An early morning carjacking in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood turned into a pursuit that ended up along the TriMet MAX light rail line by the Banfield Freeway (I-84) on Sunday, February 12.
East Precinct Police Officers were called to S.E. 72nd Avenue, a block south of Flavel Street in the early morning darkness at 3:48 a.m., and learned from the victim that a light-skinned man, armed with a handgun and a knife, had stolen the person's white Subaru Forester.
"The stolen car was spotted by police in the area, and the driver led officers on a traffic pursuit northbound on I-205 to westbound I-84," said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.
The suspect crashed the car east of N.E. 74th Avenue, and the suspect ran from the vehicle and jumped down to the Union Pacific and MAX tracks just the north of the freeway, Simpson said.
A search of the area turned up 27-year-old David Alexander Mellis – who, it turned out, also had outstanding charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Vehicle.
"No gun or knife has been located," Simpson said.
After his arraignment, Mellis was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 10:36 a.m. that morning on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Vehicle. He is being held in lieu of $550,000 bail at Inverness Jail.