Woodburn Police arrest suspected prowler
A man who drew some social media attention for his alleged harassment of Woodburn residents has been arrested and lodged in the Marion County Jail.
Court records show that Bictorino Errera-Morales, 32, of Beaverton was arrested by Woodburn Police on Sunday, Sept. 16, and charged with possession of methamphetamine, theft and trespassing.
The arrest follows recent social-media posts describing a man with a machete terrorizing Woodburn neighborhoods, which was investigated by local police.
An August 19 post on Facebook read:
"Hispanic male wielding a machete has been spotted trespassing, jumping fences, and attempting vehicle theft. He may have been involved in a recent stabbing that occurred on 5th Street on Saturday."
A subsequent post dated September 11 noted:
"This man is still out terrifying the community with his machetes. He's had numerous reports from concerned citizens for trespassing, theft, car prowling, and most recently attempted home break in/home invasion with machete in hand during the day..."
The post proceeded to claim that Woodburn Police "know exactly" who the machete-wielding person is and where he resides, further pleading for a safety alert regarding the individual.
Woodburn Police responded to calls regarding the suspect and investigated the incidents. Police spokesman Tommy Moore said officers responded to a trespass call at 10:17 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at a home in the 1000 Block of N. Third St., describing a man with a machete seen on a home-surveillance video walking around the backyard.
A family dog at the home spotted the man, ran through a screen door and pursued him.
"The suspect jumped a fence to get away," Moore noted. "Reportedly, he did not threaten the homeowner or attempt to break into the house."
Police responded to a subsequent call at 10:29 p.m., describing a man with a machete attempting to break into a vehicle in a driveway on the 1000 block of N. First St.
A homeowner confronted the suspect, who first dropped the machete then picked it up and ran away.
Woodburn and Hubbard Police searched the area but did not locate the suspect.
"The suspect did not threaten the homeowner with the machete and did not attempt to break into the home," Moore said. "The homeowner saw the suspect the following day, and he was positively identified by a Woodburn Police officer. When the suspect saw the officer, he fled the area."
The case was referred to the Marion County District Attorney's office, and since then Errera-Morales has been taken into custody.
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