Alert resident flags down officers patrolling area
Hours after Mayor Sam Adams announced the city would increase police patrols to combat gang violence over the summer, police arrested a suspect in a recent gang-related shooting with the help of an alert resident.
Pedro Martinez, 21, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, Attempted Robbery in the First Degree, tow counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and a probation violation.
Martinez is accused of shooting Maximliano Delgado, 51, on Monday night in the parking lot of Northgate Park. Delagado was shot once in the upper back and survived. Gang Detectives were able to identify Martinez as the suspect and were continuing the investigation when he was arrested Thursday.
According police, the arrest occurred around 4:12 p.m. when North Precinct officers were flagged down someone at North McKenna Avenue and Lombard Street who had seen Martinez in the area. Officers spotted Martinez, who ran from them into the neighborhood.
Additional officers arrived in the area and set up a neighborhood perimeter and called for a police K-9 unit. An officer on the perimeter spotted Martinez and took him into custody without incident. Officers searched the area the suspect was seen running and recovered a handgun.
Earlier in the day, Adams, law enforcement officers and gang outreach workers held a press conference to announce their plans for preventing gang violence in coming months. Among other things, it involves the redeployment of officers into high crime areas of the city.