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EPD SCU Search Warrant Two Arrested, and Guns, Money and Narcotics Recovered

Eugene, Ore. – On June 29 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Eugene Police SWAT, Street Crimes Unit, Special Investigations Unit, and Drone Team executed a simultaneous narcotics and firearms search warrant at 3272 Kevington Avenue, and 2177 W. 7th Place.


EPD SCU had received numerous public complaints regarding frequent, short-stay traffic and suspected drug dealing at the residence of 3272 Kevington Avenue. This residence is associated with Daniel Fraser Caldwell, age 43. Shortly into the investigation, SCU officers ascertained there was probable narcotic activity at a secondary location identified as Caldwell’s place of business at 2177 W 7th Place, Eugene.  EPD SCU gained valuable intelligence during the investigation and quickly established probable cause to apply for a search warrant.


On the day the warrant was served, Caldwell was attempting to leave the area from his residence in a vehicle but was met by EPD SWAT and taken into custody without incident.  Angel Careagagonzales, age 48, was also associated with the residence and was still inside of the home. After a brief conversation over the phone with a supervisor on scene, he agreed to exit the residence and was taken into custody without incident. Both Caldwell and Careagagonzales were subsequently lodged at the Lane County Jail.


A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of three firearms (one of which was stolen), heavy and soft body armor, sound suppressor, handgun conversion kit for Glock handgun, money counter, more than 80 grams of suspected Cocaine, more than 62 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, and more than $11,000.


Caldwell was lodged at Lane County Jail on the following charges:

Possession of Controlled Substance Cocaine

Possession of Controlled Substance Methamphetamine-Commercial Delivery Offense

Felon in Possession of a Firearm, two counts

Unlawful Possession of Firearm Silencer

Felon in Possession of Body Armor


Careagagonzales was lodged at Lane County Jail on the following charges:

Felon in Possession Firearm (Recovered stolen Firearm from Silverton)

Felon in Possession of Body Armor


Case #22-09772


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, a sergeant and five officers, including one officer with a drug detection K9.

(Information from EPD)


Investigation Leads to Arrest & Additional Charges for Jennifer Mast

Springfield, Ore. – On 6/15/2022 Officers with the Springfield Police Department responded to an incident that occurred at 5660 Daisy Street in Springfield.



Through their investigation, Officers learned Jennifer Mast had used a weapon multiple times to cause serious physical injury to a mentally disabled family member. The family member was unable to speak or care for himself due to his disabilities. Officers were able to collect video surveillance and other physical evidence at the scene and subsequently arrested Jennifer Mast for the multiple assaults. On 6/15/22 she was lodged at the Lane County Jail on two counts of Assault II and one count of Criminal Mistreatment I. Mast was released from the Lane County Jail the following day.



During the initial incident, Officers learned there were other suspicious injuries that had occurred in the past to the mentally disabled family member. The case was assigned to a Detective for further investigation.
Three additional incidents were identified as occurring during the last two years. These incidents involved Jennifer Mast assaulting the head, groin, and hand of the mentally disabled family member. The hand incident caused two broken fingers that had to be casted for approximately five weeks.



On 6/28/22 Jennifer Mast was arrested for the additional three separate incidents and lodged at the Lane County Jail. During the second arrest, she was lodged on charges of Assault II and Criminal Mistreatment I x3.



6/15/22 Assault II x2
Criminal Mistreatment I
6/28/22 Assault II
Criminal Mistreatment I x3
All charges were submitted to the Lane County District Attorney’s Office for consideration.



(Information from SPD)

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Acid Attack Update: New Report

Eugene, Ore. – The victim has reported another similar incident, on June 28, with a person who appears to be the same suspect.


Eugene Police update: “The 26-year-old female victim of the acid attacks identifies as being Native American.”  06/29/2022


This occurred around 5:30 a.m. She reported she had opened her door to the outside and an unknown suspect threw acid on her. She was transported to a local hospital by Eugene Springfield Fire for treatment of chemical burns. This incident is open and under active investigation.


Click here to read the original article from March 28th, 2022


The first reported incident occurred on March 28, 2022, where the victim was out walking her dog and reportedly had an unknown attacker throw a cup full of acid on her. She was transported to the hospital with burn injuries. The attacker was described as a white male in his early 20s wearing dark or black clothing and a face mask.



On April 26, 2022, the victim called 911 to report an unknown person jiggling the door handle and attempting to open the door to her residence. The victim was able to partially observe the person and believed it to be the same attacker from the incident in March.



