OREGON CITY, Ore. -- Police have arrested a convicted felon, who was deported from Multnomah County two years ago, for shooting a BB gun at an Oregon City woman while they were both driving on Wednesday.
“As I'm coming around the turn he's not slowing down, and he almost rams me, and that scared me so I ended up swerving,” said the 21 year-old woman.
She’s asked KATU News not to identify her for her own protection.
"He's flashing his brights at me, and then cuts the car off that was in the right lane, and then pulls up next to me shoots my car with a gun,” she said.
She was taking the exit ramp from I-205 to Highway 213 in Oregon City. She said it happened around 10 p.m.
"Then he took off really fast, I would say 100 miles per hour. I got his license plate at that moment,” she explained.
She continued driving to work a few miles away and called 911.
"When the officer came he told me that they had pulled the suspect over down the road that they had eyes on the weapon,” she said.
It turns out that weapon was a pistol-style BB gun. The BB left a dent in the rear passenger side door of her car.
"I was really, really scared, but he wasn't getting away with it after hitting my car and almost rear-ending me,” she said.
Oregon State Police arrested Daniel Jimenez-Barragan, 28, for menacing and possession of heroin.
They also discovered he'd been deported to Mexico two years ago for drug crimes in Multhomah County. Police said he returned to Oregon illegally last month.
When Oregon State Police took Jiminez-Barragan into custody, he admitted the Mexico driver's license he gave police was a fake complete with a false name and date of birth. Then he allegedly gave them another false name and date of birth.
Police finally determined his real identity by running his fingerprints at the Clackamas County Jail.
His victim calls the experience terrifying.
“I've never had a gun pulled at me or anything. And that point in time, I didn't know what kind of a gun it was. I just knew it was black and it was a hand-held gun,” she said.
It’s an ordeal that's made this woman more alert while she's on the road.
"Be careful out there and watch your surroundings,” she said.
According to a press release, from the Oregon State Police, the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice was monitoring Jiminez-Barragan’s whereabouts. But since he had been deported they weren't supervising him.
Jiminez-Barragan is facing deportation again.