K-9 shooting-linked crime spree suspects indicted

(L-R) Steven Young, Paul Ropp, Jemaell Riley (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Facebook)
(L-R) Steven Young, Paul Ropp, Jemaell Riley (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Facebook)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A Multnomah County grand jury has indicted three men accused of going on a crime spree that ended in an officer-involved shooting and the death of a police dog.

Steven J. Young, 20, will be arraigned Monday on a 17-count indictment. Young was arrested in the early morning hours of April 16, along with Jemaell Riley, 25, and Paul A. Ropp, 20.

Riley, who will also be arraigned Monday, faces a 16-count grand jury indictment that charges him with crimes which include unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, theft, possession of a destructive device, conspiracy to commit unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree robbery, and attempt to elude by vehicle.

Young also faces similar charges but has one additional count for third-degree theft.

Ropp, 20, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center April 19 after being treated for a gunshot wound he received during a police shootout. It is expected he will be arraigned on the grand jury’s indictment on Tuesday.

The gunfight broke out after the three men robbed a uniform, badges and equipment store.

Police said the three men used a crow bar to pry open the back door of Blumenthal’s Uniforms and Equipment. The business had an alarm system that activated, the store owner told KOIN 6 News earlier this month. Senior Deputy District Attorney Chris Ramras wrote in court documents that the three men retreated to a their Chevy suburban and parked “across the street” from the business “to see how long it would take for police to arrive.”

After the police left, the men went back to the store and continued their efforts to enter the store. Once inside, Young and Riley entered the store while Ropp kept watch outside with a walkie-talkie, Ramras wrote. Young and Riley stole a “variety of items that included uniforms, ‘SWAT’ style helmets, 20 or more ballistic (vests), some form of smoke or stun grenades and sample badges for police and fire departments,” court documents state.

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Investigators later learned that the three men had been talking about “an easy way to make money” by choosing targets to steal from, Ramras wrote.

Young told detectives that the group needed to obtained “revenue” and “capital” to get a start in life, court documents state. The group talked about robbing various targets, including an armored car. Detectives learned of a plot to rob and potentially kidnap a T-Mobile employee. The plan was foiled when potential witnesses happened to be in the store’s parking lot, court documents state.

The group used smoke bombs inside a garage as part of a plan to “abduct the owner” of a Portland precious metal store, court documents state. The group aborted the plan because a family getting off the elevator inside the garage would have witnessed the attempted kidnapping, according to the documents.

Law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation told KOIN 6 News many of the group’s plans came from watching action movies and playing video games.

Portland Police Officer Jeffrey Dorn was shot in both legs, and has since been released from the hospital.

Portland Police Bureau Officer Jeff Dorn and late K-9 partner Mick. (PPB)
Portland Police Bureau Officer Jeff Dorn and late K-9 partner Mick. (PPB)

Investigators said after the men jumped into the SUV after the burglary, a police officer attempted a traffic stop. A short chase ensued and the driver, later identified as Ropp, lost control and crashed. Ropp emerged from the driver’s side of the vehicle with an AR 15 rifle and tried to run away, court documents state.

Dorn released his K-9 partner, a German Shepherd named Mick, to stop Ropp. Police said Ropp shot Mick to death.

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A public memorial for Mick has been scheduled for May 12.

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