On June 19, 2022, the victim called 911 to report that a male had broken into her residence, poured a chemical on her and lit her on fire. She was able to put out the flames using a sandal and was treated for burns at the hospital and released. She described the suspect as being the same as in the other encounters.



An incident that initially went unreported, but was reported during the March 28 investigation, occurred sometime in November 2021, where the victim reported an unknown attacker threw a cup full of glass shards on her while she was walking her dog. She sustained cuts and other minor injuries.



All incidents remain open and are actively being investigated. Based on information provided by the victim, the same suspect is possibly involved in all the cases. During the incident that occurred on March 28 and the incident that occurred on June 28, the victim reported the suspect made statements about their ethnicity.



The suspect is described as a white male, age 17-20, with dirty blond hair and last seen wearing black pants, black, pulled-up hoodie, dark-colored boots/shoes. The victim did not get a good look at the suspect’s face due to the darkness, but he may have had freckles.



Police are seeking any relevant tips that may help investigators. Please call 541.682.5569, Detective Glenn Gilhuber, and refer to case 22-04892 or 22-09739.



(Information from EPD)

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E-Marion County

Woodburn, Ore. – On Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at approximately 9:39 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 99E near milepost 33, near Woodburn.


Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound gold Chevrolet Classic, operated by a 17-year-old male of Woodburn, passed another vehicle, lost control and collided with a northbound Indian motorcycle, operated by Jamil Nester (52) of Woodburn. The Chevrolet rolled multiple times and came to rest in the southbound ditch.


A 13-year-old male was ejected during the collision. He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The 17-year-old and Nester were transported to an area hospital with injuries.


Hwy 99E was closed for approximately 7 hours while the scene was investigated.


OSP was assisted by Hubbard Fire Department, Woodburn Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Hubbard Police Department and ODOT.


The investigation into this crash in on-going.


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: June 29th, 2022 6:57 AM

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Stolen Truck and Trailer Containing Animal Health Supplies

Coburg, Ore. – The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying leads related to the theft of a full-sized truck and trailer.


Stolen truck and trailer (click to enlarge)

Sometime over the night of 06/27/22 into the morning of 06/28/22, a gray Ford F-350 dually pickup and attached white 20ft. Pace America enclosed cargo trailer was stolen from a location in the 91000blk of Old Coburg Rd. The trailer contained a large volume of various animal health products when it was taken. The involved truck is possibly displaying OR Plate #F171407 or OR Plate #637KXH. The trailer may be displaying OR Plate #HV46632.


Anyone with information about this case or the whereabouts of the truck and trailer are

Stolen truck
(click to enlarge)

asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4150 opt. 1. Reference LCSO Case #22-3480 when calling.




News Release from Lane Co. Sheriff’s Office
Posted on FlashAlert: June 29th, 2022 8:50 AM


Missing Person – Ruth Skarlatos

Eugene, Ore. – Eugene Police and a local family are asking for the public’s help locating a missing, endangered woman: Ruth Skarlatos, age 68, is missing and possibly heading to the coast area and then north to Alaska.




She is described as a white female, age 68, 5’6” tall, 160 pounds, with a medium build, shoulder-length and slightly wavy brown hair and brown eyes. She wears eye glasses.



Skarlatos was reported to be experiencing a mental health crisis brought about by a medical emergency. Her family is concerned her health and life are in danger. She was last seen on June 26 at a family members home in Eugene. She may be driving a blue, 2007 Honda CRV, CA plates 5XMY534. She does not have a phone with her.



If anyone has information, please call 911 or the non-emergency line at 541-682-5111.


Case #22-09767 (Information from EPD)

Springfield fire 2022

Early Morning Fire Destroys Home

Springfield, Ore. – Around 2:00 am on Monday, June 27, Eugene Springfield Fire crews responded to multiple reports of a house fire and explosion on the 1500 block of 7th Street in Springfield.


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The house was fully engulfed in flames by the time crews arrived and the property is a complete loss. Springfield Utility Board was contacted and responded to the scene to disconnect power to the structure. Crews were successful in containing the fire to this property and no other neighboring structures were damaged or lost.


There were no occupants in the house and there were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire and explosion are currently under investigation.


(Information from the Eugene/Springfield Fire Department)

FBI tech Tuesday

Building a Defense with Summer Safety Tips For Parents and Kids

Portland, Ore. –  Today’s children live in a world of rapidly evolving technology that sometimes even their parents struggle to understand. 



Computers, mobile phones, and video games connect our children to the world, but also expose them to hidden dangers. Online predators, identity thieves, and cyber bullies use online gaming platforms, social media, and chat apps to target underage victims.  Summer is here, and the summer break is a time when kids tend to spend more time online where they can be exposed to these hidden dangers. 



