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Deputies: Wanted, dangerous fugitive caught after day-long search

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Vincent Danielson, Tuesday jail booking photo Vincent Danielson, Tuesday jail booking photo
Vincent Danielson (prior jail booking photo) Vincent Danielson (prior jail booking photo)

The search for a burglary suspect that put multiple schools in lockout Tuesday ended with the arrest of Vincent Danielson, a wanted fugitive who deputies described as "dangerous."

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said Danielson, 31, was caught by 3 p.m. after a day-long search.

Deputies said Danielson had warrants for his arrest and is wanted in connection to numerous metro area burglaries.

On Tuesday, deputies said the suspect broke into a home on the 7800 block of Southwest Miller Hill Road wearing a mask at around 10 a.m. The homeowners heard the break-in, called 911 and surprised the suspect, who got away in a stolen truck.

Officers began a slow-speed pursuit of the vehicle, a green Toyota Tacoma, that proceeded into Hillsboro before returning to Aloha.

Deputies then found the vehicle abandoned. During the search for the suspect, lockout orders were put in place at Aloha High School, Kinnaman Elementary and Butternut Creek Elementary.

Deputies searched an area near the baseball field at Aloha High School, but eventually cleared that location.

"There were cops everywhere, on all the side streets. I had no idea what was going on," neighbor Dennis Newton said.  "I was pulling into my driveway, cops were going by me with their lights on."

A backpack containing burglary tools was then found on the roof of a home in the area and a handgun was discovered in a nearby back yard. Investigators believe both were left by Danielson. 

One neighbor said the suspect also tried to get into her home. 

"I saw a shadow out the window and I thought, 'What is that?' and I'm talking to my husband and I look out our back window and there's a guy down trying to get in through the doggie door," a woman named Dina told Fox 12.

After identifying the suspect as Danielson, who was believed to armed with stolen guns, deputies said a neighbor near SW 200th and Meadowbrook Way spotted him.

"I turned around and the guy was walking through our front yard, took a look at me and I could tell that was him," Dan Parquet told Fox 12.  "He just glanced up as he walked through the yard and kept on walking."

Parquet said he called 911 as the suspect walked between some neighboring homes toward the creek behind them.

Deputies say Danielson was found in chest-deep water in Butternut Creek. A deputy waded out into the creek to take him into custody. 

Investigators believe Danielson is responsible for at least a dozen home burglaries and the theft of 15 firearms. Deputies believe Danielson would steal a vehicle, use it to commit a burglary and then dump it before stealing another vehicle. The sheriff's office has been investigating the string of burglaries since December. 

Danielson was booked in the Washington County Jail on Tuesday on charges including burglary, felony attempt to elude and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Deputies said additional charges are expected. 

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