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Carjacking suspect runs into a gun, crowd of crime fighters

by: COURTESY OF CCSO - Carjacking suspect Johnathan Bryan Yager Jones was held by a crowd in a Portland restaurant parking lot Sunday morning after a spree that began in Clackamas County.A carjacking suspect ran into a group of determined crime fighters Sunday morning in a Southeast Portland restaurant parking lot.

A crowd of people grabbed and held the suspect at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday, May 12, after he tried to carjack a person in the parking lot using a knife.

The only problem was, the person the suspect tried to carjack had a gun, and that set off a chase through the parking lot that ended when a crowd pounced on the carjacker and held him for police.

The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Johnathan Bryan Yager Jones. He was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail.

Jones was taken to a Portland hospital for injuries believed to be the result of two hit-and-run crashes.

According to Portland police, the incident began when the suspect stole a car then carjacked another in Clackamas County before driving north on Interstate 205 and taking the Stark/Washington exit. The suspect hit two other vehicles as he exited the freeway, then got out of the car at an Elmer's restaurant parking lot at 9660 S.E. Stark St.

Witnesses told police that the man threatened another man in the parking lot and tried to take his vehicle. The victim had a gun, so the carjacking suspect dropped his knife and ran. Several people in the area chased the man and restrained him until police arrived.

The incident began earlier in the day when Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies began looking for a wrong-way driver on Highway 212. The vehicle reportedly pulled into a Hampton Inn parking area on Southeast 82nd Drive in Clackamas, ran to a Dodge truck, pulled the driver out and threatened a woman passenger, who escaped from the truck.

The suspect fled north on I-205, reportedly involved in several other hit-and-runs near the Stark/Washington exit.

Deputies determined that the first car the suspect crashed was stolen in a burglary reported an hour before near Milwaukie.