News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: April 19-20, 2017
UPDATE (Friday, April 21, 2017 5:52 a.m.) -- SUSPECT ARRESTED
Booking photo: Deshaun James Swanger
On Thursday, April 20, 2017 at approximately 7:30 p.m., detectives and deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office arrested Deshaun James Swanger, 24, of Milwaukie, OR.
Swanger was identified as the suspect in the arson-related assault at the Denny's located at 12101 SE 82nd Ave on April 19, 2017. Swanger was arrested and booked at the Clackamas County Jail for Attempted Murder. He is currently being held without bail. Swanger's booking photo is linked above. His complete booking info is here.
The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their tips, which led to the swift apprehension of this dangerous individual.
EARLIER (Thursday, April 20, 5:30 p.m.) -- SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF SUSPECT
Surveillance video of the suspect entering the restaurant is now available for download from this Dropbox link.
Again, anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form -- please reference CCSO Case # 17-10537.
If you see the suspect, do NOT approach -- call or text 911.
EARLIER (Thursday, April 20, 2:53 p.m.) -- NEW SUSPECT PHOTOS
Two additional surveillance photos of the arson-attack suspect are now linked above.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form -- please reference CCSO Case # 17-10537.
If seen, do not approach -- call or text 911.
EARLIER (April 20th, 2017 9:21 AM)
Please reference CCSO Case # 17-10537
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips in an arson attack at a Clackamas County Denny's. A suspect photo is linked above.
At approximately 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, a male suspect with a lighter-skinned complexion entered the Denny's located at 12101 SE 82nd Ave. in unincorporated Clackamas County. The suspect sat down in a booth adjacent to the booth occupied by the 69-year-old male victim.
Surveillance video from the business revealed that the suspect dumped an unknown liquid onto the victim and then tossed a lit item onto the victim, causing a large flash.
The suspect then ran out of the restaurant and south on SE 82nd Avenue.
Clackamas Fire District #1 responded. Firefighters could smell the odor of gasoline inside the building and coming from the victim.
The male victim was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in critical condition.
The Sheriff's Office is asking the public for tips as it seeks a suspect matching the following description:
- Male with lighter-skinned complexion
- Age: mid to late 20s
- 5'10" to 6' tall
- Medium to muscular build
- Wearing a black flat brim hat, black hooded jacket, grey sweatpants with black stripe, and black shoes
A surveillance photo of the suspect is linked above.
Clackamas County Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit (HVCU) detectives are working with Clackamas Fire District #1 investigators and Oregon State Police arson investigators to capture this suspect.
Investigators are working with the OSP Forensic Laboratory to examine evidence seized from the scene. Detectives are also working with police throughout the metro area to determine if any similar incidents can be connected to this suspect.
Sergeant Dan Kraus
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office