Sheriff's Office arrests knife-wielding carjacking suspect

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: October 5, 2013, 9:10 p.m.

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Booking photo: Ramon Gonzalez

At about 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, a motorist driving west on Sunnyside Road, just west of Highway 212, came upon a male standing partially in the road.

The driver slowed down to go around the man -- and as the driver went around, the male -- later identified as Ramon Manuel Gonzalez, aged 33, of Gresham -- leaped into the back seat of the car.

Gonzalez then allegedly brandished a knife and told the driver to "empty his pockets."

As they neared the intersection of Sunnyside Road and SE 172nd Avenue, the driver reportedly defended himself by hitting suspect with a metal thermos. The suspect then dropped the knife, grabbed the victim's driver's license and crawled out the back window of the car because the child locks were engaged on the back doors.

The driver then traveled south on 172nd and called 911.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies, officers and a K-9 unit from the Happy Valley Police Department, and officers from the Damascus Police Department searched for the suspect for almost an hour -- when the suspect was seen getting into a vehicle driven by a woman who turned out to be the suspect's wife on SE Rock Creek Court.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Neighbors on SE Rock Creek Court helped focus the search effort when they reported that a suspicious male was knocking on doors.

Ramon Manuel Gonzalez, aged 33, of Gresham, was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on a single count of Robbery in the 1st Degree. Bail was set at $250,000. His booking info is here.


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Contact Info:
Dan Kraus, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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