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August 26, 2007
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Ore. campers catch peeping Tom, tie him up for police

By Peter Zuckerman and Noelle Crombie
The Oregonian

Campers tackled a peeping Tom suspect at an Estacada campground over the weekend, then tied him to a tree until Clackamas County deputies arrived.

Deputies cited Beaverton resident Richard H. Berkey, 63, with public indecency.

The campers said Berkey had been watching women from the group use an outdoor latrine Saturday at Big Fan Campground on U.S. Forest Service Road 63 near Bagby Hot Springs. They told deputies that they recognized Berkey from a similar incident at the same campground the year before and wanted to make sure he didn't get away.

The 2006 incident was reported to police but did not result in charges.

One of the campers, Jason Dugan, said he and others talked to Berkey about his life and activities before police arrived and passed that information along to authorities. Berkey did not return a phone call requesting comment.

Here's what happened, according to Detective Jim Strovink of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and two of the campers, Dugan and Michelle Brandow:

Several friends were playing chess, eating and relaxing early Saturday evening, when they heard rustling in an area the women used as an open latrine. Dugan went to investigate and saw a figure running from the area and tackled the man.

With help from two other campers, Charles Gelder and Mitch Nodland, Dugan led Berkey to the group's campsite and tied him to a tree. Another camper left to call police.

While waiting for authorities, Dugan, Brandow and Berkey then had what Strovink described as a "cordial conversation" as Brandow snapped photos. When Berkey's conversation became too graphic, Brandow said she walked away. "That was enough for me to hear," she said.

Police found several maps of campgrounds in Berkey's pickup truck, including guides to the Gifford-Pinchot, Deschutes and Willamette national forests and the Tillamook State Forest.

Copyright 2007 The Oregonian

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