Shootings, robberies and crashes keep Portland police busy
Portland police have been busy responding to shootings, robberies and crashes since late Friday.
Three people were hospitalized in one crash. Their names were not immediately released.
The first investigation began at 10:39 p.m. on May 2 when East Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at the Plaid Pantry located at 4214 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard.
When officers arrived, they learned a suspect entered the store and demanded money while brandishing a knife. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the store in a white four door vehicle.
Responding officers searched the neighborhood and, with the assistance of a community member, located a white four door Kia being driven in the area of Southeast Bell Avenue and Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle In the 8900 block of Southeast Stanley Place. During the stop, the driver crashed the vehicle into a canine officer's patrol vehicle, the fled the scene fled on foot.
Officers, including a canine team, searched the neighborhood located the driver in the 5700 block of Southeast Westfork Street. He was taken into custody and, based on evidence learned at the Plaid Pantry, officers believe the driver to be the suspected robber.
Phillip G. Mawhiney, 39, was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of robbery in the first degree and robbery in the second degree.
Then, at 10:50 p.m. on March 2, North Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of people hearing gunfire in the 9300 block of North Woolsey Avenue.
As officers responded to the scene, a caller to 9-1-1 reported their residence was struck by gunfire but that no one inside was injured. When officers arrived, they located a bullet hole in the home as well as additional evidence of gunfire near the residence.
Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to assume the investigation. No suspect information was immediately available.
After that, at 4:46 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, North Precinct officers responded to the reports of gunfire in the 6700 block of Northeast Going Street.
When officers arrived, they canvassed the area for suspects, victims and evidence. Although they did not locate any victims or structures struck by gunfire, the officers found evidence of gunfire near the intersection of Northeast 68th Avenue and Northeast Going Street.
No suspect information has been released.
Next, just after midnight on Sunday, March 4, Central Precinct officers responded to the resport of a crash in at Northwest 9th and Everett. When they arrived, officers found that a speeding drunk driver crashed into an Uber driver, sending three people to the hospital with serious injuries.
Joshua Melu, 24, was lodged in Multnomah County Jail on charges of DUII and reckless driving. The names and conditions of those injured was not immediately released.
Police say Melu was traveling at "a high rate of speed" and crashed into a black Mercedes belonging to a driver who worked for Uber. Another parked vehicle was also hit, as well as the Tanner Creek Tavern.
Then, at 12:49 a.m. on Sunday, March 4, East Precinct officers responded to the reports of gunfire near the intersection of Northeast 78th Avenue and Northeast Halsey Street.
When officers arrived, they located multiple spent bullet casings on Northeast Halsey Street between Northeast 76th Avenue to Northeast 79th Avenue.
During the investigation, officers contacted witnesses who stated that occupants of a vehicle being driven on Northeast Halsey Street shot at another vehicle that was driving on Northeast Halsey Street.
There were no reports of injuries or people arriving at area hospitals as a result of this shooting. No suspects were immediatley located.
Based on information learned at the scene, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to assume the investigation.
There were no reports of injuries or people arriving at area hospitals as a result of this shooting.
And at 4:03 a.m on March 4, North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at the 7-11, located at 4643 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.
When officers arrived, they learned a suspect entered the store and demanded money while brandishing a handgun. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash and other items, the suspect left the location without incident.
Responding officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description. Based on preliminary information, officers believe the suspect is a white male, six feet tall, with a medium build, armed with a handgun.
Investigators with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail are continuing the investigation.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to contact Robbery Detail detectives at 503-823-0405.
KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story.