For Alexis Ibarra Gomez it could’ve been worse. At least he wasn’t caught with “a kilo of Columbian bam-bam” under the drivers’ seat, and there definitely wasn’t a live cougar in the back of the car. However, this man was in fact captured by Oregon police after an unbelievable three-hour crime spree wearing a Ricky Bobby racing costume from Will Ferrell’s hit film Talladega Nights. It all started on October 26th at about 6 PM. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a black GMC pickup truck driving erratically. Gomez according to the Sheriff “reportedly stopped his vehicle in the roadway, pointed a handgun out the driver’s-side window, and fired multiple shots backwards in the direction of the witness.”
The witness ducked and returned fire with a rifle, they are “cooperating fully with authorities,” the CCSO told the press. From there a chase that would’ve fit right into the Talladega Nights narrative ensued with Gomez failing to stop for police in a vehicle that was reported stolen from Salem, Oregon. The chase extended to Oregon City.
According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office,
“At 6:18 p.m., law enforcement located the GMC, which had crashed into a detached garage at a residence in the 16000 block of SE Henrici Rd. A witness told deputies Gomez had fled the vehicle, jumped a fence, and ran eastbound into a wooded area.
Deputies quickly located the female passenger walking away from the crash scene near the intersection of S. Henrici Road and S. Zina Court. She was interviewed and later released by investigators.”
“Meanwhile, Gomez forced entry into a nearby home in the Beaver Lake area. The homeowner was out of the house at the time, but contacted police when the suspect tripped the home’s alarm system. The homeowner offered updates on the suspect’s actions via the home’s security system. The homeowner also helpfully provided deputies with a layout of the home to use as needed.”
The Spirit Of Ricky Bobby Takes Over With Hilarious Results
Here’s where this ordinary crime reporting takes a hard-left. Breitbart reports, “The homeowner, Paul Wille, spoke to KGW and recounted what he was thinking while watching the break-in remotely.
“That was the weirdest feeling, seeing all this happen in real time remotely — but also feeling incredibly glad that we weren’t present when all that was going on,” Willie told the outlet. ”
Yup, the owners of the home basically had front-row seats through their home security app.
Paul’s wife, Jessica, told the outlet that she was grateful her children were not present.
“I was thinking, the guy they’re looking for, this manhunt is breaking into our house right now. How is this happening?” she added. “The homeowner was out of the house at the time, but contacted police when the suspect tripped the home’s alarm system,” the CCSO wrote in its release. “The homeowner offered updates on the suspect’s actions via the home’s security system. The homeowner also helpfully provided deputies with a layout of the home to use as needed.”
From there we go from a little funny to downright slapstick. The Sheriff reported that SWAT surrounded the home. Inside, Gomez had changed into “a “Talladega Nights” Ricky Bobby racing-suit costume he stole from the residence.” The standoff ended when he attempted to flee the home in costume on Wille’s bicycle… which had two flat tires. It ended quickly with Gomez collapsing to the ground.
“Out of anything to choose from in the home, he found my Halloween outfit … the full jumpsuit with the hat,” said Wille. “He takes that and my bicycle with two flat tires and tries to escape. Apparently that didn’t work too well.”
Mr. Wille’s costume was returned to him, and as he exclaimed to KGW8 reporters… “Shake N’ Bake”