PCC Summer Crimes
On August 5, PCC Public Safety was contacted by the owner of a building vandalized near the Cascade campus. Security cameras reportedly captured two people climbing onto the Mandi House Restaurant and vandalizing the Baker Building on 5511 N Albina Ave. A Security Alert indicates that they spray painted a PCC surveillance camera to conceal their behavior. Public Safety is seeking assistance identifying the individuals caught on camera.
A man asking for help from a PCC employee in the Cascade library was later arrested after displaying erratic behavior on August 22. Public Safety officers responded to this incident and the man reportedly ran from the library upon their arrival. An immediate lockout of the campus was requested when it was reported, by sources unconfirmed by The Bridge, that the man was carrying a firearm. The man was discovered in Terrell Hall before the lockout was enacted and, after being confronted by Public Safety officers, he fled campus.
Portland Police responded to the library after receiving a description of the incident and the suspect from campus security. During their search for the suspect, police officers retraced the route taken by the man fleeing the library and found a firearm, which was seized as evidence. Later, a homeowner informed police that a man had entered his house without permission, as they continued their search on the 6100 block of N Kerby Ave. Based on the homeowner’s description, Portland Police believed the man who fled the PCC library to be the man in the homeowner’s residence. After devising a plan, a team of officers entered the home, located and arrested the suspect who was barricaded in an upstairs bedroom.
N Michigan Ave was the site of two auto thefts, one on August 24 at approximately 8:30pm and the other on August 29 at approximately 3:38pm. The stolen Subaru model vehicles were reportedly entered through the driver door, probably using a shaved or “jiggle” key. Portland Police are investigating these off-campus incidents, but any information regarding the suspects can be reported to Public Safety.
According to an email forwarded to faculty by Public Safety, a person was observed taking a firearm out of a bag in the trunk of a car near the Cascade campus. The incident, which occurred on August 10, was observed by campus security on a surveillance camera pointed in the direction of the In and Out Market on 800 N Killingsworth St. The man “then displayed the gun to several other persons near the parked car and eventually placed the gun back in the trunk.” Two campus security officers continued monitoring the group to ensure that they did not enter the campus, and while they were contacting 911, the group drove away.
Portland Police responded to the report, maintaining contact with campus security while searching for the vehicle. According to the email, “responding Portland Officers found the vehicle several blocks away near Peninsula Park. Portland Officers subsequently made contact with the subject and recovered a loaded 30 round 9mm semi-automatic pistol in the subjects’ possession.” The suspect was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and has since been released on his own recognizance.
Another faculty email obtained by The Bridge indicates that a man attempted to rob the Bank of the West adjacent to the Southeast campus, which resulted in the campus being briefly placed on lock-out on September 14. The same email indicated that “a lockout is when the exterior doors are secured, preventing anyone from entering the buildings. This allows business and classes to continue while at the same time a measured response is taken to protect the campus from the person who is believed to be a risk or danger to the campus.” The suspect was arrested a few blocks away from campus by Portland Police about a half hour later.
Editor’s Note: This story and an accompanying story about how Public Safety responds to threats were updated after The Bridge was able to meet with Public Safety. Unfortunately that meeting did not occur before press time of the print edition.