So Not Portlandia! Gay-Bashing Suspect Arrested In Oregon’s Hipster City

We could see this news story being lifted from the headlines as an unexpected plotline on Portlandia, the IFC’s cult-favorite show featuring frequently cross-dressing Fred Armisen and bisexual Carrie Brownstein.

The Oregonian reports that police have arrested Paul Anthony Martinson, 39, who is accused of assaulting a gay couple in downtown Portalnd last week.

Police are still searching for a second suspect who flashed a knife and helped to damage the gay couples’ SUV. His description: a man in his 20s or 30s, 5-foot-10, 160 pounds and short hair. Anyone with information about the incident should call Detective Paul Dolbey at 503-823-0451.

Photo via Portland Police Dept.

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  • cwm

    Portland is not quite as enlightened as it’s often perceived: not even by Portlanders themselves.

    Off-duty cops have frequently harassed and beaten gay men in a city park that’s a known cruising spot. Despite having had a liberal police chief–whose out-lesbian daughter was on the force–the PPB’s homophobia continues to be a problem. As are the seemingly annual incidents in which officers continue to thrive in their careers after killing black or mentally-ill citizens (neither dangerous, nor threatening…often, not even suspects).

    True Sam Adams who is gay was elected mayor. But he’s not seeking re-election, having encountered reactions ranging from indifference to hostility, primarily.

  • Mexico City Pedro

    This guy is hot.

  • The Real Mike in Asheville

    @Mexico City Pedro: Are you crazy? Beauty is but skin deep, ugly is to the bone. You really can comment that a man who is willing to beat, threaten with a deadly weapon and rob another because the other is gay, that that is somehow “hot”.

    I suspect you would not find any hotness is a man who beats you unconscious, kick and stab you into a coma, leave you to die, is “hot” at all. Grow up Pedro, there is NOTHING sexy about homophobe attempted-murderers.

  • Yup

    Mexico City Pedro is correct! He is hot, or at least handsome in his appearance anyway and if we only go by that and not how he’s a bigoted towards LGBT people.

  • dave

    From his battle wounds, it appears the gay victim got at least one good punch in.

  • Palto

    Mexico City Pedro will wind up in a few suitcases off to the side of a deserted road eventually.

  • Zoltan

    I’d kick his ass, and then make out with him.

  • Eric

    He is gay, I’ve seen him in the Silverado many times.

  • Andy

    So he remembers not being the one who started the fight but he doesn’t remember trashing that guy’s car? How convenient.

  • Andy

    Martinson obviously knows who the second suspect is—he’s obstructing justice by not telling the police the guy’s name.

  • Andy

    @Eric: He definitely sounded gay in that interview.

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