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Robbery suspect arrested in shooting

Parts of Northwest Portland blocked off for hours during police search

A robbery suspect shot a man in Northwest Portland before being arrested by police on the roof of a grocery store Sunday morning.

The victim is hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Police have not released his name.

Police have identified the suspect as Rico Carlos Newman, 31. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count each of robbery in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful use of a weapon. Bail is set at $810,000.

According to police, at 10:38 a.m. Saturday, Central Precinct officers responded to the report of shots fired in the area of Northwest 26th Avenue and Upshur Street. After they arrived, the officers located a gunshot victim who was then transported to an area hospital.

Officers and K-9 Units began searching the neighborhood for the suspect and blocked off several streets in the area of Northwest 24th to 26th, and Raleigh to Upshur.

During the search, the suspect was spotted near Northwest 25th and Thurman and ran into the neighborhood. Officers surrounded the block and activated the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), based on the information that he was armed with a handgun.

SERT and Crisis Negotiators arrived in the area as well as the Portland Police Bureau's Air Support Unit, which circled the area assisting in the neighborhood search for the suspect.

At approximately 12:15 a.m., the suspect was located on the roof of a neighborhood market at Northwest 26th and Thurman. After repeated attempts to contact the suspect through a loud speaker, SERT deployed a "flash bang" near the suspect to get him to respond and surrender to police. The suspect continued to attempt to hide on the roof, so SERT officers gained access and safely took him into custody at approximately 1:45 a.m.

During the search of the neighborhood, a handgun was recovered in the area near where the suspect was seen prior to hiding on the roof.

During the search, the Reverse 9-1-1 system was utilized to alert residents of the immediate area to remain indoors until the incident was over.