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Wet Pants and Untied Shoes Trip Up Car Theft Suspects at OSU
04/04/2009
Sergeant Vonn Schleicher
Oregon State Police - OSU
Office: (541) 737-3010

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Two people were arrested early Saturday morning hours apart by Oregon State Police (OSP) and Corvallis police in the Oregon State University campus area related to a stolen vehicle, car break-in, and subsequent attempt to flee on foot. One of the suspects literally was 'tripped up' and the other was found after fleeing into a nearby creek to avoid capture.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Vonn Schleicher, OSP recently stepped up patrols on campus following St. Patrick's Day night when there were multiple reports of car break-ins and stolen vehicles. Troopers on foot and bike patrol worked in coordination with unmarked and marked patrols to find individuals involved in campus-area criminal activity.
 
On April 3, 2009 at approximately 11:30 p.m. a female student reported she had parked her Honda passenger car in a residence hall parking lot and ten minutes later discovered her car was stolen. An OSP trooper found the car two blocks from where it was stolen and noted property was missing from it.
 
Troopers were focusing on area lots for any suspicious activity when at about 12:40 a.m. Trooper Nathan House in a marked OSP patrol car spotted a Honda Civic driving slowly through one of the lots. The car's occupants spotted the marked OSP patrol car and quickly left the lot with the trooper trying to over take it with overhead lights on. About three blocks later the Honda Civic pulled into an apartment complex and the two occupants, a male and female, fled on foot.
 
The female passenger was trying to run but got tripped by her untied shoes. Both shoes flew off her feet and she was quickly overtaken by Trooper House and arrested. The male driver was not caught and disappeared into the darkness.
 
Subsequent investigation involving the female, identified as KRISTINE MARIE OLIVER, age 24, from Eugene, led to the discovery of confirmed stolen property in the Honda Civic and in one of her bags inside the car as that belonging to the female student who reported her car stolen an hour earlier. Troopers also confirmed the Honda Civic was reported stolen out of Eugene on April 3rd and contained probable other stolen property from unknown victims.
 
Corvallis police and a canine unit responded to assist OSP. The dog unit tracked the trail of the male suspect to Oak Creek where the scent ended because the male suspect apparently waded into the creek.
 
At about 5:30 a.m. Corvallis Police Officer Harvey and his canine were patrolling and spotted a male come out of the brush on Philomath Boulevard. The male's pant legs were wet and he matched the description of the suspect who fled into the creek. JACOB MOSES FRIEDRICH, age 31, from Springfield, was taken into custody.
 
Both were lodged in Benton County Jail on the following charges:
 
FRIEDRICH
Corvallis Police Department
  • Three outstanding Lane County warrants each charging Larceny
 
Oregon State Police
  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (2 counts)
  • Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle (2 counts)
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
  • Possession of Burglar Tools
  • He was also cited on three traffic violations including Driving While Suspended
 
OLIVER
Oregon State Police
  • Two outstanding Lane County warrants charging Burglary in the First Degree and Fail to Appear in the First Degree
  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (2 counts)
  • Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle (2 counts)
  • Theft in the Second Degree
  • Interfering with a Police Officer