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On-foot chase leads to arrest after Aloha car prowl

An Aloha man chased after a man he saw rummaging through his car on Tuesday, but it was a Washington County sheriff's deputy who ultimately apprehended the suspect.

Randy Herman Jr., 22, of Hillsboro, was arrested after a deputy discovered and questioned a suspicious-looking person at an apartment building in the vicinity of Southwest Masters Loop in Aloha, said Sgt. David Thompson, sheriff's office spokesman.

Deputies responded around 6:15 p.m. after a man reported chasing a suspect he saw rummaging through his car while it was parked in the 4600 block of Southwest Masters Loop. The victim said he lost sight of the suspect, who had taken a bag of tools from the car, but provided deputies a description of the man.

Numerous deputies responded to the area and started searching for the suspect. Within 10 minutes, a deputy located a 'suspicious'-looking man lingering around a nearby apartment building.

Identifying himself as Herman, the suspect told the deputy he had found a bag of tools. He eventually admitted to taking the tools from the car, which the victim valued at about $300, Thompson said.

Facing accusations of second-degree theft and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, Herman was lodged in the Washington County Jail.