David Michael Dahlen Biography, Wiki, Age, Net Worth
David Dahlen arrested on Saturday for attempting to murder a Portland Police Officer escaped from custody, the bureau said.
David Dahlen is identified as the man who is accused of ramming into a police officer with a stolen pickup on Christmas Eve. But about four hours later, he escaped from a temporary holding cell in the Police Bureau’s detective division and ran out of police headquarters in downtown Portland, police said.
Officers had located and arrested David Dahlen, 24, of Portland in the attempted murder of Portland Police Officer Jennifer Pierce on December 24, 2020, near Southeast 39th Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard.
Dahlen was captured after a short pursuit in the area of Southeast 101st Avenue and Southeast Insley Street. PPB Homicide Detectives were investigating because it was an officer-involved shooting.
PPB said detectives discovered Dahlen had escaped a holding cell he was in at the Central Precinct at 5:30 p.m. The building was immediately placed on lockdown, and additional resources were called to assist. It was later confirmed that Dahlen had gotten out of the building and was last seen running north.
Police said an effort to recapture Dahlen is now underway. They say there is no reason to believe he is a threat to the community.
David Michael Dahlen III is described as a white male, 5’8 “tall and 170 pounds, according to police. He was last seen wearing a green long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. There was a noticeable amount of dried mud on his clothing.
Dahlen has warrants for his arrest for first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, assaulting a public safety officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and second-degree escape.
Anyone who sees Dahlen or knows where he is, they’re asked to not approach him and call 911 right away.
David Dahlen accused of striking Portland officer with stolen pickup
A manhunt was underway in Portland on Saturday night after a suspect – David Dahlen – accused of ramming into a police officer with a stolen truck on Christmas Eve — somehow escaped from a holding cell at the city’s Central Precinct, according to a report.
The police officer, Jennifer Pierce, hit by the truck on December 24 was hospitalized with a broken pelvis, FOX 12 of Oregon reported.
Dahlen was arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer, the report said. But he was discovered missing from the holding cell around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, about four hours after being booked.
Officer Kevin Allen, a bureau spokesman, said officers have not yet figured out how Dahlen escaped but said it was “unprecedented” in the bureau’s recent history. An investigation will be done into how the escape occurred, Allen said.
What we know so far about David Dahlen
Allen said after bureau members discovered he had escaped, they secured the building, and surveillance video showed Dahlen running north from Central Precinct. As of 8:30 p.m., officers had not yet found Dahlen. He said the holding cell is a temporary locking room in the police bureau. This was not one of the cells in the Multnomah County Detention Center, which are more formal and guarded by sheriff’s deputies, he said.
East Precinct officers had arrested Dahlen about 1:30 p.m. Saturday after a short foot chase in the area of Southeast 101st Avenue and Insley Street.
David Dahlen Criminal Record
He was taken to the detective division for questioning in the December 24 incident, where he’s accused of driving a stolen pickup into an officer at a 76 gas station at the corner of Southeast Powell and Cesar Chavez Boulevards. When officers tried to box in the stolen truck, the driver rammed into Pierce, who was standing outside of her car, according to witnesses at the scene. Pierce was pinned between the truck and her patrol car, witnesses said. The pickup then backed up and drove forward, striking her again, according to the pickup’s owner who arrived at the scene. He said Pierce fired her gun at the truck after she was struck a second time.
The pickup peeled out of the gas station and officers located it unoccupied and abandoned in Southeast Portland an hour later, police said.
The pickup had been stolen from a Southeast Portland auto shop the prior Monday. The owner and his girlfriend were finishing up holiday shopping when a friend spotted their truck on Southeast Powell Boulevard. They alerted police and arrived at the 76 gas station when the police encounter occurred.
A witness’ video obtained by KOIN 6 captured the stolen pickup ramming the driver’s side of a marked patrol car and pushing it forward before driving out of the gas station’s lot. The driver’s door of the police car was open at the time it was struck by the stolen truck.
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