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Oregon man who once 'butt dialed' cops allegedly uses son as shield against officers


An Oregon man is in custody after he allegedly used his 7-month-old son as a shield during a standoff with police Saturday.

Police in Estacada, a small town about 30 miles southeast of Portland, were trying to speak with Raleigh Reynolds, 25, about a burglary investigation when they saw him run from his house, jump a fence and hide at his sister's house next door, Sgt. Robert Wurpes, of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, said.

When Reynolds finally emerged from the house, police said, he was holding his infant son.

"He was holding it facing away from him and basically to conceal his head upper torso," Deputy Daniel Moyer, of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, told KGW.com. "He was holding it to shield himself from our firearms, or from, you know, trying to be taken into custody. It was scary. It was very scary."

Reynolds eventually surrendered and the baby was not hurt, Wurpes said. Reynolds was taken to the Clackamas County Jail on charges of burglary, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a minor. He's being held on $37,500 bail, according to information on the jail's website.

Wurpes said Reynolds was arrested in February on felony drug charges after he inadvertently called 911 just before a drug deal. He said police were trying to contact Reynolds Saturday as part of a "follow-up" investigation into a burglary.


Suspect 'butt dials' 911 during drug deal