Tualatin man who stole car with baby inside found guilty
A Tualatin man who made headlines in July after reportedly stealing a minivan with a baby inside, then leaving the baby on the side of the road, is facing up to 30 years in prison after being convicted on multiple criminal counts Friday, Sept. 30.
Marcus Esa Paul, 25, was found guilty of second-degree kidnapping, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and three counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment after a four-day trial. All are felonies under Oregon law.
Paul was accused of stealing a minivan outside Oregon Dog Rescue, 6700 S.W. Nyberg St. in Tualatin, at about 6:30 a.m. July 27, as its driver was inside picking up a dog. A 9-month-old baby boy was in a car seat in the minivan while his father was inside.
Paul reportedly drove to Oregon City, where he looked for a place to leave the child, said the Washington County District Attorney's Office, which prosecuted the case.
According to prosecutors, Paul deposited the baby behind a guardrail, near the edge of a steep slope, in a "relatively remote section of a residential area." He then reportedly got back into the stolen vehicle and drove northbound on Interstate 205.
Police were able to track the stolen vehicle using the driver's cellphone, which had been left in the minivan. They arrested Paul after he reportedly parked near Northeast Prescott Street — in an area "known by police for stolen car transactions," the DA's Office said — and ran across the I-205 freeway before attempting to hide underneath another person's bags on the Parkrose MAX Station platform.
The baby was found, uninjured, in the brush by a person out walking her dog in Oregon City, the DA's Office said. She called 911 and the child was reunited with his family.
The Tualatin Police Department, the Oregon City Police Department and the Portland Police Bureau collaborated on the investigation.
Second-degree kidnapping is a Class B felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison under Oregon law. The other charges of which Paul was convicted are Class C felonies, with maximum penalties of 5 years in prison.
Paul is scheduled for sentencing before Washington County Circuit Judge Oscar Garcia on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
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