On September 2, around 7:04p.m., police responded to the Eugene Public Library, 100 West 10th Avenue, regarding a disorderly subject who was throwing rocks at security guards and had thrown a rock through the window of the library. Responding officers received information that the man was carrying a knife and were able to locate the described suspect, Allan Moten, age 30, of Eugene, with the knife in West 8th Alley. Police followed Moten on foot and continued to give him direction to stop and that he was under arrest. Moten continued to disregard direction from police, and ran toward a large group of pedestrians who were alerted by the oncoming officers in the area of 11th Avenue and Willamette. Moten subsequently struck a 35-year-old man in the head after the man entered the intersection, knocking the victim to the ground. Medics responded to evaluate the man at the scene.
Police deployed a less than lethal sponge round, which caused Moten to stumble to the ground, however, he proceeded to run south on Willamette Street. A Eugene Police detective in plain clothes stepped in front of Moten on the sidewalk, blocking his path, and Moten turned east around the corner of a restaurant on the 1100 block. The detective followed and observed Moten trip to the ground, and swing the knife in his direction, nearly striking the detective who was able to move and avoid being struck. Additional officers arrived to the area, and were eventually able to take Moten into custody.
He was arrested and transported to the Lane County Jail for Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering With A Police Officer, Escape in the Third Degree and two warrants.