Crime spree suspect appears in Clark County courtroom

Judge sets bail at $1 million

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Updated: July 11, 2012, 7:03 PM

 
photoBrent J. Woodall

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The former bodybuilder who is accused of leading police on a 90-minute chase into north Portland after allegedly robbing two Clark County banks made a first appearance in court Wednesday.

Brent Woodall, 29, of Salmon Creek is accused of first-degree burglary, injury hit-and-run, attempting to elude police, theft of a motor vehicle and three counts of first-degree robbery.

Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield requested his bail be set at $1 million during a brief hearing before Clark County Superior Court Judge John Wulle. The judge granted that request and appointed Gerald Wear as Woodall’s attorney.

Woodall arrived in Clark County on Tuesday after being extradited from Multnomah County, where he pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree robbery.

On the afternoon of June 20, Woodall allegedly robbed Riverview Community Bank in Hazel Dell and the Bank of America on Auto Mall Drive. He also is accused of several attempted carjackings and a successful one, as well as a hit-and-run crash while fleeing from police pursuit.

According to court documents, Woodall describes himself as a self-employed personal trainer, but he said he hasn’t worked lately. He also reported “a heroin problem,” the documents said.

He lives with his wife, Aimee Woodall, in a two-story, 3,550-square-foot house with her three children from a previous marriage. The house had been on the market as a short sale for about a year before the listing expired in September.

Court documents indicate the Woodalls owe $350,000 on the home, which is estimated to be worth $320,000.

Aimee Woodall is seeking a divorce and restraining order against him. She said in court papers that her husband has a “recent history of mental health issues” and that she was not aware of the alleged crime spree before hearing about it on the news.

Woodall will be back in court July 25 for arraignment.

Paul Suarez: 360-735-4522; http://www.twitter.com/col_cops; paul.suarez@columbian.com.