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Downtown cross burning sparks investigation

Police are investigating an early Monday morning cross burning in downtown Portland.

A possible suspect is described as a white male, 30-50 years old, 6'00" tall, medium build, brown hair, possible beard, wearing a hat and blue jeans.

According to police, at 5:54 a.m. on June 10, officers and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the report of a subject trying to light a cross on fire at West Burnside Street and Broadway.

Officers arrived and located a burning cross, approximately 3 feet tall, on the sidewalk, surrounded by traffic cones and street closure signs left over from the Grand Floral Parade.

The cross was constructed with small tree branches strapped together with assorted trash.

The fire was quickly extinguished and officers called for Arson Investigators to respond to the scene. No buildings were threatened by this small fire.

Police say that no motive was immediately apparent.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Det. Joe Luiz at (503) 823-3408 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.