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  Driver was attacked at the 13400 block of Northeast Prescott Drive.   The suspect alledgedly kicked the victim who then fell to the ground and hit his head on concrete.  

Story by Aubra Salt - The Oregon Herald
Published on Wednesday April 28, 2021 - 5:21 AM
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PORTLAND, Oregon - Police arrested a man for carjacking after the return of truck and trailer to a landscaping company. An employee was taken to a local hospital for injuries.

It was on April 27, 2021, at about 3:40 PM when Portland police were sent to a report of a possible carjacking where the driver was attacked. A landscaping truck was taken from the 13400 block of Northeast Prescott Drive, described as a white Chevy 3500 dump truck hauling an enclosed trailer.

The landscape company owner was able to find the truck with the help of a GPS locater then informed dispatch the approximate location of the truck. Police Air Support located the truck near 136 Avenue and Northeast Shaver Street. A patrol officer says he then approached the truck near 138 Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver took off driving recklessly. The patrol vehicle did not pursue, but the police airplane tracking the truck was able to follow. The suspect driver was reportedly driving into oncoming traffic and nearly struck two pedestrians.

The suspect driver turned into a residential area and stopped near 186th Place and Northeast Wasco Street then ran from the vehicle and was soon caught with the help of North Precinct, Transit Police, and Gresham Police Officers.

North Officers found the victim and learned he had been filling up a lawnmower with fuel near the trailer when he was assaulted from behind. The suspect allegedly kicked the victim who then fell to the ground and hit his head on concrete. Police say the suspect then took the landscape vehicle and trailer and fled the area.

The adult male victim was transported to an area hospital with what we are told to be non-life threatening injuries. 30 year-old Benjamin Hendricks was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Robbery III, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Elude and Reckless Driving.

The landscape company owner believes tools were in the trailer that fell out when the suspect fled in the vehicle with the trailer door open. Police say perhaps another person took the tools that fell into the street including two weed eaters and a leaf blower. If anyone has information about this, police ask you to call non-emergency dispatch.

There are believed to be additional possible victims based upon the circumstances of the reckless driving. If anyone believes they are a victim or has information related to this case, they are encouraged to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 823-3333 and reference case #21-112918.

A booking photo of Benjamin Hendricks, April 27, 2021. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)