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Car owner thwarts vehicle prowler

Father and son interrupt theft in progress at The Round

A father and son helped police nab a 26-year-old man who was reportedly trying the steal their vehicle Thursday afternoon while they were working out at the 24-Hour Fitness located at The Round at Beaverton Central.

Chase Perrine was lodged in the Washington County Jail on unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle charges.

Beaverton police were called to the parking garage in the 4000 block of Southwest Watson Avenue at 2:45 p.m., after the father and son returned to their vehicle to find a man inside.

Officers arrived and found a 44-year-old man and his 15-year-old son detaining the suspect.

They told police they were leaving the 24-Hour Fitness gym and returning to their truck, which was parked on the fourth floor of the garage. While approaching the truck, they reportedly saw the suspect inside the truck.

The suspect appeared to be trying to steal it, said Detective Sgt. Jim Shumway, Beaverton police spokesman.

"As the father and son approached the truck, the suspect exited the truck and tried to get away," Shumway said. "The father and son boxed the suspect in between other vehicles, but the suspect managed slip between them and ran from the scene."

The father reportedly gave his cellphone to his son, instructing him to call 911. He then pursued the suspect, chasing him down four flights of stairs and away from the garage toward the street some distance away, Shumway added.

The father, who ran track in school, reportedly told the suspect as he was chasing and catching up to him that he was not going to get away.

"The suspect then stopped and gave up," Shumway said. The father escorted the the man back up four flights of stairs and back to the truck.

Along the way, the suspect reportedly begged to be let go.



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