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Police: Man used baby as shield to protect himself

Posted: Updated: April 21, 2013 11:56 AM
Raleigh Reynolds is accused of using  his infant son as a shield Raleigh Reynolds is accused of using his infant son as a shield
ESTACADA, OR (KPTV) -

A burglary suspect held up his own 7-month-old son between himself and deputies during a face-off in Estacada on Saturday afternoon, police say.

Deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office say they thought the suspect might have been armed at the time.

Police were responding to a report of a burglary in the 400 block of Clackamas Way in Estacada when they spotted the suspect, later identified as Raleigh Reynolds.

When they approached and attempted to arrest him, Reynolds allegedly ran and jumped a fence before entering the house next door, inside of which he barricaded himself.

As deputies surrounded the home, a woman came out of the house and told police she was the suspect's sister.

Police continued to surround the home as Reynolds attempted to escape several times but kept retreating back inside.

Eventually, Reynolds came out of the house holding a baby in front him. Police say he positioned the child as a shield between himself and the deputies.

Police say Reynolds refused to comply with commands and they believed he may be armed. 

Deputies negotiated with Reynolds until he finally released the baby and was taken into custody. As it turned out, Reynolds was not armed.

The infant, later learned to be Reynolds' son, was not hurt during the incident. The baby was released to family members at the scene.

"I think it's terrible to put kids in the middle of a situation," says Loretta Hammonds, who lives nearby. "I'm glad he wasn't hurt and that no one else got hurt."

Reynolds was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on the burglary charge, obstructing governmental administration, endangering welfare of a minor and resisting arrest.

This is Reynolds' second arrest in as many months.

Back in March, an accidental 911 call from a woman who knows Reynolds led police straight to a drug deal.

"K, well I got 40 on me, so, but only if you're [inaudible] the product," the 911 caller said.

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