Ontario Police Department - Press Release


Emergencies: 9-1-1 
 
Non-Emergency (24/7)
 541-473-5125
 
PH:  541.889.5312
FAX: 541.889.3026
 

Posted: July 11, 2014

Media Release - Ontario Police Dept (Non-Emergency 24/7) Phone Number Changing

 

Posted: July 11, 2014

Media Release - Death Investigation

On Thursday, July 10th at approximately 9:45 a.m., Ontario Police responded to a vacant residence in the 600 block of NW 2nd Avenue in Ontario regarding a body being discovered within the home.

The home has been vacant for some time and has been a nuisance property for the Police Department. The home has been subject to break-ins and vandalism. Transients have been known to unlawfully enter and stay in the home. A transient discovered the body inside the home and police were notified.

At this time, we are unable to confirm age, race, gender or any further identity of the the body due to decomposition. The home has minimal ventilation and due to the hot weather, decomposition can be accelerated, so a time of death is also unknown.

We will be contacting the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office in Clackamas, Oregon to schedule an autopsy in an effort to determine identity and cause of death. The autopsy will most likely be conducted sometime next week.

Ontario Fire and Rescue assisted the Police Department with the removal of the body as the scene was considered a Haz-Mat response.

We will update you with any further developments.

 

Posted: June 19, 2014

Media Release - Murder Suspect Escobedo in Custody

Gregory Escobedo Jr. turned himself in to the Ontario Police Department last night, June 18, 2014.  Mr. Escobedo was lodged in the Malheur County Jail in Vale, Oregon, for Murder and Parole Violation. He is scheduled to be arraigned in the Malheur County Circuit Court today (Thursday, June 19).

Escobedo was being sought for allegedly stabbing his father, 39 year old Gregory Escobedo Sr., to death Monday night outside an apartment complex in Ontario.

The investigation into this matter continues. An autopsy is being performed today at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Clackamas, Oregon.

We appreciate the assistance given by the public and media in this case.

 

Posted: June 17, 2014

Media Release - Homicide (Gregory Escobedo Sr.)

On Monday, June 16th at about 9:20 p.m., Ontario Police officers responded to an assault occurring outside an apartment complex at 555 NW 9th Street in Ontario.

39 year old Gregory Escobedo Sr. of Ontario sustained stab wounds to his upper body and was taken to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators are looking for 21 year old Gregory Escobedo Jr. of Ontario in connection to his father's death. Escobedo Jr. is a suspect in this matter and a temporary felony warrant for Murder has been entered.

Escobedo Jr. is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone knowing where Escobedo Jr. is located or with information regarding this matter should contact the Ontario Police Department at 541-889-7266.

A most recent photograph of Escobedo Jr. is attached. There are no known vehicles associated with Escobedo Jr.

The investigation continues with assistance from the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Police Crime Lab and Malheur County Sheriff's Office.

 

 

 

Posted: May 19, 2014

Media Release - ONTARIO BANK ROBBER CAPTURED

35 year old Ricky Fisher of Nampa, and 19 year old Jennifer Balfe of Meridian, were arrested in Lewiston, Idaho Sunday morning in connection to a bank robbery in Cottonwood, Idaho on Friday.  Both are alleged to have committed bank robberies on May 9th and 14th in Ontario, Oregon.  Follow-up on these cases will continue in cooperation with the FBI.

The Ontario Police Department has been assisted in this investigation by the Malheur County Sheriff Office, Nyssa Police Department, Oregon State Police, FBI and neighboring Idaho law enforcement agencies.

We received several tips during our investigation and appreciate the public's assistance.

Anyone with further information on this case or these suspects are encouraged to call the Ontario Police Department at 541-889-7266.

 

Posted: May 14, 2014

Media Release - BANK ROBBERY - ONTARIO, OREGON

Today, May 14th, 2014 at approximately 11:09 a.m., a bank robbery occurred at U.S. Bank in Ontario, Oregon.

A male subject entered the bank and demanded cash. No weapon was displayed. No one was injured during the robbery. The suspect fled the bank on foot. No vehicle was observed.

The suspect in this matter appears to be the same suspect from a robbery in Ontario on May 9th.

Two surveillance photos are attached.

Anyone with information should contact the Ontario Police Department at 541-889-7266.

 

Posted: May 9, 2014

Media Release - BANK ROBBERY - ONTARIO, OREGON

Today, May 9th, 2014 at approximately 1112 hours, a bank robbery occurred at Chase Bank in Ontario, Oregon.

A male subject entered the bank and demanded cash. No weapon was displayed. No one was injured during the robbery. The suspect fled the bank on foot and is believed to have then entered a mid-sized gray passenger vehicle being operated by a blonde female driver.

The suspect is described as a white male, believed to be in his 30's, slender build, approximately 5'04" - 5'05" in height. The suspect was wearing a blue zip up sweatshirt, white t-shirt underneath and wearing a white ball cap. The suspect has facial hair in a goatee and long sideburns. The suspect was wearing safety glasses and smelled highly of cigarettes.

Three surveillance photos are posted here.

Anyone with information should contact the Ontario Police Department at 541-889-7266.

 

 

Posted: May 8, 2014

Media Release - Info on events leading to Officer Involved shooting

On Thursday, May 8th, at approximately 2:10 PM, an individual operating a blue passenger vehicle was traveling in the 400 block of NW 8th Street in Ontario, which is next to May Roberts Grade School.

