Reserve officer faces child assault charges

Reserve officer faces child assault charges

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by Wayne Havrelly, KGW Staff

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Posted on January 5, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 2:49 PM

SHERIDAN, Ore. -- A city of Yamhill reserve officer will appear in court Monday following his weekend arrest by officers who used an armored SWAT vehicle to take him into custody.

Michael Abo, 34, was arrested at his home by the SWAT team in Sheridan early Saturday morning.  He was accused of assaulting the 4-year-old son of his girlfriend on New Year's Eve. 

The boy was airlifted to Oregon Health & Science University Dec. 31 and police said he's in critical condition.

Background: Yamhill reserve police officer arrested for assaulting 4-year-old boy

"I feel so bad for that kid and his mom," said James Duck who lives just a few doors down from the suspect. 

Duck said a few days before the incident he heard someone yelling at a little boy who was locked outside in the cold.  He now believes it was Abo.

"The kid was crying that he was cold and wanted to come in, and the man was yelling at his old lady saying you ain't letting him in," said Duck.  

"It was an armored vehicle," said Garrett Sipe who lives directly behind the suspect. 

He watched a SWAT team smash through his landlord's gate and fence during a very tense arrest that included snipers and a flash bang device.

"They flash banged the neighbor, which was really crazy because I never thought I’d see something like that," said Sipe.

Elana Andrew is Sipe's landlord who is very upset over the damage to her damaged fence and gate.  She said she's still waiting to hear from police.  

"I’m a property owner with significant damage to my property and no one bothered to tell me what happened," said Andrew.  

Abo has also worked as a deputy for Yamhill County. With so many local law enforcement connections, they moved him to the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro where he’s being held on a $1 million bond.

He's scheduled to appear in Yamhill County court on Monday. 

If you know anything about the case, you are urged to call McMinnville police who are handling the investigation.

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