was charged with: Assault in the Second Degree, Assault on a Public Safety Officer (simple assault), Reckless endangering (simple assault), Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Hit and Run (injury), Reckless Driving, Eluding by Vehicle, Eluding by Foot.
Officer Involved Shooting Near Churchill High School at 2:45 p.m.At 2:45 p.m. what began as a traffic stop evolved to an incident with a Eugene Police officer calling for emergency cover and a modified school lockdown for Churchill High School and a lockdown at Kennedy Middle School. Shortly afterwards, there was a call of shots fired. A 44-year-old white male suspect is deceased at the southeast side of Churchill High School. He was armed with a handgun. There were no serious physical injuries to the officer. After the shooting, there was no known ongoing threat to students or public. Students were allowed to leave Churchill High School via the north entrance. Kennedy was also no longer on lockdown Lane County's Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team responded to investigate.
A caller reported seeing a suspicious male and female in a car parked in front of the Ivy Market. The male was armed with a handgun and made a gesture with his other hand like he was shooting the caller. The caller was concerned they were getting ready to rob the market. An officer located the vehicle, but the occupants didn’t wish to stick around and talk. A pursuit ensued, heading out of town on Roosevelt. The suspects made it to Royal and N. Terry where the vehicle was forcibly stopped by police, bringing the vehicle pursuit to an end. The female passenger was captured at the scene but the driver fled on foot. The initial responding officer and a second officer gave chase and took inot custody a few hundred yards away with the help of a taser and some blackberry bushes. Police located two realistic pellet guns and holsters in the suspects’ vehicle. The driver, Jeffery Dean Zimmerman, age 40, continued to be uncooperative. He was charged with Eluding by Vehicle, Eluding by Foot, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Resisting Arrest, Coercion, and Interfering with Police. The female, Tammy Tobiason, age 43, was also arrested on outstanding warrants.
At 10:31 a.m., two officers were dispatched to 10th Avenue and Olive Street regarding Grant Kingsnorth Brannaman, age 18, who was menacing an 18-year-old male with a knife. Brannaman walked up to the victim, unprovoked, and slashed at his side, cutting the draw string of his backpack, and making contact with him. The victim did not sustain any injury. Brannaman was charged with Assault II, Menacing with a knife, and Criminal Mischief III.
A man, age 53, was charged with Assault II after police responded to a domestic assault between he and a 20-year-old step-son. The suspect said that his step-son had picked-up a skateboard and thought he might him with it, but instead, the suspect hit his step-son several times with a bat on the back and side of the head. The suspect said that he intended to hit his step-son on the shoulder but he ducked.
On November 13 at 1:15 p.m. - It took less than 30 seconds for the EPD bike team to observe/arrest some subjects and (three) hours for an Armed/Career Criminal released from being in prison for two years to commit a crime in Eugene. The Downtown team focused their attention on the park blocks, with the entire bike team conducting surveillance on the West Park Blocks. They spotted Daniel Nathan Matlock, age 35, and Shane Cory Gaswint, age 39, exchange a morphine pill, then look around for a place to sell marijuana. They ended up at the West Park Blocks, where they met with three other males, Anthony Paul Beenken, age 29, Mitchell William Reed, age 33, and Robert Joseph Edens, age 30. Gaswint and Matlock walked up to them and asked them if anyone wanted to buy marijuana. The deal went on and bike team rolled in to make the arrests and citations in lieu of custody. Gaswint and Matlock walked away but Edens stated they were headed to Greyhound. The bike officers located Matlock and Gaswint south of Greyhound and detained them both. Gaswint is from Washington State. Matlock was released from prison about three hours before getting on a Greyhound bus on his way to Gold Beach, Oregon. Since Matlock had a Greyhound Bus ticket to leave at 1630 hours, he was CLC’d. His Parole and Probation Officer was contacted.
Charges included: GASWINT, Shane Cory. Delivery of a Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a School, Park Restriction Issued.
MATLOCK, Daniel Nathan. Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance Schedule 2 – Morphine.
BEENKEN, Anthony Paul. Delivery of Marijuana, Violationof Park Rules, Park Restriction Issued.
REED, Mitchell William. Violation of Park Rules, Issued Park Restriction
EDENS, Robert Joseph. Violation Of Park Rules
At 12:11 p.m., a phone conversation overheard by another passenger on Amtrack led to the stopping of the train at the Eugene station, and an investigation by Metro Explosives Disposal Unit and Federal authorities for possible explosives. The northbound train was stopped, passengers were taken off the train and an individual from Canada was interviewed while the train was searched for potential explosives. Nothing suspicious was detected and passengers reboarded. The train was allowed to continue its northbound route around 4 p.m. No charges were filed in this incident. The passenger, who had been detained, took a taxi from the location.
Strange night for party patrol, no parties with willing complainants and very few people on the streets. The Party Patrol did encourage a few loud parties to shut down when they came across them with no issues, before any complaints came in. Some of the patrol was then able to spend some time downtown prior to the shift’s end, to help out with the bar crowd. It may have helped as there was not a single observed or reported fight, unlike Friday night where there were several.
At 12:13 a.m., a resident in the 1500 block of Hilyard woke to odd sounds in his living room and found a suspect inside, standing with a knife. The suspect “lunged” at victim with the knife before fleeing northbound with a stolen power tool. The suspect was described as an Hispanic male, in his 40s, 5’7” tall, of heavy build, and wearing a tan coat.
