Taxi driver's shooter arrested in Mt. Scott-Arleta; out on bail
The story received great media attention: A taxi driver for Radio Cab was shot while driving from N.E. Glisan Street at Interstate 205 at about 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 1st — and then he drove himself to a hospital. He even had the presence of mind to get the license number of the vehicle used by the shooter.
That license number made the hunt for the attacker easy for East Precinct officers, and an arrest was soon made.
But what has received relatively little media coverage is that the accused gunman, for reasons still unknown, drove into the Foster-Powell neighborhood after the shooting — and following his arrest, was released from custody one day after the shooting, after posting bail.
At 9:29 a.m. on September 1st an East Precinct officer found the suspect vehicle, unoccupied, in a parking lot in the area of S. E. 77th Avenue and Foster Road. Several more officers responded, and they developed reason to believe the suspect was in a nearby business.
At 10:05 a.m., the shooting suspect was spotted and taken into custody. Investigators from the PPB Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST) took over from there.
After an intensive investigation — including PPB officers at Providence Hospital funding bullet holes in the taxi cab — ECST officers made the official arrest.
47-year-old Bradley Dylan Stanwood was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 5:32 p.m. on Class A Felony charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and a Class B Felony charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
Even as Stanwood was being questioned and arrested, the taxi driver he'd allegedly shot was in surgery during which he lost part of his stomach and colon, according to the taxi company spokesman.
At the suspect's arraignment, an attorney for Stanwood contended that his client was misidentified "because his car backfired", leading him to have been wrongly identified as the shooter. The attorney did not acknowledge that the victim's reporting his client's license plate was the real cause of the prompt arrest.
Despite the seriousness of the attempted murder charge, the judge sit Stanwood's hearing decided to set bail, and fixed the amount at $100,000. After he posted the required 10% of his bail amount, Stanwood was released from custody pending his next court appearance.
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