UPDATE: The Multnomah County District Attorney's office has dropped all charges against a Beaverton man who was arrested after a downtown Portland security guard allegedly saw the man pull out a gun.
Prosecutor Jenna Plank wrote that "the ends of justice will be best served by the dismissal... of the matter" in a courthouse letter dated Oct. 24 of this year.
All charges against Jesse Townsend have been dismissed.
Townsend told the Pamplin Media Group he had applied for his valid concealed carry permit in order to "defend myself against discriminatory attacks."
Read the original story below:
Police patrolling Portland's Entertainment District have arrested a man after he was allegedly seen displaying a gun.
Authorities say the incident began around 1:53 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, after two police sergeants on foot patrol near Northwest 3rd Avenue and Couch Street were approached by a private security guard.
The guard said he saw a man pull out a semi-automatic handgun, "rack the slide," and put it back in his pocket.
Police "confronted" the suspect — later identified as 23-year-old Beaverton resident Jesse J. Townsend — and say they found a loaded handgun in his pocket and a second loaded handgun worn around his neck in a satchel.
"No one was injured and no one reported to officers that the suspect ever pointed a gun at anyone," according to a news release.
Both guns were seized as evidence. Police say Townsend holds a valid concealed carry license.
Townsend was booked on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct. He was released from the downtown jail a few hours later.
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