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Bystander helping purse-snatch victim dodges flying bullets

Update: Police identify suspects

A purse snatcher fired shots at a good Samaritan coming to the aid of a victim Monday night.

No one was hurt in the incident, which happened at the TriMet station at Southeast 94th Avenue and Division Street.

One suspect was arrested. David Toedtemeier, 21, was charged with robbery in the first degree and a parole violation. He has been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Portland police said officers from the East Precinct and TriMet Transit Division responded at about 9 p.m. to a call of shots being fired at the station. Witnesses said two men had stolen a woman's purse and someone fired gunshots at a bystander who stepped in to help. The suspects were last seen fleeing southbound on a nearby bike trail.

Witnesses told police that one of the suspects was a skinny white man in his 30s, about 5-foot-7, with short black hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black shoes and believed to have a his hand in his shirt holding a gun.

Another suspect was a similar thin white man in his 30s, about 5-foot-8, with black hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black baseball hat and carrying a black gym bag.

Officers searched the area with a K9 unit and detained two people.