Victim's stolen rental car found in Southeast Portland
by: Submitted photo Kirk Charlton

A Beaverton man accused of robbing a Cedar Hills man at gunpoint of his rented vehicle on Sunday was apprehended and arrested later that day in Southeast Portland.

TriMet transit police officers arrested Kirk Rufus Charlton, 49, shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday and transported him to the Washington County Jail.

Detained on $250,000 bond, Charlton faces multiple accusations including second-degree robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, first-degree theft and a U.S. marshal's warrant for a weapons violation, said Sgt. Bob Ray, spokesman with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The 45-year-old victim was not injured in the incident that took place on Southwest Roxbury Avenue in Cedar Hills.

He said he was sitting outside his rented 2010 Chevrolet HHR when an unknown man holding a handgun approached him. The suspect allegedly told the victim to turn over his keys to the vehicle, took the keys and drove the vehicle away in an unknown direction.

The victim ran home and immediately called 911 following the theft.

As the victim was being interviewed, additional Washington County sheriff's deputies initiated a search for the vehicle and the suspect. Investigators received information that the vehicle might be in Southeast Portland.

At 5:40 p.m., Portland police officers spotted the vehicle in the area of Southeast 143rd Avenue and Southeast Morrison Street, where the suspect was seen abandoning the vehicle and running off. A K-9 tracking was attempted without success.

Investigators received information that a person matching the suspect's description stopped at a garage sale, purchased a shirt and was given a ride to a nearby MAX light-rail train platform.

A few minutes after 6 p.m., TriMet Transit Police officers located a person matching the suspect's description on the MAX platform at Southeast 102nd Avenue and Burnside Street.

Charlton, perspiring heavily and out of breath, was detained without further incident.

Sheriff's deputies and Portland police officers confirmed through witness information and evidence that Charlton was the person who stole the vehicle, Ray said.

The victim's rented vehicle was taken to the Washington County Sheriff's Office Forensics Science Unit to process for evidence.

The Gresham Police Department assisted with the search.

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