Portland: Several Weapons Seized Related to Downtown Demonstrations

Portland, OR (STL.News) On June 7, 2020, at approximately 1:41 a.m., Officers assigned to Central Precinct were investigating a burglary on the 800 block of NW Couch Street.  During their investigation, Officers contacted a subject believed to be involved in the crime.

While investigating, Officers noticed the subject was in possession of an umbrella with a knife blade attached to the end.  The subject stated he got the umbrella at the demonstration downtown earlier in the evening.  The umbrella was taken as evidence.

Later in the day, at approximately 3:07 p.m., Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) Officers assigned to Central Precinct initiated a traffic stop on the 200 Block of Southwest Taylor Street.  During the traffic stop, Officers observed a gun inside the vehicle.

Several items, such as a bat and makeshift weapons from inside of the car were seized.  NRT Officers determined the driver had concealed a spring-assisted knife in his pocket.  During the investigation, Officers learned the driver had been part of the nightly demonstrations.  NRT Officers determined the observed gun inside the car was a replica handgun.  21-year-old Dakota Lathrop was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.

While many people have been demonstrating peacefully, we want to ensure demonstrators and community members take precautions and report any criminal acts that could injure others.

The Portland Police Bureau encourages community members’ tips on criminal activity.  Please call 911 if you see a crime in progress or for non-emergency information call (503)-823-3333.

Anyone with information about individuals who committed criminal activity at any event is asked to share that information with the Portland Police Bureau.  Information can be sent via email to [email protected]

For persons requiring anonymity, information may be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.  Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime.  Tipsters can remain anonymous.