Portland police: Car wash carjacker drunk, high

Two women unhurt despite alleged stolen car attempt, stabbing threat

Marvin Walker Jr., 55, allegedly tried to carjack two different cars from women at a car wash in Portland but was punched by one of them, Jan. 5, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Marvin Walker Jr., 55, allegedly tried to carjack two different cars from women at a car wash in Portland but was punched by one of them, Jan. 5, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A man accused of trying to carjack two women at a Southeast Portland car wash was drunk and high on meth and marijuana, according to Portland police detectives.

Marvin Walker Jr. was arrested around 5 p.m. Sunday at the Eco Car Wash near Southeast Powell and 170th Avenue.

Upon arriving at the business, Portland police officers were told that a man, later identified as Marvin Walker Jr., had tried to steal both women’s vehicles while they were being cleaned.

According to Walker’s first alleged victim, the 55-year-old first climbed into her car’s driver’s seat as she vacuumed.

The 25-year-old woman, who is pregnant, confronted him and ordered him out of the car while pulling her 2-year-old son from the back seat, police said Monday. She started running and Walker followed after her until another woman, also 25, yelled for him to stop.

Marvin Walker Jr., 55, allegedly tried to carjack two different cars from women at a car wash in Portland but was punched by one of them, Jan. 5, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Marvin Walker Jr., 55, allegedly tried to carjack two different cars from women at a car wash in Portland but was punched by one of them, Jan. 5, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

Walker then turned his attention to the second woman, police said, demanding her car keys and threatening to stab her. But the victim pushed and punched Walker before running into Eco Car’s office to call 911, according to PPB investigators.

The second woman discovered Walker allegedly had the first woman’s car keys. According to the probable cause documents, she called him a coward for taking a pregnant woman’s keys and demanded he return them. Walker threw them back at her. She locked the car and ran back to the office to wait for police, documents show.

When police arrived, Walker complied with commands to get on the ground but, documents showed, he began flopping around like a fish out of water.

Neither of Walker’s purported victims were hurt, though Walker was in bad enough shape medics, concerned over injuries to his face and his overall behavior, opted to take him to a local hospital.

Walker was later found to be under the influence at the time of the incident. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on second- and third-degree robbery and coercion charges.

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