Police: Man arrested torching SE Portland ATM

Mark Fischer, 32, was arrested after Portland police say he attempted to cut open an ATM with a torch. Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Multnomah County Jail)
Mark Fischer, 32, was arrested after Portland police say he attempted to cut open an ATM with a torch. Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Multnomah County Jail)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Police say a man wearing ballistic vests was apprehended after trying to use a torch to cut into an ATM in Southeast Portland’s Crestin-Kenilworth neighborhood early Sunday morning.

At about 3 a.m., officers responded to a U.S. Bank at Southeast Powell Boulevard and 36th Place on a report that a man with a backpack was using a torch to cut into the ATM. They spotted and chased him down, eventually taking him into custody.

According to Portland police, during the chase he dropped the backpack, which contained an acetylene torch and stun gun. When officers caught him, he was wearing two ballistic vests with multiple ballistic panels sewn into his underclothes, Portland police said.

He also had a large knife, and attempted to pepper spray an officer.

Thirty-two-year-old Mark Fischer was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on counts of felon in possession of body armor, first-degree attempted aggravated theft, attempted assault on a police officer, third-degree attempted escape, interfering with a peace officer, menacing, and possession of burglary tools.

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