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Hostage situation in Portland ends with peaceful surrender

This week, Portland witnessed a hostage situation at an auto repair shop when Robert Connelly ran into from the shooting.

What happened

The Portland Police Department said officers shot the 49-year-old, who was seen in a security video with a gun, as he fled the police.

The video confirmed that Connelly threatened the police with a gun and shot him. His shots missed him.

Robert Connelly stumbled upon an auto repair shop owned by Alonso Rodriguez, who managed to escape. Miguel Sanchez, however, was unable to do the same.

Sanchez was in the garage waiting for his Mini Cooper to be ready. His earplugs were inside him, so he couldn’t hear the shots.

Once he understood the situation, Sanchez went to the kitchen in the store.

In the garage

With Connelly inside, Sanchez hid in a small spot under a counter in the corner. He reviewed his options and said he was considering taking matters into his own hands.

“I have to kill this guy, because if I don’t, he’s gonna kill me,” said Miguel Sanchez.

While considering what to do, Sanchez said Connelly tried to escape by punching holes in the walls.

The two eventually met.

“And I looked, and he looked, and we locked eyes,” said Sanchez. “And I thought, “Oh man, I’m dead.””

“And he said, “Come on, man. I’m not going to hurt you.”


In the next few hours, police crisis negotiators and the PBB tactical team spoke of the situation and Sanchez and Connelly spoke.

Connelly smoked an unidentified drug with a pipe and said he was ready to die, and Sanchez spoke to him about faith and forgiveness.

“I don’t care what you did today, I’m not concerned about what you’ve done in your life, but He’s willing to forgive you and you walk out alive from here,” revealed Sanchez.

“But if you don’t, you walk out there and shoot you, you go straight to hell and you will pay for eternity.”


Miguel Sanchez’s words reached Connelly and encouraged him to surrender peacefully.

“He said, “OK, I’m ready.” I said, “God bless you bro, you’re gonna be okay.” So he opened the door and showed them his hands and then he followed their instructions,” said Sanchez.

“And then I sat on the chair and just started bawling and praying  — it went from wanting to kill this man to so much compassion. I can see pain in his eyes.”

The situation ended as Miguel Sanchez wished, both for him and for his kidnapper.

“I wanted to make sure that I’d go home to see my grandkids and my kids and my family, that was my whole intention.”


According to the PBB, no one was injured in the accident.

Robert Connelly was arrested on multiple arrests related to firearm offenses and sexual assault charges.

He was also incarcerated at the Multnomah County Detention Center for first degree burglary, triple threat of firearms, three counts of illegal use of a weapon, second degree evasion and criminal possession of a weapon.


Hostage at Portland auto shop went from thinking he’d need to kill suspect to talking him into surrendering

Scott Groshong, Retired Police Officer, Finally Gets Sentence for Running Over a Man Amid Protests in 2020

Scott Groshong, a retired Portland police officer, was found guilty on Monday when he pleaded guilty to assault and official misconduct charges during a June 2020 protest.

The retired police officer had been on duty for nearly three decades when his misconduct led him to retirement.

Why was he convicted?

Scott Groshong, 52, has worked in the Portland Police Department for over 27 years.

Protests erupted across the country in 2020, hitting states like Portland.

In June that year, a downtown protest led to looting on Northwest 9th Avenue and Northwest Davis Street. According to the Oregon report, Groshong answered a phone call at a skate shop before midnight and filmed two men stealing skateboards.

Soon after, another entered the shop and took a helmet.

Groshong drove an unmarked police van into a man who was walking around with a stolen item from a shop.

A resident witnessed the incident.

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Scott Groshong was subsequently indicted and reprimanded in Multnomah County Jail on nine counts:

  • One count of third-degree assault (felony)
  • Two counts of failure to perform duties of a driver to an injured person (felony)
  • Six counts of official misconduct (misdemeanors)

“Groshong recklessly drove his vehicle to the man, striking him and causing him a serious physical injury,” the District Attorney’s office said.

The district attorney also said Groshong did not report the incident to his superiors or other authorities.


Groshong retired in August 2020, ending his 27-year career.

The man who was shot and other Portland police officers testified before a Multnomah County grand jury in October 2020, which led to Groshong being indicted on nine counts.

Additionally, the victim was not charged with the alleged theft from the skateboard store.

Groshong’s attorney, Brian Scott Davidson, revealed he worked in the construction industry.

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The sentence

Scott Groshong was convicted of third-degree assault and first-degree misconduct.

The former police officer was sentenced to three years of probation and 80 hours of civilian service.

Groshong Prison credentials will also be revoked.

Additional Notes

Scott Groshong is the first officer convicted in Portland for using inappropriate force during the 2020 protests.

Another officer, Corey Budworth, is currently charged with assault for allegedly hitting a woman in the head with a baton during the August 2020 protests.

The case will be decided soon.


Retired police officer pleads guilty to assault from June 2020 protest

Police officer charged with 9 counts after allegedly hitting theft suspect with his car

Portland cop pleads guilty to protest misconduct, assault