Man with 'gun' in Fred Meyer arrested 21 times in 2018
Menacing with a knife. Thrown objects — dented cars. Defecation in the streets.
The revolving doors of justice have seen a lot of David Michael Huntley in the last year.
In fact, the 46-year-old has been arrested 21 times in 2018 so far, according to a review of court records by the Portland Tribune.
Huntley often gives his address as Transition Projects, the downtown homeless services center on Irving Street that's part of Bud Clark Commons. On one jail record, his address is simply listed as "streets."
According to court records, he's been in the metro area his whole life, and has been living without stable housing for the past five years. Jailers say Huntley may be mentally ill.
"The defendant claimed people wanted to kill him, he wanted to kill the officers and claimed he was a U.S. Marshal," a deputy district attorney wrote in April after Huntley allegedly dented a motorist's wheel well with a thrown object.
In that case, eyewitness Kenneth Geller told police he saw Huntley lob a "hard object" into a passing car window, shattering it. Huntley was convicted.
Huntley was back in jail in July for allegedly menacing passersby with a knife, yelling "I'm going to f----- shoot you" while simulating a firearm and then for laying down in the street at Southwest 9th Avenue and Alder Street.
"The defendant banged on food carts and pulled his pants down and began to defecate," the probable cause affidavit concluded. Huntley was convicted again on several charges.
All told, Huntley has seven felony convictions, two misdemeanor convictions and four parole violations on his record, beginning when he was 19. The convictions include possession of a firearm silencer, second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and possession of methamphetamine.
Huntley is currently incarcerated at Multnomah County Detention Center after he allegedly began brandishing a black holster that resembles a handgun inside the Fred Meyer located at 7404 N. Interstate Avenue.
Officers responded around 4:09 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, according to a news release, and found Huntley on the sidewalk outside the building.
Security Officer Stephanie Groves told authorities she saw Huntley put items into his backpack. When confronted, he pulled out a black object and began yelling "I'm going to f------ shoot you, I'm going to blow this place up," according to a probable cause affidavit.
When police asked why he said that, Huntley apparently responded: "I'm pissed off. They follow me around so I wanted to scare them."
Huntley faces charges of menacing, second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree disorderly conduct.