A 34-year-old transient in Redmond was arrested Sunday after trying to steal a car with two children inside, according to police.
Redmond Police Lt. Jesse Petersen said about 5:30 p.m. a father with two children had started his car and seat belted his 4-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter in the rear seat. While standing at the driver’s side of his car he noticed a suspicious male, later identified as Jeremy Dubisar, near his vehicle watching what he was doing. He asked the suspicious male if he needed something and he responded that he did not.
The father locked his vehicle and walked to the rear passenger door of his vehicle to check on his 3-year-old daughter. While attempting to check on his daughter, Petersen said Dubisar attempted to open the driver’s door of the car. By first locking the vehicle the father’s actions prevented Dubisar from entering and stealing his car with his children inside. After being confronted by the father, Dubisar walked away.
A Grocery Outlet employee reported this incident to the Redmond Police Department.
Officers arrived on the scene and contacted Dubisar, who is on post-prison supervision for kidnapping and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, in the southeast parking lot of Grocery Outlet. A police officer began talking to Dubisar and then attempted to pat him down for weapons.
Petersen told Central Oregon Daily News, the father should be commended for being aware of his surroundings in the moment.
“He took the correct actions of going ahead and closing his door and locking it, because the vehicle was running, before checking in on his daughter,” he said. “If he wouldn’t have done that, there’s a strong possibility that Mr. Dubisar would have stolen the vehicle with the two kids inside. And then we don’t know what would’ve happened.”
During this sequence Dubisar turned away from the police officer and reached towards his waistband. Dubisar actively resisted officer’s as they were attempting to control him. As a safety measure, to prevent him from further hurting himself or others Dubisar was placed in the WRAP restraint device, Petersen said.
Dubisar was then taken to the Deschutes County Jail where he was held and charged with several crimes including a parole violation, attempted unauthorized use of a vehicle, resisting arrest, and attempted kidnapping.
The Redmond Police Department is asking for anybody who saw the incident and/or recorded it to please contact us through 911 dispatch at 541-693-6911.