At 5:50 a.m. on early Sunday morning, May 12, Wilsonville Police and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a burglary in progress in the Oak Leaf Manufactured Home Park at 10660 SW. Wilsonville Rd. in Wilsonville.
Police were told a man had entered their house through the callers' children's bedroom window where their 11-year-old daughter was asleep.
The suspect -- later identified as Mr. Jessie James Williams, 31 -- had removed an air conditioning unit mounted in their children's room to gain access. Mr. Williams was confronted by the daughter, who quickly ran to her parents room to let them know a man was in her room. The girl's father, Christopher Rothaug, confronted Mr. Williams inside their residence and told him he needed to leave.
Wilsonville Police and Sheriff's Office deputies quickly responded to the area and located suspect Williams walking on SW Wilsonville Rd near SW Brown Rd., less than a quarter-mile away from the crime scene. Williams was detained at the scene and subsequently arrested.
There is no relation between the victims and suspect.
Mr. Williams was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree. Bail was set at $50,000.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office urges citizens to make sure air-conditioner units and windows are secure to help prevent criminals from using these areas as access points to gain illegal entry. Criminals often look for easy ways to get into your house -- and an improperly secured window-mounted air-conditioning unit makes for an easy access point.
Deputy Mark Nikolai
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office