An interrupted burglary led to a police standoff and one arrest in Beaverton on Thursday, according to officers.
The incident began when police checked up on a vacant home at Southwest Timberland Place and Ivy Glenn Street.
According to police, a trespasser was arrested at the home the previous night and officers had responded to that location multiple times.
“The house has been abandoned for about two and a half years, the person [living there] died and nobody’s done anything with the house,” neighbor Beverly Bellmore said. “In the past year, there was another break-in or burglary there… and there have been some issues with people trying to squat there.”
But there is still property inside the home, and police said when officers arrived Thursday they saw some property stacked up outside and a man coming out of the house.
They said when he saw police, he went back inside and refused to come out, leading to a standoff.
“It’s really disconcerting because this has always been a really nice, quiet neighborhood, we’ve lived here for almost 11 years,” neighbor Wendy Dean added.
Officers eventually made their way inside and located a suspect identified as 44-year-old Wilfredo Paraza-Domenech.
Paraza-Domenech has had a number of run-ins with police in the past, according to public records. He has been convicted of at least three crimes in the Portland area dating back to 1998, and has been arrested several additional times.
Police said a neighbor reported seeing three suspicious people park their car and walk toward the vacant home, so police continued to search it after finding Paraza-Domenech, but nobody else was found inside.
Neighbors in the area say there have been four other burglaries in the area over the last few weeks and now they’re wondering if this case may be connected.
“My next door neighbor, his cars were broken into two weeks ago,” neighbor Ed Myers added. “The garage door opener was taken and they came back the next night and tried to get in in the middle of the night, so that was a little disconcerting.”
Paraza-Domenech is now charged with first-degree burglary and is expected in court Friday afternoon.
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