Lake Oswego police arrested a woman wanted in Oregon and Washington after she allegedly escaped authorities by jumping from a second-story window and impersonated a man while on the run.
Shannon Hamilton, 26, a transient, was taken into custody Saturday morning at the Motel 6 in Tualatin, Lake Oswego Police Capt. Dale Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen said the case provides an example of police work at its best.
It was a great case of officers knowing what to look for, being vigilant in finding it and going the extra mile, he said.
According to Jorgensen, Lake Oswego police had received bulletins from Washington state authorities that included a key piece of information: Hamilton had family in Lake Oswego.
Soon after, an off-duty Lake Oswego officer thought he spotted her in a local market. But by the time someone responded to his call, she had left the store.
Then, police received additional information about a car Hamilton might be connected to. An officer found it at the Motel 6 and, in the very early morning hours of Saturday, confirmed Hamilton was checked in there. Police waited until daylight and knocked on the door, which someone else answered.
We asked where is she, and they said shes in the bathroom, Jorgensen said. She had locked herself in there. We told her to come out and she did.
Jorgensen said Hamilton was arrested without incident and faces no local charges. One or two additional people were in the motel room but were not arrested, he said. Officers from Lake Oswego and Tualatin made the arrest. Lake Oswego police brought a K-9 unit but didnt release the dog.
Jorgensen said police did a good job of making all of the right connections and being tenacious enough to stick with it.
According to the show Washingtons Most Wanted, Hamilton was wanted for skipping out on court, where she faced charges related to a stolen car, and for allegedly lying about her identity to police. According to the show, King County detectives at one point tracked her to a Lakewood, Wash., apartment but she jumped out of a window and escaped.
After her arrest, she was lodged at Clackamas County Jail.
Clackamas County Lt. Adam Phillips said Hamilton was no longer in county facilities as of Tuesday. She was wanted on warrants out of Washington and Clatsop County in Oregon.