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Thursday, February 18, 2010

[OR] Detective Garret accused of felony assault on the mother of his child

...At 6:45 p.m. [Milwaukie Police Detective] Thomas Garrett had been transported to the Clackamas County Jail and lodged for the related charge of Assault 4 (Abuse Prevention) – witnessed by children present – enhanced to a Class C Felony... Along with this incident, the NW law enforcement community has seen a tough week...

Thomas E. Garrett is accused with assaulting the mother of his child
Portland Tribune
The Clackamas Review, Feb 17, 2010
[Excerpts] A Milwaukie Police Detective was arrested Tuesday evening and accused with assaulting the mother of his child. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Thomas E. Garrett, 36, of Portland. According to CCSO reports, a 30-year-old mother of four children who lives in unincorporated Milwaukie came to the sheriff’s offices in Clackamas to report the incident Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. She told detectives that Garrett assaulted her at her home, in front of at least one of her children, at 7 a.m.... Investigators said Garrett is the biological father of the woman’s one year old.... [Full article here]

By Rick Bella, The Oregonian
February 17, 2010, 4:40PM
[Excerpts] A Milwaukie police officer is facing potentially career-ending charges, accused of assaulting the mother of his child while her other children watched... [Detective Thomas] Garrett, 36, of Southeast Portland, is a six-year Milwaukie police veteran. If convicted of the charge, a Class C felony, he would be barred from possessing a firearm, which would make it impossible for him to continue as a police officer. He was placed on immediate paid administrative leave. Detective Jim Strovink, Clackamas County sheriff's spokesman, said a 30-year-old woman acknowledged to be the mother of Garrett's 1-year-old child visited the sheriff's Clackamas-area headquarters at 8 a.m. Tuesday to report that reported that Garrett assaulted her with one or more of her three other children present... The woman did not require medical care, Strovink said... After conducting interviews, the sheriff's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team, with cooperation from Milwaukie police, arrested Garrett at work without incident. Oregon's domestic-violence laws require police to arrest a suspect accused of assault by someone who claims to be a victim. Physical evidence of an assault is not required... "As far as our experience with him, he's always done a commendable job as an investigator," said Officer Ulli Neitch, Milwaukie police spokeswoman... He has no disciplinary actions on file... Garrett was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on accusation of fourth-degree assault. He posted bond against $15,000 bail and was released... [Full article here]

It has been a very dark week for police in Oregon.
[Excerpts] A Milwaukie Police detective was arrested for Domestic Abuse Tuesday morning, by deputies with the Clackamas Sheriff's Office. Clackamas Sheriff Spokesman Det. Jim Strovink, says a 30-year-old mother of 4 children; who resides in an unincorporated area of Milwaukie, approached the front counter of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to report an alleged incident of domestic violence... He says the desk officer summoned the assistance of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT). In answer to this request, a DVERT Detective and uniformed Clackamas County Deputy Sheriff responded to conduct additional interviews and pursue the allegations of this newly reported case of domestic violence. "This team of investigators conducted a number of interviews and compiled all their investigative results. In addition, these specialized investigators initiated direct contact with Milwaukie Police Department supervisors alerting them to the ongoing criminal investigation"... At approximately 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Clackamas investigators responded to the Milwaukie Police Department, where they arrested Thomas Garrett; while he was working his shift... He says the case now goes to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for consideration. At 6:45 p.m. Thomas Garrett had been transported to the Clackamas County Jail and lodged for the related charge of Assault 4 (Abuse Prevention) – witnessed by children present – enhanced to a Class C Felony... Along with this incident, the NW law enforcement community has seen a tough week. An officer shot a suspect for running from a traffic stop, a man plunged 100 feet to his death running from a police traffic stop, a Washington trooper was shot in the head, a Roseburg officer was struck head-on during a police chase, a Clackamas veteran sheriff sergeant Murdered two women and shot a third before turning the gun on himself, and one of the state's top law enforcement officials with the AG's office was arrested over the weekend on assault and strangulation charges. [Full article here]