Here are some tips for parents and kids this summer:



Be involved and understand your child’s internet activity.  


Know the devices your child has access to and familiarize yourself with the social media sites, apps, and online games they use to communicate with their friends. Get involved in your kids’ online world to understand what they do online and who they communicate with. Parents should also be aware of their children’s access to the internet outside of the home.



Set clear rules and closely monitor your child’s online activity.  


Take advantage of free parental control options and designate one place in the home where your children are allowed to access the internet. 




Teach appropriate and safe use of the internet.


Discuss internet safety with children of all ages when they begin to engage in online activity and use internet enabled devices. The most important messages to teach are simple – many people online are not who they say they are, never communicate with people you don’t know, and be careful about what you share. Some adults use the internet to hide who they are by pretending to be an age-appropriate or relatable friend.  


Teach children to communicate only with people they know in real life – friends they see regularly and trusted relatives.  




Teach good cyber hygiene. 


Start with the basics. Teach children to use strong passwords, choose appropriate screen names, and adjust privacy settings to control who can view their profiles. Parents should also talk to their kids about the dangers of sharing personal information such as their home address, school, or class schedule, and the consequences of posting inappropriate content such revealing photos or videos or making hoax threats.




It’s never too early to start these conversations. 


These conversations not only warn children about online dangers but can open lines of communication that make it easier for kids to approach their parents without fear of judgment or punishment.  




What should you do if your child does become a victim? 


Do not attempt to take matters into your own hands or communicate with the predator. Immediately contact local police, your local FBI Field Office, or call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). Report the issue to the social media platform as well. 


By understanding your child’s internet activity and setting rules and expectations for them, you can help direct your child towards safer internet habits. You can’t always be there when they go online, but you can empower them with the right tools to navigate the Internet safely and avoid dangerous connections. 





FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) program  

NetSmartz Online Safety Education Program 

Protecting Your Kids 



(Information from Portland FBI)

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Gateway AM/PM Robbery Suspect Arrested

Springfield, Ore. – On June 22nd at 0126hrs Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at AMPM on Gateway St.



Employees reported that a male with a long pony tail held a gun to an employees head and demanded money.  Ultimately, the suspect departed the store with only stolen cigars.  A Patrol Officer was nearby at the time of the call, and quickly found the suspect to the north of the business.  He was taken into custody without incident.  The stolen property was recovered nearby.



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Glock replica air soft BB gun. (Amazon photo)
(Not actual Air Soft BB gun from robbery.)


A citizen saw and heard what happened, and saw the suspect run from the store.  She saw the suspect drop the gun and continue on.  To protect others, she secured the weapon.  It was found to be a Glock replica air soft gun.  No one was injured during the incident and Fletes was lodged at the Lane County Jail for Robbery II and (Menacing x2 – no filed).



Suspect is Eligio Hunter Fletes.  18 year old from Eugene.

(information from SPD)

Leslie Clarence Bennett arrest

Man Detained After Fleeing into Willamette River

Eugene, Ore. – Multiple agencies responded to help locate a man who fled arrest by jumping into the Willamette River and then eluding by swimming and using islands for concealment.



Leslie Clarence Bennett, III (2020 mugshot)

Eugene Police investigative units had been conducting surveillance after learning a man wanted by Coos Bay Police for attempted murder and other charges was in the Eugene Area. Detectives located the man, identified as Leslie Clarence Bennett, III, age 51, near River Avenue and River Road. Other EPD units arrived to the area to make the arrest, around 2:09 p.m. During this, Bennett jumped into the Willamette River and was swimming downstream to elude officers, then getting onto an island, and then back into the water. Police advised him he was under arrest and he continued to swim, refusing to come ashore.



At 4:02 p.m. Bennett was taken into custody in the water near the 700 block of Ayers Road with the help of many agencies’ resources: EPD’s Patrol, SWAT, EPD Investigations, drones (from Eugene Police, Springfield Police, and Lane County Sheriff’s Office), Eugene Police and Springfield Police K9s, Lane County Sheriff’s Office Patrol, Eugene Springfield Fire, Lane County Search and Rescue, Oregon State Police, and homeowners with an airboat who offered to take officers aboard.



Bennett was taken to Armitage Boat Ramp to be evaluated by medics, then transported to Eugene Police Headquarters.



A CENS message was sent out during the operation for residences in the immediate area to shelter in place.



Case Number 22-09722



(Information from EPD)