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The suspect had previously been arrested but escaped custody after being accused of the attack on a Portland officer.

COURTESY: PPB - The car that David Dahlen tried to escape in on Jan. 8.The attempted murder suspect who escaped from Portland Police Bureau's Central Precinct on Saturday night has been captured and taken into custody.

Early Friday morning, David Dahlen, 24, was spotted by the United States Marshal's Fugitive Task Force inside a car at Lents Park on Southeast 92nd Avenue. The U.S. Marshals notified Portland police.


Shortly before 9 a.m. on Jan. 8, authorities attempted to block the vehicle Dahlen was in. Despite their efforts, the driver of the vehicle — who was not Dahlen — was able to maneuver out of their reach.

The car fled from the area, going east on Southeast Holgate Boulevard. Portland officers then set up spike strips down the road, which successfully punctured the vehicle's tires.

As the car's tires deflated, the driver swerved, lost control of the car, and crashed into a wall and a power pole, sending knocked wires into the street.

Dahlen attempted to make a run for it, but his efforts to flee were unsuccessful. Officer took him into custody just a short distance away from the crash scene, along with the other person in the car.

Both Dahlen and the car's other occupant were sent to a local hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

"It's clear that this individual has no regard for the safety of the public and will put others in danger in an effort to escape," Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said. "I'm grateful to the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force, the PPB Homicide Unit, the Tactical Operations Division, East Precinct patrol officers, and all who worked together to capture this dangerous fugitive."

Dahlen was first arrested Saturday for attempted murder of a police officer, but escaped from custody the same day.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, East Precinct officers located and arrested Dahlen, who is a suspect in the attempted murder of Officer Jennifer Pierce on Dec. 24, 2020, near Southeast Powell Boulevard and 39th Avenue.

Dahlen had rammed a vehicle into Pierce's patrol car. Pierce, who discharged her firearm during the incident but did not strike the suspect, suffered a fractured pelvis from the incident.

Dahlen was captured after a short foot pursuit in the area of Southeast 101st Avenue and Insley Street. However, by 5:30 p.m. that day, detectives discovered he had escaped the secure holding cell he was in at Central Precinct in downtown Portland near Southwest Second Avenue The building was immediately locked down and additional resources were called in. It was later confirmed Dahlen had gotten out of the building.

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