Success Stories

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.