February 01, 2023 19:10
CORRECTION: This corrects the day of the week, which was misstated in the original release.
Two Portland Police Officers have been transported to a local hospital following the arrest of a suspect who violently attacked them.
On Wednesday, February 1, 2023, just before 9:30 a.m., Central Precinct officers were dispatched to the 900 Block of Southwest 21st Avenue after residents of an apartment building called 911 to report an individual checking door handles and threatening to sexually assault people inside. Officers arrived on scene and entered the building, where they were almost immediately attacked by the suspect. The two officers, aided by two community members, were eventually able to gain control of the suspect and take him into custody, but not before the officers were injured. The extent of the officers' injuries resulting from the assault was serious enough to warrant medical attention. Both officers were transported by AMR to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect, identified as Lonnie Allen Hart, 46, is facing one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree, two counts of Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, one count of Aggravated Harassment and one count of Harassment. Hart was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and will be booked upon his release.
Anyone with information about this case who has not yet spoken with police is asked to contact Portland Police Bureau's Detective Division at 503-823-0400 and reference case #23-29554.
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