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A massive manhunt is underway in Oregon after a suspect accused of attempting to kill a police officer escaped from a secure room at a Portland police compound that a COVID-19 cleanup crew mistakenly left unlocked.
Police arrested David Dahlen, 24, on Saturday on suspicion of ramming a stolen pickup into an officer on December 24, leaving her seriously injured.
The Portland Police Office said Monday that while Dahlen was in a holding cell in the detective division at the city’s Justice Center waiting to be interviewed prior to his admission to the county jail, two contract workers who were performing COVID-19 disinfection opened the door and then closed it when they saw it.
Preliminary investigation shows that the door did not close completely and investigators believe Dahlen opened it and exited the building via a staircase, which was open for fire safety reasons, police said in a news release.
A few minutes later, at 5.30pm, detectives went to check on Dahlen and found that he was gone. The building was closed and a search began.
Police say Dahlen was in a holding cell in Portland’s Central Campus when a COVID clean-up crew opened the door, realized the room was occupied and locked, but did not lock.
Dahlen was arrested in connection with an incident on December 24 at this gas station.
Surveillance video showed him running away from the building
Police searched the center and monitored public transit, but could not locate the fugitive.
Police had not found Dahlen as of Tuesday morning and are asking the public to call 911 if they see him.
The Portland Police Office said it will conduct an internal review of the agency’s procedures regarding holding cells. It will contain recommendations for improving those procedures to prevent something like this from happening again.
Dahlen is suspected of driving toward Portland Police Officer Jennifer Pierce, a 15-year veteran who was hospitalized with a pelvic fracture.
When officers tried to shove the stolen truck into gas station 76 at the corner of Southeast Powell and Cesar Chavez boulevards before 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the driver collided with Pierce as she was out of her car.
According to witnesses.
Pierce was trapped between the truck and her cruiser. The driver of the van then backed up and struck her again, as seen in video of a bystander that was obtained by KOIN.
Pierce then fired her gun at the truck. The truck, which had been stolen from a Portland auto shop, was found abandoned shortly after.
Dahlen faces charges of attempted murder, assault in the first degree, attempted assault on a public safety officer, illegal use of a motor vehicle and hit-and-run in the second degree.
Dahlen is described as a white male, 5 ft 8 tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved green shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes. Police say he has mud on his clothes.