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Posted on: April 9, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Street Crimes Unit Targets Local Crime in First Month

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The Street Crimes Unit is wrapping up their first month as a team. They’ve been working many different operations successfully and will continue to be more effective as Eugene Police is able to add capacity and staff the entire team. Street Crimes has used this first month to begin establishing relationships with stakeholders and community partners to effectively target prolific offenders and criminal behaviors with intelligence based policing.  

 

The SCU started off working with City of Eugene Code Enforcement to successfully abate a nuisance residence on Willona Street. This location had generated numerous calls for service over the last couple of years and posed a huge safety risk to the area residences as well as the people who frequented the location.

 

Street Crimes assisted an Oregon State Police investigating to locate a person of interest from a recent homicide in the Roseburg area. 

 

The SCU also partnered with EPD’s Special Investigations Unit to conduct online sexual corruption of minor cases as well as a couple prostitution stings. This focus has huge community implications due to the dangers or Human Sex Trafficking and assaults to the sex workers from the “johns”. In its latest operation SCU documented seven sex workers and offered resources and services to assist them in changing their life style. They detained and questioned four purchasers of sexual services, and referred the reports to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution decisions.

 

The team partnered with Property Crimes detectives and assisted with the investigation of Amber Lynn Mosey, age 30, of St. Helens, Oregon, who had been committing a string of armed robberies in our area. Mosey ultimately stole a jeep from the Valley River Center area and eluded Oregon State Police. The pursuit ended in a single-vehicle crash and Mosey died from her injuries. While observing frequent short-stay traffic at a house off of Seneca Road, SCU observed David Charles Miner, age 38, of Eugene, leave the location in a vehicle with switched license plates.  Miner had an active Attempt to Locate from Property Crimes for a Burglary in the Second Degree and Theft in the First Degree. Miner was in possession of over nine grams of methamphetamine at the time of the traffic stop on March 15.

 

The Street Crimes Unit was able to locate a couple stolen vehicles, including one that was occupied.

 

On March 27, Street Crimes Unit officers were contacted by the US Marshal's office and located Kyle Michael Jones, age 33. Jones was a fugitive from justice, who had a nation-wide extradition warrant for aggravated assault out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

On March 28, officers conducted a traffic stop after observing a vehicle drive the wrong way on W. 6th Avenue then engage in a hand-to-hand drug exchange in the parking lot of a local motel. This exchange occurred in the Whitaker area, where SCU has been requested to apply some targeted enforcement. During the traffic stop, officers requested an Oregon State Police drug detection dog response. The dog led police to more than 72 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle, as well as a user’s quantity of heroin and more than $6,000 in cash.  

 

SCU has made several warrant arrests of prolific offenders. Many of these were related to narcotic and property crime offenses.

 

On April 2, Street Crimes Unit received a tip about the location of Bryan James McBride, age 36, of Eugene.  McBride had been on the run from police since March 20, when he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment, assaulted her and stabbed her new boyfriend in the leg. McBride was found and in possession of more than three grams of methamphetamine. He was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Burglary in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and Assault in the Fourth Degree. He was also charged with Possession Methamphetamine Prior Felony Conviction. 

 

The SCU worked in both the Whiteaker and West University neighborhoods. They especially covered the West University area during Spring Break. While conducting targeted enforcement in the West University area a subject fled from a stop, and was ultimately arrested for possession of Xanex and Heroin.

 

Finally the unit assisted the Downtown Bicycle Team with an operation last Saturday, April 6 during the first day of the Saturday Market.

 

 

Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit

The SCU has been focusing on prolific offenders, who are identified through intelligence-based policing, public tips and other sources. They have been proactively responding across the city to quality of life issues as they arise, using all available resources and partners such as community groups, neighborhood associations and city services. 

 

The unit makes a dynamic difference in a variety of public safety issues including on emerging crimes and neighborhood livability issues. This team creates capacity within the organization to address and solve problems throughout the city of Eugene. SCU is a tangible outcome of the one-time,18-month bridge funding by Eugene City Council that is dedicated to targeting immediate and acute community safety system issues while working toward mission-critical enhancements that need to be addressed through a longer-term and broader community safety initiative. The unit currently consists of a lieutenant, a sergeant and four officers. The team will expand to include another sergeant and four additional officers as staffing allows. 

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