A fugitive who was armed in the past refused to leave the room at the Travelodge near Portland Airport.
A stand off ended with tear gas at a hotel near Portland International Airport Thursday morning.
Wednesday night, Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct assisted the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force with locating a wanted subject, 34-year-old James David Tautfest at the Travelodge Motel, located at 3828 Northeast 82nd Avenue.
Tautfest was wanted out of Washington State for Identity Theft, Forgery, Theft and Possession of a Control Substance. The Fugitive Task Force had information Tautfest was staying at the Travelodge Avenue with his 15-year-old runaway sister.
US Marshals entered the Travelodge while Portland Police officers established a perimeter around the hotel. Tautfest barricaded himself inside the apartment with his sister and claimed to be armed.
The Portland Police Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) was activated along with the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the hotel was evacuated.
Shortly after SERT and CNT arrived at the scene, Tautfest released his sister but refused to come out.
During the standoff Tautfest, who was high on methamphetamine, kicked a hole in the hotel wall, entered an adjacent attic, crashed through the floor and entered the weight room below. He then climbed back through the floor and crawled back into the room.
CNT made a phone call into the room and spoke to Tautfest for approximately two hours. Negotiations with Tautfest stalled so SERT deployed tear gas into the hotel room.
Tautfest eventually gave up and was taken into custody without incident. The hotel room was thoroughly searched but a firearm was never found.
Tautfest was then transported to the Multnomah County Jail and lodged on his warrants.