Reward offered to aid manhunt for carjacking suspect

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by Erica Heartquist & Teresa Blackman / KGW

NWCN.com

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 10:45 AM

PORTLAND – A $1,000 reward has been added to aid in the search for a violent carjacking suspect police consider armed and dangerous.

Devin Wilmoth, 26, of Clatskanie, forced his friend to drive with him to a rural area between Rainier and Clatskanie around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, and then forced him to get out of the truck and fired shots at him, according to Sheriff Jeff Dickerson with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

The victim, identified as Andrew McKinley, 26, of Longview, escaped on foot unharmed, Dickerson said, and the suspect took off in his truck. McKinley was able to call 9-1-1 for help from a home nearby.

Now Wilmoth, 26, is wanted for attempted murder and armed robbery. Police found the stolen pickup truck Wednesday morning about five miles away from where the shots were fired, Dickerson said.  The black, 2006 Chevy pickup truck was especially easy to spot because it had a lift-kit and large black wheels. The Washington license plate was BB05711N.

Along with taking the truck, police said Wilmoth stole money from McKinley. Police said the incident may have involved drug use. "Investigators believe one or both individuals in this case might have been impaired with a controlled substance at the time of the incident," Dickerson said.

Late Tuesday night, police thought they had tracked Wilmoth to Southeast Portland and knocked on residents’ doors asking if anyone had spotted him. But as it turned out, that lead ended up being a dead-end.

Wednesday morning police said they were focusing their ongoing search in Beaverton and Portland, as well as near the area where the truck was found.

Police said anyone who spots Wilmoth should call 9-1-1 immediately, but they should not try to detain him, since he is considered armed and dangerous.

Wednesday afternoon Crimestoppers announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the Wilmoth case. 

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