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Man Arrested After 10-Hour Manhunt In Portland Released From Jail


Michael Ervin Grubbe

Michael Ervin Grubbe

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office

Portland police have released a 51-year-old man who led officers on a 10-hour manhunt through the city’s Laurelhurst neighborhood Sunday afternoon. Michael Ervin Grubbe was booked into the Multnomah County jail Sunday evening on three unrelated outstanding warrants, and was released from jail hours later in the early hours of Monday morning. 

During their investigation after Grubbe’s arrest, police were able to confirm he was the suspect they were looking for. Despite a neighborhood perimeter and officers searching door-to-door, Grubbe was picked up by officers outside of the Laurelhurst neighborhood shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday. He was not armed at the time of his arrest.

The daylong manhunt began shortly after police responded to reports early Sunday morning of an armed man walking through the Laurelhurst neighborhood. The responding officers encountered the man twice shortly after responding and twice fired at the suspect, police say. The suspect escaped both times and was apparently unharmed when he was taken into custody hours later.

Officers recovered this Umarex 40 XP Co2 BB gun at the scene of the second encounter with the suspect in the Laurelhurst neighborhood Sunday.

Officers recovered this Umarex 40 XP Co2 BB gun at the scene of the second encounter with the suspect in the Laurelhurst neighborhood Sunday.

Courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau

Officials investigating the incidents recovered a “realistic-looking replica firearm,” a Umarex 40 XP CO2 BB gun with a metal slide and a 19-round magazine, at the scene of the second shooting at the intersection Northeast Couch Street and Laurelhurst Place. No other weapons have been recovered at this time, but police say they have footage of Grubbe walking through the neighborhood with what appears to be a black handgun. 

The events unfolded two days after a deadly knife attack on a TriMet light-rail train left two men dead and another in critical condition. 

Portland Police Bureau

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