Police: Man almost run down by driver, then shot with BB gun

Craig Carmen, 36, shown in a jail booking photo after being arrested by the Portland Police Bureau.
Craig Carmen, 36, shown in a jail booking photo after being arrested by the Portland Police Bureau.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 36-year-old man is accused of nearly running down a man with his vehicle and then shooting the victim with a BB gun, court documents state.

Craig A. Carmen appeared before a Multnomah County judge Thursday afternoon to be arraigned on charges that include two counts each of attempted second-degree assault and menacing and one count of fourth-degree assault.

Portland police officer Eric Zajac was dispatched to the 8500 block of Northeast Sumner Street around 11 p.m. May 23rd, deputy district attorney Amity L. Girt wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

The 911 caller gave a description and license plate description for the vehicle, but when Zacjac responded, he was unable to find the car, Girt wrote. The victim, Peter Santiago-Strucky, told the officer that while he was walking back to his home, he heard an engine “racing” and approaching him from behind, Girt wrote.

The vehicle came within a few feet of Santiago before he jumped out of the way to avoid being hit, police said.

Santiago told police that recognized the car as belonging to and being driven by Carmen, officials said. Carmen “jumped out of the car and yelled” and then started shooting at Santiago with a pellet or BB gun, Girt wrote.

Officials said Santiago was hit with the BB gun a few times, including once in the arm. Zajac noted in his report that the wound was bleeding and looked consistent with a BB gun wound, Girt wrote.

Police said when Santiago’s wife exited her home, Carmen yelled at her, got back into his car and then drove off “swerving” toward her.

Officers later learned that Santiago’s wife knows Carmen because he is the ex-boyfriend of Santiago’s wife’s sister.

On Wednesday, police officer Jeffrey Ciri saw the suspect’s vehicle parked in Northeast Portland. Carmen was detained and questioned. He admitted he was driving down Northeast Sumner but was only doing so to drop some things off.

Carmen pleaded not guilty Thursday. He is scheduled to be back in court June 6.

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