Alleged Prolific Tagger Arrested Again In Portland

The 21-year-old man who Seattle police say is responsible for etching and painting the tag “Zeb” on walls and windows from Ballard to SoDo has been arrested again by Portland, OR police.

Multnomah County jail records indicate Sam Lehtinen was arrested early this morning by Portland police after a car and foot chase.

Records indicate Lehtinen was booked for robbery, reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding police, and is being held as a fugitive. It appears Lehtinen left Washington State illegally after he was bailed out of jail last week.

UPDATE: Portland PD sent out this release about the arrest:


On July 21st, 2010 at approximately 3:45 A.M., Portland Police Officers
received a call that a security guard was chasing a suspected tagger and
that the tagger had just stolen a cab.  Officers responded to the call
and began looking for the suspect and the cab.

At approximately 4:00 A.M., officers located the cab in northwest
Portland.  A pursuit began after officers attempted to stop the vehicle.
After a several minute long pursuit officers elected to terminate the
pursuit.  The suspect continued to flee and eventually crashed at the
N.W. Front Avenue on ramp to the Steele Bridge.  The suspect then fled
on foot.

Officers located the suspect near N.W. 5th Avenue and N.W. Glisan
Street.  The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Samuel Lehtinen.  He
was arrested for attempting to elude by vehicle, attempting to elude on
foot, fail to perform the duties of a driver, reckless driving, robbery
in the third degree (the suspect allegedly used force in taking the
vehicle) and unauthorized use of motor vehicle.