Setting a hard task for himself, this ex-con tried to break into a store with a nail gun. Didn't work.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Early in the morning of September 6, police caught an ex-felon trying to break into this Foster-Powell eyewear store - with a nail gun. A burglar's plan to break into Asterix Eyewear, near the intersection of S.E. Foster Road and Powell Boulevard, was thwarted by the shop's alarm – which summoned East Precinct officers to the store at 2:07 a.m., early Friday morning, September 6.

Arriving officers found a man unsuccessfully trying to defeat the front door lock with powder-actuated concrete fastener tool.

"When challenged by officers, the suspect took off running, and the officers pursued," reported a PPB official. "During the chase, the suspect tossed away a handgun, before being arrested."

27-year-old Christopher Gene Heil was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 3:37 a.m. that morning on many charges – Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Escape in the Third Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Attempted Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Theft in the First Degree.

At his arraignment later that day, a Multnomah County District Court judge "released" several of the charges against Heil, but the chief allegations did stick. However, on September 12, a judge chose to release Heil from custody, without posting a penny of the $17,500 bail assigned to him during his arraignment. The release reason was listed as "Pre-trial Supervision".

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