Portland Murder Suspect Escapes Police Custody

David Dahlen Portland police
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Portland police are searching for 24-year-old David Dahlen after he escaped from the Portland Police Bureau’s Central Precinct on Saturday night.

Dahlen is wanted on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree attempted murder, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, assaulting a public safety officer, and second-degree escape. His charges stem from a Portland police officer’s near-death encounter on December 24.

On Christmas Eve, Dahlen was allegedly driving a stolen pickup truck in Southeast Portland when Officer Jennifer Pierce approached the young man to investigate the suspicious vehicle. According to police, Dahlen rammed the truck into Pierce’s patrol car and escaped while the officer fired her gun. Dahlen took off on foot and left Pierce to suffer a fractured pelvis.

Portland police located Dahlen on Saturday and took him into custody around 1:30 p.m. However, officers discovered that he had escaped from his holding cell around 5:30 p.m. As of Sunday evening, Dahlen has not been located.

“Certainly it’s not something that’s happened since I’ve been an officer in the city of Portland,” said Derek Carmon of the Portland Police Bureau when asked to comment on the unusual event. “And . . . talking to officers who have been here longer than me, it’s something they don’t remember happening.”

Dating back to 2013, Dahlen has a long list of previous charges that include driving under the influence of intoxicants, possession of a stolen vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle, first-degree theft, and careless driving contributing to an accident.

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