Suspect Arrested In Downtown Portland Carjack

A man has been arrested in connection to an armed carjacking in Downtown Portland.

Police say they arrested 23-year-old Mark Fernandez on Christmas morning near Northeast 148th Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard. 

Officers spotted Fernandez driving a maroon Chrysler Town and Country that had been stolen during a robbery that happened on Christmas Eve near Southwest 10th Avenue and Southwest Washington Street. 

When the officer tried to stop Fernandez, he drove off.  Officers pursued the driver and vehicle for a period of time, but stopped the pursuit when Fernandez's actions were believed to be a danger to the public. 

Shortly after officers stopped pursuing Fernandez and the stolen car, an officer located the vehicle being driven in the area of Northeast 148th Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard. An officer performed a pursuit intervention technique on the vehicle. The vehicle stopped and Fernandez was taken into custody without further incident. 

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a replica firearm believed to have been used in the Monday afternoon robbery in Downtown Portland. The replica firearm was seized as evidence. 

Fernandez is facing charges of Robbery in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, Property Damage, and Attempt to Elude Police Officer.

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