Update: Police catch suspected burglar in Butternut Creek
Washington County Sheriff's deputies are well acquainted with Vincent Danielson, whom they consider dangerous
A Washington County Sheriff's deputy fished a suspected burglar out of Butternut Creek in Aloha on Tuesday after a five-hour search.
Vincent Michael Danielson, 31, already was wanted on warrants and faces a long list of felony charges once authorities compile his alleged crimes, Sheriff's Sgt. Bob Ray said shortly after his capture.
Deputies along with police officers from Beaverton and Hillsboro spent hours hunting down Danielson in Aloha after he was spotted that morning leaving the scene of an attempted burglary.
After a resident tipped them off about Danielson's location, a deputy caught him trying to cross chest-deep water in the creek near Southwest 209th and Parker Court.
"He was determined to get away," Ray said.
Danielson already was well-known to local police agencies because he is the prime suspect in at least a dozen burglaries and has stolen 15 or more firearms and at least six vehicles in an ongoing crime spree dating to mid-December, Ray said.
"We consider him very dangerous," Ray said before the capture.
The incident started shortly after 10 a.m. at a home in the 7800 block of Southwest Miller Hill Road, in the southwest part of Aloha. The suspect was wearing a mask when a resident surprised him and prompted him to flee the scene.
Deputies quickly identified Danielson driving a pickup truck stolen from the Bull Mountain area a day earlier as he fled through a field. Deputies pursued him until he eventually abandoned the vehicle near Southwest Kinnaman Street in Aloha and ran, jumping fences along the way, Ray said.
Officers from the three agencies, including K-9 teams, were involved in the search. Before catching him, they collected both a handgun that is believed to have been stolen and a backpack containing items from a previous burglary, both of which they believe Danielson ditched, Ray said.
Nearby schools were reportedly secured during the search as a precaution.
Danielson was lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, felony attempting to elude, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and three warrants for crimes including weapons charges and identity theft. His bail was set at $615,000.
Ray said additional charges are likely as the investigation continues.