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Court docs outline months-long stalking of police by Portland man

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Eric Crowl, jail booking photo (Courtesy: Portland Police) Eric Crowl, jail booking photo (Courtesy: Portland Police)
Courtesy: Portland Police Bureau Courtesy: Portland Police Bureau

Court documents filed in Multnomah County outline why Portland police thought a man was stalking the East Precinct for months with the intent of doing harm to officers.

In a filing to request a bail increase, officers reported that the initial connection between Eric Eugene Crowl and East Precinct officers happened in April when an SUV registered to Crowl was seen parked in a lot across from the precinct on several occasions.

Officers noted that when a call went over the radio to investigate the SUV the vehicle immediately drove off from the area.

On April 22, Crowl was stopped by two officers for a traffic violation after an instance of him speeding away from the parking lot. During the stop Crowl began to record the officers with his cell, telling them it was his right to do so and that he was a “free man,” adding that he had sent a letter to the precinct’s commanding officers stating he was going to be filming, following and watching officers.

An officer went to interview Crowl at his residence in June as a follow-up to safety concerns. Crowl said the intention of his recording officers was to hold law enforcement accountable, saying he had past negative encounters with the Portland Police Bureau and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Crowl added that he did not mean harm to anyone or to cause problems with law enforcement officer who were doing their job accordingly, but also wanted to make sure someone could weed out the “bad apples” in the department.

Sunday around 3:00 p.m., an officer observed Crowl near the entrance to a secure police parking area, filming the precinct as well as officers coming and going in their personal vehicles.  When another officer asked someone to contact Crowl over the radio, he immediately took off, prompting a traffic stop where Crowl was released with a warning.

Police conducted surveillance on Crowl’s residence, and followed him from his home back to the precinct, noting the timing was suspect due to a shift change when many officers would be coming and going from the  precinct.

Crowl was contacted by officers, who asked him to keep his hands showing though he kept dropping them. After removing Crowl from the vehicle officers discovered what they described as an arsenal in the SUV, including an assault rifle, a shotgun, two pistols and more than 800 rounds of ammunition.

Officers found more weapons and ammunition in Crowl’s home.

One of his neighbors said Tuesday that he never expected this kind of violence from Crowl.

Crowl was arraigned Monday and is facing charges of attempted assault of a public safety officer, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is currently in the Multnomah County Jail with his bail set at $1,000,000.

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