1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
August 01, 2006 00:00
On Wednesday, August 2, 2006, at noon, in the Mt. Hood room on the second floor of the World Forestry Center’s Discovery Museum located at 4033 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer will present five people with the Citizen Medal of Heroism. The medals will be given to 35-year-old Kristan Alldrin, 49-year-old David Pompa, 31-year-old Brian Sarver, 44-year-old Bill Boggs, and 32-year-old Neiko Lopez, for their assistance in apprehending a dangerous sex offender.
The incident began on Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at 10:10 a.m., when 49-year-old Jere Vestal Ryder attacked and attempted to abduct a 32-year-old Portland woman and her two children in the parking lot of Portland’s zoo. When the women screamed for help, Ryder fled from the victim’s car. Alldrin who had just parked nearby, heard the screams, saw Ryder, and began to chase him. Alldrin blocked Ryder’s path of escape long enough for Pompa, Sarver, Boggs, and Lopez to catch up, tackle, and hold down Ryder, who was still armed with a knife. Ryder, who is a Registered Predatory Sex Offender, was wanted by police on two warrants.
Several citizens assisted with the investigation and remained at the scene to provide witness information to police. However, based on all available information, it was the quick and decisive action of these five citizens that led to the capture of the suspect. Their actions, despite the risk to personal safety, led to their nomination for the Citizen Medal of Heroism.
The public is encouraged to attend this event. Immediately following the ceremony the World Forestry Center is hosting a free lunch with food donated by Big Town Hero.
Sgt. Pete Simpson