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The suspect who assaulted the driver in Portland is arrested in Gresham after being spotted by a police plane.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - The stolen landscaping truck and trailer.A man accused of assaulting a driver and stealing a landscaping truck in Portland, then recklessly trying to elude police, was arrested in Gresham on Tuesday, April 27.

Portland police responded to a report of a possible carjacking shortly before 4 p.m. in the 13400 block of Northeast Prescott Drive. According to police, a landscaping truck with an attached trailer was parked in the area and the driver was putting fuel in a lawnmower when he was kicked from behind and fell, hitting his head on concrete. The attacker then stole the truck and trailer.

The owner of the landscaping company used a GPS locator to help police track the truck. The Portland Police Bureau Air Support Unit spotted it near Northeast 136th Avenue and Northeast Shaver Street. Patrol officers tried to pull it over but the driver took off, reportedly driving into oncoming traffic and nearly hitting two pedestrians.

The suspect turned into a residential neighborhood, parked near Northeast 186th Place and Northeast Wasco Street, got out and ran. Police arrested Benjamin Hendricks, 30. He was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Hendricks is charged with third-degree robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, elude and reckless driving.

The driver who was assaulted was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover.

Police said there may have been some tools in the landscaping trailer that fell out as the suspect fled with the trailer door open. Another person is suspected of taking those tools when they fell into the street, including two weed eaters and a leaf blower.

The suspect may also have injured more people while driving the stolen truck.

Anyone who may be a victim or have information about the case is asked to call the Portland police at 503-823-Man steals 3333 and reference case #21-112918.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of Pamplin Media Group.


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