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Intimidation Charges Against Four Young White Males

January 19, 2003 00:00


Shortly after 1:00 in the morning, on Sunday, January 19, 2003, several "shots-fired" calls were reported in the area of Northeast Portland, west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The vehicle involved, initially reported as a black Pontiac Firebird containing four individuals, was later found to be a Chevrolet Camero. The suspect vehicle reportedly had t-tops, which had been removed, and shots were being fired from the t-top openings.

A Sergeant Criminalist observed the suspect vehicle, which was northbound towards the Interstate Bridge, and attempted to follow and at the same time broadcast the location to other units. Prior to the Interstate Bridge, officers deployed spike-strips, which flattened the tires on the suspect vehicle. The vehicle crossed the I-5 Bridge into Washington, then turned eastbound onto Highway 14. Three of the individuals exited the suspect vehicle along Highway 14 and were taken into custody by Washington authorities. The driver of the vehicle continued east on Highway 14 to Interstate 205 and Mill Plain Blvd., where he was taken into custody and the vehicle seized.

The four individuals have been identified as: 15 year-old Andrew T. Sherwood of NE Portland, 18 year-old Denis P. Fahey of Redmond, OR, 19 year-old Joshua D. Ridley of Milwaukie, OR, (the driver of the vehicle), and 21 year-old Brian S. Heath of Gresham, OR.

The four subjects were lodged on a "Probable Cause Affidavit" in Washington state on a charge of "Intimidation", pending extradition to Oregon. It is believed the "Intimidation" was racially-based, as the suspects allegedly targeted an area they believed was predominantly African-American.

Officers recovered a shotgun that had been "altered" and thrown from the suspect vehicle. That, along with evidence gathered in the area of the "shots fired" calls, and evidence in the suspect vehicle, lead investigators to believe the recovered shotgun was the weapon used.

Portland Police are asking anyone in the area of Northeast Portland, from roughly MLK to the I-5 Freeway and from Fremont to Lombard, whose car or other property may have been damaged by gunfire late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, to call 503-823-3333, and an officer will be dispatched.

Photos of the four subjects are currently not available from the Portland Police Bureau at this time.

The investigation is continuing.



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