Police: How suspect in standoff escaped unclear


COLLEGE PLACE — Police are not yet sure how a suspect involved in an 8-hour-standoff, Sunday, escaped arrest.

According to College Place police Chief Dennis Lepiane, a city police officer spotted Ramon L. Zaragosa at 310 S.E. Third St at roughly 1:30 p.m., Sunday. Lepiane stated in an email that Zaragosa has warrants for failure to appear in court in Umatilla County.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, SWAT officers arrived to assist with the suspected barricaded suspect, and the standoff concluded at roughly 8 p.m. when SWAT team members raided the apartment.

Lepiane added that the residence is a four-plex apartment complex where some of Zaragosa’s relatives live.

“Zaragosa comes and goes from this residence, and often stays there on a temporary basis,” Lepiane said in an email.

Lepiane stated that Zaragosa may have escaped through the apartment complex attic, though he may have used another escape route.

Lepiane also stated Zaragosa may face charges for resisting arrest or obstructing police, but no decision has been made yet.



Jesse says...

umm wow, really? i thought it was pretty standard to form a perimeter around the building just so this doesnt happen?

Posted 29 January 2013, 5:17 p.m. Suggest removal

rduran says...

That's a nice waste of a lot of hours x a lot of staff. All that for a "failure to appear"? Doesn't cppd have better things to do?

No doughnut!

Posted 29 January 2013, 8:51 p.m. Suggest removal

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