A man was arrested Monday when he broke into an Arch Cape house, then fled and broke into another.
Billy Joe Schraeder, 31, originally of California has been charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree criminal trespass, third-degree theft and criminal mischief.
Clatsop County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Phillips was briefed on a call that a caretaker had found a naked man inside 79874 U.S. HIghway 101, Arch Cape. The unidentified man had run outside without his clothes, but with his backpack and bicycle.
In his draft incident report, Phillips reasoned that if he were a homeless man being pursued, he would try to break into a nearby residence and hide.
On this hunch, Phillips checked a nearby residence, 79603 Highway 101, and saw that one of the doors had been forced open and the screen doors locked from the inside. He looked through a window and saw the naked man inside.
Phillips called for assistance from the Oregon State Police and the Cannon Beach Police Department. They tried to make Schraeder come out of the house, but he ignored them.
At one point, he came to a large window and opened the blinds. He was bleeding from self-inflicted wounds on his wrists and forearms and was holding a large knife to his chin.
As law enforcement continued to convince him to leave the house, he appeared at various windows and communicated with deputies and troopers but refused to come outside.
After an hour, they eventually convinced Schraeder to leave the house and throw down the knife. He was taken into custody at 7:25 p.m.
Cannon Beach Fire and Medix personnel provided first aid. Schraeder was then taken to Providence Seaside Hospital where he received treatment before being lodged at the Clatsop County Jail.
Schraeder has a criminal history in California, Georgia and Oregon. There is a warrant out of Tennessee for parole violation on burglary.