Off duty Gresham detective helps catch burglary suspect

Gresham homeowner chased Sandy man until suspect attempted to puncture his tire
by: Contributed photo Kristopher Michael Aiken

An off-duty police detective interrupted a burglary in Gresham and helped officers arrest the suspect.

Gresham Detective Sgt. Bob Fay had just left work Friday, Oct. 21, but was monitoring the burglary call that came in at about 3:50 p.m.

According to that call, a homeowner in the 3800 block of Southeast 15th Terrace came home to find a vehicle he didn't recognize in his driveway. Then he saw a man put a toolbox, which he recognized as his, into the vehicle

The homeowner tried to use his vehicle block the suspect's vehicle, but the suspect inched around the victim's vehicle. The suspect escaped by driving over the victim's lawn, with the homeowner chasing after him.

At one point during the chase, the suspect got out of his vehicle and used a screwdriver to try to puncture one of the victim's tires. That's when the homeowner stopped the pursuit.

Fay, the off-duty detective, happened to see the suspect's vehicle near Southeast 302nd Avenue and Chase Road and followed it. He updated on-duty officers on the suspect's location until police arrested him in the 34200 block of Southeast Kelso Road at 4:07 p.m.

Kristopher Michael Aiken, 34, of Sandy is being held at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail on a no-bail Multnomah County hold, as well as allegations of first-degree burglary, attempted burglary, theft, menacing, criminal mischief and methamphetamine possession.