Assault suspect on Powell Blvd struggles with officers
After a tall, shouting, shirtless man reportedly attacked a woman near the Plaid Pantry at S.E. 52nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard, in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, on Thursday, July 19, two East Precinct squad cars were dispatched to the location.
The first officer arrived at about 3:40 p.m., and immediately radioed to dispatch that more officers were needed at the scene. Within minutes, six more units arrived.
The shouts and calls of a middle-aged man could be heard from a block away, accusing unknown people of stealing belongings from his caravan of shopping carts, which were on the sidewalk next to the store.
"Preliminary information suggests a male suspect physically assaulted a woman," Portland Police spokesperson Sgt. Chris Burley confirmed for THE BEE, after checking call records.
The suspect struggled with officers who patiently worked to calm and arrest him.
"Officers took the suspect into custody," Burley said. "Officers learned the suspect and victim did not know one another. Based on initial information, there does not appear to be anyone with serious injuries as a result of this incident."
The suspect, identified as 49-year-old Dewayne Wyron Musgrove, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 4:35 p.m. that afternoon of two misdemeanor charges of Fourth Degree Assault and Menacing. After his arraignment, Musgrove was ordered released – presumably on his own recognizance, pending trial – by the court.