Prowler wrests shotgun from homeowner, assaults him

Clark County sheriff's deputies arrest suspect nearby

By Craig Brown, Columbian Managing Editor



A Woodland man who confronted a prowler in his yard early Sunday ended up being the victim when the prowler stole the man’s shotgun and hit him with it, according to Clark County sheriff’s deputies.

The incident was reported at 2:56 a.m. in the 4400 bock of Northwest Hayes Road, just outside Woodland.

According to deputies, a man who lives at the home thought there might be a prowler, so he armed himself with a shotgun and went outdoors to investigate. When he confronted the prowler, the man wrestled away his shotgun and hit the victim with it several times in the head and face.

The prowler then fled, firing several shots into the air.

Deputies responded and found a suspect at the neighbor’s house. They called for additional help from La Center and Ridgefield police and the Southwest Regional SWAT Team before arresting a suspect, Timothy R. Surrena, 39.

Surrena was transported to the Clark County Jail and booked on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and theft of a firearm.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives are on scene and continuing the investigation.