Camas burglary suspect appears in court

Man allegedly rammed Camas police vehicle, spurred 3-hour manhunt

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Updated: November 20, 2012, 5:20 PM

 

The suspect in Monday’s Prune Hill burglary and three-hour manhunt made a first appearance Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court while seated in a wheelchair.

Wearing a dark blue jail uniform, Bradley Eric Jensen, 24, of Arlington was pushed into the courtroom by a sheriff’s custody officer.

Judge Scott Collier found probable cause for suspicion of residential burglary, second-degree robbery, hit-and-run driving, two counts of third-degree assault, resisting arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, second-degree possession of stolen property and third-degree theft. Collier scheduled Jensen’s arraignment for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Defense attorney Jack Peterson was appointed to represent Jensen.

The judge set bail at $150,000 due to the seriousness of the alleged crimes, in which two police officers were injured. Jensen also is wanted in Pierce County and has multiple prior criminal convictions.

It was unclear Tuesday why Jensen was in a wheelchair. He sustained minor injuries from a police dog bite shortly before he was arrested. He was treated and released Monday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

The manhunt began after a citizen called 911 at about 10:20 a.m. Monday to report that he had confronted a suspect stealing items from his daughter’s house in the 1600 block of Northwest 27th Avenue, in the Prune Hill neighborhood. When Camas police arrived on scene, the suspect was attempting to start a stolen white Honda parked in the driveway, according a probable cause affidavit signed by Camas police Sgt. Brett Robison.

Robison injured a finger when it was smashed during a struggle with Jensen. Camas police Officer Tim Fellows injured his hand when he attempted to grab the suspect through a car window and fell to the ground as the suspect drove away. Fellows was treated and released at a local hospital and was able to immediately return to work.

The driver crashed the Honda in a nearby yard and fled on foot into the surrounding neighborhood. Backup officers from multiple agencies responded and pursued him with police dogs.

The suspect was apprehended at about 1 p.m. in the 2500 block of Northwest Quartz Street. He told Robison, “‘It’s not me; it’s the drugs,” according to the affidavit.

A wallet belonging to the victim of a Monday car prowl in Vancouver was recovered at the scene, according to court documents.

Jensen told police that he is homeless and gave his parents’ address in Arlington, north of Everett, as his mailing address, according to court documents.

Paris Achen: 360-735-4551; http://twitter.com/Col_Courts; http://facebook.com/ColTrends; paris.achen@columbian.com.