Mark Lee, 23, has been arrested three times for threats and once for second-degree misconduct.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The man who was seen in multiple viral videos Strolling downtown Portland with a rifle-style airsoft pistol was charged with triple threatening and second-degree disorderly behavior, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said in a press release.
According to PPB, Mark A. Lee, 23, of Portland called the police on August 8, 2021 when several people followed him as he walked the streets of downtown Portland with an AR-15 rifle. He was wearing a military-style tactical vest and had half his face hidden under a mask as he aimed a rifle at the people who followed him. He was ordered by the police to continue walking to the central station. PPB said officials there confirmed that his rifle was not a real firearm but an airsoft pistol.
A right-wing extremist raises his rifle @wweek Journalist Justin Yau (@PDDocumentarians) during a confrontation between anti-fascists and right-wing militias in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, August 8, 2021.
– Nathan Howard (@SmileItsNathan) August 9, 2021
There was anger as to why the Portland Police were not responding to the many calls that came down the streets about a man with a gun. PPB said there were limited officers due to “several priority incidents in the central district, including a murder investigation and the handling of an armed robbery-related crisis”. It said it was preparing resources in case it was needed for the August 8 event at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, but the event ended before resources were available.
The officers released Lee on August 8th and asked anyone who had been the victim of a crime to file a complaint.
August 2021, the Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) took over the case and watched videos on social media showing Lee pointing the Ar-15-style airsoft gun at at least two people. NRT spoke to witnesses and identified a victim. On August 12, NRT went to Lee’s house and arrested him. They confiscated his shirt, vest, gas mask, airsoft pistol and seven knives.
Central NRT continues to seek witnesses to this incident and is emailing anyone with information Crimetips@portlandoregon.gov with particular attention to Central NRT. Please contact case number 21-219221.