PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Vancouver man’s granddaughter is one of four teens accused of stabbing him in the neck and stealing his car before crashing it in Seaside on Monday night.
Clatsop County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with Seaside Police, Cannon Beach Police and Gearhart Police, arrested the teens after a short pursuit that ended with a crash around 9:30 p.m.
A few hours before the car chase, police responded to a robbery in northeast Vancouver. They found a 66-year-old man with serious injuries — including stab wounds to his neck. He told authorities his granddaughter and three other teens entered his home, assaulted him and proceeded to steal his phone, wallet and car. The suspects are believed to be the same teens arrested in Seaside, one of whom ran from the scene of the crash.
Adam Israel lives near where the crash happened. He said a neighbor called and told him to stay inside.
“Watching the police lights, listening to the scanner app and, next thing we know, we hear the description of the guy they are looking for,” Israel said. “He walks up to my front porch and starts banging on my door, starts ringing my doorbell. I grabbed my firearm and tell my family to get up the stairs.”
He said the suspect eventually left after walking around the porch and kicking the door. Israel watched him go to a nearby house to ask for dry clothing. The woman who answered the door turned him away.
“He needed medical assistance because it was really cold last night — probably in the low 30s,” he said. “He probably went 200 yards through a swamp to get to my house. There’s a swamp way down below.”
The suspect was arrested about an hour-and-a-half later.
The 66-year old Vancouver man was sent to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. One of the minors was treated for minor injuries before being released back to authorities.
The suspects are between 14 and 17 years old. Their identities will not be released due to their ages.