Woman charged with stealing truck from Portland hotel, crashing into I-5 bridge and running in Vancouver
A woman accused of stealing a truck and trailer containing more than 30 firearms from a Portland hotel parking lot crashed the trailer Tuesday afternoon onto the Interstate 5 bridge and ran in Vancouver.
The crash, which damaged several vehicles and ensuing police activity blocked northbound freeway lanes for two hours, significantly complicated an already congested evening commute.
Angelina Nicole Pintor-Schindler appeared in federal court in Portland on suspicion of theft from a federal firearms licensee on Wednesday. Booking records at the Multnomah County Detention Center indicate she is 19 years old.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the trailer Pintor-Schindler allegedly stole Monday morning from the Oxford Suites in Jantzen Beach belonged to a federally licensed gun dealer who was in the area for a gun show this weekend at the Portland Expo. Center.
When officers searched the trailer after the crash, they did not find all of the stolen weapons, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Kevin Sonoff.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Jason Chudy said the agency will continue its investigation until officers have recovered all of the weapons.
At 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, the Portland Police Bureau’s Targeted Response Team was helping the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recover the stolen truck and trailer when Pintor-Schindler s crashed on the bridge. Portland police were not pursuing her when she crashed due to the amount of traffic, according to spokesman Lt. Nathan Sheppard.
She then fled the accident and made her way to Vancouver, prompting a major police response and the closure of nearby streets before being located and taken into custody.
Video of the crash shows the truck crashing into several cars as it enters the bridge before coming to a stop in multiple lanes. Sheppard said no injuries were reported to Portland police.