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Robbery suspect shot by police last week released from hospital, arrested

Joshua David Luther faces charge of aggravated attempted murder


LUTHERThe suspect in the Oct. 25 Portland motel robbery and related officer-involved shooting in Tualatin has been charged with attempted aggravated murder.

Joshua David Luther, 37, was taken into custody by Tigard police officers Sunday after being released from Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound. He was transferred to the Washington County Jail, where he is being held on the felony charge.

Police say Luther and his wife, 28-year-old Michelle Renee Luther, led officers from multiple agencies on a chase after Joshua Luther allegedly robbed the Aladdin Inn and Suites in Southwest Portland. The chase wound through Tigard and ended in an officer-involved shooting near the Walgreens drugstore on Boones Ferry Road, just outside Lake Oswego city limits.

Joshua Luther, who allegedly fired at police as the chase unfolded, was shot after he jumped from a white minivan and tried to escape on foot.

Michelle Luther, who was driving the van, was arrested at the scene, taken to the Washington County Jail and charged with aggravated attempted murder. Three children found in the van were turned over to state authorities; their relationship to the Luthers has not been disclosed.

The officer involved in the shooting has been identified as Andrew Pastore, a 14-year veteran of the Tigard Police Department. He has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with Tigard Police Department policy.

No other injuries were reported.

Joshua Luther was arraigned Monday at the Washington County Jail before Circuit Judge Suzanne M. Upton. Michelle Luther was arraigned last Wednesday.

As of Monday, no charges appeared to have been filed against the Luthers in connection with the armed robbery of the Aladdin Inn.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with information on the suspects' arraignments, as well as to clarify details of the police chase and charges the suspects face.