Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a grand jury indicted Jesse Dane Brower, 24, on 16 charges. Brower was the first high-profile car thief identified, investigated, and arrested by the Auto Theft Task Force.
Deputy District Attorney Cody Linderholm is the lead for the Task Force. Upon review of the evidence, DDA Linderholm presented the case to the Grand Jury, which returned a true bill of indictment on August 2. Brower was indicted on the following charges:
- One count of Trafficking in Stolen Vehicles
- Three counts of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
- One count of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
- One count of Aggravated Identity Theft
- One count of Forgery in the First Degree
- One count of Theft in the Second Degree
- Two counts of Possession of Burglary Tools
- One count of Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree
- One count of Felony Attempt to Elude Police
- One count of Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude Police
- One count of Reckless Driving
- Two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person
Brower is currently in custody at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail. He is scheduled for arraignment on August 8 in front of Judge Angela Lucero.
A charging instrument is only an accusation of a crime. Brower is innocent unless and until proven guilty.