Lake Oswego home-invasion victim claims royal title

Lake Oswego home-invasion victim claims royal title

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – In a strange twist to a Lake Oswego home-invasion robbery, the victim claims a royal title.

George Von Bothmer, 52, calls himself a baron, something he earned when he was adopted by a woman of royal lineage a decade ago.

His home is filled with centuries-old heirlooms, but police are not yet saying whether two men, who broke into the home in the 18000 block of Indian Creek Way just after 9:30 a.m. Friday, were after the baron's royal treasures.

No one answered the door or calls to the home Friday but from the front step, massive oil paintings that appear to be very old and antique furniture with gold trim could be seen through the windows.

All of it was inherited by Von Bothmer, who at least once claimed title to a German castle.

Neighbors said he is an eccentric but friendly man.

"He seemed nice (and) didn't seem out of the ordinary," said Dale Stickney, who has met Von Bothmer.

Other neighbors said the baron uses several names, including the one he was born with: George Criser Davis, and the name Richard.

There was a Jeep in front of the home registered to a Richard Laitta. Someone got in it and drove away.

The suspects burst into Von Bothmer's home pretending they were police officers, brandishing bogus badges.

People who live in the neighborhood said they're just glad that their eccentric neighbor is OK that someone is not randomly invading homes in their neighborhood in broad daylight.

One of the suspects hit Von Bothmer with his gun, and it went off. The bullet did not hit anyone but von Bothmer was taken to a local hospital and treated for a head wound.

His daughter and a young man, who were at the home during the break-in, were not injured.

Police released sketches of the two men they are looking for. They say one is a white man in his mid-30s about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. The other is in his late 50s or early 60s and is 6 feet tall and weighs about 180 pounds.