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Robbery suspect rams cop car to escape arrest

A man who police say is part of a trio of robbers reportedly rammed a police car in an attempt to escape being arrested.

Lashawn Davis Peterson, 36, of Portland is being held on $377,500 bail at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail on 13 allegations of first-degree robbery, attempted assault, criminal mischief, hit and run and attempt to elude police by vehicle.Lashawn Peterson

Police planned to arrest Peterson after he left his apartment in the 1500 block of Southeast 122nd Avenue on Monday, Nov. 19, said Sgt. Claudio Grandjean, Gresham Police spokesman.

Instead, they followed him and tried to pull him over near Southeast 157th Avenue and Stark Street. There he reportedly rammed a police vehicle and tried to escape, but he crashed near Southeast 162nd Avenue and East Burnside Street.

Peterson ran away, but police caught him with help from a police dog and arrested him at 9:09 p.m.

Nobody was injured in either the crash or the apprehension.

Police suspect Peterson and two others of robbing two people on Oct. 25 at the Rodeway Inn, 2323 N.E. 181st Ave. There Peterson, another man and a woman forced their way into the victims' room after the woman knocked on their door. The victims knew the woman as an acquaintance. One of the robbers was armed with a gun and pistol-whipped one of the victims.

Video surveillance of the hotel, the victims and follow-up investigation helped identify the suspects. Jaquina Anderson Alexander Lewis

The other two suspects were arrested Friday, Nov. 16. Alexander J. Lewis, 21, and Jaquina S. Anderson, 21, both of Gresham, were arrested during Lewis' appointment with his probation officer in Gresham. Each is being held on $1.3 million bail on charges of first-degree burglary and first- and second-degree robbery.



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