A man reportedly admitted to police that he chased someone down the street with a hachet in an attempt to retrieve stolen marijuana, an incident that led to the 12-minute lockout of several Milwaukie schools.
At approximately 10:44 a.m. Feb. 5, police responded to the intersection of Main and Jefferson streets in downtown Milwaukie, regarding a report of a disturbance. The witness who called in reported seeing a man with a hatchet chasing a second subject eastbound from the area.
Due to the nature of the call, Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie/El Puente Elementary School, Waldorf School and St. John the Baptist Catholic School were placed in lockout, a precautionary measure taken to protect students and staff when there is a possible threat to public safety outside the schools. A lockout allows staff to secure exterior doors and then continue normal business inside until the matter outside is resolved. The call was dispatched at 10:45 a.m., and the lockout was immediately initiated. The first officer arrived at 10:46 a.m., and the lockout was cleared at 10:57 a.m..
Officers located 46-year-old Christian Alan-Zachery Smith, who told police he had been armed with a hatchet and had chased a man he knew as "Ted" who had allegedly tried to steal from him. When officers contacted Smith, he no longer had the hatchet and informed officers that he had put it back in his vehicle.
Smith told officers "Ted" was an acquaintance he had previously met, and the two had arranged to meet to smoke marijuana. During their meeting, "Ted" allegedly took Smith's marijuana and ran away. Smith told police that he briefly chased "Ted" with a sheathed hatchet in his hand but was unable to catch "Ted."
Smith would not provide any additional statements and said he did not wish to pursue theft charges. An area check was conducted by officers, but they were unable to locate the alleged suspect.
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