Stolen SUV chase ends in Gresham; 1 arrested, 2 sought

Crime

Driver and passenger have not been found

Deputies recovered this stolen SUV after a pursuit that ended in Gresham, March 9, 2021. (MSCO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One man was arrested and deputies were still searching for two other suspects Tuesday evening after a pursuit that ended in Gresham, authorities said.

A deputy spotted a driver crossing over the center line and driving in opposing lanes of traffic while traveling through Fairview and Wood Village, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said. The driver of the Ford Escape didn’t stop when the deputy tried to pull them over near NE 238th Drive and SE Stark Street.

Deputies pursued the driver toward Gresham and Gresham police officers joined the chase, officials said.

The sheriff’s office said the driver stopped the SUV in an apartment complex parking lot near 25500 SE Stark Street and three people got out — two white men and a white woman. Two people ran east on SE Stark while the other person ran north toward a shopping center, deputies said.

A K9 led deputies to an apartment stairwell where they found a modified sawed-off shotgun.

The person who ran toward the shopping center was found and arrested. Deputies identified him as 20-year-old Christopher Raymond Fox-Southard. Investigators said the sawed-off shotgun was linked to Fox-Southard. He faces charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an illegally modified firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

The other two suspects — the male driver and female passenger — have not been found.

Authorities said the SUV they were driving was reported as stolen on Tuesday morning. Deputies found a revolver inside the vehicle.

The is an ongoing investigation.

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