Sheriff's Office arrests man allegedly cutting wires on streetlights along I-205 bike path; additional tips sought

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: September 26, 2012, 6:54 p.m.

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Please refer to Clackamas County Case #2012-28910

At approximately 1:27 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2012, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a report of a man cutting wires attached to streetlights along the bike path bordering I-205 near Highway 212.

Sheriff's Office deputies arrived in the area and saw that some streetlights were out.

A man was seen running into the wooded area bordering next to the bike path.

Deputies -- along with Gladstone Police Department officers -- quickly surrounded the dense wooded area, and a K-9 was brought in from the Portland Police Bureau.

A subsequent search of the wooded area led deputies to Nicholas Richmond, age 24, from Oregon City.

Richmond was reportedly found buried deep in blackberry bushes. Deputies had to chop through the blackberry bushes in order to reach him. Mr. Richmond continued to hide in the bushes until bitten by the K-9.

Mr. Richmond was taken into custody. Medical personnel checked Mr. Richmond's bite area, but he had only minor scratching, so he was transported to the Clackamas County Jail.

Mr. Richmond was booked for Criminal Mischief I -- a felony -- along with warrants for Eluding a Police Officer, Theft III and Driving while Suspended.

According to Oregon Department of Transportation Officials, the value of the wire Mr. Richmond is accused of trying to steal was only $30 to $40. The cost to repair the damage will be over $600.

Any damage to a public transportation system, including these lights, immediately makes the crime a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and $125,000 in fines.

The details of this case closely mirror an Oregon State Police case. Investigators from the Oregon State Police and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be continuing to investigate to determine if Mr. Richmond is connected to this case, as well.


Anyone with information concerning these events is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #2012-28910.

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 refer to Clackamas County Case #2012-28910


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Contact Info:
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Bryon O'Neil
Acting PIO

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