UPDATE 2- Link to Photo of Olin -Subject arrested for assaulting a police horse

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July 10, 2014 10:25

  

The Portland Police Bureau Mounted Patrol Unit will be available for pictures and interviews at the Special Olympics Torch run, today, from 11:30 to Noon. The Unit is out supporting this important event and will make themselves available at the run's finish line, located at N.E. 122nd Street and N.E. Glisan Avenue.

The Mounted Patrol Unit would love to highlight this event and encourage the public to come support the Torch Run. This event is sponsored by law enforcement and attempts to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics program.

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###UPDATE 1####

Here is a link to a photograph of Olin on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/portlandpolice/posts/444465435621651?comment_id=3809147

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, July 9th, 2014 at about 11:20 a.m., Mounted Patrol Unit officers were patrolling the Old Town area near N.W. 6th Avenue and N.W. Hoyt Street (in from of the Greyhound Bus Depot) and stopped to speak with a group of individuals.

While speaking with the group, Joseph Cruz, a 29-year-old male, ran up from behind "Olin" the police horse, issued a karate-like battle cry, and delivered a jumping, double-kick to Olin's right thigh.

Thankfully he was unable to phase the stout police horse, who outweighed him by approximately 1,000 lbs. Cruz landed, also uninjured.

Olin and his partner were then able to take custody of Cruz, who had an arrest warrant. Cruz was also charged with interfering with a law enforcement animal. The Police Bureau is very thankful that no one was injured in this incident.

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