Man found in basement arrested for assault, strangulation
A late-night manhunt that shut down city blocks along Southeast 82nd Avenue ended after police found a suspect hiding inside a basement.
Andrew Joseph Hernandez, 32, was arrested on charges of second-degree assault and felony strangulation, according to jail records.
Police say he unlawfully entered a basement in the 8100 block of Southeast Glennwood Street and was attempting to hide.
"Members of the Domestic Violence Reduction Unit will coordinate with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office regarding their investigation into Hernandez," according to a news release.
Police shut down the area between Southeast 80 and 82nd avenues and between Cooper and Duke streets while conducting a search. Text messages ordered residents in the area to stay inside and secure their homes.
The incident began around 9:34 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7 after Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies broadcast that they were "in pursuit" of a suspect driving a dark grey 2013 Toyota Tacoma.
Police say the suspect crashed into another occupied car near Southeast 78th Avenue and Duke Street, then hightailed it into the neigborhood. Police say there were no injuries caused by the crash, but a fence at Woodmere Elementary School was damaged.
Officers lifted the search cordon around 1 a.m. on Jan. 8.
Hernandez has been convicted of three felonies and four misdemeanors, including for burglary and interfering with a police officer. He remains behind bars at the downtown jail at this time.
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