Muslim Community Center of Portland attempted arson

Surveillance video of an attempted arson at the Muslim Community Center of Portland, May 3, 2022.

PPB handout / Portland Police Bureau

Police announced Saturday they had arrested a suspect sought for crimes committed at three places of worship in Portland.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR:

Michael E. Bivins, 34, was booked into the Multnomah County jail Saturday morning, the Portland Police Bureau reported. Bivins is accused of a weeklong crime spree and faces the following charges:

  • First-degree criminal mischief for allegedly breaking a window at the Congregation Shir Tikvah in Northeast Portland on April 30.
  • Third-degree criminal mischief for allegedly painting antisemitic graffiti at the Congregation Beth Israel in Northwest Portland on May 2.
  • First-degree arson, which is a Measure 11 crime, for allegedly lighting a fire at the Muslim Community Center of Portland while it was occupied on May 3.
  • First-degree criminal mischief for allegedly returning to the Congregation Beth Israel on May 4 and breaking another window.

According to Portland police, Bivins was arrested after he went to the KPTV television news station in Beaverton and demanded to speak with a reporter. A KPTV employee told OPB that Bivins came to the station Wednesday and spoke with staff about about his antisemitic views. He was carrying an ice pick and a hammer, according to the employee.

Bivins is a former freelance journalist who has recently expressed hateful views on his Twitter account.

A Beaverton police detective coordinated with PPB and Bivins was taken into custody.

Additional charges may be filed against Bivins as Portland law enforcement discusses the cases with federal authorities.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR:
THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR:
THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR:

Related Stories