Portland man with weapons arsenal smashes cop’s window and pepper-sprays officer inside

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A Portland man has been arrested and is facing multiple charges after smashing through the window of a police vehicle and pepper-spraying the officer inside.

The Portland officer is recovering from his injuries and the man, identified as 41-year-old John B. Russell, was arrested after a brief manhunt that also led to police seizing various weapons from the suspect’s car, according to The Portland Police Bureau.

Russell is now facing charges of assaulting a public safety officer, aggravated harassment, and criminal mischief in the first degree after the alleged attack which occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The officer was doing paperwork while sitting in his marked patrol vehicle when the suspect allegedly broke out the back window “on the hatch,” and pepper-sprayed the interior of the police cruiser. He then reportedly took off to another vehicle and rove away.

(Image: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

He was apprehended about six blocks away after a short search by police, according to the news release which also reported that the “officer recognized the vehicle as one that had been following him earlier.”

Inside the suspect’s car, police reportedly found “a window punch tools, pepper spray, throwing knives, a laser pointer, a slingshot, rocks, and more,” as shown in photos.

(Image: Portland Police)

“As police officers, we know that the vast majority of community members who approach and contact us do so with no intention to do us harm,” Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement.

“However, attacks like this one remind us all that there is the potential for people to try to take direct violent action against police officers,” Lovell added. “I applaud the officer for remaining calm and locating the involved subject and thank our investigators for furthering this investigation.”

Russell was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. A tweet from journalist Andy Ngo appears to show Russell was soon released.

While Democrats dismiss the ongoing rioting and violence in Oregon as a “myth,”  police continue to clash with the leftists in protests which began with the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Protests at a Portland police building heading into the weekend led to the arrests of four individuals, including a 22-year-old woman who allegedly jumped on the front of a police motorcycle during protests to stop an officer who was on the scene reportedly for a traffic issue. Protesters “swarmed the traffic officer” and “began throwing unknown objects” at him, according to the police.

The others arrested were all charged with interfering with a police officer and two of the protesters also face charges of attempted assault of a police officer and disorderly conduct.

Meanwhile, the arrest of Russell and the stash of weapons found in his car sparked plenty of reactions on social media.

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