A man in Portland was arrested Sunday after smashing a police cruiser's window and assaulting the officer inside with pepper spray.
The suspect, 41-year-old John Russell, allegedly attacked the cruiser while the officer was doing paperwork around 10 a.m. Russell reportedly shattered the rear hatch window and then began pepper spraying the interior before fleeing the scene in his vehicle.
The injured officer radioed in a description of Russell, leading to his quick arrest by other officers six blocks away. Officers found a window punch tool, a laser pointer, a slingshot, and rocks in Russell's car.
"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," Portland Police 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."
Russell has been charged with assaulting a public safety officer, aggravated harassment, and first-degree criminal mischief.
🔦 Portland has seen a drastic rise in crime as the city continues approaches nearly four months of demonstrations and riots. The U.S. Justice Department has classified Portland as an "anarchist jurisdiction" due to the violence and the city's response.