UPDATE: BRANDON STAVENJORD ARRESTED AFTER MULTI-AGENCY, MULTI-COUNTY PURSUIT
Brandon Stavenjord -- the suspect in a March 19 SWAT call that ended when deputies learned Stavenjord fled the scene before SWAT arrival -- has been arrested following a multi-agency, multi-county pursuit.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies had been actively following up on leads on Stavenjord's whereabouts for the past couple weeks -- until last night's Portland Police pursuit offered a break in the case.
Just after midnight on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Portland Police Bureau officers attempted to stop Stavenjord in his vehicle, a purple 1994 Ford Explorer. PPB had probable cause to stop the vehicle on a theft charge unrelated to the March 19 SWAT call, in which deputies were attempting to arrest Stavenjord on a parole violation.
Stavenjord fled in his vehicle, and PPB gave chase.
The pursuit crossed into Clackamas County at 12:35 a.m.; Clackamas County dispatch advised Clackamas County Sheriff's Office units that PPB was in pursuit. Several Sheriff's Office units joined the chase.
Deputies joined the pursuit at Johnson Creek Blvd. and 92nd Ave. -- continuing on Sunnyside to 122nd Avenue, down SE 135th Avenue to SE Highway 212, then east onto Highway 224 towards Carver.
Around 12:40 a.m., one of the pursuing Sheriff's Office deputies recognized that the fleeing Ford Explorer was associated with Stavenjord, who was possibly armed.
The pursuit continued into Carver. Spike-strips were deployed in an attempt to flatten the vehicle's tires near Ely Road, but were unsuccessful.
The pursuit continued down Hwy. 211 into Estacada. Deputies finally encountered the suspect SUV spun out on the 33000 block of SE Moss Hill Road. Stavenjord was seen exiting the vehicle and fleeing into the nearby woods. Approximately 200 feet into the woods, deputies and K9s took Stavenjord into custody around 1:04 am.
Brandon Jon Stavenjord is now lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Driving While Suspended/Revoked, Attempting to Elude A Police Officer, and Parole Violation. Bail is set at $22,500. His full booking info is here.
A new booking photo is linked above.
EARLIER (March 19, 2014):
At 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an address on SE Tumala Mountain Rd. in rural Clackamas County, in an attempt to arrest 41-year-old Brandon Stavenjord, who was wanted on a felony parole warrant.
When deputies arrived, they learned Stavenjord was inside the residence and refused to come out.
Based on Mr. Stavenjord's past criminal history and access to weapons, the Clackamas County SWAT Team was called to the scene.
The scene was contained, and area residents were not in any immediate danger.
During the incident, deputies asked residents in the area near SE Tumala Mountain Rd and SE Kemp to stay away due to heavy police activity.
The SWAT Team did a thorough search of the residence and area -- only to find Mr. Stavenjord had escaped before SWAT arrival.
Mr. Stavenjord is believed to have left the area by an unknown means and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has no reason to believe he is an immediate threat to area citizens.
The investigation is still ongoing.
Anyone one with information about the whereabouts of Mr. Brandon Jon Stavenjord is urged to call 911 or you can contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form.
Deputy Mark Nikolai
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office