Man Attacked Doordash Driver: The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced that a man from Portland who threatened a DoorDash delivery person with a blowtorch in order to obtain the keys to the delivery person’s vehicle faces a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in prison for his actions.
Michael Scott Walton, 30, pleaded guilty on Monday to first-degree attempted robbery and attempted assault. According to the police and the prosecutor, Walton sneaked up on the delivery driver with a burning blowtorch that was further fueled by aerosol, singeing his hair and melting his jacket in the process. Walton entered his guilty plea after the incident.
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Using A Lighted Torch, A Man Attacked Doordash Driver
According to an affidavit detailing probable cause, the driver was in the process of picking up an order from a 7-Eleven located in the Centennial district of Southeast Portland at approximately 2:30 in the am on October 18. The man could feel the heat coming from the driver’s side door of his vehicle, and when he turned around, he saw Walton holding a blowtorch that was about the size of a small fire extinguisher and pointing it at his head.
“Give me your keys,” Walton is said to have said, according to the office of the district attorney.
According to the affidavit, after the driver declined, Walton walked away and continued along Southeast 148th Avenue.
Walton was apprehended by the police of Portland after they discovered him nearby. According to the driver, Walton was the one holding the blowtorch during the incident.
In 2014, Walton was found guilty of assaulting a police officer in Portland after he admitted to the officer that he had been taking methamphetamine.
After he attempted to steal two hatchets from a Home Depot in Southeast Portland in February 2016, he was additionally convicted of attempted first-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon. This occurred after he attempted to steal the items. A probable cause affidavit states that on April 6, 2015, Walton went out of the store with the hatchets up his sleeves. When security tried to stop him, he swung the hatchets in circles while backing away from them.
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The complaint states that he then boarded a MAX train, where witnesses reported seeing him run after two juvenile passengers with axes before the train came to a stop. Walton was taken into custody by the police not long after. Nobody was hurt in the incident.
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