Police capture suspect who assaulted officers

Jeffery Portis (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Jeffery Portis (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

by FOX19.com staff

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - An assault suspect who attacked two Springfield Township Police officers on Thursday was found today hiding under a bed in a Crescent Springs, KY apartment complex.

Police received a tip that Jeffery Portis was hiding out in an apartment on the 700 block of Meadow Wood Drive in Crescent Springs.  The U.S. Marshals SOFAST team and Erlanger Police Department entered the apartment and found Portis in the back room under a bed.  According to the Marshals' office Portis resisted arrest and was tased and bitten by a police K-9.

Portis was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital before being transferred to the Kenton County Jail.

Early Thursday morning Portis was able to escape capture when he assaulted two Springfield Township Police officers with a taser.

And just one week earlier, he led the Cincinnati Police Department on a wild chase in the West End neighborhood, which resulted in him being bit by a police K-9.  Portis originally was wanted for Contempt of Court and Failure to Comply, faces charges for Assaulting a Police Officer, Burglary, Resisting Arrest, and Obstruction of Justice after his latest run-ins with the law.

U.S. Marshal Cathy Jones stated, "The repeated actions of PORTIS to flee and resist arrest elevated our concern of the risk he posed to our communities.  We will not waiver in our commitment to pursue dangerous fugitives in collaboration with our SOFAST partners and other federal, state and local law enforcement no matter where the fugitives attempt to run and hide."

SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the U.S. Marshals, Cincinnati Police Department, Butler County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, U.S. Department of Agriculture OIG, Warren County Prosecutor's Office, Sharonville Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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