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Deputies capture burglary suspect after he falls from fir tree

Transient man requires surgery before his arrest


Washington County sheriff's deputies captured a man they believed committed one burglary and attempted another burglary after the man fell from a tree on Monday during a manhunt in Bethany.

Avila Arreola, 22, a transient, was arrested after a homeowner in the 15000 block of Northwest White Fox Drive called to report an unknown man fell out of a tree outside the residence and was trying to crawl through the resident's back door, said Sgt. Bob Ray of the sheriff's office. The suspect received a broken leg when he fell about 20 feet out of the fir tree. He was transported to a hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair his leg.by: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE  - Arreola

Deputies were called earlier Monday to a residence at 15568 N.W. Overton Drive in Bethany concerning a burglary at about 7:22 p.m. A woman reported that when she returned home, she opened a bedroom door and an unknown man — who apparently broke a window to gain entry to the house — ran from the room and out of the house.

The description of the fleeing man was similar to that of a suspect who ran away from a Beaverton police traffic stop nearby earlier in the afternoon. The suspect was not located, despite a K9 and numerous law enforcement officers searching for him, Ray said.

When the Overton Drive burglary was reported, multiple deputies converged on the area, believing it was possibly the same person who fled police. Deputies were concerned as the man seemed to become more brazen in his attempts to elude capture.

Deputies spotted Arreola, in a large fir tree off Northwest White Fox Drive. Prior to the deputies arrival at the tree, the homeowner on Northwest White Fox Drive called to report a man fell out of the tree and, apparently suffering a leg injury, was trying to crawl through the back door.

Deputies contacted Arreola on the back deck of the residence. They confirmed he was the person who earlier ran from Beaverton police and broke into the Overton Drive house. Arreola had attempted to enter two other homes when he was running from the Overton Drive house to the fir tree.

Upon release from the hospital, Arreola will be lodged in the Washington County Jail, where he will face multiple accusations, including burglary.



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