PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was carjacked at gunpoint Thursday morning in Southeast Portland and the stolen car was involved in a crash with a TriMet vehicle 30 minutes later, police said.
The victim was sitting in his Honda Accord, waiting for it to warm up, when a robber reportedly pointed a gun at his head and ordered him out in the 5600 block of SE 65th Avenue at about 5 a.m. The victim got out and the robber drove off with the car.
The stolen Honda was involved in a crash about 30 minutes later with a TriMet Lift vehicle near North Lombard and the I-5 overpass, police said. The driver, who was the only person in the TriMet vehicle, was not hurt. The Honda driver ran from the scene, police said. Officers said they found a loaded gun in the car, which was taken as evidence.
Patrick Loftus lives near 65th and Reedway and said the area is typically a “pretty normal Portland neighborhood.” He was surprised to hear an armed carjacking had taken place so close to his home.
Sgt. Kevin Allen with the Portland Police Bureau said the victim was not hurt. He said the man did the right thing by complying with the robber’s demands and “didn’t do anything that might potentially put him in any further danger. The car is just a car and your life is much more important.”
Detectives are asking people who live around SE 65th and SE Harold to check their surveillance systems from around 5 a.m. to see if the carjacking suspect was caught on camera.
The suspect is described as a white man in his early 20s, 5-foot-6, 145 pounds with short hair. He was wearing jeans and a gray sweater with no hood. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at email@example.com or 503.823.1080.