At 1:16 a.m. Sunday, a suspect came into CJs at 45 Division Avenue. He threatened the use of a gun and after getting cash, fled northbound on River road. The suspect is described as a white male, in his late 20s, with a green, hooded rain jacket, black baseball cap.
At 11:03 on Saturday night, a suspect entered Dairy Mart at 3225 Donald, and robbed the establishment using a knife. He fled with cash. He is described as a white male, in his 30s, 5’10” tall, with a thin build, red or brown short hair, a beard, and wearing a dark green coat over a black hoodie, a black baseball cap with a gold sticker on the bill, grey sweat pants and white high top shoes.
There was a disorderly party at 11:42 p.m. at 2024 Broadview Street. A caller reported a large party with many people fighting and underage drinking. Medics were called to check on an unconscious female, likely due to alcohol, who was transported to a hospital.
Acting on information from a caller, a communications specialist notified the watch commander of a stolen vehicle in the area of Eugene. After de-briefing the caller, officers were able to locate a reported stolen car near 7th and Lincoln. The individual who called had earlier had met two males subjects and given them $3,900 cash for a Honda CRV that had been posted on the Internet for sale. The individual, who is from the Medford area, was looking to buy a car for her daughter. When the paperwork hit some snags at DMV, the citizen reported the information to EPD. Police had the individual text the suspects and agree to meet at t local gas station. Springfield Police assisted with a K-9 for the meet and greet arrest. Arrested were the driver, Michael Grossnicklaus, age 25; and the passenger Thomas James Walters, age 23.
The Mini Pet Mart, at 2636 Willamette Street, was robbed at about 3:50 p.m. today. The robbery was at knifepoint and the suspect left with cash. He is described as a white male, in his 20s, 5’10” tall, with a medium build, scruffy facial hair and last seen wearing a green hoody, and brown sweater.
At 1:22 a.m. An officer attempted to stop Peter Andrea Pomponi, age 42, for Reckless Driving. Pomponi failed to yield for a distance before coming to a stop at 13th Avenue and Tyler Street. The officer started to conduct a DUII investigation, but Pomponi instead fled the stop. Unbeknownst to Pomponi, an EPD sergeant was ready for this and set up to stop the vehicle. Pomponi’s vehicle’s tires were spiked and another sergeant joined the first sergeant in pursuing Pomponi. The officer who had initially stopped Pomponi attempted to forcibly stop him at 13th and Oak, but Pomponi was able to continued, proceeding south on Oak (driving the wrong way) to 15th, when a second attempt to forcibly stop him was initiated. He was able to get away again, this time driving in reverse, southbound. But, a sergeant intervened and Pomponi’s vehicle was blocked between patrol cars and a tree. Pomponi got out of his car and was initially compliant, then began refusing orders and resisting. He was eventually taken into custody and charged with Eluding by Vehicle, Reckless Driving, DUII, and Reckless Endangering.
A man had fled to a local Dari Mart to call for help after he had hallucinated, seeing a half human/half opossum inside his residence. Officers contacted him first and then responded to the location, finding no sign of anything suspicious and that the resident actually hadn’t lived the apartment for some time. CAHOOTS was called to help the man.
November 6There was a disorderly conduct incident in the evening near West 7th Alley and Lincoln Street. The incident resulted in the victim being transported to the hospital with a possible concussion following a physical dispute that left him unconscious before police arrived. The two other suspects fled the scene.
November 4At 6:53 p.m., man walked into the Serv U Market, 5045 Barger, wearing a ski mask. After picking up some items, he went to the cash register and robbed the clerk at gunpoint, later determined to be a pellet gun. He left the gun on the counter and reached into the drawer for cash and fled. A witness grabbed the gun that was left on the counter and attempted to fire it at Fisher. The BB guns barrel fell off as the witness tried to fire it. Several other witnesses chased the suspect and held him down until police arrival. The suspect thanked Police for our quick response. Nicholas James Fisher, age 27, was arrested for Robbery in the First Degree, Theft in the Second Degree, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Coercion.
November 2 and 3At least six DUII cases last night, into early morning...
One was a possible DUII crash at Saratoga & Donald. The driver wasn’t located, but had stuck two parked vehicles and a tree.
At 1:03 a.m., a male driver in a black Nissan convertible was headed north on Gilham Road with his wife in the passenger seat. At the curve, his Nissan crossed the southbound lane and the west sidewalk and traversed two front yards, the fence between them, and a driveway. It collided with a Subaru Wagon in the driveway of 1900 block of Gilham. The Nissan spun and the passenger side of the Nissan wrapped around a small tree. The driver was transported to a local hospital. The driver's wife had to be extracted from the passenger seat. She was also transported with serious injuries.Michael W. Lee, age 36, was charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Assault in the Third Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree. At 1:58 a.m. 22-year-old male had paid to attend an event at Club 44., at 44 E. 7th Avenue. He stepped out of the club and by the time he wanted back in, the establishment had restricted entry due to capacity. He became irate, and spit on an employee. He was trespassed at that time, but after police left, he returned and threatened the employees, saying he is a West Side Piru (criminal street gang member). When EPD bike officers arrived, he fought them and was taken into custody, and he continued to fight, pounding on the inside of the patrol car with his head and feet. Ibrahim Fofonah, age 22, was charged with Harassment and Resisting Arrest.
November 1Night watch had four units specifically assigned to DUII enforcement. There was plenty to go around, including some DUI-related crashes, such as a crash at 4th & Blair. It was a single vehicle into a light pole near Sam Bonds. There were no injuries and the driver was DUII.
There was a van-bike wreck at 11th & Patterson. A van struck a bicyclist riding without a helmet.