Officers nab burglary suspect who fell into creek

Timothy Desjarlais was arrested in a separate burglary case in July

Timothy Desjarlais, 20, was arrested for allegedly breaking into Salem homes and cars, Saturday, November 26, 2016. (Salem PD)
Timothy Desjarlais, 20, was arrested for allegedly breaking into Salem homes and cars, Saturday, November 26, 2016. (Salem PD)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A 20-year-old man suspected of burglarizing multiple Salem apartments was arrested Saturday after police surrounded a creek he had fallen into.

Reports of a suspect peering into apartment windows and shining a flashlight on the 3300 block of Felina Avenue NE came in just before 5 a.m., Salem Police Dept. said.

Officers were heading to the scene when another report came in of a suspect who entered a home on the same street and took off on foot. When they arrived, they reportedly found a man hanging out of an apartment window.

The suspect, later identified as Timothy Christian Desjarlais, ran off when police approached him and climbed over a fence, jumped into thick brush and fell into a creek. Officers said he tried to flee again, but was surrounded and taken into custody.

Investigators determined Desjarlais broke into 2 apartments and 3 cars, which he allegedly stole property from. The items were returned to the victims, police said.

Desjarlais was arrested for 2 counts of first-degree burglary, interfering with a police officer and on a parole violation. He was also arrested for burglary on July 30.