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Burglary suspect found making himself at home in RV

Gresham police early Tuesday, Nov. 13, arrested a man who allegedly broke into a recreational vehicle being stored for the winter and made himself at home.

Marlon Antonio Jimenez-Godoy, 22, who has no address listed in jail records, is being held at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail on allegations of burglary, trespassing, interfering with peace officers and a law enforcement animal, and attempted assault of a public safety animal. Bail is set at $58,500, but he’s also being held on a no-bail U.S. immigration hold.

A security guard for an RV storage facility in the 2100 block of Southeast 190th Avenue saw lights and heard noise coming from one of the vehicles at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, said Sgt. Claudio Grandjean, Gresham Police spokesman. He immediately called police.

“They’d had an ongoing problem with break-ins to motor homes,” Grandjean said. In fact, last month the guard found someone’s identification on the ground at the facility — only to later recognize the person on the ID as a man he saw on the premises and kicked out on Oct. 21.

So when police arrived early Tuesday and found a man inside an RV watching a DVD in Spanish, the guard saw that it was the same guy.

Police flashed lights inside the RV and ordered the man to come out, but he ignored them.

Officers went inside, but the man locked himself inside the RV’s bathroom. Despite police warnings that they’d force the door open and the sound of a police dog barking in the background, he still refused to surrender, Grandjean said. “That’s a little surprising,” he said. “Usually about 90 percent of the time when they hear the dog barking they know we’re playing for real and come out.”

So the police dog attacked the man, biting him on the forearm. The man still didn’t give up and tried to fight off the dog. “But he was distracted enough fighting off the dog that officers were able to take the him into custody,” Grandjean said.

Police also found a key to another RV in the man’s possession and are investigating whether he’s connected to the prior break-ins.

James Ferretti, the Gresham man who owns the 2000 National Tradewinds 37-foot-long Class A RV, isn’t surprised by the incident. “He’s been kind of camping out there for a while,” Ferretti said.

On Monday, Nov. 5, Ferretti noticed some throw rugs wadded up and saw that some loose pocket change was missing. So he alerted the manager.

Then a week later, he saw some corn chip crumbs on the floor and checked the kitchen cabinet where the chips should have been. There sat the clip used to close the open bag, but the bag was gone. Ferretti found the empty bag behind his rocking chair.

“He even brought his own DVDs,” Ferretti said. “He had a whole bag of them.”

All things considered, Ferretti feels pretty lucky.

“He never touched any of the alcohol, and he never did any real damage,” Ferretti said.




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