Portland suspect escaped cell after cleaning crew left door open: police

Portland suspect escaped cell after cleaning crew left door open: police


He made a clean getaway.

The Oregon man who escaped custody this week simply strolled out of his cell — which a coronavirus-cleaning crew didn’t lock, according to officials.

David Dahlen, 24, was arrested Monday afternoon on a warrant for a slew of charges for allegedly ramming a stolen truck into Officer Jennifer Pierce on Christmas Eve, including attempted murder and attempted assault on a public safety officer.

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While Dahlen was in a holding cell, a cleaning crew accidentally went inside — then left the door unlocked when they left, Portland Police Bureau said.

“It looks like the cleaning crew opened the holding cell, thinking nobody was in there, and then noticed, ‘Oh, there’s someone in there,’ and shuts the door. But the door may not have latched all the way,” Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis told The Oregonian.

The force admitted that Dahlen likely just “pushed the door from the inside, found it to be insecure, and got

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