Muslim Center Arson Arrest
Man also charged with attacking two synagogues
5/9/2022, 11:07 a.m.
Michael E. Bivins, 34, of Portland was booked Saturday into the Multnomah County Detention Center for the May 3 arson at the Muslim Community Center, located at 5325 N. Vancouver Ave. He also faces charges for acts of criminal mischief on April 30 at Congregation Shir Takvage, 2420 N.E. Sandy Blvd.; and for May 2 and May 4 vandalism at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 N.W. Flanders.
Police said Bivins was arrested with the assistance of the Beaverton Police Department after he visited a television news station where he demanded to speak to a reporter.
Bivins attended Benson High School as a student has worked as a free lance photographer and journalist in Portland over the past few years. He was known for taking photos during protests and selling his work to media companies.