ALOHA, Ore. – A man who had warrants out for his arrest was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after a 90-minute search through an Aloha neighborhood.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy saw 21-year-old Elijah Andrew James Halverson at about 2 p.m. near Southwest Farmington Road and 176th Avenue and knew he was wanted and possibly armed with a gun.
Halverson took off running through a neighborhood when the deputy ordered him to surrender, according to Sgt. Bob Ray of the sheriff’s office.
Deputies said they saw Halverson jump over fences and attempt to break into at least one house. A homeowner pushed Halverson away from the door before arming himself with a baseball bat and a large pair of scissors, Ray said.
“A lot of things were running through my mind but I’m not going to let him in so I pushed his head," said the homeowner, Niall Cochon. "When he peeled back, I closed the door.”
Deputies heard the commotion at the house and focused their search on the area. Halverson was taken into custody at about 3:30 p.m. in the backyard of a residence in the 5500 block of Southwest 176th Avenue, Ray said.
Halverson was not armed when he was arrested, Ray said, but two loaded handguns were found buried in a crawlspace under a nearby house. One of the guns was reported stolen, according to Ray.
Halverson was lodged in the Washington County Jail on several outstanding warrants and was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, first-degree aggravated theft of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, attempted burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing. He is being held without the possibility of bail.
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