Portland police had a suspect in a string of bank robberies in 2017 but they had a problem, he didn’t match the description of any of the tellers who had been robbed. The suspect, Tyrone Allen, has multiple, distinctive facial tattoos, and none of the victims observed any tattoos on the robber. Instead of trying to generate a new suspect that matched the description, the cops decided to double down on Mr. Allen. In order to make him look like the suspect in the robberies (some of which were capture on surveillance video), a technician digitally removed the tattoos from a picture of Mr. Allen. These manipulated photos were then placed in a photo-lineup and a couple of the victims identified Mr. Allen. He is no facing multiple robbery charges. Here’s a side-by-side comparision:
This tactic is extremely troubling, as it increases the potentiality for mis-identification. For that reason, Allen’s attorneys have asked the court not to permit the identifications to be presented to a jury. Courts have often held that identification procedures, if they are unduly suggestive, are not permissible. I’ve never seen this extremely concerning procedure, but it certainly appears to raise concerns that there is a high risk of an erroneous identification. It’s troubling that a man who was not identified by witnesses was only identified after his image was airbrushed.
Portland author Nancy Crampton-Brody, who wrote several novels as Nancy Brophy, has been arrested and charged with the June murder of her husband of 27 years, Daniel Brophy. Daniel had been lead chef instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute [OCI] since 2006, and had been teaching culinary skills long before that. He was shot at an OCI kitchen, where his students found him, dying. There were initially no suspects and no description of any suspects.
Police soon began to suspect Brophy, who admitted to her neighbor that she was considered a suspect. Perhaps it did not help that she had penned books like “The Wrong Husband”, and in 2011 wrote an online essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” with suggestions of how to get away with it (WP located the archive, as the post is no longer public.) The arrest report has been sealed, so there are not many details in why the police have charged her, or what her motive may have been. The sealed report suggests the investigation is still open, perhaps there is an accomplice or yet-unnamed collaborator. If so, Brophy would have been ignoring her own advice in her essay, where she discouraged using hitmen. Whether or not she did it is yet to be decided, but having penned an essay about murdering her husband is not a good look.
Full-time cowboy Robert Borba was in the parking lot of WalMart when he saw a bike thief escaping on his stolen wheels. Borba is clearly a gentleman who will help out a lady in distress. Borba acted quickly, saying, “Grabbed Old Grey from the trailer and went for him.” He was able to get a rope on the thief, and detain him until authorities arrived.
Borba is a professional rodeo rider… and soon to be the most popular cowboy on the circuit!
It was nice to read some good news instead of the bad…
Aleksander Tomaszewski of Eugene, Oregon thought he’d get himself out of jail if he claimed that the cops beat him up (incorrect). To bolster his lie, he punched himself in the face repeatedly, generating the bruises you can see in his mug shot. Unbeknownst to him, he was being recorded by a jail video camera the whole time. Needless to say, that did not aid in his efforts to be released from custody. As the NYDY points out– very “Fight Club”!
Crimcourts has long been an advocate of more cameras for law enforcement use. The cameras in this jail proved this criminal’s allegations to be false. They are a great tool, and it would really only take some cursory training to make sure that officers don’t try to game the system like these cops recently in St. Louis.
Mathew Medlin had on six days until his release on charges related to sex abuse, burglary and assault. Apparently, he couldn’t wait, as he allegedly scaled a fence at an Oregon correctional facility and walked away. The escape didn’t last long, as Medlin was caught 12 hours later, just a couple miles down the road from the prison. It’s a plot line straight out of a Coen Brothers movie. Get it together, Oregon… he’s a sex offender.
Perhaps he couldn’t take the jail food any longer: Medlin was caught at a Jack in the Box: he was spotted by a corrections officer on another assignment who recognized him walking down the street. That reminds me of one of the most ridiculous escapes ever, which happened right here in Lee County. Back in 2008, Joeneather Singletary walked out of the Lee County Jail. Literally pushed the intercom button, and the clerk buzzed her out. They caught her right down the street- she went to Dunkin’ Donuts! If you are on the run from teh cops, the Donut shop is the LAST place you want to go. Her little trip only lasted 30 minutes, and she went from misdemeanor charges to a new felony charge. She got herself an additional six months in jail for that, though she could have tried a novel defense… Is it escape if the jail buzzes you right out?
Medlin will likely be facing more incarceration- a lot longer than 6 days, for new escape charges. He also had to be treated for cuts suffered from the razor wire he crossed during his escape. If you excuse me, I’m going to go watch “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Ross McMakin, a 21-year-old from Oregon, was wearing the shirt you can see in his mugshot. Not only is he achrged with driving under the influence, he also has charges for reckless endangerment, harassment, and strangulatin for attacking his girlfriend during the incident. Apparently he drove off the road, on the sidewalk, and struck a parked car. The “DRUNK AS SHIT” shirt says it all!