Updated: Crescent Lake hostage situation


Updated – May 1, 2012 at 8:22 p.m.

A suspect sought in connection with a Umatilla County missing person case received a non-life threatening gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon when he was shot by an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper assigned to the SWAT team during a standoff at a remote Crescent Lake-area cabin in northern Klamath County. The female victim reported missing was rescued and not injured. The names of the two people and information authorized for release by investigators is provided in this update.

On May 1, 2012 in the late morning hours, law enforcement officers responded to a report that a vehicle associated with a Umatilla County missing person case was spotted near a cabin in the Crescent Lake area. Upon confirming the report, officers secured the area and the OSP SWAT team responded to the scene. Negotiators made contact with two people inside later confirmed as suspect Alberto Quiroz Martinez, age 28, and a female identified as Melody Kaye Mickel, age 26, from Hermiston. According to Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Mickel was reported missing under suspicious circumstances April 27, 2012, and Martinez was a suspect in her disappearance.

After several hours of negotiations with the male suspect, at approximately 4:50 p.m. Martinez exited the cabin with the woman in close quarters as a human shield. During the standoff outside the cabin, Martinez was shot once by an OSP SWAT team member and received a non-life threatening injury. Mickel was released unharmed and was later transported from the scene by officers to meet with investigators. She reportedly was held against her will at the cabin since she was reported missing.

Martinez was transported by ambulance to an undisclosed hospital for treatment. Information regarding any weapons or where he was shot is not released at this time.

The officer-involved shooting will be investigated by the Klamath County Major Crimes Team, with the assistance of OSP and Klamath County District Attorney’s Office. No other information to be released at this time.

OSP was also assisted by U.S. Forest Service, FBI, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office, and Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.


Original posting: May 1, 2012 3:34 p.m.

Crescent, Ore. – Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing to negotiate with an adult male who is holding an adult female hostage inside a cabin in the Crescent Lake area in northern Klamath County. There are no known injuries to anyone involved.

OSP SWAT team is on scene and the area is contained while negotiators communicate with the persons inside the cabin. Law enforcement responded to the area Tuesday morning after receiving information that a vehicle of interest related to a missing person case in Umatilla County was spotted in the area.

OSP will update this situation upon conclusion. No other information will be released at this time while negotiations are continuing to resolve this safely for everyone involved.

OSP is being assisted by U.S. Forest Service, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.