The Portland Police Bureau is reporting that yesterday afternoon a man stole the idea for my Halloween costume. Apparently a deranged person was spotted walking around waving a hacksaw and trying to cut random things with it. (Thought of it first.) Police responded to the 911 call from the Silver Dollar Pizza on 225 NW Broadway who claimed the man was trying to hacksaw their front door—but something happened along the way...

As officers were enroute, dispatch broadcast that the man was going up to cars in the street, nearly getting hit, then began sawing at a car with the hacksaw. Officers contacted the victim and witnesses at Silver Dollar and learned that the suspect attempted to cut one of the employees.

Officers located the man at Southwest 6th Avenue and Oak Street and challenged him to drop the hacksaw. The man refused and was Tased. He then dropped the saw and surrendered to police.

Alright Taser, you win this round! But next time you face hacksaw, you might not be so lucky!!

52-year-old Richard Tomlinson was arrested and charged with Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, and Harassment. Tomlinson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

  • via WikiCommons