Greg Phillip Porter, 61 years, was held at the Multnomah County jail on various counts, including three counts each of attempted murder and assault, in connection with a hit-and-run in Portland, oregon, Friday.
(Portland Police Bureau via AP)
A male driver whose vehicle struck three women Friday morning on the campus of Portland State University in Oregon, was arrested nearly three hours later in what authorities called a hit-and-run.
The suspect, identified as Greg Phillip Porter, 61, faces three counts each of attempted murder and sexual assault, FOX12 Oregon reported. He was being held at the Multnomah County jail.
One victim was in critical condition in a hospital and the other was in serious condition, police said. The family of the third wife asked that no updates will be given about her health. The women have not been identified.
Clothing is strewn on the sidewalk at the scene where pedestrians were hit by a motorist in Portland, oregon, Friday.
Witnesses said they saw a blue 2005 Mazda Tribute jump a sidewalk near the university Friday morning and mow down three women in the vicinity of a light-rail station. They said that the driver flew away from the scene, where abandoned sneakers, a glove and a green sweater lay strewn over a splash of blood.
“He was clearly trying to stay on the pavement, accelerate, in an attempt to get as many people as he could,” witness John Strong told FOX12 Oregon. “The vehicle so quickly, it is difficult to tell you if it ran over the girls, or if they went on, and slammed the hood and she flew away.”
PSU student says SUV used in the hit-and-run used to her family car. https://t.co/UrXspDa731 pic.twitter.com/nHlPuEke7e
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The authorities have not said how fast the Mazda was or how long he drove on the sidewalk, but a witness said that he expected that it travels at 45 mph.
The Oregonian reported Porter’s last known address as Secora, a Southeast Portland rehabilitation center. James Aldred, administrator at the facility, told the newspaper Porter suffers from delusions.
The police have not yet determined a motive, and not to drunkenness, mental health problems or a medical incident as the reason for the crash.
The authorities were looking to obtain a search warrant to seize the car.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.