Gunshots lead to arrest of felon, in Glenfair

Here’s what’s known about an incident that put Glenfair neighbors on edge, early one morning. The suspect spent mere hours in jail

Officers close down the area near outer East Portland apartments, after shots ring out.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Neighbors at the Glendoveer Estates Apartments, at 601 NE 162nd Avenue, were awakened by the sound of gunfire about 5:00 a.m. on August 25; several of them called the 9-1-1 Center to report it.

“Arriving officers searched for suspects, injured persons, and evidence of the shooting – but no injured persons located during the initial search,” said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

Investigators mark where bullet shell casings are found, in the apartment complex parking lot.

“As officers continued the investigation, they contacted witnesses to the shooting, and located evidence of gunfire in the parking lot of the apartment complex,” Burley said.

Why a person was shooting a gun in the parking lot remains a mystery. Hospitals reported no gunshot victims that morning; and officers didn’t find any property or structures damaged by gunfire.

During the investigation, officers did contact a man associated with a white Chrysler 300 four-door sedan.

(Left) Tucked partway under a car seat, officers find this gun; (right) the handgun located is taken into evidence.

“As officers investigated the shooting and spoke with the subject, they located a firearm inside the Chrysler,” Burley reported. “The subject was taken into custody without incident and the firearm was seized as evidence.”.

After being arrested on a firearm charge, 30-year-old Robert Isaac Mott was released within hours, after making bail.

The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Robert Isaac Mott, who was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 7:59 a.m. that morning, on a charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, which is a class C Felony.

At his arraignment that morning in Multnomah County District Court, a judge released Mott from custody when he posted bail, pending trial.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting, or who possesses video surveillance footage that includes the shooting, is asked to contact Portland Police Bureau’s Tactical Operations Division’s Gun Task Force at 503-823-4106.

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