An apartment manager who confronted a burglar who was trying to break in to the coin-operated laundry machine was assaulted Tuesday afternoon in northwest Portland.
"As I came in the back door, there's a corner. As I turned it, there was this guy standing there with two backpacks on. And he just bull rushed me and down the ground we went," said Greg Cunningham, who manages the Marion Court apartments near N.W. 20th and Marshall Street.
Cunningham said he had grown frustrated with similar burglaries at apartment buildings in the neighborhood, including two at another apartment he manages. So he wrestled with the man, who threw him up against a wall and ran out into the street.
"These tenants are my friends, I take care of them. I've been here 16 years and this kind of stuff happens all the time around here and it's probably just one or two people doing it," said Cunningham. "And I've been wanting to get my hands on them."
Tracy Goforth, who works across the street, heard Cunningham yelling for someone to call police.
"I chased him down the street, we zig-zagged down a few blocks here and there and he just disappeared, went around the corner," said Goforth.
Several officers established a perimeter in the neighborhood and a police K-9 team began searching for the suspect.
Police quickly found the man hiding in a courtyard near 17th Avenue and Marshall Street. They arrested him, but have not yet identified him.
A neighbor took photos of the arrest.
Cunningham suffered minor injuries in the scuffle, including scratches and bruises. He said he was able to grab two backpacks the man was carrying with him and found a washing machine coin box in one of them.
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