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Two arrested for attempted burglary, fleeing police

Suspects had stolen a car in Seattle; neighbor reported suspicious activity


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Parkerby: SUBMITTED PHOTO - SchlickeiserTwo men were arrested in Scappoose Thursday, Oct. 10, after attempting to burglarize a St. Helens home and elude police.

Randy Parker, 27, of Seattle and Tomas Schlickeiser, 43, of Portland, were spotted by a St. Helens resident last Thursday as they tried to break into a garage located on Alderwood Drive in St. Helens at about 10:30 p.m.

The resident confronted the suspects and asked them what they were up to, said St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss. The suspects said they were friends of the resident’s neighbor and it was OK for them to be there, at which point the resident called the police and the two men fled. Moss said the resident reported to St. Helens police that the two men left the scene in a red Subaru after attempting to break in to the garage.

Soon after, St. Helens police officers Rick Grahm and Lance Ritchie spotted the suspects driving north on North Vernonia Road near Highway 30. When the officers attempted to pull the Subaru over, Parker, who was driving the vehicle, fled toward Scappoose on Highway 30. According to a press release, the suspects raced at speeds in excess of 100 mph until reaching Scappoose.

Upon entering the city, Parker led police through neighborhoods on the west side of Scappoose and eventually crashed near Scappoose High School. Moss said the suspects drove across the school’s athletic field and launched off an embankment at its west end, crashing onto SE Fifth Street and destroying the car’s front suspension. “In ‘Dukes of Hazzard,’ the car keeps on going.” Moss said. “In this case, that did not work.”

Upon crashing, both Parker and Schlickeiser fled from the vehicle. Parker, hiding under a trailer, was apprehended by Lycos, a St. Helens Police canine officer, and Officer John Eggers. Schliskeiser was apprehended by other officers while hiding under the school’s bleachers.

St. Helens Police officers later discovered that the vehicle had been stolen in Seattle on Oct. 9.

Since officers were unable to connect the suspects with the St. Helens area or the house on Alderwood, their motivation for the attempted burglary remains unclear, according to the press release.

Parker was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, first-degree theft, attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal trespass, and first-degree attempted burglary. Parker is currently lodged at the Columbia County Jail with his bail set at $81,250.

Schlickeiser was charged with second-degree criminal trespass, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and second-degree attempted burglary. Schlickeiser was also lodged at the Columbia County Jail with his bail set at $81,250

Moss speculated the suspects would remain lodged at the Columbia County Jail, but not without the release of other offenders due to the jail’s limited bed space.

“I’d be willing to bet that the fact that they stayed in jail means someone probably left,” he said.

“This story really demonstrates what it’s like to have a community that’s engaged with each-other and look out for one another,” Moss said, commending the actions of the resident who initially reported the incident. “Lots of kudos for the neighbor. That report made all the difference in the world... it would’ve been extremely difficult — if not impossible — otherwise.”