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Man hospitalized after Forest Grove home burglary


FOREST GROVE, Ore. (KOIN) — A burglary-in-progress call brought police from multiple agencies to a Forest Grove home Wednesday morning, and a man who was found unresponsive was rushed to an area hospital.

The burglary at 1015 Willamina Ave. brought police from Forest Grove, Beaverton, North Plains and deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office shortly before 10 a.m. 

Authorities identified the unresponsive man as 40-year-old Brian Couture. He remains at the hospital and is in fair condition.

According to Forest Grove police, Couture called 911 himself and reported that someone had entered his home through a sliding glass door. A struggle then ensued.

The suspect fled the area before officers arrived.

Neighbors said police arrived with their sirens blaring. 

“I heard sirens and I could see it up the street from my house, so I went to my driveway and my neighbors also,” one neighbor told KOIN 6 News. “An officer pulled up and said, ‘Have you seen a guy in a heavy coat around here?’ We said, ‘No what’s going on?’ He said ‘There’s been a home break-in.'”

Surveillance video showed a dark-colored SUV in the driveway of the home about 30 minutes before police were called, Forest Grove police said. Officers tracked down the dark-colored SUV and concluded it was not related to this investigation.

Investigators, including the Washington County forensics team, remained at the home throughout Wednesday afternoon. A police K-9 was also used in the search but did not find any suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Forest Grove police at 503.992.3260.

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