May 14, 2021 17:25
A suspect is facing numerous charges after pushing a woman into traffic, burning a power pole, and fighting with officers.
On Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 2:52p.m., a call came in to police of an area check regarding a suspect seen pushing a woman into the street near Southeast 36th Avenue and Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. No officers were immediately available to respond.
At 3:15p.m., officers were able to clear calls and respond. They were updated that the suspect was throwing trash cans into the street, trying to grab passing cars and busses, and setting a power pole on fire.
Officers located the suspect at Southeast 36th Avenue and Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and attempted to take him into custody. He fought the officers, biting two of them and trying to break an officer?s finger. They called for additional officers and they were able to arrest him.
The investigation revealed that the suspect pushed a 67-year-old woman off the sidewalk into the street, causing approaching cars to brake to avoid hitting her. Officers later learned that the victim broke her wrist during the fall. Officers also located the power pole that was burned by the suspect (photo). The fire was extinguished by community members.
Kenneth A. Church, 39, of Portland, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Attempted Assault on a Police Officer (3 counts), Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resist Arrest, Reckless Burning, and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.
The incident is still under investigation by the Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team. They would like to speak with any witnesses or other victims related to these incidents who have not already spoken to police. Please contact Acting Sergeant Matt Jacobsen Matthew.Jacobsen@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 21-128967.
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