Suspect in Custody After Jumping into Willamette River to Elude Capture by Police

March 29, 2015 16:15

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On Sunday March 29, 2015, at 2:39 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 2300 block of Southeast Water Avenue, near the Tillikum Crossing bridgehead, on the report of a suspicious subject possibly stealing wire from an electrical box.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the adult male suspect, who provided a fake name to police that came back with a warrant. Officers told the man he was under arrest and he ran away towards the Willamette River, jumping in from the riverbank. The man appeared to be attempting to swim away but did not appear to be a good swimmer and came back to shore and hid along the riverbank in bushes.

Additional officers, a Police K-9 Unit, and boats from Portland Fire & Rescue and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responded to assist in

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