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Suspected burglar doesn't get far when encounters Bethany resident

BETHANY, Ore. -- Washington County deputies arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly tried to burglarize an apartment while the man living there was inside.


Deputies were called to the home in the 4400 block of Northwest Chanticleer Drive around 6:20 a.m. Monday.


Deputies said the 34-year-old resident who called 911 said he'd caught someone trying to take his things. The caller said that he struggled with the man who was trying to leave with his car keys.


The caller held the suspect on the couch until deputies arrived. Deputies said the suspect, Luis Marquez-Ventura, was highly intoxicated.


The sheriff's office said Marquez-Ventura got into the home by prying off a screen of an open window.


Marquez-Ventura was taken into custody. Deputies said they found items in his car that appeared to be from several stolen vehicles. Deputies found those vehicles nearby.


They were able to return all the stolen items to their owners, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.


Marquez-Ventura was taken to the Washington County Jail where he faces charges of first-degree burglary, third-degree robbery, first-degree theft and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.


He's being held on $50,000 bail.


The sheriff's office said there will be other charges relating to Marquez-Ventura's parole violation.

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