May 15 was a very busy day for 33-year-old Tyler Scott Hunt – he was accused of carjacking, hit-and-run, fleeing police, and then finally, just when he had the chance to get away, stopping to commit residential burglary.
It started just before noon, when Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers came across Hunt at the S.E. Powell Boulevard Motel 6.
"Officers were trying to locate a wanted and possibly-armed suspect there, and then he rammed numerous vehicles, including a police car," explained Portland Police spokesperson Sgt. Brad Yakots.
A motel guest told THE BEE, "That black Chrysler T-boned a white pickup truck in the parking lot, hit the back bumper of another car, and then plowed, full speed, through the steel chain link fence."
Entangled in the fence, and in a massive thicket of blackberry bushes just west of the construction lot being used by PBOT in the parking lot of the former Safari Show Club, the driver fled the smashed vehicle, leaving a female passenger and a cute dog behind.
While two wrecker operators tried various strategies to dislodge the smashed up car, officers fanned out at every intersection in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, from S.E. Foster Road to Gladstone Street, and from 26th east to 34th Avenues, looking for Hunt.
It appeared as if Hunt had made a clean getaway. But, at about 3:00 p.m., as the search was winding down, "one officer noticed a residence that had been burglarized," Yakots said. "Officers entered the house – and saw the wanted suspect; there were no residents inside the house at the time." Hunt was arrested without further incident at the home on S.E. Francis Street near 28th Avenue.
Yakots tallied up the day: "Officers were looking for Hunt, because he was wanted on numerous felony warrants; he then eluded officers in a vehicle that he had carjacked; and fled on foot after striking at least four cars, one being a police car." And then he stopped for a quick burglary, apparently.
Hunt was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 8:57 p.m. that evening on 19 criminal counts, and 4 outstanding warrants – including burglary, identity theft, robbery, assault, and "felon in possession of a firearm".
With combined bail set at $274,000, Hunt is still in Inverness Jail; but even if he were to make bail, he would not be released, since he is also being held on a "no bail" Multnomah County Corrections "hold".