PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A chain of wild events that ended with a man wearing a Ricky Bobby “Talladega Nights” outfit leaving a suitcase full of seized jewelry from a house while he was arrested took place over a relatively short period of time in Oregon City on Tuesday night.
Alexis Ibarra Gomez was arrested after multiple police departments and the Clackamas County SWAT unit joined following a wave of crimes that included a stolen truck, gunshots at and by a motorist, escaping the police, crashing into a detached garage and a change of clothes.
It started around 6 p.m., the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said. The driver of a Chevrolet Colorado called 911 to report a black GMC pickup truck driving erratically. The 911 caller was trying to get a license plate number to give to dispatchers when the GMC pulled up on the road, pointed a gun and fired back at the 911 caller.
Calling 911 said he ducked down and then retaliated with a gun. Authorities said no one was hit by either of the shooters. The 911 caller is cooperating, officials said.
Meanwhile, the GMC – which was stolen from Salem – took off. Clackamas County MPs spotted the truck driving in the wrong direction on Route 213. Efforts to stop the truck, including the use of spiked tapes, failed and the truck continued to roll.
About 18 minutes after the initial 911 call, the GMC crashed into a detached garage in the 16000 block of SE Henrici Road, officials said. Gomez got out of the truck, jumped over a fence, and ran into the woods.
A woman from the GMC was seen walking away and was quickly stopped by lawmakers. She was interrogated and then released, authorities said.
Shortly after, Gomez broke into a house in the neighboring Beaver Lake area, officials said. No one was home at the time, but the owner alerted law enforcement after the intruder triggered the home’s alarm system.
As the situation evolved, the owner provided MPs with inside information about the house.
“Apparently one of the neighbors saw the gentleman break into the house, they walked in and the gentleman acted as if he was unconscious,” neighbor Bruce Riggs said.
The Clackamas County SWAT unit surrounded the house. The Washington County Air Unit visited the area and officials said they could see Gomez using a flashlight moving from room to room.
“We had almost like an Amber alert where it went and all of our phones rang at the same time and it was basically the county telling us there was police stuff in the neighborhood so we turned on a scan and started listening, ”Riggs said. .
Neighbors were stunned by an accident, foot chase and bizarre break-in in their typically quiet, rural stretch of Clackamas County.
“It’s very different in this neighborhood because you usually don’t have that type of activity.” Riggs said.
At around 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. since the first 911 call – Gomez came out of the house with a bicycle, saw the heavy police presence and surrendered.
He was wearing the Ricky Bobby costume at the time, officials said. He found the costume inside the house and changed it at one point while inside.
Gomez, 25, is being held on $ 342,500 bail. He faces charges of attempted assault, attempted to escape a police officer, breach of duty as a driver, burglary – plus 4 counts for previous arrests: failure to appear for unlawful use weapon, failure to appear after pointing a gun at another person, failure to appear for threatening and unlawful use of a vehicle.