CCSO: Sauvie Island couple find stranger in home
A Sauvie Island couple said they arrived home on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 24, to find a stranger sitting at their kitchen table with a gun.
The stranger smirked and told the couple that the house wasn't theirs anymore when they asked why he was in their home, the couple told investigators, before he walked outside and fired multiple shots through the house's windows and walls.
The bizarre incident prompted a major multi-agency law enforcement response on the typically quiet rural island in the Columbia River north of Portland.
The alleged intruder, later identified as 41-year-old Jesse William Ioerger, was arrested and booked in the Columbia County Jail on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, menacing, theft, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangering. His bail was set at $131,250.
Roger McMerrick, one of the residents, told investigators that after he and his wife, Baolin You-McMerrick, confronted him, Ioerger picked up a box of ammunition, walked out the back door and started shooting the gun. Ioerger reportedly shot through windows and the walls of the house from outside.
McMerrick and Baolin You-McMerrick fled, running from their home on Northwest Reeder Road toward a nearby store.
Portland police officers, Oregon state troopers and deputies from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. CCSO Chief Deputy Ryan Muphy said he estimated 80 to 100 law enforcement officers responded to the incident, but only four were from CCSO.
Detective David Peabody of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office maintained a perimeter around the home while waiting for members of the Portland Police Bureau's Strategic Emergency Response Team to arrive, according to court filings.
KOIN 6 News reported that authorities said they were dealing with a possibly barricaded subject in a press release after midnight.
Early Wednesday morning, Nov. 25, when a vehicle approached, Peabody stopped the car to alert them to the police activity, according to court filings and a press release from the Sheriff's Office. Peabody noticed a passenger matching the description McMerrick had given of the home invader. The driver of the vehicle said that he did not know his passenger, but he had knocked on his door and asked for a ride to Portland.
Peabody asked the passenger, Ioerger, to step out of the car and detained him. Deputy Collin Brehm patted down Ioerger and recovered a number of electronics, which McMerrick later confirmed belonged to him, before transporting him to the Columbia County Jail in St. Helens.
No one was injured in the incident.
Court records show Ioerger has a long criminal history in Oregon, including involvement in seven separate cases in 2020.
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