REDMOND, OR -- The search for a car theft suspect led to a neighborhood-wide manhunt on Friday, in southwest Redmond. Lt. Eric Beckwith tells KBND News, "One of our Redmond patrol officers spotted a stolen vehicle in the 1400 block of SW 27th Street. Based on their observations, we conducted some surveillance with officers and Redmond Police detectives. Additionally, the suspect in the stolen car, Preston Bonner III (pictured above), was seen walking on foot in the area."
He says they searched the area and a nearby home tied to the 25-year-old suspect, "We would like to take Bonner into custody and see if he wants to talk to us about why he stole the vehicle. I was pretty confident that we were going to get Bonner, but it just didn't turn out the way I wanted it." Lt. Beckwith says the effort wasn't a complete waste of time, "We got Dustin Gates (pictured, right). He was another subject that was associated with the residence. He was wanted on multiple prior cases from quite a number of other agencies." Gates faces multiple charges including Identity Theft and computer crimes.
Redmond PD is asking the community to help continue the search for Bonner. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call law enforcement and not approach him.
UPDATE (6 p.m.) -- Redmond Police finally caught up with James Bonner III at the county parole and probation office in Redmond, just after 11 a.m. He's now charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and violating probation.