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Warrant Strike Team tracks SE Portland man, arrests felon

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

For the second time in one week, members of the Multnomah County Warrant Strike Team showed up at a house in southeast Portland looking for Russel Clemo.

He's wanted on several warrants for criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a vehicle. But Clemo's father said his son is in North Dakota and that he's angry police are at his home again.

Detective Todd Shanks understands his frustration, but he also thinks the man is covering for his son.

Shanks says it is very common for people to hide and protect their family members, but it's his job to convince them otherwise.

"We inform them and make them aware that the person we're looking for has a felony warrant and if they cover for them or harbor them, they'd be committing a crime and could be arrested for that," Shanks said.

When asked by KPTV's Jamie Wilson if that ever changes their minds, he responded, "Quite often it does, yeah.  But it doesn't seem to be in this case."

The team's next target was Francis Agguire. During a recent burglary at his house, thieves stole cash and three guns -- and police found nine other guns left behind. But Agguire isn't supposed to have any guns because he is a convicted felon.

Members of the Warrant Strike Team went to Agguire's house in Gresham. He opened the door, just a crack, and deputies noticed he had a knife on his belt and a huge Doberman Pincher by his side.

Shanks tried to get Agguire to calmly come outside.

"What I don't want to do is have a problem with your dog," Shanks said. "We don't want to harm your dog, but I need to take you into custody."

Agguire was hesitant, so Shanks changed his tone.

"I need you to put the dog right in that room there and step out here and take the knife off your belt and put it on the ground. OK? Do you understand me?" Shanks said. 

Agguire replied, "I understand you."

"OK. Well, you didn't answer me and I want to make it clear what I'm telling you," Shanks said.

Deputies finally got Agguire in handcuffs and secured his dog, Rocky.

When Agguire's wife got home, deputies searched a gun safe inside and found it to be empty.

Agguire told Wilson he did not know the law.

"Did you know you weren't supposed to have guns in the house with your record?" Wilson asked.

"No," Agguire said, "Not ‘til they told me."

"You didn't know that felons aren't supposed to have guns?" Wilson asked again.

"I'm not the smartest person in the world," Agguire said.

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