Suspect Arrested After Breaking Into Beverly Cleary School's Fernwood Campus

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September 30, 2017 09:05


On Friday September 29, 2017, at 6:58 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area near Northeast 33rd Ave and Northeast Broadway in the Grant Park Neighborhood on the report of a man running into traffic while wielding an axe.

As officers responded to the area, a witness told police they had observed a man pounding on a building at Beverly Cleary School's Fernwood Campus. The witness informed officers they believed the suspect had forced enters into the building. Based on the witness' description of the person at the school, officers believed this was the same man that was running into traffic with an axe.

Officers established a perimeter around the school and requested a K9 team and Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) officer respond to assist in locating and arresting the suspect.

While positioning officers around the school, officers learned there was a custodian inside working. Officers were able to contact the custodian by phone and instructed him to shelter in a classroom. A group of officers, including the K9 team, entered the school and assisted the custodian to a safe location.

As officers searched the school they located the suspect inside the school's cafeteria. The suspect initially refused to follow the officers' directions; however, an ECIT officer built rapport with the suspect. As the ECIT continued to speak with the suspect, officers were able to safely take the suspect into custody.

Based on observations made by officers, medical personnel transported the suspect to an area hospital for observation. After receiving medical treatment the man was transported to the Multnomah County Jail.

The suspect was identified as 34-year-old Jeremiah B. Cruse. Cruse was lodged in the jail on charges of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Trespass in the Second Degree, and a felony probation violation for a pervious conviction of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

NOTE: At the time of this press release there was no jail mug photograph available of Cruse.



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