A Gresham man is behind bars on allegations of carjacking and robbing a motorist just west of Damascus.
Ramon Manuel Gonzalez, 33, of Gresham, is being held on $250,000 bail on an allegation of first-degree robbery at the Clackamas County Jail.
At about 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, a motorist driving westbound on Southeast Sunnyside Road just west of Highway 212 came upon a man standing in the road, said Sgt. Dan Kraus, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman.
The driver slowed to go around the man. That's when, the man leaped into the back seat of the car, brandished a knife and told the driver to "empty his pockets." As they neared the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Southeast 172nd Avenue, the driver defended himself by hitting the suspect with a metal thermos.
The suspect then dropped the knife, grabbed the victim's driver's license and crawled out the car's back window because the child locks were engaged on the back doors. The driver fled south on 172nd and called 911.
Clackamas County sheriff's deputies and officers, as well as a canine unit from the Happy Valley Police Department and sheriff's deputies from the Damascus Police Department, searched for the suspect for almost an hour. Then the suspect was seen getting into a vehicle on Southeast Rock Creek Court that was driven by a woman who turned out to be his wife.
Neighbors on Rock Creek Court also reported a suspicious man was knocking on doors.
Police then took the suspect into custody without incident.