A wild chain of events that ended with a man wearing a Ricky Bobby "Talladega Nights" outfit leaving a suitcase filled with jewelry grabbed from a house as he was arrested unfolded over a relatively short period of time on Tuesday night, Oct. 26, in unincorporated Clackamas County just south of Oregon City.
Alexis Ibarra Gomez was arrested after numerous police agencies and the Clackamas County SWAT unit joined in following a crime spree that included a stolen truck, gunshots at and by a motorist, eluding police, crashing into a detached garage and a change of clothes.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said the incident began around 6 p.m., when the driver of a Chevy Colorado called 9-1-1 to report a black GMC pickup driving erratically. The 9-1-1 caller was trying to get a license plate number to give to dispatchers when the GMC stopped in the road, pointed a gun and fired backward toward the 9-1-1 caller.
The 9-1-1 caller said he ducked down, then returned fire with a rifle. Authorities said no one was hit by either of the shooters. The 9-1-1 caller is cooperating, officials said.
Meanwhile, the GMC — which was stolen from Salem — took off. Clackamas County deputies spotted the truck driving the wrong way on Highway 213. Efforts to stop the truck, including using spike strips, failed and the truck kept going.
About 18 minutes after the initial 9-1-1 call, the GMC crashed into a detached garage in the 16000 block of Henrici Road, officials said. Gomez got out of the truck, jumped a fence and ran into the woods.
A woman in the GMC was spotted walking away and was quickly detained by deputies. She was interviewed and later released, authorities said.
Not long after, Gomez broke into a home in the nearby Beaver Lake area, officials said. No one was home at the time, but the homeowner alerted the law enforcement agencies after the intruder tripped the home alarm system.
As the situation unfolded, the homeowner provided deputies with inside information about the home.
The Clackamas County SWAT unit surrounded the home. The Washington County Air Unit went to the area and authorities said they could see Gomez using a flashlight moving from room to room.
Around 9 p.m. — three hours after the initial 9-1-1 call — Gomez came out of the house with a bicycle, saw the heavy police presence and surrendered.
He was wearing the Ricky Bobby costume at the time, officials said. He found the costume inside the house and changed into it at some point while he was inside.
Gomez, 25, is being held on $342,500 bail. He's facing charges for attempted assault, attempting to elude a police officer, failure to perform the duties of a driver, burglary — plus four charges for previous arrests: failure to appear for an unlawful use of a weapon, failure to appear after pointing a gun at another person, failure to appear for menacing and unlawful use of a vehicle.
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