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Man threatens construction workers with AK-47 assault rifle

Police arrest Charles E. Larson, say he objected to Hispanics getting jobs


A man with a loaded AK-47 assault rifle threatened construction workers in Northeast Portland because he believed they were Hispanic, according to police.

No one was hurt in the Wednesday, Oct. 24, incident.

Police arrested Charles E. Larson, 43, on charges of Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants, Intimidation in the Second Degree, Menacing, Reckless Driving and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Larson is being held on 15,000 bail.

According to police, North Precinct responded to a call of a man armed with an AK-47 assault rifle threatening construction workers at Northeast 11th and Church. When the officers arrived, they observed the suspect in a white truck on 11th avenue.

As officers were positioning themselves around the truck, it drove away. An officer on the scene yelled for the man to pull over and give up. The suspect pulled over and gave up without incident.

Officers recovered a loaded AK-47 assault rifle at the scene.

Police say Larson apparently came to the work site to threaten construction workers that he believed were Hispanic. According to police, Larson objected to Hispanic people getting construction jobs.