PORTLAND, Oregon - This morning at 4:06 a.m., police were sent to the REI parking garage, located at 1405 Northwest Johnson Street on the report that two suspects, one wearing a black mask and the other tying a bandana over his face, were seen walking into the parking garage.
Police arrived in the area and established containment around the building before beginning to search for the two suspects. Officers located one suspect on the fourth floor. The suspect ran from officers, jumped a retaining wall to drop to the third floor, narrowly missing a police car driving through the garage. The suspect then forced his way through an exterior mesh window covering and climbed out onto a glass awning above the sidewalk. Officers outside the garage convinced the suspect to climb down where he was taken into custody.
Officers, including a Police Canine Unit, continued to search the garage but did not locate the second suspect. Officers did locate several cars that had been prowled.
The suspect, 30-year-old James Patrick Brown, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree and Attempted Possession of Methamphetamine. Brown was also lodged on a parole violation.
The second suspect was not located by police.
The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members to keep the interior of their vehicles "showroom" clean. Community members are advised never to leave valuables, including bags, purses, wallets, briefcases, laptops, tablets, cell phones, loose change or anything that may appear valuable to a thief in plain view.
Additional crime prevention tips can be found by visiting the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page regarding car prowls, http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/320547