Scary Friday carjackings stymie Beaverton

Scary Friday carjackings stymie Beaverton »Play Video

UPDATE: The woman who told police she was the victim of a carjacking, assault and attempted rape later admitted to police that she was lying, according to Beaverton police.


BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Two carjackings just hours apart in Beaverton have neighbors on edge.

The first happened a little after midnight outside a business on Millikan Way -- just off Murray Boulevard. Police arrested two in that case.

At around 2:45 a.m., a woman was carjacked at the intersection of Cornell Road and 113th in the Cedar Mill area. The suspect in that case got away, though.

The later carjacking saw the victim -- a woman -- running scared. A man got into her Honda Accord, hit her, showed her a knife and told her he was going to rape her. He then demanded the woman to drive, but she only got as far as the corner before she managed to get the key out of the ignition, get out of the car and run toward her nearby home.

Police tracking dogs couldn't find the man.

News like that gets Beaverton resident John Spirling nervous because he lives across the street with his girlfriend.

"I know there's crime everywhere, but the fact that something like that kind of gets to you," he said.

Spirling said his girlfriend doesn't regularly lock the doors when she gets in her car to drive.

"So I'm going to have let her know she can be more careful around here," he said.

Investigators are going through the car for forensic evidence. They don't think anything was taken from the vehicle, but there are some distinct things about the attacker the woman shared with police, including his smell. Police said the man was described as a white male with a mustache. He wore dark jeans, a dark shirt and dirty shoes. He was also dirty with a strong body odor, prompting police to think he could be a transient.

Police are continuing their investigation.

The first carjacking of the morning left Peter Nguyen shaken.

He said he is still reliving every step he took as he left his manufacturing job in Beaverton just after midnight and was then carjacked by a man with a gun.

“I'm thinking, he's gonna shoot me,” Nguyen, 39, said.

Two suspects, Omarcus Zenus Rhone-Fields-James, 18, and a 17-year-old, were later arrested after running from Nguyen’s car.

Nguyen said he was walking towards his Lexus in the parking lot near his workplace when he noticed a person approaching him. He said the man began asking him for directions to the MAX station.

It wasn't until the man got right up close to Nguyen that he realized he was being carjacked.

The man took out a gun and said, "Put your hands up!” Nguyen said. “I put my hands up and ask, 'Are you a police officer?' He says, 'Give me the money.'”

The suspect took Nguyen’s wallet, keys, even his lunchbox. But when he asked for his cell phone, Nguyen said he patted his pockets and convinced the suspect he didn’t have one.

The suspect got into Nguyen’s car and then demanded he get in as well.

“I'm thinking, if I come in, he's gonna shoot me for sure,” Nguyen said.

To his relief, the suspect drove off without him. That's when Nguyen said he got out his phone and called 9-1-1. Due to his heavy accent, he said a co-worker helped explain to police what happened.