Man who used baby as police shield faces new charges

Man who used baby as police shield faces new charges

OREGON CITY, Ore. – A burglary suspect who tried to use his 7-month-old son as a shield to avoid arrest faced a judge and new charges on Monday.

Raleigh Reynolds pleaded not guilty to new charges of resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a minor. A judge set bail at $40,000.

The charges relate to Reynolds’ actions on Saturday. Deputies chased him to a house in Estacada where he barricaded himself inside. Instead of outright surrendering, Clackamas County sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Moyer said Reynolds came outside the house with his infant son .

“He was basically with his left hand … holding (the baby) under the baby’s arm pit,” Moyer said. “But his right hand was positioned back behind, concealing his right hand from our view.”

The baby was not hurt in the confrontation.

As an explanation for his actions, Reynolds’ mother, Karen Founds, said: “He was bringing the baby out instead of leaving him in the house screaming.”

This isn’t the first time Reynolds has made news for a run-in with police.

In February, Reynolds made national news for accidentally calling 911 in the middle of a drug deal; he was later arrested. In a segment, Good Morning America referred to him as the “butt dialer.”