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Jewel thief caught in Gresham by off-duty officer from Hawaii

An off-duty corrections officer visiting from Hawaii stopped a jewel thief from making off with a diamond from the Fred Meyer in Gresham on Wednesday.

At 11 a.m. Dec. 3 Police were called to the Fred Meyer at 2797 S.E. Burnside Street on reports of a theft.

Paris Deshonn Perrantes, 49, of Seattle, allegedly walked into the Fred Meyer jewelry section and asked to see the most expensive ring.

The clerk hands him a 2-carat diamond valued at $16,995 and he turns around and runs out of the store, police said.

As Perrantes runs out, other Fred Meyer customers yell various incarnations of "stop that man!"

That's when the off-duty officer saw Perrantes running, grabbed him and handed him over to store employees.

Police then took Perrantes into police custody on accusations of aggravated theft.