DNA evidence ties Happy Valley carjacking suspect to 2011 taxicab robbery; tips sought in search for carjacking accomplice

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: April 18, 2012

Media and Interested Parties




Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-9505

On March 29, 2012, James Hardee, age 43, of Silverton, Oregon, was arrested by a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy while driving a vehicle he had allegedly carjacked from Happy Valley resident Justin Dye.

A Clackamas County Grand Jury recently indicted Mr. Hardee on charges of Robbery I, Robbery II, 3 counts of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, 7 counts of Identity Theft, 2 counts of Theft I, and 2 counts of Theft III.

Meanwhile, the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory completed analysis of DNA evidence seized from a Sept. 16, 2011 robbery of taxicab driver Alex Grishkevich in rural Clackamas County. James Hardee had been identified as the suspect in the Grishkevich robbery through DNA he left on a glass he drank out of at a restaurant prior to allegedly committing the robbery. Additional video evidence had also confirmed Hardee as the suspect in that case.

While Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force (CCITF) investigators were attempting to locate Mr. Hardee for questioning in that crime, he was allegedly committing ID thefts at various Clackamas County businesses.

Happy Valley Police are still attempting to identify an accomplice in the Happy Valley carjacking robbery (CCSO Case #12-9505). The victim was able to provide details to the Clackamas County Forensic Artist in order to create a sketch of the accomplice.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-9505


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding the accomplice in the Happy Valley carjacking robbery.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to 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. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-9505.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.

Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-9505.

EARLIER: Sheriff's Office deputies arrest carjacking suspect, recover stolen car (March 30, 2012)

Contact Info:

Adam Phillips, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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