A Eugene Police Patrol officer became aware of a residence, 967 Patterson Street, that had been condemned by the City of Eugene but had a number of people coming and going from the location. The home had a six-foot chain link fence around it that had been damaged at several areas to gain access. When contacted, the owner wished the trespass situation to be addressed. There was also information regarding firearms and a possible connection to narcotics recently connected to overdoses.
Yesterday, August 26, Street Crimes Unit and Patrol went to the residence. As the teams moved in, one suspect, Olallie Franklin Stahlwellborn, age 20, heard officers and began running. He was met in all directions by officers and continued to try and flee, while being admonished he was under arrest. Officers deployed pepperballs near his feet and he temporarily stopped, but then would try to flee again. He was eventually pepper sprayed and taken into custody. Officers found a modified ASP baton and brass knuckles next to where Stahlwellborn had fallen during the pursuit. Once he was in custody, officers located a short-barreled shotgun in his backpack.
Stahlwellborn was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Short-barrel Shotgun, Criminal Trespass in the First Degree, Escape in the Third Degree, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Interfering with Police.
Two other individuals were arrested from inside the building, Gerard Zeitler, age 40, and Erik Michael Brittian, age 36. Zeitler was charged with Criminal Trespass in the First Degree, and a warrant for Possession Controlled Substance Heroin. Brittian was charged with Criminal Trespass in the First Degree, and warrants for Contempt of Court, Interfering with Police and two counts of Failure to Comply Possession of Controlled Substance Methamphetamine.
City of Eugene Code Compliance along with Northwest Hazmat responded to post and board up the building.
SCU had several local business owners and area residents express gratitude for the work in addressing the problem house. SCU was told of times where the location had upwards of 15 individuals staying inside.
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. SCU 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, two sergeants and eight officers, and as assigned drug detection K9.