Wilsonville PD deputies arrest magazine-selling suspect who confessed to two burglaries; tips sought

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 11:27 a.m.


Please reference CCSO Case # 16-22502

Booking photo: Emely Mercedes Fernandez, 18

Booking photo: Emely Mercedes Fernandez, 18At approximately 2:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, deputies contracted to the Wilsonville Police Department responded to a daytime burglary in an occupied dwelling on Wimbledon Circle in Wilsonville.

A 12 year old boy was reportedly home alone when an unknown person entered the home.  

Startled, the boy called his mother -- who called 911.

As deputies arrived to investigate, a neighbor observed the police activity -- and also noticed that a door-to-door solicitor, who had just been at his house, was now hiding behind a bush in his yard.  

Seeing this as suspicious and possibly related, the neighbor immediately reported the hiding solicitor to deputies.

Deputies then searched for the subject -- and found her walking from the neighbor's house. Ultimately the solicitor confessed to the burglary. She reportedly told deputies she sells magazine subscriptions door-to-door and is part of a crew currently staying at a motel in Wilsonville.

The burglary suspect's name is Emely Mercedes Fernandez, 18. She is lodged at Clackamas County Jail on three counts of first-degree Burglary. Her complete booking info is here. Bail is set at $100,000. A booking photo is linked above.


Last night (Tuesday, Aug. 16) Wilsonville PD received another call from a resident stating they believed their house had also been burglarized during the day while her graveyard working son was home sleeping. This second burglarized home was in the same neighborhood, on Tournament Court -- a half-dozen or so houses away.

Deputy Woodward responded to the jail and interviewed suspect Emely Fernandez -- who reportedly confessed to this second burglary as well.

Suspect Emely Fernandez will be arraigned this afternoon in Clackamas County Circuit Court.


Authorities would like to know about any additional related burglaries in the area. If you have any information, contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.



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Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office