2-year-old safe, dad arrested following shooting, Amber Alert

2-year-old safe, dad arrested following shooting, Amber Alert »Play Video
Joshua R. Cavett in his booking photo after he was found on foot with his daughter in Gresham Saturday night.

GRESHAM, Ore. - A man at the center of an Amber Alert was taken into custody late Saturday.

An Amber Alert was issued earlier in the day after a woman was critically injured in a shooting and the suspect left the scene with his 2-year-old daughter.

The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. at the Holly Ridge apartments in the 2700 block of West Powell Boulevard in Gresham.

About 10 hours later, 36-year-old Joshua R. Cavett, the suspect in the shooting, was taken into custody after two people recognized him from the Amber Alert and called 9-1-1. Cavett was on foot with his daughter in the 1500 block of Southwest Pleasant View Drive in Gresham. The girl was unharmed.

Cavett's estranged wife, 27-year-old Jessie Cavett, was the shooting victim. She had filed for divorce from her husband in August, weeks after she filed a restraining order against him. Her husband did not have legal custody of their daughter.

Jessie Cavett suffered a life-threatening injury and is now hospitalized. Lt. Claudio Grandjean with the Gresham Police Department said she is "clinging to life."

Joshua Cavett has an extensive criminal history, was described as being "anti police" and has also had three restraining orders issued against him from three different women, including the latest one from his estranged wife.

One of Cavett's former neighbors, who did not wish to be identified, said Cavett and his wife fought on a regular basis when they lived together in Molalla.

"They were very volatile," she said. "Alcohol included. They were very bad."

"It was on a regular weekend basis we'd have profanity screamed across the streets," she added. "We were all talking about going to the association to get them kicked out because it was so bad."

Police said Joshua Cavett is also a member of a notorious motorcycle gang, the Gypsy Jokers, who have had a reputation in the past for their involvement in criminal activity.

Cavett has been charged with first-degree assault and attempted murder. He is being held on $500,000 bail.