Carjacked van, with child aboard, safely stopped on SE 54th
The driver of a minivan took his sick child to Providence Portland's Emergency Department early on Thursday, March 17, and was helping his wife into a wheelchair, when a man jumped into the driver's seat and drove off â€“ with the ill 6-year-old girl still inside.
Portland Police Bureau (PPB) dispatchers issued a "calling-all-cars" notification, at 7:48 that morning, for all officers in the city to be on the lookout for the carjacked van.
At the hospital, officers learned that the suspect had been waiting for a cab, which had been called for him by a Providence security officer. The cab company gave police the man's requested destination â€“ 3.5 miles due south, in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood.
Security staff at the hospital was also able to identify the suspect as 26-year-old Colton Ian Suckow, who had just been released from the hospital, after a "Police Officer's Hold". It is unclear what the hold was for, and why it had been removed.
Cruising through Inner Southeast streets, officers found the minivan parked one long block west of S.E. 52nd Avenue, and a block north of Steele Street â€“ near the intersection of 54th and Mitchell Street.
"Suckow was walking toward the vehicle, and it appeared as if he was about to get back in â€“ however, officers safely took him into custody," a Portland Police spokesperson said. "More importantly, officers were 'beyond relieved' to discover the 6-year-old girl still safely seated inside."
Suckow was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) 10:10 a.m. the same morning on two Felony charges â€“ Kidnapping in the Second Degree, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. At his arraignment, Suckow learned his combined bail for the charges would be $255,000. He's still behind bars in the MCDC.
"I was monitoring this from the beginning," East Precinct Commander Erica Hurley reported, after the arrest was made. "Your PPB officers found this scared little girl within the hour. It's just another example of the great work our officers do on a daily basis."
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