Portland Police Bureau– 07/23/12
On Saturday July 21, 2012, at approximately 5:35 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team stopped a 1997 Mercedes Benz S500 sedan at North Vancouver Avenue and Buffalo Street for illegally tinted windows and failure to signal a turn.
When officers stopped the car, the driver, 24-year-old Thomas Earl Cooper Jr., and the passenger, 20-year-old Antonio Richards Jr., immediately exited the car and started to walk away. Both men were known to the officers as gang associates.
Officers obtained consent to search the car and an officer looking under the passenger side front floor mat noticed a crease in the carpet, just under the front seat. The officer was able to lift the floor and found two handguns in a compartment under the front floorboard. Officers were also able to determine that the Mercedes was outfitted with bullet proof armor.
Cooper and Richards were placed into custody without incident.
One of the handguns was reported stolen in 2012. Investigators were able to determine that the gun was stolen in this case because the victim maintained and reported the serial number of the guns, which greatly helps in determining ownership of recovered stolen property.
Cooper was charged with two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, two counts of Possession of a Loaded Firearm and one count of Theft in the First Degree.
Richards was charged with two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, two counts of Possession of a Loaded Firearm and one count of Theft in the First Degree.
Cooper and Richards were booked into the Multnomah County Jail.
Attached Media Files: 2012-07/3056/56236/Thomas_Earl_Cooper_Jr_24.jpg , 2012-07/3056/56236/Antonio_Richards_Jr_20.jpg , 2012-07/3056/56236/Armored_Mercedes_(2).jpg , 2012-07/3056/56236/Armored_Mercedes.jpg