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Tower Injured 02.12.20 (OR) "UPDATED"


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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - The owner of a north Portland towing company says an employee was injured early Wednesday morning by a woman who broke into the business to get her towed vehicle back.

 

Just after 2:30 a.m., officers responded to 21st Century Towing, located at 8510 North Kerby Avenue, on the report of a crash.

 

The owner of 21st Century Towing told FOX 12 that a woman had snuck under the gate to steal her pickup truck that had been impounded Tuesday evening.

 

Surveillance video shows a man with bolt cutters try to cut through the fence. When he can't, a woman manages to squeeze herself under the fence and finds her impounded pickup truck.

 

As the woman rammed the gate to get out, a tow truck driver was on the other side attempting to unlock it. The owner said the woman slammed into the employee and then fled the scene.

 

"He went up there to unlock the gates, and pickup came barreling through the gates, took out the gate, knocked my son about 20 feet, hit his tow truck," said Jack Durrett, the father of the injured employee.

 

Durrett told FOX 12 that his son, Josh, suffered a broken collar bone, a concussion, and a few scrapes and bruises. He was treated at an area hospital.

 

The owner of the business says he has surveillance video of the break-in and gave it to police. The owner also says a license plate from the pickup was left at the scene.

 

Police are continuing to investigate the incident. No other information has been released at this time.

 

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OH wow, I would have either unloaded on the driver or gotten out of the way. One does not know unless they are placed in such a real situation.

 

First, Option would be to have a gun and take the driver out. The truck is being used as a weapon.

 

Second, Run, as a jury would see that the person with the gun had other options to seek safety.

 

That has to be the craziest getaway I have seen. Did more damage then the truck was worth. Could have just waited until the gate was open.

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Police arrest woman in connection with theft, assault at N. Portland tow yard;

officers still looking for other suspect

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Police have arrested one of two suspects who they say broke into a north Portland tow yard, stole a pickup truck and then hit an employee while fleeing the scene.

The incident occurred early Wednesday at 21st Century Towing, located at 8510 N. Kerby Ave.

The employee sustained a broken collar bone but is expected to be OK. 

 

On Sunday, police said the female suspect in the case had been arrested and identified, and the stolen truck was also recovered.

 

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Police say an employee of the tow company came across the stolen truck near Northeast 6th Drive and Northeast Middlefield Road on Saturday. The driver hooked it up to his tow truck so no one could drive away with it and called police. Officers had the truck seized as evidence.

 

Saturday night, an officer was dispatched to a house in the 1600 block of Northeast 128th Avenue. An anonymous caller said they saw the video of the hit-and-run on television and believed the suspect was there.

 

When police arrived, they saw the suspect. She ran from officers but was captured and arrested.

 

Nicole O. Penagos-Clare, 24, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of robbery in the first degree, assault in the second degree, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and failure to perform the duties of a driver-injury (C felony).

 

Detectives are still asking for the public’s help to identify and locate the other suspect, who is described as a white man who is 60 to 70 years old with white hair.

 

Police also want to locate a van that was possibly used by the suspects.

 

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Second suspect arrested in N. Portland tow truck yard assault; first suspect appears in court

 

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Portland police have arrested a second suspect in connection to a hit-and-run assault inside a north Portland tow truck yard.

Police say they received a tip from a concerned citizen in the Centennial neighborhood at about 3 p.m. Monday after they saw a white van matching the one in the tow yard case.

 

Officers arrived on scene and located the van matching the description and were notified that the suspect was inside a nearby home.

 

The suspect, Kenneth Jett, 64, exited the home and officers were able to take him into custody, police said. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on second-degree criminal mischief.

 

Police previously arrested 24-year-old Nicole O. Penagos-Clare. Investigators said she drove a stolen truck last Wednesday and hit a fence that slammed into an employee at 21st Century Towing on North Kerby Avenue. The crime was caught on camera.

 

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The victim in this case, Josh Durrett, was in court Tuesday for Penagos-Clare's arraignment. 

 

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AT what point is your life worth more that that vehicle determined to leave your lot. Move Away the vehicle will be found and it was the person will be arrested and they were. Your injuries will be a reminder for possibly the rest of your life. Some judge will make them pay restitution which you'll be lucky to ever see and they'll walk free. Again not worth your life, which yes will be effected if you shot them over a vehicle. I don't know that stand your ground would apply.

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