Portland Police K9 Finds Bike Thief

On Friday, September 14, 2018, at 5:55 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a stolen child's bicycle, taken from a family's front lawn in the area of 5500 hundred blocks on Northeast Simpson Street. 

Officers arrived at the residence and learned that an unknown male subject stole a little girl's bike that had been left on the front lawn of the residence. When the older children saw the subject walking away with the bike, they ran after him asking him to return the bike that belonged to their friend, but the subject kept walking away while in possession of the stolen bike. 

Arriving officers obtained the subject description and learned from the family members that the subject might have boarded a TriMet bus with the stolen bike. 

Officers were able to locate the correct bus. Officers observed a child's blue bike matching the victim description, mounted on the bus bike rack. Officers flagged down the bus driver, who confirmed that a male subject matching the suspect's description was inside the bus. 

As officers attempted to contact the subject, he disobeyed their verbal commands and ran off the bus into the neighborhood. Officers started a foot pursuit of the subject, and then set up a perimeter as they lost a visual of the subject. 

With the help of the Portland Police Canine Member "Utzi" and Air Support One, officers were able to locate the subject a few blocks away hiding in thick bushes. They placed the subject into custody without incident. 

The subject was identified as 20-year-old Amissi Hugu Mungomba. Mungomba was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Theft in the Second Degree and Attempt to Elude on Foot. 

Officers returned the bicycle to the family. The recovery of the little girl's bicycle was accomplished with the deployment of Utzi, the first female canine member of PPB's Canine Unit. 

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