Man wanted in Clark County allegedly sets fire to Portland motel room

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Updated: April 22, 2013, 10:09 PM

 
photoTerry Glenn Mortensen

A man with a parole warrant from a Clark County crime set a Portland hotel room on fire and threw knives and a hatchet at police in a standoff that lasted several hours Monday morning, according to Portland police.

At 2:45 a.m., police received information that Terry Glenn Mortensen, 57, who had an outstanding parole warrant for a 2003 assault in Clark County, was in a room at Motel 6 on Southeast Powell Boulevard in Portland.

Portland police did not have a current address for Mortensen.

Police arrived and Mortensen refused to come out of the motel room, prompting a call to the agency’s Special Emergency Reaction Team. After they talked to him for more than two hours, police said, he still refused to exit.

Officers eventually used an explosive to open the room and, after looking inside, learned that Mortensen was in the bathroom, police said. Officers saw smoke coming from the closed bathroom door and a stream of liquid was being sprayed from the bathroom to the main motel room.

Mortensen then allegedly lit the room on fire and started throwing knives and a hatchet at officers, who were still outside of the motel room.

Officers broke an outside window to the room and sprayed tear gas into the room to getMortensen to exit and surrender, police said.

Mortensen came to the window and started climbing out, so officers pulled him out of the window. He was taken into custody and given medical treatment before he was booked in the Multnomah County Jail, police said.

Portland Fire & Rescue was on scene and quickly put out the fire. No authorities were injured.

Mortensen may face additional charges.

Vancouver police say in 2003, Mortensen assaulted a 39-year-old woman with a blunt object at the Best Western Hotel & Suites, 9420 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive. He was arrested a week later in Las Vegas.

Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson told the Associated Press that it was hard to determine details from the records he’d seen, but Mortensen appeared to have been involved in a robbery and homicide in Nevada’s Clark County in the 1970s.

Authorities in Las Vegas didn’t have any immediate information about the case.