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Officer shortage delays home intrusion arrest

Jamie Reyes

Of the Keizertimes

An intruder caused a Keizer family to flee their home and a shortage of officers on the Keizer Police Department’s (KPD) night shift delayed an arrest by almost an hour.

About 4:30 a.m.,  on Saturday, April 15, Officer Eric Jefferson was dispatched to a report of a burglary-in-progress in the 1100 block of Lockhaven Drive Northeast. A 9-1-1 caller reported an unknown male was banging on the door of his home and ringing the doorbell.

While en route to the call, Jefferson was informed that the caller had armed himself with a gun and the suspect was breaking a window to gain entry.

After the man gained entry, the man, his wife and two dogs fled the home into the backyard. The caller reported he could see the suspect walking down a hallway.

Jefferson and K-9 Buster arrived moments later and identified the point of entry, but because of the size of the home and the lot, additional support was needed to contain the suspect if he decided to flee.

“We simply do not have enough night shift officers to properly contain crime scenes and establish a good perimeter around such crime scenes,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Kuhns. “Not only were more officers needed to contain the area and set a perimeter, we needed to evacuate the victims and their two dogs from the immediate area for their own personal safety.”

Jefferson and Officer Andrew McCowan waited nearly 40 minutes for back-up, in the form of four Salem Police Department officers, to arrive. At 5:20 a.m. officers entered the home and found the suspect asleep on a couch. He was taken into custody and found to be intoxicated.

Jamie Reyes, 23, was arrested and told police he believed he had broken into his own house, a house he was buying from his cousin. He is charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

During the course of questioning, Reyes also told Jefferson that his brother, Darius Adams, had dropped him off at the home after a night of partying at Tequila on River Road North. Jefferson had arrested Adams on suspicion of driving under the