January 17, 2021

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A police vehicle was severely damaged after it was allegedly set on fire in Portland, Oregon, authorities said.

The unoccupied Portland Police patrol vehicle had been parked in a city fleet parking lot in the 800 block of North Graham Street when the blaze broke out, Portland Police said in a news release.

Officers responded to the parking lot after a report of a vehicle on fire at around 8.20 p.m. on Saturday, police said. Portland Fire and Rescue also responded and extinguished the flames.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but arson is suspected, according to police. No arrests have been made and police said no suspect information was available.

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A Portland Police patrol car was heavily damaged after it caught fire in an incident police suspect was arson.
Portland Police

Police said the vehicle was a fully marked 2018 Portland Police Ford Interceptor Utility vehicle. It had been involved in a minor crash and had been towed to the parking lot for body damage repairs.

The incident occurred after an outdoor kitchen across from the federal courthouse in downtown Portland was robbed at gunpoint and heavily vandalized in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police said officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Southwest Third Avenue after a report of a disturbance involving a weapon at around 2.30 a.m. on Saturday.

Officers spoke with a man who said he was working in the kitchen when he was robbed by a group of about a dozen suspects, including one who was armed with a shotgun, police said in a news release.

“The victim said that some of his cooking equipment was stolen and other equipment was damaged,” police said.

“The suspects also heavily damaged the victim’s car parked next to his canopy.”

Police said the suspects involved in the incident fled the scene in multiple vehicles before officers were called. No-one was injured in the incident and an investigation is ongoing.

The incident took place near the Mark O. Hatfield United States courthouse, the scene of months of protests since the May 25 killing of George Floyd.

Floyd, a Black man, died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes despite his pleas that he couldn’t breathe.

Over the summer, the Trump administration deployed federal agents to Portland in a bid to quell the protests. That prompted nightly clashes that saw
federal agents stationed at the courthouse fire tear gas or less-lethal munitions at protesters on several occasions.

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A San Antonio couple and their 2-month-old son are on the “long road to recovery” after suffering severe injuries when a man being pursued by police struck their vehicle.

Tom and Priscilla Garcia, both 32, and their 2-month-old son Maximiliano were hospitalized after the head-on collision.

Tom, who had a fractured spine and broken clavicle, was released Tuesday, according to a GoFundMe launched by a family member. Priscilla and Max remain in intensive care.

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The pursuit began on Friday evening when the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a red Ford F-250 had been stolen from from a convenience store along Interstate 10 near FM 775, News4SA reported.

Deputies spotted the truck in Marion and gave chase when the driver refused to stop. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to assist in the chase when the pursuit crossed the county line.

The driver of the stolen truck, later identified as David Sauceda, crashed into several vehicles near Interstate 10 and Loop 1604, according to reports.

Sauceda, a 48-year-old Seguin resident, was booked at the Guadalupe County jail on several charges, including evading arrest and five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His combined bail was set at $162,000.

The family’s GoFundMe notes that “it is nothing short of a miracle” the parents and child survived the crash.

“Their vehicle was struck head on at full impact and was ripped to pieces according to the detective that’s been assigned to the case,” a post reads.

The fundraiser had reached over $34,000 toward its $100,000 goal on Wednesday. Donations will be used to ease the financial burden of future medical costs and therapies.

An update posted Tuesday concluded, “Please continue to share and keep Tom and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

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