Man Arrested After Breaking Into Newport Home

On May 30, 2017, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Newport Police Officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress. Officers responded to a residence in the 1000 Block of NE Laural Street in Newport.

Upon arrival, Officers learned that a single male had forced entry into the home through the front door. The homeowners were able to escape without having any direct contact with the intruder.

Officers entered the home and located the male barricaded in an upstairs bedroom. When confronted by Police Officers, the subject resisted arrest, and attempted to assault the Officers by striking them with blunt objects.

The subject was taken into custody without injury to himself or responding Officers. He refused to provide any information. He was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was charged with Burglary 1st Degree; Criminal Mischief 1st Degree; Resisting Arrest; and Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer. His bail was set at $1,000,000.

On May 31, 2017, Newport Police Detectives continued efforts to identify the subject. A scan of his fingerprints revealed no criminal history. He continued to refuse to provide any information. During the investigation, Detectives determined the subject in custody was Justin Eric Pommerenck, age 29 of Salem. On May 30, 2017, Pommerenck had been reported to Oregon State Police Troopers at the Oregon State University Patrol Office as a Missing Person.

The Newport Police Department has been assisted in this investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon State Police.

Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Mitch France at 541-574-3367. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455 or Text-A-Tip at 541-270-1856.