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Crime Stoppers for the Week of January 27, 2003

January 30, 2003 00:00


Portland Police, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, are asking for your help in identify four individuals apparently involved in some type of assault situation that left a 44-year old man in critical condition.

On Saturday, January 18, 2003, at approximately 2:45 in the morning, near the Texaco Station at SE 84th and Foster, 44-year old Joseph Claude Maestas (photo attached) and another man who had been out socializing had a verbal exchange with four individuals in a car. The four subjects started to get out of the vehicle, at which time the man with Maetas ran from the area. The man had assumed Maetas had done the same, but when he did not see Maetas, he returned to the scene where he found Maetas lying critically injured in a pool of blood.

All four subjects in the vehicle are described as white males with Russian accents. The driver is approximately 20 to 25 years of age, 5'5" to 5'7" tall, with a skinny build, light brown hair and clean-shaven.

The subjects' vehicle is described as a medium-red 1990s four-door imported sedan with a dark gray or black interior. The vehicle is reportedly in "good shape" and has license plates that are white with blue numbers.

Crime Stoppers is offering 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 crime, and you need not give your name. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP.


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Portland Police Bureau
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Portland, Oregon 97204



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