Burglar arrested after terrorizing Wood Village neighbors
A 35-year-old man was arrested in Wood Village after breaking into a series of homes and cars, terrorizing community members Saturday, July 30.
Johnnie Lewes Thomas was arrested and faces charges of two counts of first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted burglary, three counts of first-degree criminal trespass and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Thomas was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. He also has a felony warrant issued out of Washington State for a child sex abuse case.
The incident began around 5 p.m. when Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies received reports that a couple of people were trying to break into a parked car at the Wood Village Town Center on Northeast Glisan Street. Upon arrival, deputies found a man, later identified as Thomas, who fled into a nearby shopping center lot.
At the same time, a deputy was flagged down by a resident of a mobile home park in the 23300 block of Northeast Arata Road. The woman said a man, matching the description of Thomas, had entered her home and demanded she give him water. While talking with the victim, the deputy heard glass breaking at a different home nearby.
Deputies witnessed Thomas run out of the property and jump a fence, returning to the mobile home park. Another resident stated he had broken into their home while his wife was still inside. Deputies heard the woman screaming. They entered the home and confronted Thomas, taking him into custody while helping the woman to safety.
Wood Village neighbors told law enforcement they were shaken by the events. During the search and eventual arrest, the temperature was 101 degrees.
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