News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: April 20, 2013, 9:46 p.m.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Media and Interested Parties

Estacada man uses baby as human shield in attempt to avoid arrest

Clackamas County Sheriffs Office Case #13-12014

Booking photo:
Suspect Raleigh Reynolds

The City of Estacada's contract deputy joined Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies in an attempt to arrest a suspect in a recent burglary this afternoon (Saturday, April 20, 2013) near the 400 block of Clackamas Way in Estacada.

While at the address, deputies saw the wanted subject -- identified as Raleigh Reynolds -- jump a fence and run into the house next door. Deputies pursued and the male barricaded himself inside the house. A female in the residence came out and identified herself as Reynolds' sister.

Reynolds -- who was also in the news in February -- tried to flee from the house several times, but after finding he was surrounded, he retreated back into the house.

Reynolds then came out of the house holding a 7-month-old baby in front of him and positioned the child as a human shield between him and deputies.

Reynolds refused commands from deputies, who believed he might be armed. He kept positioning the child to shield his body and hands from the deputies. They were eventually able to negotiate with him to release the child. After releasing the child, deputies continued to give Reynolds commands to surrender, but he refused.

He was finally taken into custody and found to be unarmed.

The child -- Reynolds' infant son -- was not injured during the incident. He was released to Reynolds' family at the scene.

Reynolds was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on the burglary charge and additionally on charges of obstructing governmental administration, endangering the welfare of a minor, and resisting arrest.

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Contact Info:
Nate Thompson, Deputy
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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