Lake Oswego police pull suspect from locked car
Lake Oswego Police spent more than two hours Sunday morning trying to convince a suspect who had locked himself inside a Mini Cooper to give himself up before finally smashing a car window and taking the suspect into custody.
Travis Jennings Lausen, 36, was then transported to Clackamas County Jail, according to LOPD Lt. Darryl Wrisley, where he was being held Sunday afternoon on outstanding warrants.
Wrisley said police responded to the Rite Aid store in downtown Lake Oswego at around 7 a.m. Sunday after receiving reports of a suspicious man and woman wandering around the store. The woman was allowed to leave the scene after officers identified her and found no reason to hold her. But Lausen apparently bolted to the Mini Cooper and locked himself inside.
According to Wrisley, police quickly determined that the Mini Cooper was not registered to Lausen, and that the suspect had two outstanding warrants — a felony warrant for a parole violation and a municipal warrant on a DUII charge from Scappoose. They also realized, Wrisley said, that they could not see what Lausen was doing inside the car because of its heavily tinted windows.
Officers spent about two hours trying to talk Lausen out of the car, Wrisley said, and a K9 unit was summoned in case officers needed help extracting the suspect from the Mini Cooper. When negotiations failed, Wrisley said, police smashed the car's front passenger window and pulled Lausen from the vehicle.
No one was injured in the incident, Wrisley said, but a search of the Mini Cooper did uncover drug paraphernalia (needles and small plastic bags with what appeared to be drug residue) and a variety of electronics devices.
Lausen was taken into custody at about 9:30 a.m. and transported to Clackamas County Jail. An investigation into possible new charges is continuing, Wrisley said.
— The Review