Success Stories



Crime Stoppers Tips Lead to Identification, Arrest of Arson Suspect

Joshua Hines 26

On June 11, 2016, 26-year-old Joshua Hines was arrested and booked on charges of Arson in the First Degree, Manufacturing a Destructive Device and Possession of a Destruction Device.

Hines was arrested in connection with the explosion at the Foster Fred Meyer store on May 21. Numerous tips to Crime Stoppers, as well as information learned on social media, were essential in identifying the suspect and making the arrest.

The investigation started on Saturday May 21, 2016, at 11:55 a.m., when East Precinct officers responded to the Foster Fred Meyer store, located at 5253 Southeast 82nd Avenue, on the report that a small explosion occurred in one of the aisles of the store.

Officers and Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters arrived and were directed to aisle 13 where the explosion occurred among the small travel size items on display.

There were no injuries and no major damage to the store.

The Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (MEDU) responded and confirmed that the explosion came as a result of a small explosive device.

On June 1, 2016, Crime Stoppers of Oregon released a surveillance image to the public to help further the investigation.

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Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Arrest of Felon With a Stolen Handgun and Cocaine

Walter Lashawn Smith 40

In the early morning hours of December 16, 2015, the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) served a search warrant at 13718 Southeast Division Street, Apartment #3, as part of a drug investigation being conducted by the Metro Gang Task Force.

40-year-old Walter Lashawn Smith was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a Federal hold for drug and gun charges after investigators located and seized four ounces of cocaine and a stolen handgun at the residence.

Smith’s residence was across the street from a school, the Arthur Academy Elementary Charter School.

Investigators from the Metro Gang Task Force began the investigation after receiving an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers of Oregon about Smith’s criminal activity.

The Metro Gang Task Force is a joint investigative unit involving the Portland Police Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Attorney’s Office.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about unsolved homicides can lead to a reward of up to $2,500 cash. All other unsolved felony crimes are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) – Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.


KGW News: New Crime Stoppers Campaign Targets Gun Crimes

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http://www.kgw.com/story/news/crime/2015/02/10/gun-crimes-crime-stoppers/23197505/


Crime Stoppers of Oregon to Offer Rewards in New Campaign “Felons and Kids with Guns”

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Crime Stoppers of Oregon is announcing a new campaign to help in the fight against gun crime.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Under Oregon law, persons under the age of 18 years old (generally) and persons convicted of a felony crime may not lawfully possess firearms.

To qualify for the reward, the tip must lead to an arrest and the seizure of a firearm and the tip must be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Oregon. Tips leading to additional charges may lead to a total reward of up to $1,000 cash.

All tips will be forwarded to the proper law enforcement agency for follow-up and investigation.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is committed to reducing gun violence and helping law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington solve felony crimes.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.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 http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is 100% funded by donations.

To make a tax-deductible donation today, send a check to:

Crime Stoppers of Oregon
1111 SW 2nd Avenue, Room 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204


Crime Stoppers Tips Lead to Identification and Arrest of Robbery Suspect

On October 25, 2014, Portland Police Bureau Robbery detectives arrested a 17-year-old girl in connection with two robberies that occurred in August 2014. Anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Oregon led to her identification and ultimately her arrest.

17-year-old Stevonna Slater was contacted by North Precinct officers and agreed to voluntarily come to the Detective Division for an interview. Once interviewed by Robbery detectives, Slater was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree.

This investigation started on August 9, 2014, at 5:12 a.m., when North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Jackson’s Shell Station, located at 15 Northeast Broadway.

The victim told police that the suspect was armed with a handgun and demanded money. After obtaining some cash, the suspect ran out of the business.

At 5:21 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Plaid Pantry store, located at 2010 North Killingsworth Street on the report of an armed robbery.

Officers learned that the suspect in the 2nd robbery matched the description in the earlier robbery.

Surveillance video and still images were released and can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/wEzImapFo8s

Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.