Central Precinct Officers Arrest Man Attempting to Cut into an ATM Using a Torch (Photo)

Central Precinct Officers Arrest Man Attempting to Cut into an ATM Using a Torch (Photo)

March 03, 2014 10:05


On Sunday March 2, 2014, at 2:59 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southeast 36th Place and Powell Boulevard on the report that a man was trying to burn a U.S. Bank ATM.

As officers were en route to the scene they received additional information that the suspect tried to use a torch to cut into the ATM and was walking away, carrying a backpack.

An officer arrived a few moments later and saw a male with a backpack, walking westbound through the Rose City Strip parking lot. As the officer got out of the patrol car to contact the suspect, the suspect turned and sprayed a liquid towards the officer, missing him.

The suspect dropped his backpack, which contained an acetylene torch and a stun gun, and took off running.

The officer maintained visual of the suspect during the brief foot chase until suspect gave up and was taken into custody. The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Mark George Fischer.

During search of Fischer, it was found that he was wearing two ballistic vests. Fischer also had multiple ballistic panels sewn into his undergarments. These undergarments afforded him ballistic covering down his arms, legs, buttocks and crotch area. Fischer was also armed with a large knife. The liquid sprayed at the officer was pepper spray.

Fischer was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of Body Armor, Attempted Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, Attempted Assault on a Police Officer, Attempted Escape in the Third Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Menacing, and Possession of Burglary Tools.



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