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Tear gas ends standoff at Travelodge in NE Portland

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Portland police fired tear gas into a hotel room near the airport early Thursday morning as a three-hour standoff with a wanted man came to an end.

Police said 34-year-old James Tautfest refused to leave the hotel room at Travelodge in the 3800 block of Northeast 82nd Avenue. The standoff began at about 12:30 a.m., and officers feared he was armed.

A motel guest said he woke up to dogs barking and police telling everyone to get out.

During the standoff, Tautfest kicked a hole in a hotel wall, entered an adjacent attic and crashed through it, falling in the weight room below, police said. He then climbed back up and crawled back into the motel room. Tautfest was high on meth at the time, police said.

A negotiator made a phone call to the room and spoke to Tautfest for about two hours. When negotiations stalled, at about 3:45 a.m., SERT officers moved in and fired tear gas into the room. Tautfest eventually gave up and surrendered to police.

The suspect's mother confirmed to FOX 12 that Tautfest was wanted on a fugitive warrant for identity theft.

U.S. marshals also said Tautfest had multiple warrants out for his arrest, and he recently fled from Kelso police by jumping out the window of another hotel. In that instance, a gun was recovered from the room where Tautfest had been staying, marshals said.

Out of concerns that he was armed again, authorities called in SERT to arrest Tautfest. No gun was found inside this time.

Tautfest is now being held in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of identity theft, forgery, theft and possession of a controlled substance out of Washington state.

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