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Some judges seem more sympathetic to arrested suspects than to victims, or to society at large...

DAVID F. ASHTON - After spotting the reported-stolen Subaru Forester PZE behind the Woodstock Safeway store, officers began looking for the thief. After East Precinct officers spotted a reported-stolen Subaru Forester PZE behind the Woodstock Safeway store, in the mid-afternoon of Monday, July 15, an employee of another store in the shopping center pointed out to them a man running from the vehicle.

"Officers were able to keep an eye on the suspect, and call in additional resources," a PPB Central Precinct sergeant told THE BEE.

The suspect headed north along S.E. 45th Avenue, then jogged west on Reedway Street, and continued north until he ducked between houses as he ran along 44th Avenue near Ellis Street.

"It didn't take long for a police dog to sniff him out, hiding behind a house among the trash cans," reported a neighbor, who said he'd watched the conclusion of the pursuit, and the suspect being taken into custody.

"The suspect in this incident is 22-year-old Samuel Brandon Baskow, said PPB Public Information Officer Carlos Ibarra, confirming the witness' details of the episode.

MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Although 22-year-old Samuel Brandon Baskow faced two Felony charges - car theft, and burglary - a Multnomah County judge chose to set him free without any bail. Baskow was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 4:16 p.m. that afternoon on two Felony charges: First Degree Burglary, and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

During booking, Baskow learned that combined bail for the two charges was initially set at $55,000.

However, at his arraignment the following day in Multnomah County District Court, a judge disagreed either with the charges or with the bail, and set Baskow free without posting any bail at all. The official "Release Reason" stated simply: "Court Ordered Release". It was not clear whether he nonetheless would still be facing the Felony charges in court or not.


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