A busy night leads to two arrests in the city
For Sumalee Jermsak at the Singha Thai Restaurant on Boones Ferry Road, four broken windows are about as close as she plans to come to a burglary.
When the restaurant's alarm sounded at 4 a.m. Tuesday, she narrowly escaped coming closer. The sound instead sent a man running and put police on the trail of a local crime spree that included the attempted burglary, a residential burglary, a stolen car, a stolen bike and several car prowls.
'We arrested two people and we're still sorting it out,' said Don Forman, a captain in the Lake Oswego Police Department.
Police arrested Jason Narog, 23, on South Shore Boulevard after finding the man walking with a laptop under his shirt, Forman said.
Lt. Dale Jorgensen of the Lake Oswego Police said Narog was originally contacted and offered a ride to a bus stop.
'While we were taking that person to a bus stop he pointed out another suspicious person who, when we stopped to question him, he had the same kind of shoes on that were used in the attempted burglary,' Jorgensen said.
That person was Roger Eikenberry, 27, who was eventually connected to the attempted burglary and other crimes in the area. The two men had split up at some point earlier in the evening.
Police said the laptop carried by Narog was ultimately tied to a car stolen from the Metro area, which police believe had been driven by Eikenberry earlier in the night.
Eikenberry was charged with three counts of theft, criminal mischief, two counts of burglary and unlawful use of a motor vehicle and unlawful entry into cars. He is being held in the Clackamas County Jail in lieu of $115,000 bail.
Forman said Eikenberry was extremely intoxicated and 'at one point he was pounding his head on the screen, the plexiglas transport screen' between officer and passenger in the police car.
Police said Eikenberry had medical attention twice, once when an ambulance was called to clean up road rash on his face from a scuffle with police. Eikenberry then injured his head by banging it on the police cruiser window on the way to the Clackamas County Jail. Jail officials rejected the bloody suspect, so he was taken to a hospital, cleaned up, and sent back again.
Narog was ultimately charged with one count of theft and lodged at Clackamas County Jail, where he is being held on $15,000 bail.
'We believe there are some yet unreported vehicle prowls,' Forman said.
Police were still sorting out the case by midday Wednesday. Within hours of the crime, Jermsak had already repaired the windows at Singha Thai Restaurant and gotten back to business.
Though her storage room has been broken into three times in 10 years, Jermsak said Tuesday marked the first time anyone ever tried to break into her restaurant.
'They didn't have time to take anything yet,' she said.
She was relieved the crime didn't cause further damage and that nothing was stolen. She said she hoped her first run-in with an attempted burglary would be her last.