November 14, 2012 12:54Robbery detectives are continuing the investigation into this morning's carjacking and crash. The suspect, a 26-year-old woman, remains in a Portland hospital in serious condition. Investigators believe she will remain in the hospital for several days due to injuries she suffered in the crash.
No charges will be filed today as the investigation continues.
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This morning, Wednesday November 14, 2012, at 9:04 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to the report of a carjacking and crash at North Interstate and Mississippi Avenues.
Officers arrived and found that the stolen car high up an embankment, after crashing into a building. The woman behind the wheel had extensive injuries and was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment. She is expected to survive her injuries.
This investigation started at 8:41 a.m., when an officer was dispatched to a welfare check at Northeast Grand Avenue and Oregon Street. A caller to 9-1-1 reported that an unknown woman got into his car saying her family was trying to kill her. Officers received additional information that the woman was very panicked and seemed to be either under the influence of drugs and/or in a mental health crisis.
When officers arrived in the area, the woman saw the police and ran away into the neighborhood.
Officers were searching the area when they learned that the woman ran up to a car at North Interstate Avenue and Multnomah Street and climbed into the passenger side of the vehicle. The driver exited the vehicle and the woman climbed over to the driver's seat as the driver got into the backseat of the car. The woman began to drive away, and the car owner got back out of the vehicle. The victim was not injured.
The woman sped northbound on North Interstate Avenue until she lost control of the car and crashed.
Investigators are continuing to process the crime scene and interview witnesses and the victim.
The suspect is an adult female and is currently at a Portland hospital receiving medical treatment.
Updates will be provided as they become available.
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Sgt. Pete Simpson