Officer Hit With Pipe, Suspect In Custody

Portland Police were called to 41st and Southeast Ivon Street Saturday night on a report of a man throwing rocks at cars.

An officer found a man matching the suspect's description near Southeast 45th and Division. The suspect hit the officer in the head with a pipe. The officer restrained the suspect until backup arrived and the man was taken into custody.

When officers interviewed the original 9-1-1 caller they learned the suspect had thrown a pipe at the victim's vehicle. After the suspect struck the victim's vehicle with a pipe she called 9-1-1.

As officers continued the investigation at the crime scene, they located and seized a pipe believed to have been used by the suspect to assault the officer. 

During the investigation, officers learned a man matching the suspect's description in this investigation had reportedly assaulted a community member in the 2500 block of Southeast 41st Avenue. The caller to 9-1-1 reported she was on her front porch at a residence when the suspect struck her with a pipe and damaged some property at the location. The victim in this incident did not require medical treatment for injuries suffered as a result of the assault. 

The injured officer was transported in a police vehicle to a Portland hospital for treatment of the injuries suffered during the assault. Once at the hospital, medical personnel determined the officer's injuries required admission to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. 

The suspect 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. 


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