Multiple Agencies Assist in Taking Carjacking Suspect into Custody

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Eugene, Ore. – At 3 p.m. on May 22, a Springfield woman, age 23, called to report a man had stolen a vehicle at gunpoint.

She relayed that she had stopped to help a man push a disabled vehicle into a parking lot in the 2100 block of Centennial Plaza. Later it was found the vehicle had been moved from a parking space to the end of the driveway for the business location and almost into the street. The victim helped push this disabled vehicle back into a parking space. After this, the suspect used a handgun to make her transfer his belongings into her Subaru Legacy, then he took off in her vehicle instead of the disabled vehicle.

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Multiple officers responded to the area. One officer responded directly to the scene to contact the victim and another officer spotted the stolen vehicle near Pearl Street, where the driver turned onto and drove down the railroad tracks until getting to the Amtrak station. Officers lost the track of the vehicle after it sped south through the parking lot.

An off-duty sergeant saw the vehicle travelling east on Green Acres and passing the Market of Choice and called this into dispatch.

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Stephen Thomas Walkenhorst – 2020 mugshot

The Street Crimes Unit sergeant observed a suspicious looking man who was wearing clothing matching the suspect’s description and walking south from the intersection of Brewer on Norkenzie. He intercepted and contacted the man, identified later as Stephen Thomas Walkenhorst, age 31. Walkenhorst was initially uncooperative but ultimately taken into custody. The stolen vehicle was located approximately two blocks away on Curtis Avenue.

The EPD Street Crimes Unit assisted a Springfield Police K-9 unit with an article search for the vehicle’s keys and the involved firearm. A realistic looking, metal Sig Sauer replica pellet pistol was located inside one of the bags that Walkenhorst was carrying and reaching toward when the SCU sergeant stopped him.

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Walkenhorst was transported to Lane County Jail on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree, Elude by Vehicle, and two counts of Unauthorized Use Vehicle.

Case 23-07377

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(Information from EPD)

Michael Weber
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