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Crime spree leads to arrest

by: MULTNOMAH COUNTY Anthony Jonah Farris

Police arrested an teenager after a wild downtown Portland crime spree Saturday evening.

Anthony Jonah Ferris, 18, is charged with Assault in the Second Degree, two counts of Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, two counts of Aggravated Harassment, Resisting Arrest, Attempted Assault in the Fourth Degree, Attempted Theft in the Second Degree, and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

According to police, at approximately 7:28 p.m. on Jan. 28, Central Precinct officers responded a report of an assault at Southwest 6th Avenue and Yamhill Street. A man working for Downtown Clean and Safe pressure-washing the sidewalk reported that Farris walked up to him and knocked his hat off, then came back and without warning, put a cigarette out on the victim's face and left the area.

While officers were in the area this call, they were flagged down about an assault that has just occurred in front of the Nines Hotel. The victim told police that he was standing in front of the hotel when Farris approached him and struck him in the head with a metal-tipped umbrella, resulting in a gash to the victim's head.

Officers located Farris on Southwest Broadway, between Yamhill and Morrison Streets, and attempted to take him into custody. Farris actively struggled with the officers and spat at them during the struggle. Ultimately Farris was taken into custody and taken to Central Precinct.

After Farris was in custody, officers were flagged down by the valet at Ruth's Chris Steak House, located at 850 Southwest Broadway, who told officers that Farris had shortly before pushed him, attempted to punch him, and attempted to steal the cash box with money and customers' keys in it. The victim told police that after unsuccessfully trying to steal the cash box, Farris punched him and walked away.

Farris was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and bail is set at $277,000.