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Father Stops Intruder From Taking His Daughter


On Wednesday, June 30, 2021 members of the Lincoln City Police Department arrested 33-year-old Joshua P. Hawkins of Federal Way, Washington on multiple charges including Burglary and Attempted Kidnapping after responding a report of an intruder in a residence.

At about 10:40 PM, Lincoln City Police Officers were dispatched to a reported burglary in progress at a vacation rental on NW 13th Street.


Upon arrival officers determined that a male intruder, later identified as Joshua Paul Hawkins, had entered the residence through an unlocked front door. Hawkins was in the kitchen, when he was interrupted by the 10-year-old daughter of the renters. Hawkins attempted to take the girl by grabbing her and pulling her to him, saying she was a victim of human trafficking and he was going to take her away from there.


The girl was able to break free from Hawkins and alerted her parents that there was a male intruder in the house. Hawkins was confronted in the house by the girl’s father, Roberto Gaona, who physically detained Hawkins until police arrived. Hawkins was taken into custody and secured in a patrol car. Subsequent investigation revealed that Hawkins was in possession of burglary tools and several hard plastic zip-ties that were approximately 18 inches in length.


Hawkins was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital for a medical evaluation, as he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Hawkins was checked and cleared by medical staff for jail custody, and as he was being escorted back to the nearby patrol vehicle he was able to slip his handcuffs and began to physically fight with the officer in the ER parking lot before subsequently being restrained and handcuffed again.


The officer was assisted by an ER staff member in getting Hawkins back into physical custody and no injuries were reported. Hawkins was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and lodged on the crimes of Burglary I, Attempted Kidnap, Possession of Burglary Tools, Attempted Escape, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct. Lincoln City Police would like to remind everyone to stay safe and vigilant by keeping the doors locked on their homes and vehicles.




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