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Mob vandalizes banks, drug store


Southeast Portland businesses damaged Thursday evening

Police say a mob of up to 75 people vanadlized a number of businesses of businesses in Southeast Portland Thursday evening, then ran away into the night.

The damaged businesses include four banks and a drug store in the Richmond and Sunnyside neighborhoods.

According to police, at 8:58 p.m. on Oct. 11, officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the area of Southeast 35th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard on the report that a group of 40 people had gathered in the parking lot of the Umpqua Bank, located at 3557 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd., and that someone in the group broke one of the bank windows.

As officers were enroute, additional information was received that the group was walking eastbound on Hawthorne and that people in the group broke out a window of the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 3782 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.

A third caller to 9-1-1 reported that someone in the group threw a rock through the a window of the Chase Bank, located at 3902 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd, and that the group numbered somewhere between 50 to 75. The caller said people that were throwing bottles at pedestrians and walking into traffic, blocking vehicles.

Additional information was received that people in the group broke windows at the U.S. Bank, located at 1225 Southeast Cesar Chavez Boulevard, and at the Walgreens Drug Store, located at 940 Southeast Cesar Chavez Blvd.

The group was last seen walking eastbound on Southeast Belmont Street, then scattered in multiple directions.

Arriving officers ddetained several people but no arrests were made.

The Portland Police Bureau will be contacting the affected businesses to obtain surveillance video to identify suspects if possible.