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- Taser assault in downtown driver vs. pedestrian dispute: Police are looking for a car described only as a “gray 2-door coupe” last seen heading east on Pike after its driver allegedly shot a man with a taser for reportedly kicking her car as he crossed the street at 5th and Pike. The Friday morning incident happened just before 11:30 AM when the woman honked at the man as he crossed the street. The man reportedly kicked the vehicle at which point the woman got out of her car and shot the man with a taser. Police say they are investigating the assault and looking for the driver.[mappress mapid="5"]
- Man claims taxi tried to run him over: A man says he was intentionally struck by a cab driver Sunday night after attempting to break up a fight between the driver and passengers, according to police. Police say the man, who they know from numerous encounters, first saw the fight in the 700 block of E Denny Way around 5 PM Sunday. The man told police that the three exited the cab, then began yelling and punching the driver, so he walked over to break up the fight.The cab driver began to drive away, but one of the men kicked the vehicle as it went by, according to the police report.“After kicking the cab the males walked up onto the south sidewalk just west of the intersection,” according to the police report. “The cab stopped, reversed, and drove onto the sidewalk. The cab accelerated towards the group of males who began to run westbound. The cab drove along the sidewalk chasing the males.”The passengers escaped, but the cab struck the victim in his right leg, knocking him to the ground, according to police.The cab then drove away on E Olive Way.
Another witness verified the account, and the man was taken to the hospital to treat minor pain to his right leg.
While investigating, police say they received a call from a cab driver who wanted to report a ‘no-pay’ in the same area. However, the cabbie hung up prior to giving out any information, according to police.
Police say they were unable to connect with the cab company.
- Car vs. bike at Melrose and Pine: A woman was injured when a car struck her while she rode her bike on Pine near Melrose Tuesday afternoon. According to the victim, she was riding downhill on Pine when the driver suddenly swerved around a car turning at the intersection, entering the bike lane and striking her, causing her to flip over the bike’s handlebars. The 31-year-old tells us she was wearing a helmet but suffered lacerations to her face in the incident that happened around 2:45 PM Tuesday.
- Shoplifter gets rough at UO: An Urban Outfitters employee was able to retrieve a pair of sunglasses and a hat from an alleged thief, but was shoved into a set of shelves before retrieving all the store’s merchandise Monday night, according to police.Police say the employee first confronted the man about his attempt to steal items when he saw him heading for the second floor exit wearing the hat and sunglasses.The man gave back the items, but when the employee asked if he had anything else from the store the man began yelling and swearing at the employee and then violently pushed him backward into store shelves, according to police.
The man then walked downstairs and exited through the main store exit on Broadway, activating the theft monitors, according to police.
Urban Outfitters staff told police they weren’t sure what items the man got away with.