Note, this is an update on the arrest/case of a man previously arrested by Street Crimes Unit in July 2023. The previous release is attached at the end. The photo was previously released and is related to the July 27 search warrant service.
Street Crimes Unit is funded by Community Safety Payroll Tax
On July 27, 2023, Eugene resident Stephen Allen Laszlo was arrested by the Street Crimes Unit following the service of a search warrant at his residence in the 1100 Block of West 13th Avenue in Eugene. Criminal charges were related to Felon in Possession of Firearms, Body Armor, Theft, and Possession of Controlled Substances. At the time of his arrest, Laszlo made statements leading officers to believe he intended to force an armed confrontation with law enforcement. Laszlo was released after posting bail, subsequently failed to appear in court, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Following the issuance of the warrant, the Street Crimes Unit began the difficult task of locating and taking Laszlo into custody. On October 5, the investigation led SCU to believe Laszlo had fled to Clark County, Washington, in an attempt to evade capture and prosecution. An SCU officer reached out to the US Marshals Service Taskforce in Clark County and they readily responded to assist. Within a few hours, Laszlo was located and the Vancouver Police Department SWAT Team responded to safely take Laszlo into custody.
The Eugene Police Department would like to extend our thanks to the @vancouverpoliceusa and @USMSHQ US Marshals Service for the quick apprehension of Laszlo.
Street Crimes Unit, SWAT and CNT serve warrant on felon supplying narcotics and secure large cache of firearms
On July 27, Eugene Police SWAT, Crisis Negotiation Team, and Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at a home in the 1100 block of W. 13th Avenue.
SCU gained information Stephen Allan Laszlo, age 41, a felon, was in possession of several firearms, fencing stolen property and dealing narcotics. Laszlo was using funds to finance a make-shift pawn shop and supplying narcotics as well buying property brought to him from various people. The location where he was living is a small, 15-unit low-income housing development for people with children to live in a safe and friendly environment. Laszlo has lived at the location for well over a year and has no children living with him. This was not the fault of the apartment management, but Laszlo taking advantage of a system meant to help people in need.
During the execution of the search warrant, Laszlo jumped from his second-story window onto a covered porch, but in doing so injured his ankle. Waiting below was a contingency of SWAT personnel and an EPD K9. Laszlo was subsequently taken into custody, evaluated for his injury, and released to be housed at Lane County Jail.
The search of the apartment yielded a large cache of firearms, ammunition, methamphetamines and fentanyl, U.S. currency, stolen bicycles, body armor, a stolen guitar, and myriad tools. Eugene Police personnel will be checking the firearms against unserialized archives in the coming weeks. The following is a list of items seized relating to charges:
11-Handguns (three recovered stolen and three with obliterated serial numbers)
9-Rifles (AR15, hunting and collectible) and (one ghost AR15-unserialized with 3D printed lower receiver)
3-Recovered stolen bicycles
1-Les Paul Guitar recovered stolen
$2,100 US Currency various denominations
1.6 pounds of methamphetamine
300 fentanyl blue counterfeit Oxy 30
Scales and packaging material
Possession Controlled Substance, Delivery of Controlled Substance, Manufacturing Controlled Substance Methamphetamine (Commercial Delivery Offense)
PCS, DCS, MCS Fentanyl (Commercial Delivery Offense)
20 counts - Felon Possession of a Firearm
3 counts-Obliteration or change ID of Firearm
Felon in Possession of Body Armor
Linn County Warrant-FTA Felon Possess Firearm
SCU is funded by the City of Eugene’s Community Safety Payroll Tax and works in concert with communities to help solve issues. The unit focuses on prolific offenders, who are identified through intelligence-based policing, public tips, and other sources. They proactively respond 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.