Witnesses call police after man spotted in hot tub with machete


by Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff


Posted on January 2, 2014 at 10:25 AM

SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon man is facing some serious charges after police said he crashed a car into a sign and took a dip in a stranger’s hot tub with a machete during a series of bizarre crimes in Marion County.

Police said they found William Alva Riley Jr., 41, hiding in a truck behind a home near the hot tub where he was spotted.

Investigators said they think Riley went on a crime spree that included a hit-and-run crash into a road sign, thefts, trespassing and possibly a house fire.

The hit-and-run crash occurred early Monday morning at the 7200 block of Silverton Road NE near Salem. An officer responded, and began searching for a suspect in that case as well as a suspicious house fire on 72nd Avenue Northeast.

According to the probable cause document, the officer got word that a man was hiding in a hot tub nearby. The officer eventually found that suspect in a truck parked behind a home. A stolen machete was also found in the hot tub, police said.

After Riley was arrested, he kicked the inside of the patrol car, causing more than $1,000 in damage, the officer reported.

Investigators said they believe Riley was involved in several trespassing incidents, the hit-and-run crash and thefts of items from area properties.

They also identified him as a “person of interest” in a house fire at a home in the 7200 block of Silverton Road Northeast. No one was hurt in the fire but it remains under investigation.

He is facing multiple charges, including failure to perform the duties of a driver, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and theft. He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday at 3 p.m.

Detectives are asking anyone who saw Riley on Monday or may have been victims of a crime in the area on Sunday night or Monday morning to contact detective Nancy Hubbard with the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-316-6635.