Neighbor subdues burglar with baseball bat in Foster-Powell
It had been a busy day for two suspected criminals on Wednesday, January 19 – reportedly burglarizing homes in both the Lents and the Foster-Powell neighborhoods, all the while driving around in a stolen car.
At 10:09 p.m. that evening, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Tactical Operations Division spotted the reportedly-stolen Subaru, with two men inside, near the intersection of S.E. 80th Ave and Rhone Street.
"The stolen car made an abrupt stop on Rhone near 82nd Avenue, and both occupants got out and fled from the Subaru," later reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Brad Yakots.
The passenger complied with officers' requests and was taken into custody without incident, Yakots said. But, the driver, later identified as 36-year-old Nathan Daniel Perkins, broke into a run.
As officers set up a containment area and started searching for him, the 9-1-1 Center took a call from a resident three blocks south, in the 8000 block of S.E. Center Street: "The caller stated that a stranger was inside his house, and he had hit the stranger over the head with a baseball bat to subdue him," recalled Yakots.
Officers arrived and found Perkins, who'd suffered what was deemed a "minor head wound" as a result of the homeowner's baseball-themed self-defense tactic. Perkins was taken to a local hospital for treatment, and when medically cleared, was booked into jail.
Going through the Subaru, officers found and seized a loaded Ruger LCP .357 caliber revolver. "Based on the information gathered during the investigation, Officers believed the firearm had been in the possession of Perkins," revealed Yakots.
The passenger, 38-year-old Christopher Leroy Landaker, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 11:39 p.m. on the evening of his arrest on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Stolen vehicle. The judge "released" Landaker on both counts – and, although he'd violated his parole, the judge set him free on January 28. The judge's Release Reason: "Time Served on a Sentence".
Perkins was booked into MCDC at 12:42 p.m. on January 24 on felony firearm, burglary, and methamphetamine-possession charges.
At his arraignment later that day Perkins learned that, in addition to the felony charges, he'd also be called to answer for several misdemeanors. Currently Perkins is lodged in Inverness Jail in lieu of $110,000 combined bail.