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Deputies prevent home invasion robbery

Washington County Sheriff's deputies apparently prevented a potentially violent home invasion robbery Sunday afternoon.

Two Portland men and a Gresham man were arrested approximately one mile from the home. They were in possession of methamphtamine, a baseball bat, a large kitchen knife and a pry bar.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the men intended to smoke methamphetamine and rob the home. The resident, a single woman, was home at the time. The men obtained her address by stealing her credit cards, driver's license, and keys from a car at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl earlier in the day.

All three men were taken to the Washington County Jail and booked on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary I, Attempted Burglary I, and Possession of Burglary Tools.

They are: John Phillips, 43, of Southeast Portland; Nicholas Teegarden, 27, of Northeast Portland; and Joseph M. Landers, 31, of Gresham.

In addition, Landers was placed on a hold from Multnomah County Parole and Probation. Phillips was also charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Driving While Revoked, and a hold was placed on him from Multnomah County Parole and Probation.

All three suspects have been arrested numerous times for a wide range of charges, including burglary, assault, miscellaneous drug charges, and weapons charges, the sheriff's office says.

According to the sheriff's office, the three were arrested after deputies stopped a 2001 Suzuki SUV for an unsignaled lane change in the area of Northwest 185th Avenue and Evrgreen Parkway. A deputy contacted the driver, Phillips, and determined he had a revoked license and was driving the car illegally. He was arrested for driving while revoked.

The deputy then discovered property, including credit cards and a driver's license, which belonged to a female. When questioned about the property, Philips said he found the items and was going to return them.

A second deputy then arrested the front seat passenger, Teegarden, for a felony warrant out of Multnomah County for failing to appear in court.

Deputies also arrested the rear-seat passenger, Landers.

According to the sheriff's office, the deputies also saw a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine in the center console of the car. A drug dog was brought in to search the car and about four grams of methamphetamine was found inside.

Deputies also seized a baseball bat, a large kitchen knife, and a pry bar from the car.