Truck, wheelchair stolen in elder attack

James Madsen had his pickup truck and motorized wheelchair stolen from his Woodburn home, Sept. 10, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
James Madsen had his pickup truck and motorized wheelchair stolen from his Woodburn home, Sept. 10, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

WOODBURN, Ore. (KOIN) — A man who came to a Woodburn home and said he needed gas for his car then allegedly attacked a 79-year-old man and stole his pickup truck and motorized wheelchair.

James Madsen said the man came to his house around 3 p.m. Tuesday and said he needed gas. Madsen told the man he didn’t have any, but offered to take him to the gas station.

“As I was starting to get in the truck he jumped me from behind and pushed me in the corner,” Madsen told KOIN 6 News.

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The dark-blue Ford F-150 Quad Cab truck, similar to this one, was reported stolen Tuesday afternoon from a 79-year-old man’s Woodburn home. The truck also contained the man’s motorized wheelchair. (Image courtesy Portland Police Bureau)

The man stole Madsen’s brand new dark blue Ford F-150 pickup truck – Oregon license plate 028GFB – and his new red-and-black motorized  wheelchair that was inside the truck. He also took Madsen’s wallet.

“I’m not very tough anymore so I didn’t try to argue with him,” he said. “So I just went down and that’s about all it amounted to.”

The suspect is described by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office as a heavy-set white man in his mid-30s, wearing dirty shorts and shirt and sweating profusely.

“As he was leaving I said, ‘You’re not a very nice guy are you,’ and he says, ‘No I’m not.'”

Madsen said he’s not sure if his insurance will cover the loss. But he said he just wants the man to be caught.

Anyone who sees the truck or knows the suspect can call 911. Anyone with additional information also can contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 503.723.4949 or submit a tip online. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Case No. 13-27651.

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