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)

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.