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Sex Abuse Suspect Wanted by Keizer Police Arrested by OSP Troopers Fleeing Area in Sailboat on Columbia River
Captain Jeff Kuhns
Keizer Police Department
(503) 932-7837
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP), acting on a tip provided by the Keizer Police Department, located and arrested a man wanted on multiple sex-related crimes as he apparently was fleeing Oregon on a sailboat in the Columbia River west of St. Helens.
On October 28, 2011, Keizer Police Detective Ben Howden traveled to Vancouver, Washington to attempt to locate and arrest THOMAS LEROY WEBB, age 49, from Keizer, related to an investigation that WEBB sexually abused a known juvenile age female. WEBB was indicted by a Marion County Grand Jury and had warrants for his arrest for Rape in the First Degree (2 counts), Sodomy in the First Degree (2 counts), and Sex Abuse in the First Degree (2 counts).
Detective Howden developed information that WEBB fled the Vancouver area to St. Helens where he may have departed in a 27-foot sailboat. St. Helens police checked a local dock, confirmed WEBB left in the sailboat and provided a description to Oregon State Police (OSP).
OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Trooper Chris Boeholt and Trooper Adam Shimer were on routine boat patrol checking sturgeon anglers on the Columbia River in the St. Helens area. Based upon the boat's description, the troopers spotted the sailboat near Goble where they pulled along side and contacted the male operator. The troopers positively identified the sailboat operator as WEBB and took him into custody on the felony warrant.
WEBB was transported in the OSP boat back to St. Helens. One of the troopers operated the sailboat back to the St. Helens dock. Evidence found on the boat led officers to believe WEBB was planning to leave the area for extended period of time.
WEBB was lodged in the Columbia County Jail pending transport back to Marion County for a future court appearance on the charges.
Questions regarding the investigation should be directed to Keizer Police Department.