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July 1, 2011

Riverton standoff ends; 6 in custody

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Portland police have six people in custody following a standoff at the Riverton Apartments.

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Portland police are at a standoff with the occupants of 2 Pinewood Road in the Riverton Apartments complex. The standoff ended around 2 p.m. when six occupants surrendered.

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Sgt. Andrew Hutchins, left, helps a young girl, mother and baby as a member of the Portland Police Special Reaction Team carries a young child from the "Peace Keeper" vehicle. The family was being evacuated from a nearby apartment where a standoff was in progress today. Other members of the team are in the background awaiting orders near the standoff situation.

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Shortly after 2 p.m. the last person walked out of the apartment at 2 Pinewood Road and gave himself up. He was ordered to his knees by members of a special police reaction team.

Portland Police Chief James Craig said charges include aggravated assault and robbery stemming from an attack on a woman early this morning.

The woman called police at 7 a.m. to report that she had been attacked, her hand slashed, and her cellphone stolen.

As police investigated the attack, they learned from witnesses that there may have been shots fired at the public housing complex during the night.

Police evacuated nearby apartments and ordered occupants of the apartment to come out, but they refused.

At about 2 p.m. two men and a woman surrendered and were transported to a command post just inside the entrance to the Riverton complex.

When the three were led out and into a cruiser, many in a crowd of about 50 spectators cheered.

"This is a win," said Craig. "To me, a win is when the community is safe, the officers are safe, and when the people involved are safe."

The standoff lasted for more than six hours.

Craig said police still need to search inside the apartment for any other suspects and any evidence of criminal activity.

2:05 p.m.

PORTLAND — Three occupants of an apartment that has been surrounded by police since this morning have surrendered.

Police took two men and one woman into custody at about 2 p.m. at the apartment at 2 Pinewood Road in the Riverton Apartments complex.

Details to come.

1:20 p.m.

PORTLAND — Members of Portland's special reaction team have surrounded an apartment at the Riverton Apartments complex following an attack.

Police were called at 7 a.m. today to a nearby 7-Eleven on Forest Avenue where a woman told them she'd been cut by an edged weapon in connection with a party at the apartment at 2 Pinewood Road.

Believing there might be guns inside, police evacuated nearby apartments and ordered residents of neighboring units to stay away from the building, one of several in the complex.

Police initially were unable to make contact with people inside the apartment, but were able to speak with an apartment resident around 11:15 a.m., said Assistant Police Chief Michael Sauschuck.

Police believe there may be several other people in the apartment.

The victim of the attack was treated for a minor cut.

11:26 a.m.

PORTLAND — Portland police have activated the special reaction team to deal with a confrontation in progress at the Riverton Apartments.

Police were called shortly before 8 a.m. for a report of an assault. The area around 2 Pinewood Road has been cordoned off.

A special police vehicle similar to an armored personnel carrier was being used to evacuate families from apartments near the unit involved in the standoff.

Details to come.

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