PORTLAND – Two robbery suspects were captured after fleeing from police and crashing a car early Saturday morning in Southeast Portland, police said.
One suspect was captured at the scene while the other fled on foot and barricaded himself in a home in the 1200 block of Southeast 51st Avenue around 2 a.m., said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.
Earlier Saturday, police got a call of a robbery in progress at Gator’s Bar & Grill at 6605 Southeast Powell Boulevard. When officers got there, they spotted two men running to a car that then sped away.
Police chased the car for three minutes until it crashed into a parked car at Southeast 52nd Avenue and Taylor Street. That’s when both suspects got out and ran, Simpson said.
Police nabbed 29-year-old Antwaun Spencer (pictured) immediately, but the second man whom police have not named disappeared into the neighborhood, Simpson said.
Officers then established a perimeter, called in a K-9 unit, and began searching the neighborhood.
The dog led police to a home on Southeast 51st Avenue where they found the suspect barricaded in a mud room attached to the home, Simpson said.
The suspect wasn’t saying anything, so police called in the Special Emergency Reaction Team and crisis negotiators to resolve the situation.
The suspect then started yelling that he’d been shot in the leg and surrendered to police. He was treated by medical personnel and taken to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg that may have been self-inflicted, Simpson said.
No one else was injured during the robbery and subsequent pursuit.