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On Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 4:59 p.m., North Precinct officers attempted to stop the driver of a white 1994 Acura Integra near the intersection of North Winchell Street and North Fenwick Avenue after observing the driver commit multiple traffic violations.
After the officers turned on the emergency lights and siren to their marked patrol vehicle, the driver of the vehicle sped away. Based on the officers' observations at the time the driver fled, the officers decided not to pursue the suspect. Additional officers were requested to assist in a search for the vehicle and suspect in the surrounding blocks. As officers searched the neighborhood they found the Acura stopped straddling a sidewalk in the 1700 block of North Farragut Avenue. Officers also observed the suspect running from the Acura. A description, direction of travel and location of the suspect was broadcast to responding officers.
Officers arrived in the area and positioned themselves throughout the neighborhood and a police canine responded to the area to assist with a search. As officers performed a police canine search, they located the suspect under a deck in the backyard of a residence in the 1500 block of North Farragut Avenue. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
As officers continued the investigation, they located and seized a firearm in a yard in the 1700 block of North Farragut Avenue. Officers believe the suspect had left the gun in the yard as he ran from officers. During a records check of the gun, officers determined the gun had previously been reported as a stolen firearm.
During an inspection of the Acura, officers learned the vehicle had been reported stolen on July 28, 2018 in Sandy, Oregon.
Members of the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operation Division's Gun Taskforce responded to assist with the firearm investigation and to collect additional forensic evidence.
The suspect was identified as 25-year-old Armando J. Perez. Perez was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Driving while Suspended - Misdemeanor, Possession of Methamphetamine, and a parole violation warrant for a previous conviction related to firing a weapon.