Man in standoff also charged with domestic violence
A man arrested last month after an armed standoff with police is also facing domestic violence charges.
Richard Flores, 37, was indicted on domestic violence charges of strangulation and two counts of recklessly endangering another person on Aug. 31, just two weeks after Flores was arrested following a standoff in Rainier with Oregon State Police.
In that case, OSP troopers were dispatched to Flores' home in Rainier on Aug. 14 after reports of a road rage incident in which Flores got out of his vehicle on Highway 30, yelling at another driver with fists clenched.
When troopers traced the license plate to Flores, he reportedly opened the door with a handgun. Troopers stayed on the property until they were again confronted by Flores, who brandished a compound bow and aimed it at troopers. He was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and disorderly conduct.
Flores remains in Columbia County Jail.
Two weeks later, on Aug. 31, he faced new charges stemming from events in 2017.
Court documents show Flores was indicted after reports surfaced of him attempting to strangle a female member of his household in a domestic violence situation.
Reports also indicate Flores' spouse and the named victim were nearby when the standoff with police ensued. He faces domestic violence charges of strangulation, menacing, fourth-degree assault and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.
Flores was convicted of felony robbery in 2007, stripping his right to own a firearm in Oregon.
A motion to suppress evidence was filed Friday, Sept. 7, in Columbia County Circuit Court by Mark Lang, a defense attorney for Flores. The motion alleges OSP entered Flores's home in Rainier without a search warrant and requests any evidence collected from the home not be used.
"Law enforcement did not have a warrant to enter the real property and there is no valid exception," the court filing states, adding, "Defendant did not give actual consent for the entry and there was no implied consent ..."
OSP declined to comment on the motion, citing an "ongoing investigation," but noted that motions to suppress are somewhat common in criminal cases.