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Joseph Medlin left state hospital in late 2019 after series of 'bizarre' crimes in Portland, records show.

MCSO PHOTO - Matthew Joseph MedlinA man released from the Oregon State Hospital last year has been charged with a number of crimes following an incident at WinCo and a transit stop, according to police and court records.

Matthew Joseph Medlin, 36, allegedly attempted to break into the Snack Shack at the Gateway Transit Center near the junction of Interstates 205 and 84 around 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, police say.

When officers arrived, Medlin allegedly fled the scene and ran into a nearby WinCo Foods, 1222 N.E. 102nd Ave., followed by officers who pursued him into a dead-end stockroom, according to a news release.

Police say Medlin, a registered sex offender, put his hands inside his jacket and said he would "shoot them." Police say they used a taser on Medlin and arrested him on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

In 2016, Medlin was charged with a number of crimes during two separate incidents. In January, he allegedly was caught at the Union Pacific rail yard on Northwest Yeon Avenue, where engineers said he was letting air out of the air-brake systems for liquid propane cars. Police tased Medlin after he refused to leave a box car, per police records.

Then, in August of that year, Medlin was arrested after hopping on top of vehicles and "acting bizarrely," licking a passerby and stabbing fruit with a bloody needle, per a probable cause affidavit, and eventually running inside Century Bar on Southeast Sandy Boulevard and grabbing a bottle of liquor. Court records say Medlin had to be forcibly sedated twice to resolve the incident.

He was eventually transported to the Oregon State Hospital, records report, with credit for 990 days of confinement.


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