Deputies: Suspect attacked disabled man, 79, then stole his truck

WOODBURN, Ore. -- Deputies are searching for a suspect who attacked a 79-year-old disabled man at his home and then stole his car keys and wallet.

Deputies said the man had approached 79-year-old James "Jim" Madsen at his home in rural Clackamas County east of Woodburn Tuesday afternoon and asked for some gas, claiming his car had broken down.

Madsen said he didn't think much about the man walking around on his property because he's helped a lot of people who have passed by.

Madsen offered to drive the man into town, so he could get gas. After retrieving his wallet and car keys and heading toward his truck, Madsen said the suspect suddenly grabbed him from behind and wrestled him to the ground.

Madsen said he knew there was nothing he could do.

"I said, 'You're not a very nice guy, are you? He said, 'No, I'm not,'" Madsen said. "He said, 'Don't move,' and he acted like he had a gun at the back of my heads. I don't think he did, but he might of. I couldn't take a chance on it, so I didn't move.

The man then fled, stealing Madsen's wallet and taking off in his truck, which also had Madsen's motorized scooter inside.

Madsen was not injured, but would like his truck and wheelchair back, as he relies on both to get around, deputies said.

The suspect is described as white, heavyset, in his mid 30s and was wearing dirty shorts and a dirty shirt. At the time of the attack, he was sweating profusely.

The stolen truck is a dark blue quad cab Ford F-150 with a matching dark blue canopy. It had an Oregon license plate with the number 028GFB.

Anyone with information should call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office tipline at 503-723-4949 or by using an online email form. Reference case No. 13-27651.

KATU News Reporter Erica Nochlin contributed to this report.