Tigard police pursue theft suspect into Kruse Way area
Tigard police arrested one man and used K-9 dogs to search for another who fled on foot April 26 after spotting the theft suspects' vehicle in Lake Oswego.
According to Lake Oswego and Tigard police officials, officers received reports that some sort of carrying container, possibly a briefcase, had been stolen from inside a parked vehicle outside a Home Depot on Southwest Sequoia Parkway in Tigard. The bag's contents included a laptop and a handgun, police were told.
Multiple witnesses, including the victim of the theft, reported that the suspects had driven away in a gray Dodge pickup truck and appeared to be heading toward Lake Oswego. A Tigard police officer located a vehicle matching the description near the intersection of Bangy and Meadows roads and followed it down Meadows while waiting for backup to arrive.
Police eventually stopped the vehicle in a parking lot in the 5100 block of Meadows Road, near the intersection with Carman Drive.
The driver of the pickup, who was later identified as 34-year-old Dragan Agatonovic of Beaverton, was taken into custody, but the passenger in the pickup fled the scene on foot. A K-9 unit from Beaverton was called in to assist Tigard police in searching the area for the suspect, and the LOPD offered assistance as well. But according to LOPD officials, the K-9 search was called off around 2 p.m. after the dogs failed to find the second suspect.
Agatonovic faces charges that include theft of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a forged instrument, according to Jim Wolf, the public information officer for the Tigard Police Department. The stolen bag was found inside the pickup, Wolf said, and the gun and laptop were both recovered.
Lake Grove Elementary School was placed on lockout for approximately 30 minutes while police searched the area nearby. An email from school officials at around 12:50 p.m. said all students were safe and that the district was awaiting an all-clear from the LOPD. That all-clear came at approximately 1:20 p.m., and the rest of the day proceeded on a normal schedule.