Police: Man with knife, chain arrested for attempted murder
The Portland Police Bureau has arrested a man for attempted aggravated murder after he allegedly "grabbed" a female pedestrian and threatened her with a knife while fleeing from officers.
Besides the murder charge, Christopher Michael Hall, 38, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest, menacing, third-degree theft and second-degree criminal trespass.
Authorities say the incident began after Central Precinct officers received reports of a man allegedly trying to break into the back door of a church in the 100 block of Northwest 19th Avenue.
"As officers responded, they were informed that the suspect had a chain and was chasing people with it," police said.
Police say they saw Hall brandishing a heavy chain with a padlock attached. A chase ensued, with Hall allegedly wheeling around to swing the chain at officers.
Officers caught up with the runner at the corner of Burnside and 18th, but Hall then allegedly pulled out a knife and grabbed a female passerby, threatening her.
Hall dropped the knife after being tased by police — but then continued to flee on foot, prompting another pedestrian to "grab" Hall, who was then taken into custody after a struggle.
"While we do not recommend community members become involved in making arrests for safety reasons, we appreciate the assistance and are grateful that no one was seriously injured or killed during this incident," according to a news release.
Hall is described as a transient in court records. He has been convicted of one felony and six misdemeanors, mostly in Washington state and North Carolina.
Correctional workers wrote that Hall had not been arrested in Oregon since 2008, but had been booked three times this month prior to his arrest on the murder charge.
On Aug. 22, Hall was arrested for possession of meth and menacing. Jail staff reported he was "mumbling and making no sense."
"I don't have a home. I am president. President of the United States," the jailer quoted Hall as saying.
Hall is lodged in the downtown jail at this time.
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