Suspected thief rams truck into security guard

A security guard was injured early Monday on North Commercial Avenue

The suspect crashed his truck into the security guard near this trailer, July 17, 2017. (KOIN)
The suspect crashed his truck into the security guard near this trailer, July 17, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A suspected thief injured a security guard in North Portland early Monday morning.

Police said the security guard confronted a man he believed was stealing from a property in the 8100 block of North Commercial Avenue at 5:38 a.m.

The security guard lives in a trailer on the property and reportedly worked at Rose Auto Wrecking before it closed.

The security guard reportedly worked at Rose Auto Wrecking before it closed, July 17, 2017. (KOIN)
The security guard reportedly worked at Rose Auto Wrecking before it closed, July 17, 2017. (KOIN)

The security guard and the suspect struggled briefly and the suspect retrieved a machete. The security guard tried to move away, but the suspect went to his truck and crashed it into the security guard.

The security guard suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. He’s expected to make a full recovery.

KOIN 6 News spoke to a nearby worker, who witnessed the attack. Colton Neuschwander said the security guard could have easily died.

“The pickup was going so fast that he smashed into that white car and shoved it 6-7 feet and launched the guy off the hood,” Neuschwander said.

The suspect is described as a black or Hispanic man driving a mid to late 90s Nissan pickup truck with possible front end damage and no rear license plate. The truck has plywood sheets that extend the length of the pickup bed. The bed also had chairs in it.

Authorities urge the public to call 911 if anyone sees the truck.