Multnomah County
District Attorney

1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
Portland, OR 97204
503-988-3162

Multnomah County District Attorney

 
1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
| Portland, OR 97204
| 503-988-3162
 

DA Mike Schmidt announces 25 charges against prolific tagger 

August 22, 2022 

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us

DA Mike Schmidt announces 25 charges against prolific tagger 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that a grand jury indicted Emile Laurent, 22, on six counts of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree and 19 counts of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Laurent turned himself in to authorities the morning of Monday, August 22. 

The charges stem from a series of incidents over the period of the last four years wherein Laurent allegedly tagged buildings and structures using the tag “TENDO” which investigators believe to be shorthand for “Nintendo”. This tag was found on public and private property across the Portland metro area, listed below. Damages have not yet been determined for all locations and are currently pending. A large portion of the City of Portland property damage took place in close proximity to Laurent’s residence. 

Incident Location  Cost in damages 
The Oregon Leather Company off of Southwest 2nd Avenue  $250 
Embassy Suites off of Southwest 3rd Avenue $300
American Medical Response off of Southwest 2nd Avenue $6,000 
Home Forward off of Southwest 10th Avenue $350 
Public Storage off of North Gantenbein Avenue  $5,750
Adaptive Construction off of North Hancock Street $1,130 
Sherwin Williams off of North Russell Street  $855 
Central City Concern off of Northwest Davis Street  $350 
Food Cart Pod off of Southwest Ankeny Street  Pending 
Portland General Electric off of Southeast Division  Pending  
Fe Bennett off of Northeast Broadway Street  $2,700
Bartur Foods off of Southeast 10th Avenue  $200
Property of the Oregon Department of Transportation (various locations)  $450 
Property of the City of Portland (various locations)  $1,650*
TOTAL of non-pending damages  $19,985

*Additional damages pending.

Restitution will be made available to the appropriate party for each incident. 

This investigation was initiated by investigators with the Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team in February of 2022. After many hours of work, investigators applied for, and were granted a search warrant for Laurent’s residence.  In late spring that warrant was served, and significant evidence was seized. Central NRT has been focusing on prolific and impactful taggers in a focused effort to address an increase in vandalism within the City of Portland. This focused work was begun after Central NRT received numerous complaints about graffiti from the community and business stakeholders.

The investigation was referred to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for review and subsequently prosecuted by the Strategic Prosecution and Services Unit (SPSU). The unit exists in response to crime data indicating there is a relatively small share of offenders that make up a significant share of low-level crimes in Multnomah County. By focusing on what SPSU has coined as “high-volume system users” it can make the greatest impact on public safety with limited resources. Earlier this year, the SPSU’s data analyst calculated that 13% of offenders account for 41% of crimes like vandalism, motor vehicle theft, robbery, and similar offenses.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Laurent is innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

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