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Man arrested for alleged carjacking

by: ,  Joshua Trea Neloms

Police arrested a Florida man Tuesday morning, May 29, after he allegedly tried to carjack a woman while she was stopped at a red light on Northeast 238th Drive at Interstate 84.

Joshua Trea Neloms, 27, of Jacksonville, Fla., was accused of second-degree attempted robbery and disorderly conduct. He was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center and held on $6,500 bail.

Police said a Gresham woman was stopped at the red light southbound on Northeast 238th Drive around 11:40 p.m. Monday, May 28, when a white van pulled up beside her. The woman said a male passenger jumped out of the van from the rear passenger door and tried to enter her vehicle by opening the driver's side door and the rear driver's side door, but both doors were locked.

When the signal changed to green, the woman quickly accelerated and left the scene. In her rearview mirror she saw the van turn onto eastbound Interstate 84.

Gresham police, who responded to the woman's residence, broadcast a description of the suspect vehicle, which matched an earlier call of a similar vehicle with a Tennessee license plate leaving a fast-food restaurant on Northeast 238th Drive.

Troutdale police located a vehicle, matching the description of the suspect vehicle, leaving a motel parking lot on Northwest Frontage Road. Police stopped the vehicle, which had four occupants inside.

From the descriptions of the suspect, a Multnomah County sheriff's deputy conducting the investigation identified Neloms and arrested him at 1:04 a.m. Tuesday.