On Thursday April 14, 2016, at approximately 5:45 p.m., North Precinct officers and detectives arrested 34-year-old Francisco Vincent Gonzalez in connection with an auto theft investigation where the car owner's dog was left inside and ultimately died. Gonzalez was arrested outside a motel room at the Super Value Inn Motel, located at 5205 North Interstate Avenue.
Gonzalez will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Theft in the First Degree (two counts), Aggravated Animal Abuse, and Possession of Methamphetamine. At the time of his arrest, Gonzalez was in the possession of a methamphetamine pipe.
Officers checking Gonzalez' hotel room located a medium sized dog inside that was turned over to Multnomah County Animal Control and later released to Gonzalez' daughter. The hotel room was rented by Gonzalez' wife, who was arrested later at a different North Portland address.
Gonzalez' wife, 33-year-old Linda Kathy Gutierrez, will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Hindering Prosecution.
Booking photos of both will be available after booking at http://www.mcso.us
This investigation started on April 7, 2016, when East Precinct officers responded to the 8400 Block of Southeast 82nd Avenue on a report of a stolen vehicle with the owner's dog inside. Responding officers were unable to officially take a stolen report on the vehicle, due to it not being registered to the victim or the victim having proof of ownership, but officers did broadcast an "attempt to locate" to other officers to find the Hyundai Elantra and the victim's dog "Kona" that was inside the car. Officers encouraged the victim to use social media to get the word out to the public until an official stolen report could be filed.
In the afternoon of Tuesday April 12, 2016, East Precinct officers responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle parked at Southeast 91st Avenue and Cooper Street. Officer arrived and learned that the vehicle was the victim's Hyundai Elantra and that Kona was still inside, deceased. The victim took custody of Kona and later buried him in Southern Oregon.