Suspect Alexis Ibarra Gomez was unable to “shake and bake” his way out of being arrested.
Around 6:00 p.m. on October 26, police got a call about a black GMC pickup truck driving erratically, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Police say the driver of the black GMC, later identified as 25-year-old Alexis Ibarra Gomez, “reportedly stopped his vehicle in the roadway, pointed a handgun out the driver’s-side window, and fired multiple shots backwards in the direction of the witness.”
Police say the witness ducked down then returned fire with a rifle. No one was injured in the exchange, and the witness is “cooperating fully with authorities,” according to the CCSO.
After that Gomez, and a female passenger, fled the scene in the black GMC, which was later confirmed stolen out of Salem, Oregon. The CCSO said deputies spotted the vehicle headed north on Highway 213 and assisting officers from the Oregon City Police Department tried to pull the suspect over. Gomez refused to stop and a chase ensued.
“At 6:18 p.m., law enforcement located the GMC, which had crashed into a detached garage at a residence in the 16000 block of SE Henrici Rd,” the CCSO said in its release. “A witness told deputies Gomez had fled the vehicle, jumped a fence, and ran eastbound into a wooded area.”
Deputies found the female passenger as she was walking away from the crash. She was interviewed by authorities then released according to the sheriff’s office.
Multiple departments responded to the area, including Oregon State Police, the Washington County Air Unit, Oregon City Police, and members from the Clackamas County SWAT and Crisis Negotiation units, the CCSO stated in its release.
Following the crash, Gomez forced his way into a home in the nearby Beaverlake area, authorities say. “The homeowner was out of the house at the time, but contacted police when the suspect tripped the home’s alarm system,” the CCSO wrote in the release. “The homeowner offered updates on the suspect’s actions via the home’s security system. The homeowner also helpfully provided deputies with a layout of the home to use as needed.”
According to authorities, while the suspect was in the residence he changed into a “Talladega Nights” Ricky Bobby costume he’d found in the home.
The Clackamas County SWAT Team surrounded the residence where they could see the suspect moving around in the home.
“Fortunately, the standoff ended peacefully when Gomez emerged from the residence with a bicycle,” the Sheriff’s Office stated. “Seeing the house was surrounded, he quickly collapsed to the ground as SWAT took him into custody without further incident at approximately 9 p.m.”
“Out of anything to choose from in the home, he found my Halloween outfit … the full jumpsuit with the hat,” homeowner Paul Wille said. “He takes that and my bicycle with two flat tires and tries to escape. Apparently, that didn’t work too well.”
The Ricky Bobby wanna-be faces multiple charges for his three-hour crime spree, including first-degree attempted assault, attempting to elude a police officer, first-degree burglary, and additional charges, according to the CCSO.