4 loaded guns seized in SW Portland, 2 arrested


Monica Friedrich, Christian Valdez face multiple charges

Two people were arrested after these loaded weapons were found in their possession in SW Portland, April 29, 2021 (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people were arrested Wednesday night and 4 loaded guns were seized when police checked out an assault report in Southwest Portland.

When officers got to the area of SW 2nd and Morrison around 8 p.m., they noticed a woman with cuts and bruises on her face. That woman, Monica A. Friedrich of Wapato, Washington, had an outstanding warrant for her arrest.

A male companion, later identified as Christian Valdez, tried to stop the arrest and then fled. When he was caught he allegedly assaulted one of the officers.

Police searched a bag that both people possessed and they found 4 loaded guns, “including one with a restricted foregrip,” authorities said.

Investigators couldn’t confirm Friedrich had been assaulted, but the investigation continues. She now faces 6 charges: 3 counts each for unlawful possession of a gun and possession of a loaded gun in a public place.

Valdez, 27, faces 5 charges: assaulting a police officer, felon in possession of a gun, interfering with a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of a loaded gun in a public place.

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