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Man, 36, who has been in and out of prison with striking facial tattoos for 20 years, is in charge of the police

Man, 36, with VERY distinctive facial tattoos, is ordered by police after attempting to break into a Snack Station before fleeing to supermarket and threatened to shoot them

  • A man broke into the snack bar at a subway station in Portland, Oregon
  • Matthew Joseph Medlin, 36, was chased by the police after he was caught red-handed
  • He eventually ran to a supermarket warehouse before the police confronted him
  • Medlin threatened the police with what he said was a weapon he didn’t have
  • Ultimately, the police were forced to tax him before taking him into custody
  • His mugshot is just one that shows Medlin’s collection of facial tattoos
  • His face has become more inked and injured over the years

A Oregon man with striking facial tattoos was arrested Tuesday after allegedly attempting to break into a snack bar at a train station.

Transit officers called to the site saw the man in action and quickly chased.

The suspect shot at a nearby supermarket before trying to hide in the warehouse.

Matthew Joseph Medlin, 36, was caught after allegedly breaking into a snack bar and then threatening to shoot officers, even though he had no gun with him at the time of his arrest.

Matthew Joseph Medlin, 36, was caught after allegedly breaking into a snack bar and then threatening to shoot officers, even though he had no gun with him at the time of his arrest.

Matthew Joseph Medlin, 36, was caught after his only escape from the storage room was the way he entered.

When officers confronted him, he turned to the police with his hands under his jacket and threatened to shoot them.

Police were forced to charge the man to take him into custody, but discovered that he was carrying no weapon at the time.

Medlin has a long criminal history and was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and opposition to arrest.

Medlin remains detained at the Multnomah County Detention Center for a $ 16,500 bail.

A series of mugshots show how Medlin's appearance has changed through his criminal career

A series of mugshots show how Medlin's appearance has changed through his criminal career

A series of mugshots show how Medlin’s appearance has changed through his criminal career

A series of mugshots show how Medlin’s appearance has changed over the years.

Tattoos and facial signs seem to have slowly been added to his face over time.

Initially, his handsome appearance could have earned him a modeling career, but over a period of nearly 20 years, his face is slowly marked with capricious and sharp badly administered eyebrow tattoos and tears.

In 2013 he was jailed for sexual assault, burglary and assault, but escaped just days before his release in May 2014.

He was noticed a short time later and charged with second-degree escape before being sent straight back to prison.

July 2013

July 2013

July 2013

July 2013

Left and right: both taken apart for a few weeks in July 2013

Two years later, in 2016, he was caught climbing trains in Portland.

Medlin’s record dates back to his 18th birthday in 2002, and one of his earliest mugshots shows him as a clean-shaven young man.

But as the years go by, his photos become more menacing. In a mugshot from 2007, he is shown with his eyes closed in a narrow glare, and what appear to be bruises and scratches on his left ear and nose.

And in 2013, Medlin’s infamous tattoos appeared for the first time – two pointed ‘eyebrows’ and four roughly colored tears.

That year he was brought in several times by the police; one image shows him scribbled roughly over his face with black paint.

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