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Carjacking suspect arrested after viewer recognizes him at work

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Thomas Price in court. (KPTV) Thomas Price in court. (KPTV)
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A suspected carjacker is in jail, thanks in part to a local woman who spotted him at an auto parts store.

Sherree Streeter says she recognized the suspect, 30-year-old Thomas Price, after seeing his picture in a Fox 12 newscast.

“I looked up into the windshield and saw his face, same jacket, same everything that was on the news,” said Streeter.

Thursday morning, while at work at AutoZone at 82nd and Duke, Streeter spotted the suspect and the car, and then called police.

“As soon as he pulled into the parking lot I saw the license plate and I flashed back to the newscast earlier that morning. I let [police] know that I saw the car and possibly a person I had seen on the news earlier, that they were about to walk into the store where I work," Streeter told FOX 12.

Police say Price forced his way into a woman’s car on Tuesday afternoon in a Dollar Tree parking lot, pointing a gun and telling her to drive to Southeast 50th and Powell. That's where the woman was able to escape, but police say Price stole her car and ended up using her credit cards.

After Streeter called 911, she says she stalled to keep the suspect in the store until police could get there. Then she found herself in the middle of a scary scuffle.

“As soon as the officer started struggling with him, he tried to run past and push me out of the way. I basically did a football blocking stance and started tussling with him to help bring him down," Streeter said.

After the struggle, police arrested Price, something the victim is very thankful for.

“If you see something and think it might have something to do with a case, just speak up. It could help someone,” the victim told FOX 12.

Now Streeter is thrilled to be part of a happy ending.

“I had her back. Everything I heard, I felt her pain. I would like to tell her it will be okay, that he’s not on the streets any longer and hopefully he’ll stay in jail for a while," Streeter said.

Price is being held in the Multnomah County Jail and he will be back in court on November 29.

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