Man attacking firehouse windows with axe let out of jail
A man accused by Portland police of smashing at fire station windows spent less than a day behind bars — on the condition he report to the Klamath County officer supervising him for rape and sodomy convictions.
Police believe Joseph Henry Coffin, 30, was under the influence of "an unknown substance" when he began shattering glass at Portland Fire Station 19 around 2:25 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10.
East Precinct officers responded to the station, 7301 E. Burnside St., and apparently saw Coffin "pacing" in front of the building. A witness warned police that Coffin was armed with a knife and a hatchet.
Police say Coffin sprinted away, but "gave up" and was taken into custody. One window was damaged at the station, and no injuries were reported, according to a news release.
Coffin faces a charge of second-degree criminal mischief.
He was charged with fourth-degree assault earlier this year, and attempted murder in 2015.