North Plains shooter sentenced after fleeing courthouse
A man who shot at a North Plains home after fighting with his girlfriend will spend more than 15 years in prison after he fled a Washington County courthouse and was re-arrested nearly a month later
Jose Luis Berumen-Carlos was sentenced Friday, June 7 to 15 years in prison, as well as an additional 13 months for crimes he committed during his trial earlier this year.
According to North Plains Police Chief Jesse Baker, a gunman opened fire at a home on Northwest Highland Court just before midnight, June 1, 2018. Authorities said the gunman, later identified as Berumen-Carlos, shot at the home while his estranged girlfriend was inside.
Berumen-Carlos fired four shots at the house, then drove away, authorities said. No one was injured in the gunfire.
Berumen-Carlos's girlfriend told North Plains police she believed Berumen-Carlos had been following her. Investigators later found a GPS tracking device hidden under the hood of her car. Berumen-Carlos had an app on his phone which allowed him to track the car's whereabouts, prosecutors said.
A search began for Berumen-Carlos. While on the lam, prosecutors said he stole a car and two handguns a week later. He was arrested nearly a month later, on June 27, 2018.
After he was booked into the Washington County Jail, Berumen-Carlos was released on bail and was required to wear a GPS ankle monitor and substance abuse monitor at all times.
He appeared at all four days of his trial in January, but when the jury came back with a verdict on Feb. 1, Berumen-Carlos fled the courthouse before he could learn the jury's verdict, prosecutors said.
He allegedly cut off his ankle monitors and ran off before learning that the jury had found him guilty of two counts of first-degree attempted assault with a firearm, two counts of first-degree theft of a firearm, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of recklessly endangering another person, as well as unlawful use of a GPS device, unauthorized use of a vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Berumen-Carlos was re-arrested in Multnomah County on March 4. Officers on patrol pulled over Berumen-Carlos's vehicle and the man reportedly ran from the car toward a house which officers said was "associated with felons and drugs." Police were able to catch up to Berumen-Carlos and brought him to the ground, injuring an officer's hand in the process.
Berumen-Carlos reportedly attempted to give a false name to officers and was carrying a "golf ball-sized" amount of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest, according to court documents.
Berumen-Carlos pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest and third-degree escape in Multnomah County. He was sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison on those charges and was moved back to Washington County.
On June 7, Berumen-Carlos pleaded guilty to failing to appear in court for the jury's verdict in February. He also pleaded guilty to theft of the ankle monitors in Washington County.
"The Washington County District Attorney's Office would like to acknowledge the work of Deputies Erik Merklin and Maribel Camas with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Officer Ryan Ohlmann with the North Plains Police Department and Special Agent Mike Easter with the Federal Bureau of Investigation," said Stephen Mayer, a spokesman with the Washington County District Attorney's Office.
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