The driver of that vehicle discharged a single shot from a handgun into the air.  The suspect did not direct the gun at anyone or anything. A witness contacted police giving a vehicle description and license plate. Information was given to local and surrounding law enforcement agencies. The vehicle was then located by police in Payette, Idaho.

Students of May Roberts School were not in danger and a lockdown was not initiated. Traffic from the school was diverted for a period of time in order to allow investigators time to search for evidence.

The scene was cleared at approximately 3:40 PM.

Anyone who might have witnessed the vehicle, this incident or have information regarding this case should call Idaho State Police Detective Christensen (208) 846-7550 or (208) 884-7360.

 

Posted: November 1, 2013 -- UPDATE

Media Release - Shooting Results in Injury to 4-Year Old Child Update
 
On 10-31-13 at about 9:30pm, Juan Jose Moreno-Alvarez, turned himself in at the Ontario Police Department. A felony warrant had been issued out of Malheur County Circuit Court this week for Assault II, a Class B Felony relating to a shooting incident in Ontario where a four-year old boy was shot in the arm.
 
The boy has been released from the hospital. He and his siblings have been placed into the custody of the Oregon Department of Human Services.
 
Moreno-Alvarez fled the scene after the incident and law enforcement has been searching for him since. It appears Moreno-Alvarez has remained in the area.
 
Moreno-Alvarez was interviewed and taken to the Malheur County Jail without incident, awaiting arraignment. We will continue our investigation into the matter. No other suspects are being sought at this time.
 
We appreciate the media and public's assistance with our efforts in attempting to locate Moreno-Alvarez.
 
No other details are being released at this time.
 
Chief Mark Alexander
Ontario Police Department
444 SW 4th Street
Ontario, OR 97914

 

Posted: October 28, 2013 -- UPDATE

Media Release - Shooting Results in Injury to 4-Year Old Child Update

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, at approximately 11:50pm, police and medical personnel were summoned to an apartment complex in the 400 block of SE 1st Street in Ontario where it was reported that a firearm had been discharged inside the home, injuring a four year old boy.

The victim has suffered non life-threatening injury to his arm as a result of the gunshot. The victim was taken to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario and later transferred to Boise where he still remains.

Update: The child went through surgery yesterday to remove the bullet and is in stable condition. He and three siblings are now in the custody of Oregon State Department of Human Services.

An individual who had been at the residence fled the scene and is being sought by law enforcement. A temporary felony warrant for Assault has been entered on 33 year old JUAN JOSE MORENO-ALVAREZ, of Ontario and Pasco, Washington.

Update: Moreno-Alvarez is still at large. Unknown whereabouts.

Anyone knowing the location of Moreno-Alvarez should not confront him and should contact law enforcement immediately. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to notify the Ontario Police Department at 541-889-7266.

Please Click on the above PDF link for full media release details.

 

Posted: October 21, 2013

Media Release - Drug Take Back Program

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Ontario Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your medications for disposal to Ontario City Hall at 444 SW 4th Street, in Ontario, Oregon.  The service is free and anonymous - no questions asked.

 

 

Posted: October 9, 2013  (9:30 a.m.)

Media Release - Homicide Investigation

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at approximately 3:30pm, the Ontario Police Department began a homicide investigation into the shooting death of 34 year old Jacob Allen Colman, a resident of Ontario.  Jacob Colman was found in his home, which is an apartment complex in the 100 block of NW 3rd Avenue.

No further details are being released at this time due to the on-going investigation. The Ontario Police Department is being assisted by the Oregon State Police Crime Lab, Malheur County District Attorney's Office, and Malheur County Sheriff's Office.

No arrests have been made in the matter.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Ontario Police Department at 541-889-7266.

 


 

Posted: July 3, 2013  (3:30 p.m.)

Media Release - Missing Endangered Person (disconnected pdf link - found)

    The Ontario Police Department is currently searching for an Ontario resident who is considered missing and endangered.

       FOUND @ 5:02 PM

 

Posted: April 24, 2013

Media Release - Door to Door Sales

Anyone going door-to-door in residential zones within the City limits of Ontario and is selling goods, services or taking orders for such must have a license to do so.

The City does not guarantee the product being offered.

Many of these solicitors are not from Ontario and residents should keep in mind that it could be difficult to resolve any issues with dissatisfaction of the product. Most, if not all products could be purchased locally and you keep your dollars local.

  Please read this Media Link ... Door to Door Sales.pdf

 

Posted: April 22, 2013

The Ontario Police Department will be participating in a Drug Take-Back day this Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Bring your medications for disposal to Ontario City Hall at 444 SW 4th Street, in Ontario, Oregon.  The service is free and anonymous - no questions asked.

  Please read this media link ... Drug Take Back Program - pdf

 

Posted: March 20, 2013

The Ontario Police Department is preparing a 3-5 year strategic plan to guide the organization as we move forward with the future of the City.  We have many challenges ahead as criminals become more sophisticated and funding for public safety decreases.

"The mission of the Ontario Police Department is to provide high quality police services in a professional manner."

You are invited to a public comment session to give your input on the direction of the Ontario Police Department in order to help us maintain our mission.

 

  1. Strategic Plan Presentation
  2. Duties & Services for Ontario Police Department
  3. Duties & Services for 9-1-1 Dispatch
  4. Duties & Services for Code Enforcement

 

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