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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #13-11 — Shriners Hospital Theft

HOMESTEAD — The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in identifying a thief stealing from Portland hospitals.

Around noon on May 14, a man walked into the volunteer break room at the Portland Shriners Hospital, located at 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, and stole a woman's purse. The purse contained an undisclosed amount of cash, ID, credit cards and an iPad.

When the victim realized her purse was missing, she alerted hospital security staff who located the suspect on surveillance video.

Shriners Hospital security learned from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Public Safety that a similar incident occurred later that afternoon, where the suspect stole a backpack from an OHSU employee's office.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 50s with tan or olive-colored skin, shaved or bald head, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 190 pounds, wearing a dark-colored T-shirt and jeans.

Surveillance video from Shriners Hospital is available for viewing and download at: http://youtu.be/I4rHUEyb8jY

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, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at crimestoppersoforegon.com, text CRIMES (274-637) and in the subject line put 823-HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers app for the iPhone or Droid.

Police investigate fatal crash on Southwest Barbur Boulevard

SOUTH BURLINGAME — On May 14, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Miles Street on the report of a car that rolled down an embankment after it struck a utility pole.

Portland Police and Portland Fire & Rescue responded and determined that the male driver was deceased.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to investigate, and traffic on Barbur Boulevard was affected for several hours.

The man who died was identified as 45-year-old Lance Marcus.

Preliminary information indicated that Marcus was driving an Audi A-6 at a high rate of speed northbound on Barbur Boulevard just before striking a power pole.

Toxicology tests were pending by the state medical examiner's office.

This was the 15th traffic fatality of 2013.

Police negotiate with man barricaded in room at the VA Medical Center

HOMESTEAD — On May 10, at approximately 1:45 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Portland VA Medical Center, located at 7310 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Road, on the report of a man with a knife. The Veterans Administration Police Department was at the hospital requesting assistance.

Officers arrived and were able to contain the 29-year-old man, who got rid of the knife but barricaded himself in a small room in Building 2 of the VA Medical Center.

Crisis negotiators attempted to talk to the man, who appeared to be in a mental health crisis. Four officers from the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) responded to assist negotiators.

Crisis negotiators were able to talk the man into coming out of the room, and he was taken into protective custody to receive mental health treatment.