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The courts told officers, 'go get him' -- and then the courts chose to set him free

DAVID F. ASHTON - With a Police K-9 taking the lead, officers move into the yard - searching for the man with an active parole violation felony warrant. After a "Suspicious Subject" call went out to East Precinct officers at 10:51 a.m. on Wednesday morning, August 9, eight officers – including a K9 unit – came to S.E. 62nd Avenue, a couple of houses north of Duke Street.

Neighbors were startled to see – In addition to officers in the street – additional police with long guns, along with some with non-lethal weapons ready, when squad cars pulled into the unpaved alley to the east.

About 20 minutes after they arrived, officers moved in, surrounded the house, and took a man into custody.

MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Police arrested 38-year-old Denny Galofteanu on a felony warrant - violating the terms of his parole - but puzzlingly, he was then released by the court for time served. "There was a report of a 'wanted' subject at the location," Portland Police spokesman Sergeant Chris Burley told THE BEE, after looking into the incident. "Officers took 38-year-old Denny Galofteanu into custody on a parole violation warrant."

Galofteanu was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 12:10 p.m. that afternoon on a felony charge of Parole Violation. He was released by a judge on August 11, with the reason given: Time Served on a Sentence. Just what that meant, in the context of an arrest on a legally-obtained felony warrant, is unclear.

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