We've all heard of packages being stolen from homes, but did you know criminals are now stealing mail, including unemployment benefits and COVID-19 stimulus checks? Scammers have wasted no time taking advantage of the pandemic and we urge you to protect yourself from these schemes. Please take a look at this advice from Sheriff Pat Garrett of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney Kevin Barton. You can also find additional information from the Federal Trade Commission

In part two of our series examining scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we take a look at donations scams. Oregonians are very generous, and we want to help our neighbors in times of need. Unfortunately, scammers know this as well and are looking to take advantage of that generosity. Watch the video to see the most common donation scams and how to avoid them.

In our third video exploring scams related to the pandemic, we focus on schemes used to target seniors. Seniors are already heavily targeting by scammers, but the pandemic has created even more opportunities to take advantage of the unsuspecting. Please watch the video and share it to help protect seniors across the area. 

In our final video exploring COVID-19 scams, we warn you of imposters posing as legitimate contact tracers and attempts to sell you a coronavirus cure or miracle treatment. The Washington County Department of Health and Human Services is using legitimate contact tracers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These callers will never ask for sensitive personal information like your social security number or financial information. 

We have also received reports of those claiming to have a COVID cure or breakthrough treatment. This is false as well. Only consult a trusted medical professional if you do become sick with COVID-19 

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On August 11, 2020, Judge Oscar Garcia found Julio Gonzalez guilty of unlawful delivery of heroin, unlawful possession of heroin, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of methamphetamine in a bench trial. Judge Garcia then sentenced the defendant to 22 months in prison. Deputy District Attorney Andrew Freeman prosecuted the case against Mr. Gonzalez.

The Westside Interagency Narcotics Team (WIN) identified Mr. Gonzalez as drug dealer. After securing the proper search warrants, officers on the WIN team surveilled the defendant for more than a week. On June 12, 2020, the team observed Mr. Gonzalez as he drove north on Interstate 5 and conducted a traffic stop in Tualatin, Oregon. Officers found one ounce of heroin, more than half an ounce of methamphetamine, bags used to package the drugs and a scale. Officers also found additional empty packaging materials indicating the defendant had much larger quantities of drugs with him prior to the traffic stop.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the work of the WIN team on this case.

Mr. Gonzalez will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence. He also faces extradition to California for similar charges dating back to 2014.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On August 6, 2020, a Washington County jury found Alan Daniel Scatamacchia guilty of second-degree assault, two counts of felony fourth-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, interference with making a report and second-degree theft. On August 10, 2020, Judge Eric Butterfield sentenced the defendant to 138 months in prison for these crimes. The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Gina Skinner.

The defendant was staying as a guest at the victim’s apartment at the time of the attack. On April 15, 2020, the defendant became controlling and aggressive towards the victim. As a result, the victim called 911 asking police to remove the defendant from her apartment. While on the phone with 911, the defendant threatened the victim with a knife and said he was going to kill her. The defendant dropped the knife and the victim mistakenly believed that he had left the apartment. The defendant followed the victim into her bedroom and physically assaulted her with his fists multiple times. Audio of the attack was captured during the 911 call. After the attack, the defendant took the victim’s phone without her permission and left the apartment.  

The victim was aided by a neighbor who called 911. The victim was taken to the hospital where she was treated for severe facial injuries.

A Tigard Police officer spotted the defendant parked in his vehicle in a nearby neighborhood about 30 minutes later. Evidence of the assault was visible on the defendant’s hands and shoes. When confronted, Mr. Scatamacchia initially denied the assault. When pressed further, the defendant threatened to assault the officer. He was arrested at the scene.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the bravery shown by the victim in this case. This office also thanks the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Tigard Police Department, and Metro West for their work.

In addition to the convictions previously listed, Mr. Scatamacchia also pleaded guilty to charges of attempted extortion and violation of a Court Stalking Protective Order. Investigators found that the defendant sent a threatening letter to a previous victim who currently has a lifetime Court Stalking Protective Order against Mr. Scatamacchia while he was in the Washington County Jail awaiting trial on the assault charges. Judge Butterfield sentenced Mr. Scatamacchia to 32 months in prison for these crimes. Of those 32 additional months, 12 will run consecutive with the original 138-month sentence for a total of 150 months in prison.

Mr. Scatamacchia will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On July 31, 2020, a Washington County jury found Stephen Matthew Lister guilty of two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons. On August 6, 2020, Judge Ted Sims sentenced the defendant to 19 years in prison and ordered him to pay a $200,000 compensatory fine to the female victim in this case. Chief Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey prosecuted the case against Mr. Lister.

On August 22, 2019, law enforcement received reports of a crash involving a vehicle and a motorcycle near SW 175th Avenue and SW Blanton Street in Aloha, Oregon. Callers reported the vehicle struck the motorcycle and that the driver of that vehicle then drove off without checking on the two crash victims, a man and a woman.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Both victims were severely injured as a result of the crash. The female victim was rushed to the hospital and treated for a spinal injury. The male victim was alert at the scene and told officers that a man by the name of Matt Lister, who was later confirmed to be Stephen Matthew Lister, intentionally struck his motorcycle. The victim told deputies that he knew the defendant and was involved in a verbal argument with him shortly before the crash.

