Man assaults cop with pipe; arrested after vandalism spree
On Saturday, November 10, at 7:15 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 4100 block of S.E. Ivon Street on reports that a man was throwing rocks at vehicles.
An officer arrived in the area and began to search the area for the suspect. The officer located a person matching the suspect's description in the area of S.E. 45th Avenue and Division Street.
The officer approached the suspect -- and, based on preliminary information, investigators believe the suspect hit the officer in the head with a pipe.
After being struck in the head by the man, the officer managed to detain him until additional officers arrived and assisted in taking thm into custody.
When officers interviewed the original 9-1-1 caller they learned the suspect had thrown a pipe at the victim's vehicle. That's when she called 9-1-1, and police arrived shortly thereafter.
As officers continued the investigation at the crime scene, they found and seized a pipe believed to have been the one used by the suspect to assault the officer.
Officers also learned that a man matching the suspect's description had apparently assaulted a community member in the 2500 block of S.E. 41st Avenue. A caller to 9-1-1 reported she had been on her front porch when the suspect approached her and struck her with a pipe, and then damaged some property at the location. Fortunately, she did not require medical treatment for her injuries..
However, the injured officer was transported in a police vehicle to a Portland hospital for treatment, and once at the hospital, medical personnel determined the officer's injuries required admission for treatment of serious injuries.
The arrested man 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, and more charges are likely.