Nearly a dozen businesses vandalized in downtown Portland

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No arrests have been made

First Republic Bank was vandalized on Dec. 30, 2020. (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Nearly a dozen businesses were vandalized in downtown Portland overnight, according to the Portland police.

Around 7 p.m., a group of about 40 people marched out of Director Park and through various streets, damaging businesses along the way. Among the damage were broken windows, spray-painted buildings, paintballs being fired and more. The Portland Police Bureau said officers attempted to contact one subject but their police vehicle was then spray-painted.

No arrests have been made at this time, but the investigation is ongoing. While police counted eleven total businesses that were damaged, there may be more.

The list of vandalized buildings include:

  • The Oregon Historical Society
  • Portland Police Bureau
  • Tri-met
  • Pac West Center
  • Starbucks Coffee 1300 SW 3rd Ave
  • Directors Park facilities (Portland Parks and Recreation)
  • The University Club
  • The Old Courthouse
  • Fogo De Chao Restaurant
  • Portland City Hall
  • First Republic Bank

If there are additional victims, they are encouraged to make an online report here.  If anyone has any information about suspects in these cases, they are urged to e-mail crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 20-383984.

The vandalism is very disappointing for several reasons, said Kerry Tymchuk, the Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society.

“One, because I think if history has taught us anything it’s that the way to progress is through conversation and discussion, not through violence or vandalism,” he said.

The vandalism wasn’t as bad as what happened to OHS in October, he said.

“Much less than the October incident when of course many of our windows were broken, a flare was thrown into the pavillion,” he said. “This was still vandalism but much less than the last incident.”

After than incident, they tapped the talent of Tristan Irving, a BLM artist who painted murals over the boards that covered the windows.

“He came up with an idea of painting these beaufiful images, turning the plywood into canvases and using our photogarphic archive to select some images of a diverse number of Oregonians who have helped to make our history and to honor them by painting them on these plywood boards,” Tymchuk told KOIN 6 News. “There’s been such a great reaction.”

Those murals will be on display until next week.

“We tried to respond to the last vandalism by making lemonade out of the lemons. That’s what we’ll continue to do.”

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