Aberdeen and Hoquiam Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a possible luring suspect who followed a girl with his truck across Myrtle street Wednesday.
Hoquiam Sgt. Jeff Salstrom tells us at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aberdeen Police officers were dispatched to contact a 13 year old girl who advised she was walking to school and had been contacted by a male subject in a vehicle who offered her a ride and then later was seen watching her.
The 13 year old said she was walking to catch her bus at about 7:15 a.m. in the alley near the Washington State Patrol office in Hoquiam. A white male subject in his 30’s, driving what was described as a light brown “smaller” Toyota pick-up with a silver colored rear bumper pulled up alongside of her. She said the male asked her if she wanted a ride and when she declined, became more insistent and asked “are you sure?” When she again said “no” the subject drove towards Simpson Avenue.
The girl missed her bus and was returning home. She then noticed the vehicle and the male subject parked in the lot of Grocery Outlet watching her. She continued home without further incident. Unfortunately it was nearly 11 hours before this incident was reported to police.
The male subject is described as being white, in his 30’s, with short brown hair, clean shaven, with crooked teeth.
If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Grays Harbor 911 center at (360) 533-8765.
CORRECTION: Sgt. Jeff Salstrom provided the press release, everyone in my head typed Myers (as in Police Chief Jeff Myers) instead of Salstrom this morning. Sorry for the demotion chief, we have resent corrected hard copies to everyone that got this in the “mail” earlier today. Also sorry to Sgt. Salstrom, although you might like to know the chief was harassed all day by people thinking he was demoted.
Hoquiam Police recovered a couple of stolen cars overnight, after a car chase ended in a car wreck, then a foot chase at Washington Street. Police have one person in custody, another who is known to police remains at large.
Officer Aaron Hergert tells us they are in the early stages of the investigation but believe one of the vehicles was involved in a recent Aberdeen burglary. No injuries were reported, and the owner was able to drive their car from the scene. More details on the incident are expected later today.
Hoquiam Police Sergeant Jeff Salstrom was honored last night, Chief Jeff Myers spoke before the city council meeting “The department is very proud today to present Sgt. Salstrom with the Life saving medal. This occurred back in October, Salstrom was first on the scene of what turned out to be a dog attacking three children in the backyard of a home on the East side of town.
In a story we brought you last October
, Salstrom saved two children and their babysitter from the family dog, their babysitter recounted those tense moments “We were on the trampoline, the dog came up on the trampoline and I had to jump off and I fell and she fell and the dog started getting her and I just had to grab her and throw her into the shed, then I had to get the dog off of me.
Salstrom found the large mastiff type dog biting the head of an 8 year old boy, as a 15 year old babysitter, and a three year old girl were taking shelter in an open shed in the yard.
Chief Myers added last night “I am proud to award the life saving medal award in recognition of Sgt. Salstrom’s actions and I would indicate here that he demonstrated exactly the decisive action and bravery that we expect, recognize, and appreciate here at the Hoquiam Police Department.
A Level 1 Registered Sex Offender who repeatedly harassed his elderly neighbor, and attempted to panhandle from other Hoquiam neighbors, has been upgraded to a Level 2. Detective Sgt Shane Krohn tells us As a Level 2 offender, 52 year old Christoper Grim was classified as likely to re-offend, his neighbors in the 700 Block Polk Street will also receive notification of Grim pursuant to RCW 4.24.550.
Krohn said currently there are over 19000 sex or kidnapping offenders who have registered (since 02/28/90) and are living in Washington State. Approximately 400 of these are registered to Grays Harbor County addresses. Approximately 50 are registered to addresses within the city limits of Hoquiam.
Questions: Contact the Hoquiam Police Department Investigations Division at 532-0892 ext 102.
700 Block Polk Street, Hoquiam
LEVEL II; CONVICTED 05/1995, Sex Abuse 2nd Degree, Marion County, Oregon Court Cause # 93C20564.
ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen police are investigating a stabbing early yesterday morning at the Best Night Inn on the South side. Corporal Darrin King tells KBKW they responded with assistance from Hoquiam Police to the report of a fight at the Inn off of Boone street just before 2:30 in the morning Wednesday. Arriving Officers learned of a stabbing that had occurred during the confrontation. A 27 year old man was treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital for wounds to the head and neck before being released. King said the investigation continues.
HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam Police Department is heading into the New Year accredited by the Washington Association of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs.
Hoquiam Chief Jeff Myers said they’ve worked for 7 years to complete this voluntary program. “It’s an opportunity for an agency to look top-to-bottom and meet 132 standards that are set forth by the organization [and] considered the best practices in our profession.”
Myers said they’ve made changes, and have seen changes over the past seven years, including the new partnership with the state Department of Corrections to re-open the city jail. “It’s been a long, ongoing – I would say battle some days. We’ve had major change in the last seven years at the Hoquiam PD.”
Myers commended Officer Phil High, who stepped forward this year to help complete the process. Hoquiam joins 55 other agencies to earn the accreditation, out of 300 law enforcement agencies in Washington.
A brief inspection of the boat indicated it lacked a visible serial or hull number and did not display any sort of vessel registration. There also were no personal floatation devices onboard, nor any other required safety equipment.
The boat with motor was impounded by the Hoquiam Police Department and will be held pending an inspection by the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department Marine Unit.
Clemons was booked at the Aberdeen City Jail; his partner was released pending further investigation. Both will be submitted for charges of possession of stolen property.
“This has become another extension of the metal theft epidemic we are battling in the Harbor. I felt it was the best to impound the boat to take it away from those who use these derelict vessels to access remote private property along the water’s edge to steal metal. Ironically enough, we already have another boat impounded at our station which we believe belongs to the same individual.” –Chief Jeff Myers