Police surround Lewis and Clark State Park and use dogs to catch man

TROUTDALE - Police arrested a 43-year-old Gresham man Tuesday evening near Lewis and Clark State Park after an alert sheriff's deputy recognized the man as a suspect in a Gresham attempted murder case.

Officers arrested Nick Louis Turcol without incident at 6:10 p.m., just outside of the park. He could face attempted murder, burglary and attempt to elude charges, said Lt. Jason Gates, sheriff's office spokesman.

A criminal investigations unit made up of Gresham and Multnomah County detectives released information to police Tuesday about a burglary and attempted murder that occurred early Thursday, June 15, in the 1600 block of West Powell Boulevard, Gates said. Shortly after the evening roll call, an alert sheriff's deputy recognized the suspect's vehicle, and initiated a stop.

Turcol then exited the vehicle and took off on foot through a wooded area near the park.

Rather than pursue Turcol on foot, the deputy called for backup at 5:10 p.m., as Turcol was considered armed and dangerous. A handgun was later found in his vehicle, Gates said.

A canine unit tracked Turcol to a location where witnesses had seen him earlier in the evening.

Turcol allegedly broke into his ex-wife's home, hid in a closet until she came home and attacked and stranged her until she lost conciousness. At some point, she regained conciousness and managed to escape.

As of press time Tuesday night, Turcol had yet to be taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center, as detectives were still interviewing him.

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