Category Archives: Press Releases

information about incidents around Clatsop county

Astoria Police request OSP bomb squad for suspicious device located on W. Marine Dr.

On 05/11/2021 at about 9:05 AM an Astoria Police Officer was in the area of the 400 Block of W. Marine Dr. when an unknown person threw a smoking metallic device into the center of one of the eastbound Lanes of travel.  The object was charred, metallic and bulging, “all signs that it needed to be treated with caution” said Deputy Chief Eric Halverson.  After a consultation with the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad they determined the safest course of action would be for them to respond, x-ray and recover the object.  Numerous individuals staying in the residence the object was believed to have come from denied knowledge of what it was or who had thrown it.  At approximately 12:02 PM the bomb squad arrived and removed the object from the roadway.  It was further examined at a safe location.  After it had been opened, model numbers and it’s construction suggested that it was a lithium laptop battery that had undergone a reaction.

Missing 74 year old Astoria woman located safe

On 05/08/2021 at about 4:55 PM Astoria Police received a report from family members that 74 year old Maria Rico had gone missing from her residence in Astoria.  Rico reportedly suffers from dementia.   Astoria Police Department was assisted in looking for Rico by the Clatsop County Search and Rescue Team, Astoria Fire Department, Warrenton Police Department and Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office .  A community alert was also put out to Astoria residents, but Rico was not located overnight.

Fortunately  a community member spotted Rico  just before 7:30 AM this morning near Gray Elementary School and notified a Search and Rescue Member that was in the area.  A short time later Mrs. Rico was reunited with her family.

Astoria Police would like to thank community members who called in information and offered assistance in locating Mrs. Rico.  We would also like to thank Clatsop County’s Search and Rescue Team, Astoria Fire Department, Warrenton Police Department and Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.


Stabbing Incident in Astoria

On 02/01/2021 at about 1853 hours Astoria Police Department received a report of a stabbing that had occurred on the Riverwalk side of the Motel 6 at 288 W. Marine Dr. Responding officers found one of the involved subjects had walked away from the area and was being provided medical assistance for three stab wounds to his arm near the Astoria Library. The other involved subject and witnesses were still on scene near the Motel 6. The second involved subject had facial injuries he sustained during a physical altercation. Officers are still working to determine charges after collecting surveillance footage and further witness statements. Witnesses or anyone with video of the altercation in the area are asked to contact Detective Nicole Riley at (503)741-6118 or by email at

Information sought regarding Attempted Robbery near 2nd and Marine

On 01/19/2021 at about 2:34 AM Astoria Police Department received a report of an attempted robbery near 2nd and Marine Dr. Officers arrived and contacted the victim and a witness. The victim reported they were walking in the area and were approached by a male suspect who brandished a knife. The suspect demanded the victim’s cell phone and threatened harm him if the victim did not comply. Another individual in the area at the time was able to intervene and the suspect fled on foot. The suspect is described as a white male with shoulder length blond hair, wearing a white checkered jacket, and a dark colored bandana. Witnesses or anyone with video of the suspect in the area are asked to contact Detective Nicole Riley at (503)741-6118 or by email at


APD is seeking information regarding stabbing at 8th/Astor

On 01/06/2021 at 5:40 PM Astoria Police Department received a report of a disturbance in the area of 8th and Astor St. Officers arrived in the area and found one victim with a stab wound. There were several subjects in the area at the time but were either too intoxicated to give statements or uncooperative. Officers were able to speak with a few cooperating witnesses, unfortunately none of them observed the actual stabbing. It was determined there had been an ongoing issue at the 9th St. Park during the day just prior to the incident. Officers learned that at some point during the day, the victim had been in a physical altercation at the park with individuals that were suspected in the stabbing. Officers learned that just before the victim was stabbed, they were being chased by several individuals on Astor St. between 9th and 7th. The victim was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Anyone who has information regarding this incident or who has video of Astor St. between 10th and 7th are asked to contact Detective Nicole Riley at (503)741-6118 or by email at

Robbery ends with stabbing, two suspects in custody.

On 12/20/2020 at 9:01 PM Astoria Police Department received a report that a man had been stabbed 15 minutes earlier in 300 Block of Nehalem.  During the investigation officers learned that two subjects had met with the victim in the area to conduct a drug deal.  The suspects reportedly attempted to rob the victim with what were later determined to be bb gun / replica handguns.  The victim reportedly produced a knife.  One of the suspects also produced a knife and reportedly stabbed the victim in the right arm.   The suspects then fled the scene on foot.

On 12/21/2020 At about 4:21 AM following investigation Officers located the two suspects, a 17 year old male from Astoria and 18 year old Dylan Bernier of Wellington Florida in the 1800 Block of 4th St. Astoria.  Both suspects were taken into custody without incident on charges of Robbery I, Assault II, Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  The 17 year old was lodged at the Yamhill County Juvenile Detention Center and Bernier was lodged at the Clatsop County Jail.

The victim in the case was treated for his injuries and released.  Anyone who has information regarding this incident or who has video in the 300 block of Nehalem and the 1700 and 1800 Block of 4th Street are asked to contact Detective Nicole Riley at 503-741-6118 or by email at

Mail Theft

There have been numerous mail theft complaints in the Lower Nehalem Rd/HWY 103/HWY 26/ general Elsie-Vinemaple area this morning. Thefts appeared to have occurred between 05:30-07:30 am. Suspect vehicle is an older body style small pickup, darker in color. If you find you have also been a victim, or have any information, please call Clatsop County Dispatch for Deputy Moore at 503-325-2061. The case number regarding this incident is C20202812.

Astoria Police Department, Fire Department and 30th Street closed due to possible explosive device, Oregon State Police Bomb Squad en-route.

On 10/04/2020 at 11:29 hrs.  Astoria Police Responded to the City of Astoria Public Safety Building following a report that a citizen had located a possible explosive device in Pacific County Washington and brought it to the Astoria Police Department.  At this time the Public Safety Building shared by the Police Department, Fire Department, as well as 30th Street and Log Bronc streets are closed pending the arrival of the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad.  The public is asked to avoid this area until the situation is resolved.