Three Beaverton men arrested after threats, armed robbery
Suspects chased victims down dead-end street in vehicle
Washington County Sheriff's deputies arrested three Beaverton men on Monday after they reportedly threatened and robbed victims at gunpoint.
With the assistance of Beaverton police, deputies located and arrested Joshua Dwayne Johnson, 25, Brendan Cole Schumacher, 21, and Jeremy Matthew Shinder, 18, all of Beaverton, who are lodged in the Washington County Jail.
Deputies were called to a reported confrontation involving three men yelling at several other people in the 5300 block of Southwest 169th Place in Aloha on Monday at 2:02 p.m. A bystander reported that one of the three men had a handgun and took items from the victims. Deputies arrived to learn the three men fled in a black Toyota Prius in an unknown direction.
All local law enforcement were notified of the incident and assisted in the deputies' search for the vehicle and its occupants. Within minutes, a Beaverton police officer located the Prius driving on SW Tualatin Valley Highway and Southwest Murray Boulevard.
After deputies arrived, the vehicle was stopped at TV Highway and Southwest Hocken Avenue. The high-risk traffic stop interrupted the flow of traffic on TV Highway for about six minutes while the three men were removed safely from the vehicle and detained, said Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff's office spokesman. The handgun was unaccounted for and believed to have been hidden.
After interviewing the victims and witnesses, deputies believe this was a drug-related incident, Ray said. The three men reportedly used a ruse to lure the two victims to a secluded area and rob them. There was reportedly bad feelings over one of the victims previously stealing marijuana-growing equipment from the men.
The three men reportedly threatened the victims several times as they sped through the streets attempting to corner their car. The victims eventually drove down a dead-end street and were cornered.
The three men reportedly found them and again threatened them and a bystander with a gun and physical violence. The bystander called the sheriff's office to report the incident. Knowing deputies were called, the men fled in their vehicle.
Johnson, Schumacher and Shinder were all charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail each. There is the possibility of additional charges as the investigation continues, Ray noted.