Washington Co. deputies call off search for possibly armed suspect after stolen vehicle crash

Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 1:03 PM PDT
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. (KPTV) - Deputies spent hours Wednesday afternoon searching for a suspect following a stolen vehicle crash in Washington County.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office said a Volkswagen Rabbit was stolen at gunpoint Wednesday morning in Southeast Portland.

Then just after 12:30 p.m. near Northwest Murray Boulevard and Mill Creek Drive, off Highway 26, the Volkswagen smashed into a parked vehicle while the owner, Juan Rosas, was across the street, filling a gas can.

“I’m chatting with my neighbor while they’re pumping the gas and all we heard was a ‘boom,’” Rosas said. “It’s a ‘34 Chevy - it’s pretty original. Finding parts is the problem you know? And to make it back to what it’s valued, with being original, it’s going to be kind of hard.”

Rosas didn’t see Volkswagen driver, but other people did, and tried to stop him as the driver ran from the crash, he said.

“The guy looked at him and then kept running, jumped fences and ran through yards and stuff,” Rosas said.

The driver was described as a man wearing a blue hoodie, dark pants and a black mask.

Police confirmed that the driver matched the description of the suspect from the car theft and warned that he may still have a gun with him.

Deputies searched the wooded area near Southwest 158th Avenue and Southwest Walker Road, assisted by tactical, robotic and overhead surveillance teams.

Shortly after 4:30 pm, deputies ended the unsuccessful search, asking community members to call (503) 629-0111 with any information they may have related to the theft or the suspect.