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Gresham burglary suspect arrested

Robert Charles Clement may have been shot during Columbia County incident
by: Contributed photo Robert Charles Clement

A man whose last known address was in Gresham is suspected of breaking into the home of an off-duty federal police officer earlier this month.

Robert Charles Clement, 38, is being held on an unrelated warrant for a parole violation at the Columbia County Jail. But investigators believe he could be a suspect in an Oct. 9 incident, during which an off-duty federal police officer fired at and hit an intruder in the officer's home in Warren.

Late on Sunday, Oct. 9, the off-duty officer, who works for the Department of Homeland Security, heard someone trying to break into his house. The homeowner fired his duty weapon at the suspect, who ran away. At the time it wasn't clear whether the intruder had been hit.

Investigators now believe Clement was the intruder and that he may have had an accomplice. They've identified her as Jodi Lee Ann Hill, 34, also with a last known address in Gresham.

The Multnomah County Warrant Strike Team, acting on an anonymous tip, found the suspects in a Troutdale Motel 6 on Tuesday, Oct. 18 - the same day Clement was released from Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center in Portland after treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his left shoulder.

Columbia County police then took Clement into custody in Portland, said Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.

Two days later, on Thursday, Aug. 30, police arrested Hill, who also is known by the last name Jaimes. She too is in the Columbia County Jail on a parole violation warrant.

Now, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office is asking citizens to help identify additional burglaries that Clement might have committed.

'We are asking citizens for their help in identifying either the car or the suspects in regard to the numerous unsolved burglaries we are working in our county,' Dickerson said.

The suspects are known to drive a black Nissan Sentra with Oregon license plate ZWH 337. Anyone with any information on the suspects or other burglaries they may have committed is encouraged to call Columbia County Detective David Peabody at 503-366-4611, ext. 4609.

Columbia County has seen a spike in burglaries since the sheriff's office laid off employees in the wake of a failed public safety levy in May.