Wilsonville Police, Sheriff's Office investigate human trafficking in Wilsonville; pursuit, crash lead to arrest in Tualatin

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: June 2-5, 2017


UPDATE (June 5, 10 a.m.) -- BOOKING PHOTO

Booking photo: Roman Lakey Culver, age 18, of Covington, WashingtonA booking photo is attached for Roman Lakey Culver, age 18, of Covington, Washington. His complete booking info is here.

Bail is set at $20,000.

EARLIER (June 2, 2017 3:45 p.m.)

Please reference CCSO Case # 17-14614

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is investigating human trafficking following a pursuit that began in Wilsonville and ended in a crash in Tualatin.

At about 4:30 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017, deputies with Wilsonville Police were investigating a case of prostitution. When the investigators attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, the vehicle drove off.

Deputies could see that there was at least one female victim in the car, so they pursued.

Eventually the suspect vehicle struck another vehicle not involved in the pursuit, so deputies ended the pursuit.

The suspect vehicle was found in Tualatin on Nyberg Road and Nyberg Lane. The vehicle had become suspended in a tree.

A CCSO K9 team responded to the crash scene, and the suspect was located and taken into custody.

The two female occupants were rescued from the car and were taken to the hospital, where they received medical treatment. One of those females has been admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening back injuries. The other has since been released. In addition to medical care, the two women received advocacy support from Safety Compass of Oregon.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives have initiated a human trafficking investigation.

Units from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Tualatin Police, Lake Oswego Police, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue participated in the response and investigation.

Following an investigation, deputies arrested Roman Culver, age 18, of Covington, Washington. Culver is currently undergoing medical treatment at a local hospital for a medical condition not related to this incident. After the completion of his treatment, he will be booked into the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Eluding Police, Assault and Possession of Methamphetamine. A booking photo will not be available until after he is booked into the jail. An ongoing investigation into this matter may lead to additional charges.

Two Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.


The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form. Please reference CCSO Case # 17-14614.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Dan Kraus
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office