ESTACADA, Ore. (KOIN) — Bystanders who saw a 19-year-old punch a woman in the face and try to steal her Toyota pickup came to her aid and held the teenager in place until Clackamas County deputies arrived.
It all unfolded around 7:15 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Harvest Market in Estacada. Witnesses told authorities they saw the teen — later identified as Rick Douglas Simmons — shove one woman and told her to call police.
Hannah Chandler, a clerk at the Harvest Market, said there was a big check out line at that time. The woman who had been shoved came into the store and said someone tried to take her keys.
Officials said Simmons then walked across the lot and hit a 71-year-old woman in the face and tried to steal her pickup.
Chandler said a co-worker named Logan was helping that woman load her groceries into her pickup that was parked in front of the bottle return machine.
Logan, she said, “comes running inside and says a lady got punched and we need to call the cops. Then we called the cops and ran outside.”
That’s when bystanders sprang into action. They rushed to help the woman — who was briefly knocked out — and pulled her from underneath the Toyota.
Chandler said she saw the 71-year-old woman laying on the ground. “She looked like she was in a lot of pain. She was kind of rolling around. I don’t know. She looked very hurt.”
Then they tried to take the keys from the pickup, but Simmons was able to drive it a few feet before crashing into a bottle return machine.
One of the bystanders, Ryan Duff, was inside the Toyota when it crashed and hit his head on a pillar inside the truck. Duff helped pull Simmons from the Toyota and helped hold him down until a deputy arrived and took custody.
“I’m very proud of our customers for being so brave,” Chandler said.
The woman was treated for bumps and bruises and went home with family members, deputies said. Duff was not injured.
Simmons allegedly later told deputies he took hallucinogenic mushrooms earlier in the day. He was bleeding from cuts on his arms when the incident began, and he, too, was treated at the scene before being taken to the Clackamas County Jail.
The deputy said once Simmons was taken into custody he said he wanted to kill himself.
He’s being held on $75,000 bail for 3rd-degree assault, reckless endangering, criminal mischief and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Hannah Chandler said she went to school with Simmons and said it’s possible he “chose someone he knew was vulnerable although our courtesy clerk was standing there. I think he just wasn’t really thinking clearly.”