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Photo: James Ellis Hardee
By 10:30 p.m. that evening, deputies had recovered the stolen vehicle and arrested James Ellis Hardee (pictured) on charges of Robbery II and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.
The victim, a Happy Valley resident, had posted a red Ford Mustang for sale. Mr. Hardee arrived at the victim's home earlier Thursday, allegedly telling the victim he wanted to test-drive and purchase the car.
Mr. Hardee and the victim took a test-drive in the Mustang -- allegedly to go get money for the purchase. Mr. Hardee led the victim to the area of rural Beavercreek.
Once in the area, Mr. Hardee allegedly produced a handgun and forced the victim from his vehicle. Threatening to shoot the victim, Mr. Hardee zip-tied the victim's hands and sent him into the nearby woods.
Mr. Hardee sped away with the vehicle. The victim freed himself and called 911.
Responding Sheriff's Office deputies searched the area for the missing vehicle.
At 10:30 p.m., an observant deputy caught the red Ford Mustang attempting to leave the Beavercreek area. Assisted by the Oregon City Police Department, the vehicle was stopped and James Elis Hardee was arrested.
James Ellis Hardee was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.
A pellet-gun pistol was recovered from the car.
The victim does not wish to speak with media or to be identified.
James Rhodes, Lieutenant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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