PORTLAND -- Portland police arrested a man Tuesday evening in connection with a hit-and-run in the Rose Quarter that left a security guard seriously injured earlier in the day.
Marc Lacy was being held in the Multnomah County Jail on accusations of second-degree assault, first-degree criminal mischief, DUII and failure to perform the duties of a driver. He was expected in court Wednesday.
Portland Police were tipped off to his location and arrested him about in the 4500 block of N. Vancouver around 8:30 p.m.
The hit-and-run occurred just after 6 a.m. that same morning.
Police found Elizabeth Forcia, 44, suffering from non life-threatening injuries near the intersection of North Benton Avenue and Winning Way in the Rose Quarter complex, said Sgt. Pete Simpson. She was treated and released at a local hospital.
Forcia told investigators she saw a white Ford Explorer in a lot that was supposed to be secured. She saw that a chain had been cut or broken. She walked up to talk to the driver of the SUV, who was standing away from the Explorer.
Forcia said he ran to the vehicle, drove towards her and struck her with the SUV, Simpson said. She was able to photograph the man before he got into the car. (See photo above) The vehicle went on to slam into a TriMet bus shelter and then was later found abandoned.
Simpson praised her for having the presence of mind to snap the surprisingly clear photograph. "That's a great piece of evidence," he said. "People who know the suspect will recognize him in the photo and call police."
The driver fled northbound on Winning Way, tried to turn left onto Williams Avenue but crashed into a power pole, then the bus shelter.
(KGW reporter Art Edwards contributed to this story.)