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Streets re-opening as police search for armed suspect

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Downtown Portland streets, including the Hawthorne and Morrison bridges have reopened after police searched for a suspect involved in a shooting, crash, and possible kidnapping early Friday morning.

Officers responded at around 2:23 a.m. to the report that a 41-year-old woman had been kidnapped at gunpoint in the area of Southeast 88th and Powell Boulevard while she waked with a male companion according to Portland police.

The male companion told police that an unknown African American man pulled his car to the curb, got out with a gun, and demanded the victim to get in his car.

Police found a possible suspect vehicle in the area of Southeast 92nd and Holgate Boulevard, but the car quickly sped away.

At 3:35 a.m., officers responded to the area of Southeast 43rd Avenue and Woodward Street on the report that a woman had been shot and previously kidnapped.

When police arrived, they determined that this woman was the same 41-year-old woman that was reported kidnapped a few hours earlier.

Police said she was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. The victim told officers that the suspect sexually assaulted her.

Officers later responded to a traffic crash at around 4:06 a.m. on the westbound lanes of the Hawthorne Bridge.

Police said they believe a suspect shot at his own car before running away across the bridge. Officers later determined that the car and suspect were likely connected to the earlier calls.

The suspect is described as an African American male in his late-30s to early-40s, 5'9" tall, 230 pounds, unknown clothing and armed with a handgun. 

Anyone seeing a suspicious subject in the area matching this description is asked to call 911.

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