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St. Helens man injured in home burglary, officers searching for suspect

A St. Helens man was taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after being seriously injured while trying to stop a burglary in progress at his home on 16th Street in St. Helens.

Shortly before 3 p.m. the St. Helens Police Department was called to 125 S. 16th St., when witnesses reported a fight occurring outside of a house. Police Chief Terry Moss reported that the owner of the residence had come home to find another man inside his house attempting to rob him. The man then tried to prevent the suspect from escaping, when a fight broke out between the two men, Moss said.

The suspect fled on foot and was last seen running behind businesses on 16th Street and Columbia Boulevard. Officers and the K-9 unit searched the area, but still had not arrested a suspect as of Friday morning.

The homeowner was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, Moss said Thursday afternoon. It is unknown if the suspect was successful in taking anything from the home during the burglary.

The suspect is described as approximately 30 years old, 5 foot, 8 inches tall and was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, gray cap, blue jeans, a pair of gloves and carrying a black backpack. Police are seeking any information from witnesses.

“You know, this call came at a time when 3 o'clock in the afternoon on Columbia Boulevard is very busy … if anything looked funny to anybody they should let us know,” Moss said.

St. Helens Police posted an update via the department's Facebook page Friday, indicating a helicopter was deployed after the incident, but was actually a news helicopter, not affiliated with the police department or its search for a suspect.

Police say Thursday's burglary and assault is "uncommon" for the area.

"The crimes committed yesterday were unusual and uncommon in the city of St. Helens. There are no indications that this is part of a pattern or trend," the statement read. "We will be focused on identifying the suspect and will share the details as they become available."

Moss added that while the suspect's description could fit many individuals, police still encourage witnesses to call dispatch at 503-397-1521.