Responding officers quickly identified the defendant as a person of interest and began searching for him and the vehicle involved in the crash. The following day, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies Thomas Bowler and Gene Mitchell spotted a man matching Mr. Lister’s description at a home in Aloha, Oregon as they were attempting to serve a search warrant on an unrelated case. They then spoke with the lead detective who secured the proper warrants needed to apprehend Mr. Lister. Officers approached the home and ordered Mr. Lister to come outside. After a brief standoff, the defendant was arrested.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office acknowledges the work of all law enforcement on this case including Detective Mark Povolny, Deputy Bowler and Deputy Mitchell.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- The Washington County District Attorney’s Office is leading a program aimed at increasing the efficiency of the fitness to proceed process. The program will reduce the pre-trial jail time for defendants with mental health disorders.  Along with our partners including the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Circuit Court, Washington County defense bar, Washington County Behavioral Health Department, NW Forensic Institute, and Lithia Forensics & Consulting, we have launched the Washington County Rapid Fitness to Proceed Program.

Under Oregon law, when the court has reason to doubt a defendant’s fitness to proceed by reason of incapacity due to a qualifying mental disorder, the court may order an examination to determine whether the defendant is unable to understand the nature of the proceedings, assist and cooperate with their attorney, or participate in the defense.  Commonly referred to as an “Aid and Assist,” “Fitness to Proceed” or competency evaluation, this process can take months to complete, which creates costly delays and inefficiencies.  Under the Rapid Fitness to Proceed Program, the timeline has been reduced from months to weeks.  This increased efficiency benefits all participants as defendants arrested for lower-level crimes will spend less time in jail pre-trial, thereby freeing up limited jail space for more dangerous offenders. It also increases the efficiency of the courts and provides cost savings for the entire public safety system in Washington County.

“I am excited about the prospect of increasing the efficiency of our Fitness to Proceed process,” said District Attorney Kevin Barton.  “This program is a great example of our Washington County public safety system partners working together to develop creative solutions that benefit the entire system.”

The Rapid Fitness to Proceed Program accomplishes this increased efficiency by establishing partnerships with two private practices that specialize in forensic competency to stand trial evaluations, NW Forensic Institute and Lithia Forensics and Consulting. These certified forensic evaluators are trusted by the defense and the state.  In fact, in some situations, these private evaluators also work on contract for the Oregon State Hospital to provide competency evaluations. Using this public-private partnership, expedited evaluations are typically produced within 12 days from the date the referral is accepted.  

“Prior to the Rapid program many defendants, even those appropriate for community treatment, sat in jail and their criminal cases were put on hold for about 60 days while the parties waited for a competency evaluation. During that time, their cases weren’t moving forward, and the defendants weren’t receiving mental health services necessary to restore their competency. The Rapid program speeds that timeline up significantly which resolves cases faster, gets defendants into appropriate treatment faster, and saves jail beds for more dangerous offenders.”

The program also establishes a team of representatives from each of the partner organizations to evaluate and prioritize Rapid evaluations for defendants who would be good candidates for community restoration. This team also works with the presiding judge and her staff to facilitate fast turnarounds on court orders and hearings.

To learn more about this program and to access a referral form needed to initiate an evaluation, visit our website.

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On January 22, 2020, Cristy Anna Sisco pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. On July 7, 2020, Ms. Sisco was sentenced to 70 months in prison by Judge Janelle Wipper. On July 2, 2020, Carlos Alberto Quebrado was convicted by a Washington County jury of second-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. On July 16, 2020, Judge Ricardo Menchaca sentenced Mr. Quebrado to 70 months in prison. Both defendants will serve three years of post-prison supervision upon release. Senior Deputy District Attorney John Gerhard prosecuted the cases against the two defendants.

On April 24, 2019, the defendants were at a sports bar along Highway 99 in Tigard, Oregon when they got into a verbal altercation with the two victims. The argument escalated and management ordered the defendants to leave the establishment. They left the building but waited in the parking lot until the bar closed. The victims then walked outside where Ms. Sisco began making derogatory statements towards one of the victims. Eventually, bar management ordered the pair to leave the parking lot.

Shortly after leaving the parking lot, the victims noticed the defendants following them in their vehicle along Highway 217 and along SW Scholls Ferry Road in Tigard, Oregon. The victims saw that Ms. Sisco was in the front passenger seat as Mr. Quebrado drove the vehicle. Eventually, Mr. Quebrado accelerated the vehicle to pull alongside the victims’ vehicle. At this point, Ms. Sisco was seated in the window frame of the front passenger door and began firing several rounds from a shotgun directly at the victims. One of the pellets struck a victim in the forehead and became lodged under her skin.

Officer April Keller with the Tigard Police Department happened to be in the area at the time and observed Ms. Sisco seated in the window frame armed with the shotgun. She immediately activated her lights and sirens and began pursuing the defendants. A short chase ensued. The defendants eventually abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot. They were both apprehended after a foot pursuit aided by canine units from the Beaverton Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Officers found the shotgun and a spent shotgun cartridge in the defendants’ vehicle.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office acknowledges the work of the Tigard Police Department, including Officer Keller for her quick actions in helping to apprehend the defendants on the night of the shooting. This office also thanks Detective Dave Hockin of the Tigard Police Department for his investigative work on this case.

Both defendants will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving their sentences

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Public Information Officer
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