Driver picked up fare in Oregon City early Friday morning
A Broadway Cab driver had his vehicle stolen at gunpoint early Friday morning by a man he had picked up at an Oregon City restaurant. The vehicle was later found via GPS in rural Clackamas County, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said the cab driver picked up the man, described as a 45-year-old white male, about 5'6" tall, medium build with brown/gray hair and wearing a dark shirt, jeans and a dark hat, at Shari's Restaurant in the Oregon City Shopping Center. The man told the cab driver that his car had broken down and that he had to get to his aunt's house in the Beavercreek area.
At about 1:50 a.m., when they were near South Beavercreek and Unger roads in rural Clackamas County, the man suddenly pulled out a gun, pointed it at the driver and told him to get out of the vehicle. The man then drove off with the cab, and the driver went to a nearby house to call 911.
CCSO deputies and officers from the Molalla Police Department then arrived and accessed the stolen vehicle's onboard GPS through Broadway Cab to find the vehicle at Highway 211 and S. Beavercreek Road.
Officials searched the area using police dogs from the Oregon City Police Department but didn't find the suspect. They are continuing to investigate the incident and expect to have surveillance video of the suspect in the next few days.
Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line by phone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #11-27895.
The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. Send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.