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Police: Carjacking suspect arrested after Portland crime spree

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Israel Joseph Perez, jail booking photo Israel Joseph Perez, jail booking photo

Police have arrested a man who they say was involved in a crime spree in Portland that included multiple carjackings. 

The investigation started just before 6:50 p.m. Friday, when officers responded to a report of a carjacking in the driveway of the Taco Bell at 2079 W. Burnside St.  

Officers learned a suspect armed with a handgun tried to steal the victim’s car while she sat in the driveway. Police say the suspect ran away and the victim was not hurt. 

About an hour later, officers took a report from another victim, who said they were carjacked at gunpoint by a suspect at the Stadium Fred Meyer on West Burnside Street.

Later that night, another carjacking occurred in downtown Portland where the suspect stole a taxi.

At about 10 p.m., police arrested 42-year-old Israel Joseph Perez near the Jantzen Beach Target store, where they say he was swinging a mini sledgehammer at people. Investigators located and seized a replica firearm they say he used in the earlier robberies. 

Perez was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on four counts of robbery in the second degree and two counts of attempted assault in the second degree. Police say additional charges will be added at a later time. 

Perez is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. 

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