PORTLAND – A man was arrested Monday morning after trying to break into an ATM with a blow torch.
Police responded to the report of a man wearing a backpack who was trying to burn into a U.S. Bank ATM at Southeast 36th Place and Powell Boulevard just before 3 a.m., according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police.
When an officer arrived on the scene, he saw the suspect, 32-year-old Mark George Fisher, walking through the rose City Strip parking lot. The officer approached Fisher, who turned and tried to pepper spray him but missed.
Fisher then dropped his backpack and ran away but was chased down by the officer.
During a search, police found an acetylene torch often used for welding and a stun gun in his backpack. He was also carrying a large knife.
In addition, Fisher was wearing two ballistic vests and had ballistic material sewn into his underwear.
“These undergarments afforded him ballistic covering down his arms, legs, buttocks and crotch area,” Simpson said.
Fisher was arrested on charges including aggravated theft, menacing and felon in possession of body armor. He was booked at the Multnomah County Jail.