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Woman Carjacks Repossessed Vehicle.
Police arrested one of the two suspects accused of stealing a pickup from a tow yard in North Portland last Wednesday and hitting an employee in the process, leaving him with serious injuries.
The theft happened at about 2:40 a.m. on February 12 at a tow yard in the 8500 block of North Kerby Avenue. Two suspects broke through a gate, stole a 2016 Ford F150, and ran over a tow yard employee while getting away.
The employee suffered significant injuries but is expected to survive.
"We saw how violent the impact was, and this guy is real lucky that he even survived and wasn’t that badly injured. It could have been so much worse," Sgt. Kevin Allen said.
On Saturday evening, someone working for the tow company spotted the stolen Ford near Northeast 6th Drive and Middlefield Road.
"Saw it and said 'that’s the truck that was involved.' So he was concerned that it might drive away, he didn’t see anybody around, and he actually hooked it up to his tow truck to make sure that it couldn’t leave, called us, and we came and seized the truck as evidence," Allen said.
At about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, an officer followed up on an anonymous tip that one of the suspects was in the 1600 block of Northeast 128th Avenue.
The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Nicole Penagos-Clare, ran from the officer but was eventually taken into custody.
Penagos-Clare was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and failure to perform the duties of a driver-injury (a.k.a. hit-and-run) which is a class-C felony.
Josh Durrett spoke with KATU after coming home from the hospital this week.
"She actually ran over the side of the tire and broke the gear box and threw it out of alignment, and when I was tossed through the air my head ... collided with one of these lug nuts, and that’s what gave me this pretty good gash," he said.
Durrett said he didn't feel pain in the moment, but now is grateful to be alive.
"You see me do a whole cartwheel and then hit my head on the thing. Luckily I popped back up, because if I didn’t pop back up that second time when she ran all the way through if I wasn’t conscious she would have rolled right over my body and I probably wouldn’t be here," he said.
Detectives are still looking for the other suspect, a white man in his 60s or 70s with white hair.