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Police arrest burglary suspect after woman calls 911 from inside Portland home

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Cindy Huang said she hid in a closet, holding her breath to be quiet but staying on the line with 911 dispatchers, as a man broke into her family’s home in Portland Friday. (KPTV) Cindy Huang said she hid in a closet, holding her breath to be quiet but staying on the line with 911 dispatchers, as a man broke into her family’s home in Portland Friday. (KPTV)
Derek Lee Jones booking photo (Multnomah Co. Jail) Derek Lee Jones booking photo (Multnomah Co. Jail)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Officers arrested a suspect in the middle of a burglary at a home in east Portland after a young woman called from inside the house while she was hiding from the suspect.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, officers from the East Precinct arrived at the residence in the 9100 block of Southeast Clinton Street just after 12:30 p.m.

Dispatchers told officers a resident of the home, Cindy Huang, was still in the house and providing them updates on the situation inside.

Huang told FOX 12 that she had been inside the house when there was a knock at the door. After the knocking stopped for a moment,  she said the suspect came back even more aggressively.

“He came back again, this time he knocked really loud, vigorously, banging on it, trying to ring the doorbell,” she said.

Huang then said the man, identified by police as 54-year-old Derek Lee Jones, then made his way into the back yard and threw a brick through the glass door. She was already on the phone with 911 operators, and they were trying to get her to safety.

“The dispatcher told me if I could I should leave my house immediately, but there was no way I could because he was downstairs, so I hid in my parents closet,” Huang said. “To me, that was the safest place.”

She hid in a closet, holding her breath to stay quiet, as she said Jones made his way upstairs with no idea that she was on the phone with the operators.

“I was being quiet, the operator said I don’t have to talk to her, I could just press on numbers on my phone to at least let her know I was there,” Huang said.

Officers established containment around the home and were waiting for Jones when he came out of the house. He was taken into custody and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Jones faces charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft and first-degree criminal mischief.

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