Milwaukie bandit gets money, gets naked, gets stoned, gets arrested


The man, they say, was an experienced criminal, with multiple prior arrests recorded in Oregon, West Virginia, Alaska and California.

But, given how he behaved on the afternoon of Friday, July 14th, in Milwaukie, it's hard to imagine him making a successful career of crime.

The man, later identified as 35-year-old Paul Edward Jarvis, allegedly entered the U.S. Bank at 15533 S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard in Milwaukie at 5:30 pm, and committed a strong-arm robbery of the bank. Officers from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office converged on the scene to try to find the robbery suspect.

At 5:55 pm a citizen called from the Edwards Center, at 3287 S.E. Risley Avenue, a short distance from the bank, to report a naked male subject in the rear yard of this complex. This subject was described to have 'soiled himself', and was holding money in his hands as he hopped over the fence, naked.

With the mention of the money, the officers assumed this to be the same guy who, minutes earlier, had robbed the U.S. Bank--although witnesses had described the man who robbed the bank as having been wearing clothing at the time of the holdup.

The search concentrated in an area cordoned off by Sheriff's Office personnel between S.E. Swain and East Avenue, just west of McLoughlin Boulevard, in Milwaukie.

A Sheriff's Office airplane arrived to participate in the search, and a 'canine unit' was also there to conduct an active track of this naked subject at large.

At 7:25 pm, the suspect was located by Clackamas County Deputy Don Boone and his K-9 partner Bruno, and was taken into custody. He'd been hiding in a gazebo at the rear of a residence at 15416 S.E. East Avenue, near the intersection of S.E. Swain and Risley.

By this time the bandit had found and donned a pair of extra-larger trousers, although he was still otherwise bare. He received several minor dog bites before submitting to arrest.

Officers reported that quite a bit of cash was recovered at the scene.

At the arrest location, it was discovered an outbuilding had been burglarized, and cans of paint had been opened and inhaled by the suspect, apparently trying to get 'high', rather than get away.

Officers also found that he had removed a rear sliding glass door screen at this address, in an apparent attempt to get inside this occupied house. A woman and her young child were at home at the time, but they were not harmed during the incident.

Arresting officers described the suspect, Paul Edward Jarvis, to be very incoherent, possibly from inhaling the paint fumes. Jarvis was treated for the minor dog bites he received during the arrest, and then was transported to the Clackamas County Jail. There he was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, Attempted Burglary in the First Degree, and--a federal charge--Bank Robbery in the First Degree.

No charges were made against Jarvis relating to his having shed his clothes after leaving the bank, nor was there any explanation for such an unusual and seemingly ineffective getaway strategy.