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Police catch suspect accused of stealing pickup, boat in Salem

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After hours of searching, Salem police caught a suspect accused of stealing a pickup, pointing a gun at a man and then taking a boat attached to the Willamette Queen.

Police responded to the 2800 block of Lancaster Drive Northeast at around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday after a landscaper reported that he confronted a man trying to break into his equipment trailer. The landscaper said the suspect pulled out a handgun and pointed it at him.

The suspect then drove away in a red pickup. Officers located the pickup and attempted to stop the driver, but he kept going.

Officers learned the truck was reported stolen after a burglary in Marion County on Monday night. 

Officers ended the pursuit due to the suspect's dangerous driving. 

Officers then responded a short time later to the mooring dock for the Willamette Queen on reports of a boat theft. Police said they located the stolen pickup with a gun inside and learned the suspect took off in a small boat connected to the sternwheeler.

Shawn Osborn, a crew member aboard the Willamette Queen, said he confronted the suspect after seeing him on the boat, then watched him cut the lock on the boat's canoe and paddle away.

"He asked me, 'Who are you talking to? Are you calling the police? Don’t call the police,'" said Osborn.  "And I said, 'no, I’m just talking to my friend.' And I thought to myself, 'I need to call the police.'"

Investigators said the suspect, identified as 46-year-old Michael James Stanley, paddled south toward Minto-Brown Island Park. He then abandoned the canoe and ran into the heavily wooded park. 

Police, a SWAT team and K-9 teams searched for him. The suspect was described as potentially armed and dangerous.

Police said by 1 p.m. he was found hiding in thick berry vines. Officers said he failed to comply with commands and was bitten by a K-9. 

Stanley was arrested on charges including menacing, unauthorized use of a vehicle, reckless driving, unlawful use of a weapon and burglary. 

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