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Random’ Portland attack suspect has 140 convictions

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Police are investigating what appears to be a random attack, and the suspect reportedly has 140 convictions.

Rex Tanberg, 55, is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center. He is charged with one count each of second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

According to court documents, the assault happened on April 1 at Northwest 2nd and West Burnside.

Tanberg, according to court records, has five felony convictions and 135 misdemeanor convictions that date back to 1996.

His first conviction came when he was 18 years old, according to court documents.

Court records show the pedestrian was struck in the face/mouth with a bludgeoning device and was taken to the hospital. The man suffered a severe injury.

Tanberg told court staff during the booking process that the assault was gang related. Police dispute that claim and say the attack was random.

On Monday, Sgt. Pete Simpson told KOIN 6 News that the victim lives on a boat at McCormick Pier.

Tanberg is scheduled to appear in court for his arraignment on April 12.