Clackamas County sheriff's deputies are starting to unravel a bizarre robbery spree in Welches.
Saturday they arrested 20-year-old Sergio Cruz-Hernandez for robbing a home on East Twinberry Loop early that morning. Neighbors say the homeowner was stabbed twice during the robbery and was taken to Emanuel Hospital to recover.
Jeff Harum said he woke up to screaming around 4 a.m. as his neighbor's wife came running down the street pleading for help.
"She was yelling 'they've come back. They're back again. They have my husband,'" Harum said.
The same house had been burglarized the week before. The volunteer firefighter who lives there awoke to a man standing in his room. Although the intruder had a gun and demanded cash, the homeowner was able to convince him to leave empty handed.
Harum believes the same man came back this weekend.
"This is insane for the same guy to come and hit the same house twice," Harum said.
Saturday the intruder was armed with a knife. Harum said his neighbor was taken to the hospital with two stab wounds.
"We're all pretty tight here, and we realize we kind of (have) to police ourselves and keep an eye on it," Harum said.
The scare was the second call deputies responded to that morning, according to a sergeant on the scene.
Just two blocks away, Victor Ruiz said a man broke into his trailer and tried to molest his 16-year-old sister while she was sleeping.
"She was screaming and then she ran into my room and said somebody was in her room," Ruiz said.
When he tried to run after the intruder, Ruiz said he couldn't find anyone.
Later Saturday, deputies took Cruz-Hernandez into custody and charged him with first-degree robbery. He was booked in the Clackamas County Jail. Deputies plan to press more charges after further investigation, according to reports.
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