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Man smashes windows with street sign pole at multiple businesses in downtown Portland

Officers found damage to six businesses and one vehicle.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A man accused of smashing windows in downtown Portland with a street sign pole was arrested early Tuesday morning, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reported.

The suspect, 28-year-old Tyler Jaramillo, faces a charge of first-degree criminal mischief.

At around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers responding to a call about vandalism in the area of Southwest Salmon Street and Southwest 11th Avenue. They found damage to six businesses and one vehicle along Salmon Street. Officers found Jaramillo in the area and arrested him.

Some of the businesses hit included Trek Bicycle, Bee Cleaners, Arlington Club, Benessere Inc. and Muse Model Management

The owner of Bee Cleaners, Jay Bleich, said this is the fourth time someone has broken into their shop. 

"We've had glass break, both doors have been broken over the last year and a half and now this is the front lobby area, I'm just exhausted," said Bleich. "We just need this to stop, something needs to change."

This isn't the first time someone has broken into Trek Bicycle either. Workers there said someone smashed their window this past Sunday. 

"It makes it a little bit difficult to get things cleaned up and secure, and still help people and get everything done," said Justin Ferry the current manager at Trek.

The cost to repair the broken window at Trek is estimated to be $2,000, according to Ferry. Arlington Club estimated their repairs to be approximately $1,500, according to Mike Legg the store manager. Benessere Inc. owner Thuan Nguyen said the cost to repair his glass door would exceed $1,000. 

Another building that was hit was the campaign headquarters for Portland City Council candidate Rene Gonzalez, who is running against incumbent Jo Ann Hardesty in the November election. A KGW photographer reported that the building appeared to be empty.

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On Sept. 21, KGW reported that Gonzalez is facing $77,140 in fines and penalties for accepting and not reporting a significant discount on the campaign office space, located at 1010 Southwest 11th Avenue.

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