Police: Man armed with AK-47 threatens construction workers

Police: Man armed with AK-47 threatens construction workers
Charles Edward Larson

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested a man who they said threatened a group of construction workers with a loaded AK-47 assault rifle in Northeast Portland Wednesday morning.

Police said Charles Edward Larson, 43, went to a home near Northeast 11th Avenue and Church at around 10 a.m. and threatened the group of workers.

No one was hurt.

Police said when they arrived, officers saw the suspect in a white truck. The truck began to drive away, but officers yelled for him to pull over and he obeyed.

Officers arrested Larson without incident. He faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon, intimidation, menacing, reckless driving and DUII.

Larson was intoxicated and angry because he objected to Hispanic people getting construction jobs, according to Portland Police spokesman Robert King.

Police took Larson to the Multnomah County Jail where he is being held on $15,000 bail.

(Photo of similar AK-47 provided by Portland Police)