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
HOQUIAM, Wash. – Results from another Prescription Drug Takeback day are in, 76 people dropped off 166 pounds of prescription medication for disposal on Saturday. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us to date, the station has collected and disposed of 773 pounds of unwanted local medication since 2010.
It’s a great opportunity to get rid of medications, and we’re really proud to be able to collect this medication and get it out of here.” – Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers
If you missed this weekend’s event and still have some meds to drop off, check takebackyourmeds.org for an interactive list of what you can dispose of where, or watch the Hoquiam Police Department for participation in the next national event.
HOQUIAM, Wash. – Two children and a babysitter were attacked by the family dog Friday afternoon, while a two year old was inside the home. Hoquiam Sgt. Jef Salstrom was the first to arrive to the fenced yard in the 2300 block of Sumner Avenue just after 4 Friday. He reported seeing a large mastiff type dog biting the head of an 8 year old boy, a 15 year old babysitter, and a three year old girl were taking shelter in an open shed in the yard.
Salstrom said he used his tazer at first because the boy was in the line of fire for lethal force, however when the dog began to charge at him he said the wires got caught up in bushes. He fired one round at the dog with his weapon, which gave him time get the boy to safety but when he returned for the girls, the dog charged him again. Salstrom said he fired two more rounds at the dog, which staggered and ran behind a shed.
Hoquiam Fire Captain Tim Smith told officers on scene that the boy’s injuries were “extensive,” all three children were transported to Community Hospital for treatment. The babysitter, who’s name we are not releasing, said on facebook that only the boy received stitches for his injuries.
Salstrom said after the children were removed from the yard, Raintree Vet was called in to euthanize the dog at the owner’s request. There was also a two year old boy inside the home at the time of the attack, but he was not involved.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us “the dog is owned by the residents and parents of the three youngest children. Apparently the dog is normally kept inside, but somehow escaped the home and possibly became enraged by the children jumping on the trampoline in the yard.”
This was a dynamic incident and I want to thank the neighbors and other citizens who came to the aid of Sgt. Salstrom as he rescued the children from the yard. I know this was traumatic incident for everyone involved, especially the children, and it will now be a matter of time and patience as the family focuses on healing.” – Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers
HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam Police Department responded to an apartment building in the 500 block of Emerson Avenue, to investigate the report of a man with a knife and a second man with a gun. It was reported the man with the gun had fired off at least one round Saturday.
Officers arrived on scene and located the two adult males involved outside the apartment building. Officers secured a handgun from a 32-year old Hoquiam male and knife from the 41-year old Aberdeen male. Both were visiting tenants at the apartment building and are not residents. Both were detained for further investigation and were transported to the Hoquiam Police Department.
Hoquiam detectives were called-in to assist with the investigation by processing the scene and interviewing witnesses and the parties involved.
It was determined there was some sort of feud between the men which has been on-going over the last few weeks. The man with the pistol indicated he felt threatened by the man with the knife as he was “charging” at him, so he shot one round toward the front of the building as a “warning shot” at the man.
The 32-year old Hoquiam male was booked into the Hoquiam jail for Reckless Endangerment and Discharging a Weapon in the city limits.
The 41-year old Aberdeen male was submitted to the city prosecutor for review and filing of the charge, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon (switch blade knife).