Cross Burning Leads to Arson Investigation in Downtown Portland

Cross Burning Leads to Arson Investigation in Downtown Portland

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June 10, 2013 11:20


This morning, Monday June 10, 2013, at 5:54 a.m., Portland Police and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the report of a subject trying to light a cross on fire at West Burnside Street and Broadway.

Officers arrived and located a burning cross, approximately 3' tall, on the sidewalk, surrounded by traffic cones and street closure signs left over from the Grand Floral Parade.

The fire was quickly extinguished and officers called for Arson Investigators to respond to the scene. The cross was constructed with small tree branches strapped together with assorted trash.

No buildings were threatened by this small fire.

A possible suspect is described as a white male, 30-50 years old, 6'00" tall, medium build, brown hair, possible beard, wearing a hat and blue jeans.

There is no apparent motive at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Det. Joe Luiz at (503) 823-3408 or



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