Press Release from Woodburn PD:
Friday, April 10, – Woodburn, OR – On April 9, 2020, Woodburn Police Department (WPD) Officers observed a driver in a stolen Ford F-250 driving erratically and at a high rate of speed through residential areas of Woodburn. Prior to officers attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver fled at a high rate of speed in the 300 block of S. Front Street at approximately 08:30 a.m.
The stolen vehicle was located and abandoned a few minutes later at the intersection of Brown Street and Tulip Avenue. Bystanders and witnesses reported seeing the driver flee on foot, running eastbound towards a greenway area near Hermanson Street and Deer Run Road. Bystanders and witnesses also reported seeing the suspect taking off layers of clothing.
A short while later WPD Officers located the suspect, identified as Jorge Maldonado (Age 30), near Hawley Street and Wilson Street. When Maldonado refused to obey police commands and resisted officer’s attempts to place him into handcuffs, a Conducted Energy Weapon was deployed. The Conducted Energy Weapon had little effect and Maldonado attempted to remove the probes. Officers were able to handcuff Maldonado as he continued to resist arrest.
Prior to this incident, Maldonado had caution coded warrants for his arrest and fought with officers in two separate incidents in 2019.
Maldonado was arrested on charges of Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief I, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude, Resisting Arrest as well as bench warrants for Interfering with a Peace Officer x 2, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest and Criminal Mischief II. He was transported and lodged at the Marion County Jail.
Friday, April 10, – Woodburn, OR – On April 10, 2020 at approximately 11:00 a.m., WPD Officers attempted to contact Rene Ortega (Age 27) while he was walking on foot at the 600 block of Young Street in Woodburn. WPD had probable cause to arrest Ortega for several charges related to previous stolen vehicles cases. Ortega attempted to flee on foot when contacted by police and was arrested without further incident after a brief foot pursuit at the rear of a nearby apartment complex.
Ortega had been suspected in a recent rash of stolen vehicle reports in the Woodburn and surrounding areas. Ortega was arrested on the following charges: Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle x 7, Attempt to Elude x 2, Reckless Driving, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Theft I, Escape III and a Probation Violation warrant. Ortega was transported and lodged at the Marion County Jail.
Silverton PD, Gervais PD and Hubbard PD, were contacted involving their respective cases and Ortega was also arrested with related stolen vehicle crimes from their jurisdictions. Please contact their respective agencies for details of their charges and cases.
These cases are not related.