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Suspect Arrested After Assaulting Officer with Pipe
On Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 7:15 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 4100 block of Southeast Ivon Street on the report that a man was throwing rocks at vehicles.
An officer arrived in the area of the reported vandalism and began to search the area for the suspect. As the officer searched the area, he located a person matching the suspect's description in the area of Southeast 45th Avenue and Southeast Division Street. The officer contacted the suspect and based on preliminary information, investigators believe the suspect struck the officer in the head with a pipe. After being struck in the head by the suspect, the officer detained the suspect until additional cover officers arrived and assisted in taking the suspect into custody.
When officers interviewed the original 9-1-1 caller they learned the suspect had thrown a pipe at the victim's vehicle. After the suspect struck the victim's vehicle with a pipe she called 9-1-1 and police arrived shortly thereafter.
As officers continued the investigation at the crime scene, they located and seized a pipe believed to have been used by the suspect to assault the officer.
During the investigation, officers learned a man matching the suspect's description in this investigation had reportedly assaulted a community member in the 2500 block of Southeast 41st Avenue. The caller to 9-1-1 reported she was on her front porch at a residence when the suspect struck her with a pipe and damaged some property at the location. The victim in this incident did not require medical treatment for injuries suffered as a result of the assault.
The injured officer was transported in a police vehicle to a Portland hospital for treatment of the injuries suffered during the assault. Once at the hospital, medical personnel determined the officer's injuries required admission to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Tsegay A. Abraha. Abraha was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree.
Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail continue this investigation. Anyone with information about Abraha or this incident should contact Detective Shaye Samora at 503-823-0479 or Shaye.Samora@portlandoregon.gov