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Police search for suspect in home invasion

Chris Culver had just returned from a Las Vegas vacation when a man wearing a mask forced his way into Culver’s Lake Oswego home, bound him with duct tape and stole various items late last week.

Culver, 31, was alone in the house, in the 800 block of Boca Ratan Drive; his girlfriend and children were elsewhere at the time, according to police. He managed to free himself from the duct tape and called 9-1-1 at 7:46 p.m. Friday. It’s unclear how long he had been tied up.

The suspect remains at large.

Authorities secured a perimeter around the scene the night of the robbery and searched the area with police dogs but didn’t catch the suspect. The robber is described as 5-foot-9 to 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was reportedly wearing dark clothing and a mask. Police don’t think he was armed.

Although Culver didn’t accept medical treatment immediately after the incident, he might have visited a hospital later, according to police, who said he took a “thumping” from the thief. He didn’t return a phone call or email early this week.

Lake Oswego Police Capt. Dale Jorgensen declined to say what was stolen or whether police have recovered any of the items. He also declined to comment on whether the robber seemed surprised someone was home or possibly knew the house was occupied.

He said it’s unclear whether Culver was targeted or whether the incident was random.

“We’re looking into every possibility,” Jorgensen said.

Culver’s girlfriend had posted a note on Facebook late morning on Friday that the couple were headed back to the Portland area following a week in Nevada.

The house sits west of Tryon Creek State Natural Area. It’s about a half-mile away from the scene of another recent home invasion. In September, Lake Oswego resident Fritz Hayes was murdered after coming home from a walk to find a man inside of his house on Atwater Road.

Police don’t believe the incidents or others this year signal a rise in crime in the typically safe, insulated community. Still, they’re stepping up patrols. That’s what they usually do this time of year, when darkness sets in earlier in the day and many people take trips out of town, Jorgensen said.

“Patrol officers are spending more time in the neighborhoods and driving around, making sure our presence is seen,” he said. “This is the prime time for burglaries.”




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