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Police apprehend man wanted in 1995 rape case

A man who caught officers' attention by spinning the wheels of his pickup, later confessed to having a warrant for a 1995 rape case.

Jose Alfredo Hernandez, 36, of Gresham is being held on $300,000 bail at the Multnomah County Detention Center on a warrant for 10 counts of first-degree rape, five counts of sodomy and five counts of first-degree sex abuse.

Gresham police were monitoring an intersection to catch motorists not stopping at a stop sign at Northeast Fifth Street and Hood Avenue when the driver of a Chevy pickup spun its wheels, drawing the attention of nearby officers at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.

The driver had no license, but identified himself as 36-year-old Jose Alfredo Hernandez, said Officer Malaka Kerbs, Gresham police spokeswoman. Hernandez also was with two of his three children, one of whom was not properly belted.

Then he reportedly told police he was a wanted man.

'Hernandez could no longer live with his guilt and told the officer he had a warrant,' Kerbs said.

A records check found Hernandez was wanted in connection to a 1995 Gresham sex abuse case, which included 20 counts of rape, sodomy and sex abuse.

Hernandez reportedly told the arresting officer he fled the area during the 1995 trial.

'It is unclear where he fled to or how long he was gone,' Kerbs said. Hernandez reportedly admitted to returning to the Gresham area with his wife and children.

Police transported Hernandez to the detention center. They also cited him for not having a driver's license, driving without insurance and endangering a child passenger.

The department is not releasing any more information on the 1995 case due to its sensitive nature, Kerbs said.