Man arrested after rampage in downtown Nordstrom store
A man accused of having a violent, manic episode inside the downtown Portland Nordstrom store Saturday was arrested after being tasered by police..
Tyrone J. Lee, 36, was issued a criminal citation in lieu of custody for robbery in the third degree, theft in the first degree, criminal mischief in the first degree, assaulting a public safety officer, disorderly conduct in the second degree, and escape in the third degree.
Accordng to the Portland Police Bureau, officers had been dispatched to the department store in the 700 block of Southwest Broadway on June 5 after receiving reports of a man stealing items, assaulting people and breaking things in the store.
When officers confronted the man at Southwest Ninth Avenue and Washington Street, he took off running and eventually was surrounded by officers a few blocks away. Police said the suspect then attempted to attack an officer.
"The officer deployed his Taser on [the man], which was effective and allowed the officers to handcuff him without using any additional force," the bureau said in a release. "Paramedics were requested to remove the probes. The officer was not injured."
Once in police custody, Lee told officers he swallowed heroin and was suicidal. The officers then requested he be taken to a hospital to be evaluated.
According to a preliminary investigation, Lee had been caught shoplifting and punched a security guard in the face when the guard tried to get the stolen items back. The security guard retrieved the items and retreated back into the store, but Lee followed her.
"He was screaming threats to shoot the security guard, then began destroying property," the bureau said. "He tipped over at least two large metal and glass displays, which caused loud noises that some customers thought were gunshots. Customers and employees began fleeing the store, and one employee fell and suffered minor injuries."
Police determined no shots were fired nor was there a gun involved in the rampage.
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