February 17, 2010[Excerpts] ...Deputies said they began an investigation and arrested [Milwaukie Police Detective Thomas] Garrett later that day on a felony charge of fourth-degree assault. He was arrested at work, booked into the Clackamas County Jail and then posted bail... Lisa Garcia lives across the street from Garrett and said she doesn't believe the allegations. "I don't think he's violent at all. If anything, he asked me to keep an eye on the house because she has come over, like, stalking him," she said. "She is a lot of drama, so I really don't think he did it." Garcia said neighbors had to call for help when the couple lived together. "The police had to come because she was breaking things inside his house. She was pounding on his door. My other neighbors called the police," she said. Garrett is scheduled to appear in court March 15. [Full article here]
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  1. I hope you guys will post the story when this woman, who is using this horrible disease of Domestic Violence to further her own agenda, is finally proven to be a liar. She makes it harder for all the woman who are actually fighting the battle to be heard. This man is innocent. I know this because I was married to him and know him better than anyone. In the past several months I have been trying to help him escape this woman safely. She has threatened him, and the life of their 1yr old child. Not all guys are abusers. Sometimes it is the other way around. Ask anyone who knew them when they were a couple. She is crazy, a stalker and a liar. I have had to threaten a restraining order on her so she would stop harassing me!! She needs help.

  2. Honestly I don't know who Anonymous is, but the victim in the case is my cousin and none of the lies above. I knew them when they were a couple and yes, they were not the best couple. However, he is the one that has been the abuser from even prior to her pregnancy. She and her entire family have been manipulated by this man and a poor officer he must be to lay hands upon anyone especially the mother of one of his children, to which he has at least 4 including the one mentioned in the story. ~ Michelle

  3. Why are you his EX wife?

    He's playing you with lies.

  4. Were you there? The evidence will speak the truth! The truth will come out!Its women like you that make this worse!We will let a judge decide.Truth is what you say means nothing.Its facts and the truth will prevail1. Opinions mean nothing in a court of law!

  5. To Anonymous ( Ex wife?? )

    you and your mother should be ashamed of yourself to comment on something you know nothing about. You do not know what has happened. your comments are an embarrassment to all intelligent women. Your comments about what a great son in law Tom was have absolutely nothing to do with what he was arrested for. I assume he wasn’t the greatest husband or they wouldn’t be divorced. Hopefully he never hurt your daughter or threatened her. No woman deserves to be afraid of a man. The fact that you think Tom is a nice guy is certainly not a good reason to assume that the allegations are false. Perhaps you should keep your thoughts to yourself when you do not know what you are talking about. YOU are the kind of a woman who makes it harder for women suffering Domestic Violence to want to go to the police and for that you should be ashamed of yourself. Just a thought.

  6. As for the neighbors comments in the last article listed. Was this really the victim or was it one of Tom's other women?

  7. one of toms other women! There are many out there.......... GROSS!

  8. thomas never had any thing good to say about his x wife.Makes you wonder what she has to lose or gain.I feel very sorry for you!

  9. It doesn't matter what you think or who you feel sorry for if you don't even know his ex.

  10. HEY x wife....... Do you know how mean he is to jordon! HE calls her fat and ugly to her face!!!! Great father he is! you want to know the truth about how he treats his daughters and son? If i were you i would be more worried about your own daughters with men like this and there grandfather! where were you when they were left alone with this man their grandpa?

  11. To anonymous ex wife? If everything you say is true why was thomas having his ex girl friend one of the many victims always baby sitting your kids? You new she baby sat them every weekend he worked. Why would you let you kids around this so called crazy women? She took great care of your girls!You should and need help if you thought this was true! What kind of mother are you? You should be more careful with who your kids are around! GRANDPA RICHARD! Tom was right about you. Great parents the two of you are. I will pray for your girls!


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