Hillsboro man confronts suspected car thieves; 1 arrested, police looking for woman

Published: Jan. 22, 2023 at 3:47 PM PST
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Note: Didier Finor’s quotes have been translated from Spanish to English by FOX 12 staff.

HILLSBORO Ore. (KPTV) - A 34-year-old Beaverton man was arrested Sunday and his suspected accomplice, a 33-year-old Portland woman, is wanted by police after a Hillsboro man found and recovered his stolen car.

Didier Finor said he is thankful to have his car back but shaken up after an encounter than nearly cost him his life.

His car was stolen Thursday from his apartment parking lot. He noticed it was missing when he arrived home from work.

On Sunday morning while he was driving, he spotted two people in his stolen car off Northwest 185th Avenue and Northwest West Union Boulevard. Finor said he pulled up next to the car and told the two suspects, Derek Nebreja and Leelani Hola, that they were driving his stolen car.

Finor said they sped off, and he followed them to the Rock Creek Apartments where they parked.

“It was my instincts,” Finor said. “It was the decision I made. I saw the car in the street and followed it.”

However, when he got out his car, he was greeted with a gun drawn by Nebreja and pointed directly at him. Finor got back in his car and fled.

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“I was very scared and afraid for my life,” he said. “That person pointed the gun at me, and he pursued me with the gun pointed at me. I was able to escape.”

Finor called the police. They arrived around 10:30 a.m. and within a quarter hour, police found and arrested Nebreja without incident, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. But they were unable to find his suspected accomplice Hola.

On Sunday afternoon, police released Hola’s picture and asked the community to watch for her.

Finor said he feels vulnerable while she’s on the loose

“It makes me scared because they know where they took the car from,” Finor said. “They know it’s my house, but I have faith in the authorities and in the police.”

Finor’s catalytic converter and radio were missing from the car, but he said it’s manageable.

Nebreja was booked into the Washington County Jail, where his charges include robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, possessing a firearm as a felon and unlawful use of a vehicle.

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The suspected accomplice, Leelani Hola, is still wanted by police:

  • 33-year-old Asian woman.
  • About 5-foot, 7-inches tall.
  • Weighs about 175 pounds.
  • Wanted for robbery and unlawful use of a vehicle.

Anyone with information about where she may be is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-629-0111.

Photo of 33-year-old Leelani Hola:

Woman wanted following what police are calling an armed robbery in Rock Creek area
Woman wanted following what police are calling an armed robbery in Rock Creek area(Washington County Sheriff’s Office)