Hermiston Police News: Incident reports

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On the 1st of March, 2012, at approximately 10:20 PM, officers were dispatched to Dairy Queen after an unknown white male entered the restaurant after closing via an unlocked rear door and demanded money from the employees.  There were (6) employees inside the restaurant at the time, yet two of the employees did not see or hear what transpired. 

The male is described as tall and slender, wearing a bandana to conceal his face.  He was given money from the safe and he fled on foot to the east toward Dogwood Ave.  No weapon of any kind was displayed during the approximate 1 minute interaction.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood and the Oregon State Police assisted yet the suspect was not located.  Detective Jimmy Allen is following up on the investigation today with additional canvassing and video review.

On the 2nd of March, 2012, at approximately 6:47 AM, officers were dispatched to the area of E Beech Ave and NE McNary St on a report of gunshots in the area.  Officers were on scene in one minute and located a couple males on foot.  The males were identified as Elijio Mendoza 25 years of age from Umatilla and Rodolfo Carrillo 22 years of age also from Umatilla.  Both were extremely uncooperative with our officers.  It was discovered Mr. Mendoza sustained one gunshot wound to the right side of his upper body.  Mr. Mendoza was transported to Good Shepherd Hospital where he remained uncooperative, refusing to have the bullet removed and refusing to sign medical release forms for our investigation.  He was treated and released to our custody.

Mr. Mendoza is currently on parole and his probation officer agreed to put a detainer (arrest warrant) on him.  Mr. Mendoza was processed at the department and later lodged at the jail.

Mr. Carrillo was charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon (not a firearm) and lodged at the jail as well.

Information has been extremely limited with regard to how this incident took place. 

We believe based on statements from neighbors a dark colored 4 door sedan may have been involved but we have yet to identify to what degree.

Detective Bill Osborne is actively working this investigation.

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