Suspect arrested outside Oregon City Service Learning Academy
Oregon City Service Learning Academy was placed in lockout as a safety precaution after a suspect crashed into the yard of a nearby residence and ran from the vehicle into the school's parking lot.
Just after 10:20 a.m. on Nov. 6, the Oregon City Police Department received multiple calls, about a man who was wearing a mask and armed with a knife, attempting to break into a residence near Boynton Street and Tower Hill Drive. As officers were arriving, they witnessed the suspect — later identified as 35-year-old Richard Anthony Mercado — take off in a black Volkswagen GTI.
After he crashed the GTI about a half mile away at the intersection of Warner Parrott Road and Woodlawn Avenue, nearby residents saw Mercado hiding clothing on their property before taking off. These residents called 911 with an updated suspect description.
A couple of minutes later, assisting Gladstone police officers located Mercado walking from the parking lot of OCSLA and were able to arrest him without incident at King Street and South End Road.
OCPD Capt. Shaun Davis said the residents of the house Mercado was attempting to break into were known to him. The vehicle he was driving was reported stolen from Vancouver, Washington.
Mercado was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of attempted burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, attempt to elude, meth possession and menacing. Other charges are expected, Davis said.